Alphabetical Index of Other Publishers

Warning Label

I’ve enjoyed just about all of Thom Zahler’s comics — Love and Capes, Time and Vine, Long Distance — so I don’t know why I haven’t yet talked about Warning Label, his new digital release. It’s available to read, in its entirety (so far), at Line Webtoon. The format’s a little odd, a series of single panels, but I think that’s to improve visibility on portable devices. The concept is genius, though. Danielle has been cursed so that anyone interested […]

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All’s Faire in Middle School

The much-anticipated new book by the author of Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson, similarly takes experience from her life to craft an appealing story for middle-school girls. All’s Faire in Middle School is the story of Imogene, worried about entering middle school after being home-schooled. Complicating things is how involved her family is in the local Renaissance Faire. Dad plays a knight, while Mom runs a craft booth. Imogene has just begun training to be a squire, which makes her a […]

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A Few Good SPX Mini-Comics

Quick notes, because I have to get ready for the second day of SPX 2017, but I have had a chance to read a few comics so far. Reading comics at a convention? I know, normally there’s no time, but it was so nice, being in the same hotel as the show, to sneak away yesterday when the crowds got heaviest, go back to the room, put my feet up, and read a few things. The Eternal Rocks Amelia Onorato […]

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Secret Weapons #1

Every so often, a superhero comic reminds me that they can still come up with interesting ideas to explore. Valiant’s Secret Weapons gave me the kind of genre book I enjoy: a mismatched team of people with wacky powers figuring out how to get along. It’s written by Eric Heisserer and illustrated by Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin. The Willows was a secret location where a crazy rich guy parked those with superpowers he thought were losers. He activated a […]

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Roughneck

After making his name with the award-winning Essex County, cartoonist Jeff Lemire moved in the last decade to superhero work for corporate publishers. (His latest books for Image, Plutona, and Dark Horse, Black Hammer, have combined both superhero genre conventions and his focus on small character moments in a hybrid of his past efforts.) With Roughneck, though, he’s returned to the closely observed tales of Canadian country life that first brought him to attention. Derek Ouelette was a star hockey […]

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Monster: A Graphic Novel Adaptation of a Jonathan Kellerman Novel

I hadn’t realized this series was continuing. Five years ago, the first Jonathan Kellerman graphic novel adaptation, Silent Partner, was published. It was based on the fourth in his Alex Delaware book series about a psychologist who solves murders. In 2014, The Web came out, jumping ahead to the 10th book. Since it’s set on a restricted island, one might assume that it was chosen for the visual possibilities, but given the density of the work, most of the panels […]

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Margaret and the Moon

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing is a new picture book that I read because it’s illustrated by one of my favorite artists, Lucy Knisley. It’s written by Dean Robbins. Now, as an adult reader, once I read the subtitle, I pretty much had covered the whole book. It’s only 36 pages, and the content is about how Margaret Hamilton was curious, studied math, and didn’t let people saying “girls don’t do that” stop […]

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Secret Smithsonian Adventures: It’s Treason, by George!

The Secret Smithsonian Adventures line (aimed at 8-to-12-year-olds) continues this October with its third entry. After tackling the history of invention with the Wright Brothers and natural history with a world where dinosaurs survived, this latest installment looks at American political history. It’s Treason, by George! is particularly timely (and scary) as the kids return from their previous adventure to find that the country is now a monarchy and some of their parents are under house arrest for sedition for […]

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