Stray Dogs #1

Readers know I’m not a horror fan, but I’ve figured out how to get me interested in a story about a potential serial killer — tell it from a perspective of a cute dog. Stray Dogs #1, out February 24, is being described as Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs. It’s the first of a five-issue miniseries written by Tony Fleecs and illustrated by Trish Forstner, both of whom have worked on My Little Pony. Sophie is […]

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A Fire Story

In October 2017, Brian Fies (Eisner Award-winning artist of Mom’s Cancer) lost his home (one of over 6,000 destroyed) to a California wildfire. A Fire Story captures the events and their aftermath. This is my favorite kind of graphic novel. It gives the reader an empathetic understanding of an experience that they hopefully will never have to live through themselves, and it does a terrific job conveying the feelings and choices that go along with it. The book shares, directly […]

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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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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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Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure

The followup to the impressive Bolivar, about a dinosaur living incognito in New York City, takes a different approach. Instead of a story, Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure is a puzzle picture book. Sybil thinks Bolivar should eat something other than corned beef sandwiches, so she makes him come with her to visit representative New York food institutions, including a kosher deli, the Coney Island Boardwalk, a dim sum restaurant, an Italian bakery, and, of course, a pizza […]

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The Unicorn Whisperer

What can I say about more Phoebe and Her Unicorn books other than the strip is still funny?! (I last recommended Unicorn Bowling last summer, and I was behind in reading them then.) The idea is simple — Phoebe is an oddball kid who has a real, live, magical unicorn for a friend. Her parents and a couple of her classmates know about Marigold (the unicorn). Their different perspectives make for all kinds of humorous moments, whether it’s Phoebe reacting […]

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A Trip to the Top of the Volcano With Mouse

Following up on A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse, Frank Viva takes the chatty rodent to a different extreme area of the world in A Trip to the Top of the Volcano With Mouse. Mouse and the traveler climb a volcano in Italy, while Mouse spends most of the time asking when they can eat pizza. The landscape around the mountain contains a variety of crops, animals, and temperatures. The child-like mouse, by making lists and […]

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