Alphabetical Index of Other Publishers

The Mummy’s Sabbatical

Old friend Joel Priddy (Pulpatoon Pilgrimage) has a newish webcomic, written by Benito Cereno (who also writes for Comics Alliance), called The Mummy’s Sabbatical. It’s about a mummy who becomes a professor, assisted by a young monster in the style of Frankenstein. The professor is due a sabbatical year, so he takes his assistant and a rocket ship that looks like a shark to the edge of the solar system. Along the way, we get academic jokes, poetry, a bit […]

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The Drawing Lesson

With The Drawing Lesson, Mark Crilley (Akiko, Mastering Manga, Brody’s Ghost) has created “A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw”, as the subtitle has it. One of Crilley’s goals, based on his introduction, is to share what it feels like to have a professional mentor through a story instead of an instructional guide. The series of lessons focus on concepts that set up a strong foundation, beginning with observation and shading. Crilley’s excellent character work is on clear […]

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Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea

Lucy Bellwood loves tall ships, and she wants to share that passion with us. Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea is one of my favorite kinds of comics: it shows me what it would be like to do something I’m never going to do. Baggywrinkles is an anthology, a collection of anecdotes about crewing on a sailing ship. Bellwood begins with the tale of how, in high school, she first went to work on an historical replica ship. […]

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Secret Smithsonian Adventures: Claws and Effect

The second in the series of science fiction educational comics under the imprint of the Smithsonian Institution is due out later this month. The first, The Wrong Wrights, dealt with a key moment of technological development and the National Air and Space Museum; Claws and Effect instead explores Natural History. This time, the kids start seeing dinosaurs. Cats and dogs have been replaced by lizards, appearing just as we think they did way back when. Josephine comments to her “new” […]

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Bread & Butter #1

In Bread & Butter #1, Liz Mayorga uses familiar elements — the dreams and struggles of a young artist working a restaurant service job — to comment on the lure of a place. She creates an engrossing portrait of today’s urban culture through the semi-autobiographical character of Liana, who went to San Francisco to paint but is working at a museum cafe. If you liked Over Easy (a longer, set-in-the-past, similar story), you should definitely check this out as a […]

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Ghastly Tales

Out next Wednesday is a digital one-shot anthology collecting three spooky tales written by Marguerite Bennett (Bombshells) and atmospherically illustrated by Varga Tomi. The high point of Ghastly Tales is the first story, “Koi”. Set in ancient Japan, it’s about love gone wrong and revenge with a twist. The art is wonderfully atmospheric, and although at core a horror story, it’s more in the mind than on the page (although there is some blood). It’s mostly narrated, poetically, adding to […]

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A City Inside

I wasn’t previously familiar with the work of Tillie Walden, so I had no idea what to expect when reading A City Inside. What I got was symbolic, a strongly constructed series of images that requires subconscious consent in submerging oneself. It’s a piece based on emotion, not logic. For those who need something more concrete, the publisher’s book description says Shifting between the everyday and the surreal, A City Inside recounts one woman’s life from childhood home, to the […]

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Private Beach

I knew, going in, that Private Beach would be, at most a curiosity at this point. Even with the promised new series conclusion, very little can live up to being rediscovered 15 years later. I’m not the person I was when I first read it, back in 2001, either, and now, we’ve had a lot more of these kinds of works, from The X-Files to various charmed young women and weirdness magnets. The idea of a slice-of-life portrayal in a […]

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