Yellow Cab

Yellow Cab is a fascinating look at New York City from the perspective of a filmmaker. It’s adapted by Chabouté from a book by Benoit Cohen and translated from the French by Edward Gauvin. Almost ten years ago, Cohen finds himself exhausted. He doesn’t have stories to tell or energy to tell them. In order to try something different, and better understand the NYC culture he’s visiting, he decides to become a taxi driver as research for a movie character. […]

Read more

Mall Goth

Kate Leth’s Mall Goth is a charming period piece that covers universal experiences about being a teen, with more optimism than I expected. That’s welcome. It’s the early 2000s. Liv has just moved to a new town. She’s not shy about being a goth or liking girls (she’s bisexual), but she is a bit burned by previous experiences when she wasn’t treated well. Also, her father is increasingly absent. At least the mall provides a place to hang out, get […]

Read more

The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu

The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu is a fascinating story of history most people won’t know. It’s written by Clément Xavier, illustrated by Lisa Lugrin, and translated from the French by Edward Gauvin. It’s also surprisingly timely. Edith Garrud was a jujitsu instructor who wound up teaching suffragettes self-defense. (She was one of the first female martial arts instructors outside of Asia.) They were protesting the prime minister of the time ignoring his campaign promise to grant […]

Read more

The Happy Shop

The Happy Shop, by Brittany Long Olsen, has a fable-like feel that I appreciated. Darcy has just moved to a new country because of her mother’s job. (It’s not stated, but given the pound price tags and complaints about fog, I assumed it was England.) She’s lonely and grumpy when she stumbles into the Happy Shop, stocked with a whole bunch of jars full of glowing dots. Sisters Flora and Frida sell happy feelings. Darcy accidentally breaks some of the […]

Read more

A Firehose of Falsehood: The Story of Disinformation

A Firehose of Falsehood: The Story of Disinformation is another of First Second’s World Citizen Comics. In addition to tackling a must-know topic, particularly these days, it’s also gorgeously illustrated in a throwback style. It’s written by Teri Kanefield and illustrated by Pat Dorian. It starts with a history of key developments in propaganda, from Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union through rulers in Persia and India to Potemkin villages and the definition and rise of fascism with Benito Mussolini. […]

Read more

My Lovesick Life as a ’90s Otaku Volume 1

I loved the idea of My Lovesick Life as a ’90s Otaku as soon as I heard about it. Nico Nicholson gives us the story of Megumi, a 40-something divorced mother who can’t believe she’s now living in a world where being an otaku isn’t something to be embarrassed about. Anime and manga fans can be open about their likes; heck, they’re even sought after as customers worldwide. Her daughter Sakura takes full advantage with buttons and charms and an […]

Read more

Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action and Create a World

There are over 40 new pages in Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action (Enhanced Edition), compared to the first edition, which means more lessons on how to design characters from James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost. The knight and his horse Edward set out to reclaim the castle from crazy director Otto Airs, who has taken over the building to make a movie. They debate what the witch should look like and cope with a mad scientist and a […]

Read more

The Dog Sitter Detective

If you know Antony Johnston’s name, it’s probably because he created the graphic novel that became Atomic Blonde. I know his work best from the excellent, forgotten science-fiction comic series The Fuse. But it turns out he also writes a wonderful cozy mystery novel! The Dog Sitter Detective was a fun read I really enjoyed. The middle-aged Gwinny gave up her acting career ten years ago to take care of her father. Now he’s passed… and there’s no money left, […]

Read more
1 2 3 606