Monster Cats Volume 1

The author of Yokai Cats, featuring Japanese demons as felines, takes the concept to an area more familiar to American readers. Monster Cats, by Pandania, is an adorable set of short (four-panel) comic strips about a wide range of European monster types, if they were cats. The creatures include vampires, dragons, mummies, brownie spirits (a set of kittens), gargoyles, an invisible cat, and the giant white yeti. There are lots more, though. The gags are very soft and comfortable, playing […]

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The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food

The Comic Book Guide to Growing Food was immensely successful — as soon as I finished it, I went to the local farmers’ market and bought a tomato plant. (We’ll see if I’m able to grow and harvest it!) Written by Joseph Tychonievich, art by Liz Anna Kozik, and published by Ten Speed Press, this guide to, as the subtitle has it, “step-by-step vegetable gardening for everyone” is very approachable and friendly. It contains a huge amount of information, but […]

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The Ruthless Commander and His Reincarnated Warhorse

I would never have read The Ruthless Commander and His Reincarnated Warhorse if it weren’t for my local comic club. There’s a member who’s very knowledgeable about manga, especially BL, and her recommendations are often very entertaining. This one, story by Sakashima, art by Nomoto Narita, and published by KUMA (the BL imprint of Denpa), sounded wacky, so I gave it a try. Sadly, it wasn’t wacky enough. The first chapter sets out the premise. A young man reincarnated as […]

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Victory Point

I was going to write an essay titled “Where are the comics for me, an adult woman?” If you don’t like horror and you’ve already read all the superheroes you ever need and you’re not six years old (and reading comics where food-named animals learn lessons about friendship), what comics are aimed at you? I no longer need to expand on that idea, because I’ve found a book that answers the question. Owen D. Pomery’s Victory Point is beautiful and […]

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Gillman’s Newest Foraging Comic Now Available

Mel Gillman has carved out a fascinating niche, creating lovely minicomics — I adore their use of colored pencils — about foraging topics. Their latest, Fungi Feast, covers mushrooms. I can’t wait to read it, as I’ve read too many English mystery novels to trust eating wild fungi. So I’ll enjoy them vicariously. The comic is available through a pay-what-you-want Ko-Fi shop. You can read for free, but work this informative and pretty deserves a few bucks. Gillman has previously […]

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I Love The Maze Agency — But I Can’t Support Its Return

There are so few mystery comics out there — not thrillers, not blood-soaked serial killer books — and one of the all-time best is The Maze Agency. I gave a brief history of the series back in 2006. The series was created and written by Mike W. Barr. The first artist was Alan Davis, for an ashcan, and once the series started (at the end of 1988), the first few issues were Adam Hughes’ first regular continuing work, inked by […]

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The Helix Titles That Live On; Time Breakers Crowdfunding

Seeing a note about Time Breakers having one day left in its crowdfunding campaign got me wondering — just how many of the Helix titles have been reborn? Helix was a DC imprint, back when they had lots of those, dedicated to science fiction (loosely applied, as they also had a vampire comic). Wikipedia says it ran 1996-1998, which sounds about right. It’s best remembered these days for launching Transmetropolitan, the future-painted Hunter S. Thompson comic by Warren Ellis that […]

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Tales of the Tendo Family Volume 1

I don’t read historical manga much any more, as I find not understanding the references off-putting. I gave this a try because a smart editor mentioned to me that it was by Ken Saito, author of The Name of the Flower, which I remembered enjoying when CMX put it out 15 years ago. I’m glad I did, because this setup is intriguing. Tales of the Tendo Family is out next week from One Peace Books. The characters are a bit […]

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