Little Vampire

Little Vampire contains three stories for all ages: “Little Vampire Goes to School”, “Little Vampire Does Kung Fu”, and “Little Vampire and the Canine Defenders Club”. The first two were previously published individually in 2003, but the latter, the most heart-warming, is newly translated. They’re as straightforward as their titles suggest, with charm that permeates situations any kid can relate to. In the first, the Little Vampire wants to go to school, so his ghost and monster friends make it […]

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The Perhapanauts #1

The first issue of Perhapanauts as a monthly continuing series has debuted from Image. I’m thrilled! The comic, about a group of monster fighters who are themselves weird creatures, is well-suited to the serial structure, with a cliffhanger providing plenty of suspense. Early reports have the issue selling out, which means more readers sampling and enjoying the series, I hope. The series is written by Todd Dezago and drawn by Craig Rousseau. Since this is #1, the cryptozoology characters are […]

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The Naked Artist: Comic Book Legends

The best conversations at comic conventions happen in the bars, after plenty of social lubricant has been flowing. Artist Bryan Talbot has collected many of the anecdotes and stories passed around in The Naked Artist: Comic Book Legends. Don’t be mistaken; this isn’t a graphic novel, but a book of text stories, perfect for pick-up-and-put-down sampling. (Given some of the subjects, one is immediately tempted to suggest bathroom reading.) They’re casually presented, as though sitting around swapping tales, with occasional […]

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Alice in Sunderland

Bryan Talbot’s Alice in Sunderland isn’t read so much as succumbed to. It’s a happening more than a graphic novel. Talbot draws himself visiting the Empire in gorgeously detailed pen-and-ink, where he views himself on stage narrating a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the theatre, at which point the book explodes into a colorful collage of every kind of image and graphic. Bits of everything are woven into this phantasmagoria — quotations, the geography of the North East of […]

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12 Reasons Why I Love Her

This charming/frustrating graphic novel captures the key points of a relationship in twelve well-chosen scenes. (Each has a theme song listed to start, too, in case you want the full sensory experience.) Gwen’s a fascinating character, turning expectations on their head from the first chapter, the couple’s first date. She buys Evan flowers, which makes him grumpy and petulent. He doesn’t understand her meaning, but instead of asking about it, he jumps to his own conclusions. Their lack of communication […]

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Age of Bronze: Betrayal

Age of Bronze: Betrayal is the latest installment in Eric Shanower’s glorious retelling of the Trojan War. (The previous were A Thousand Ships and Sacrifice.) A comprehensive Story So Far opens the volume by reminding the reader who’s on whose side and which key events driving the forces together. It’s illustrated with headshots, since this is a graphic novel and visages are important, especially when they boast or glower. Careful attention to detail is rewarded; for example, the two major […]

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Archie Aims for Diversity With New Writers, Characters

Archie Comics has announced two new writers who bring with them characters of different ethnicities. The first is their Mexican publisher, who’s been editing for 25 years: In 2005, Jesús Gil Holguí­n started publishing Spanish Language editions of Archie Comics in Mexico. Jesús is writing his first script for Archie Comics. The story will feature the first Mexican addition to Riverdale High when Toño Diaz is introduced. … Join Toño and his entire family for their first Riverdale adventure in […]

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