The Cocktail Companion

This thorough “guide to cocktail history, culture, trivia, and favorite drinks”, as the subtitle has it, is comprehensive. It’s full of useful and interesting information — maybe too much. It’s a shame that the presentation isn’t as professional as the content. The Cocktail Companion by Cheryl Charming is laid out as though it was printed from web pages. It’s a larger-sized paperback, and it’s a chore to read. Given the page width, columns would have been preferred to the full-width […]

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Act

Olive, the plucky heroine of Kayla Miller’s Click and Camp, returns in Act. It’s a timely story, as so many young people are becoming more socially and politically aware. She participates in her school elections and navigates some tricky political waters, and it’s thrilling to see her awareness open to the struggles of others. Like so many people, Olive gets involved in politics when she discovers an issue that matters to her. Her class goes on a theater field trip, […]

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Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season

I have done myself, and you, a disservice, by watching Doom Patrol: The Complete Second Season several months ago (it was released at the end of January), making notes, and then neglecting to write them up while I still remembered the details of the show. (The studio provided a review copy.) Now, the main recollection I have of these nine episodes is that I’m glad they got me to watch the first season of the show, because it’s a refreshingly […]

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The Sign of the Four

Sometimes, I am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve had. I was recently on an episode of Comic Beat Insider where we talked about The Extraordinary Adventures of Adêle Blanc-Sec. The other guest was Ian Culbard, an artist whose work I was unfortunately unfamiliar with. When I looked him up later, I discovered that, among other graphic novels, he’d done versions of the four Sherlock Holmes novels, adapted by Ian Edginton. (He’s credited for that work as I.N.J. Culbard.) Just […]

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Violet Holmes and the Agents of H.I.V.E.: Adventures of a Teenage Detective

Violet Holmes and the Agents of H.I.V.E. Volume 1: Adventures of a Teenage Detective is a graphic novel about Sherlock Holmes’ daughter. It’s got a lot of reasons to recommend it, although it’s a pretty bad comic. I am going to try and avoid using that unwieldy title again, to start. Violet Holmes is one of the early publications from Orange Pip Books, started in 2019 as a division of the longer-established MX Publishing, which puts out Holmes-related books, both […]

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Midnight Western Theatre #1

Midnight Western Theatre is a high concept done right. And that concept is “vampires in the old West”. (The writer calls it “goth cowboys”.) Red Tom and his gang have taken over a town and are kicking back in the saloon when two strangers come to town. (They’re the ones shown on the cover.) The tables turn on Tom when he tries to scare them off. It’s written by Louis Southard and illustrated by David Hahn, an old favorite of […]

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Sherlock Should Be Better About Detail

I was happy to get a copy of Sherlock: The Complete Season One Manga box set for a project I’m working on. It has the three volumes corresponding to the three episodes of the first season of the Sherlock TV show in a slipcase box along with “three exclusive art cards”. Those turned out to be copies of the book covers. Except… they got the credits wrong. All three of the cards have the credits “Writer/Co-Creator: Mark Gatiss Co-Creator: Steven […]

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Incredible Doom Collection Due

I wrote about Incredible Doom, a story about 90s kids using early internet bulletin boards, over three years ago. And this is why you should have a distinctive title, because when I saw a listing for the collected graphic novel in the latest Previews catalog, I vaguely remembered it. I’m excited to see the whole story! (Because I love computer history.) Here’s the description: Allison is drowning under the weight of her manipulative stage magician father. When he brings home […]

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