Kahlo’s Koalas

Kahlo’s Koalas by Grace Helmer is a fun introduction to some artists with popular styles able to be easily evoked. As this small board book counts from one to ten, we see the same number of creatures in two-page spreads, from “1 Picasso Panda” to “10 Monet Mice”. Other artists include Matisse, Pollock, and Van Gogh. (The only woman is the titular Kahlo.) The book concludes with a couple of sentences about each artist, summing up the most obvious elements […]

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Kodansha Announces Much-Anticipated Manga Coming Digitally This Month

Kodansha has a robust digital-first manga program. (They emphasize calling them “digital-first”, instead of “digital-only”, since a few of the more popular titles have later been released in print.) Their newest announcement, of a title coming to their various digital outlets on April 23, stunned me, since it’s a manga series that many said would be too challenging to release in the US. Hikaru Nakamura, author of Arakawa Under the Bridge, has also created a more infamous story, about two […]

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Aquicorn Cove

Katie O’Neill, author of The Tea Dragon Society, returns with a graphic novel bound to satisfy her audience. Aquicorn Cove has the same beautifully colored images, the same confident, sometimes wordless storytelling, similar relationships with unusual creatures, and a corresponding message about the necessity for balance with nature. As you can see in the preview pages below, Lana and her father have come to visit her Aunt Mae in a coast-side town cleaning up after a substantial storm. Lana’s mother […]

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Sheets

In Sheets, Marjorie is trying to keep the family business, a laundromat, together. Her mother passed away, and Dad has mostly checked out. She has to cope with self-centered customers and a pushy, smarmy neighborhood businessman. Then the ghosts appear. The spirits all look like the classic children’s image, white sheets with a rounded top for a head. But they go to support groups to try and accept how they died, and their world is notably less colorful than Marjorie’s. […]

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Geary’s New Murder Series Starts With Chester & Grace

As regular readers know, I’m a huge fan of Rick Geary’s work. His precision linework and fascination with famous murders and infamous people make for compelling reading. There have been nine stories told in his series A Treasury of Victorian Murder, which can be found in two volumes, Compendium 1 (including classics Jack the Ripper and H.H. Holmes) and Compendium 2 (with Lizzie Borden, Lincoln’s assassination, and three other tales). Then he moved a bit forward in time with seven […]

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Arrow’s Next Season to Be Its Last

Last month, Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen on Arrow, tweeted the following: Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall. Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever. Arrow will return for a final run of 10 episodes this Fall. There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you. — Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) March 6, 2019 That will be […]

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Legends of Tomorrow Returns April 1

This is one of the most effective TV trailers I’ve seen, capturing the many aspects of the series’ appeal. Legends of Tomorrow is not only fun, it has a sense of humor about itself, and anything can happen on it. How can you not love a show, that in two minutes, * Makes fun of being left out of the last big crossover? * Promises lucha libre wrestling AND a Bollywood dance number? * Has a runaway mummy? * Kidnaps […]

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RIP Mark Alessi, CrossGen Founder

Ron Marz has reported on Twitter that CrossGen founder Mark Alessi passed away yesterday. It seems the news is starting to circulate, so I feel some mention is appropriate. Mark Alessi, who founded and ran CrossGen Comics, apparently passed away this morning. I know no details. 1/ — Ron Marz (@ronmarz) March 30, 2019 CrossGen published comics from 2000-2004, when they went bankrupt. Marz wrote their titles Scion (fantasy adventure about a guy with a sword), Mystic (scantily clad sorceress), […]

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