I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf

I adored I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf by Grant Snider. If you liked You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack or Book Love, you’ll love this. The cartoons are all about being a reader or a writer or both. Overall, the message is how books can and will change your life. I alternated among thinking “how wise”, “how inspiring”, and “how surprising”. Starting with this opening spread. I thought it was a manifesto for the book — which […]

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More Barnaby Coming!

The Barnaby comic strip by Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon) is amazingly creative. Fantagraphics began bringing this 1940s classic to modern readers in 2013. As I said in my review of volume 1 (which reprints strips from 1942-1943), Barnaby is a typical boy who’s visited by the world’s strangest Fairy Godfather. Mr. O’Malley wears a hat and trenchcoat and is never seen without his cigar (which he calls his magic wand). It’s unclear, at times, whether he’s really […]

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Lumberjanes Ends, Cartoon Planned

The final issue of Lumberjanes has just been solicited for a December release in comic shops. End of Summer #1 can be ordered now with Diamond code OCT20 0902 (cover by Kat Leyh), OCT20 0903 (cover by Harriet Moulton), or OCT20 0904 (cover by Tillie Walden). It’s $6.99 for 48 pages. The contents are written by Shannon Watters and Kat Leyh and illustrated by Brooklyn Allen (artist on the first story) and Kanesha C. Bryant. The series has been running […]

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Dash Graphic Novel Available for Order in Comic Shops

Dash, the retro gay private eye noir comic, had a successful Kickstarter this past summer. Now that the book is going to exist, you can order it through your local comic shop. Dash Volume 1: The Case of the Mysterious Zita Makara will be in stores in December and can be pre-ordered with Diamond code OCT20 1498. It contains six issues’ worth of story with 40 pages of new stories and an introduction by Steve Orlando. You can read a […]

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Bravo to a Very Late Kickstarter: Reality Check

One of the reasons I have been very pessimistic in the past about Kickstarters and crowdfunding is how some projects never deliver. I’ve got a few on my tracking list that have been there, undelivered, for years. Don’t get me wrong, many people are responsible, but the ones that aren’t are the ones that stick in people’s minds, and poison the well for others. So I want to congratulate Rikki Simons and Tavisha Wolfgarth-Simons. They funded a reprint collection of […]

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Patience & Esther Coming in January

Note: This headline originally said “coming in November”, but the artist has notified me that the publication date has been pushed back. The article has been updated to reflect the new date. This looks wonderful. Patience & Esther: An Edwardian Romance is an upcoming adults-only graphic novel by S.W. Searle published by Iron Circus. It’s historical! It’s about changing times! It’s women loving women! It’s got characters of different skin tones, heritage, and body shapes! It’s sex- and body-positive! Just […]

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Tea Dragon Series Conclusion Postponed Nine Months

Katie O’Neill’s gorgeous Tea Dragon Society series was scheduled to conclude with a third book, The Tea Dragon Tapestry, due out last month. Now Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group has announced that this book will be delayed until June 2021 “over concerns it does not meet our print production standards.” Publisher James Lucas Jones said, “While we are extremely disappointed to be delaying such a highly anticipated book, it was an essential move to ensure that Katie’s gorgeous and heart-warming series […]

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Will This Dark Peanuts Revision Get Published?

Source Point Press has announced they will be releasing Dial P for Peanuts, which sounds like a mash-up of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None with the cast of Charles Schulz’s comic strip. Here’s the publisher’s description: Childhood friends Charles, Lucille, Sally, Patricia, and the rest are brought back together in the most harrowingly way… Ten friends are invited to a mysterious home on the remote Isle of Man by the mysterious Mr. Iman. A closely knit group as […]

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