Patience & Esther Comes Next Week

Out January 26 is Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance, an adults-only graphic novel by S.W. Searle that’s absolutely adorable. I know, weird adjective for explicit erotica, but nevertheless… it’s the story of Patience, a servant girl finding love and herself in Edwardian England. Her partner, Esther, introduces her to pleasure and progressivism, as they encounter suffragettes and changing times.

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Love & Capes: In the Time of COVID Now Serializing Online

Thom Zahler launched a Patreon recently with the promise that he’d be creating a new Love & Capes story, in which the superhero and his wife cope with the pandemic. Now that that’s established, he’s posting the pages for anyone to read (with a three-month delay). Every Monday, there’s a new page, with three posted as of now. Mark and Abby now have two kids, so there should be plenty of family humor, as well as figuring out whether a […]

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Learn How to Forage Acorns From a Comic

Melanie Gillman has been talking about foraging, finding wild foods, on their Twitter recently. Now, they’ve assembled 18 pages of advice on one particular natural food source, acorns, into a pay-what-you-want PDF comic. Eating Acorns: A Foraging Guide is available via Gumroad. Even if you would never eat something you picked off the ground, it’s a fascinating source of information. In addition to a handful of recipes for acorn flour, Gillman has a wonderful, poetic section on why they forage […]

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Quick and Easy Guides From Limerence Press: Queer & Trans Identities, Sex & Disability

Limerence Press, an imprint of Oni Press dedicated to “quality erotica, sex education, and gender and sexuality studies comics,” has a line of guides on tricky topics. Suitable for older teens and adults, these graphic novels aren’t afraid to tackle issues of current interest, and they’re written from knowledgeable perspectives, with creators that can personally speak to the subject matter, giving them an autobiographical overlay that makes the material easy to relate to, no matter one’s previous familiarity with the […]

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The Peter & Ernesto Series

The Peter & Ernesto series by Graham Annable features two sloths who are the best of friends although they’re very different in personality. Ernesto is adventurous, wanting to explore and see new things, while Peter appreciates their home and enjoys the familiar. The sloths have perhaps the most minimal character design ever, being basically tubes with faces and sticks for arms and legs, but Annable’s animation experience gives them a wonderful physicality and sense of motion. The result is a […]

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Free Comic Book Day for 2021

Like so many things, Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), the national comic holiday, was skipped in 2020 (in favor of spreading the special releases out over the entire summer). The date for 2021, in hopes that by then people can once again gather freely in large groups, has been announced as Saturday, August 14. That’s a departure from the usual “first Saturday in May” timing (based around when Marvel usually has a blockbuster film opening), but FCBD has moved in […]

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LyricPop Picture Books Turn Songs Into Kids’ Stories

We’ve had kids’ books based on movie and TV shows. Now, in the next step for parents wanting to keep their pop culture front and center in their kids’ lives, Akashic Books has launched the LyricPop line of children’s picture books. The lyrics of classic pop songs — including Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop“, the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations“, Otis Redding’s “Respect“, The Go-gos’ “We Got the Beat“, and (most amusingly to me) Dee Snider’s “We’re Not Gonna Take It” — […]

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The Black Mage

St. Ivory Academy, a magical boarding school run by Mr. Lynch, has accepted its first Black student as a recipient of a minority scholarship. His name is Tom Token, his familiar is a crow named Jim, and you may have already gathered from the names that this is not a subtle story. But who says it should be? As written by Daniel Barnes and illustrated by D.J. Kirkland, the book opens with Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, and John Henry in […]

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