Alphabetical Index of Other Publishers

Love and Capes #1

Thom Zahler has an appealing, cartoon-influenced style that’s just right for the romantic superhero comedy Love and Capes. Mark is the Crusader, a Superman-like hero. Abby is a detail-oriented bookstore owner who somehow has missed figuring out his secret identity. They’re in love, so he decides to stop hiding things from her. I love the way he shares his secret with her — when taking off his clothes to reveal his costume, she ignores what it means until he sits […]

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Max & Lily

Boyish girl Max and girly boy Lily crack wise on anything and everything in their comic strips by Kris Dresen. The newer ones that ran online (link no longer available) are three horizontal panels, while the ones I started reading, originally in print collections, are based on a 12-panel grid. These two good friends (who would be awfully neat people to meet) discuss current events, including society’s skewed priorities, sexuality, politics, and perceptions, as well as their personal lives. The […]

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Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming

Rachel Hartman’s Amy Unbounded is one of the most charming series in comics. Amy is an imaginative, rambunctious nine-year-old, the daughter of a weaver and a barbarian ex-warrior clockbuilder living in the queendom of Goredd. Until now, she’s been independent, but as she becomes aware that she’s growing up, she has hints that becoming an adult might not be a completely pleasant experience. Previously, she’d get carried away in her fantasies about living lives more interesting than her own. Although […]

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Slowpoke: America Gone Bonkers

Jen Sorensen is deeply concerned about the mismatch between the crazy behavior we’ve come to accept as normal and what America should stand for. She’s mad about the distractions government serves up in lieu of handling real problems. She’s disturbed by how odd our popular culture can be. So she draws cartoons, because making fun is her catharsis. Her primary warning is that “fighting terrorism” should not be a blanket “get out of jail free” card. We need to examine […]

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The Interman

In his introduction, Mark Schultz places this original full-color graphic novel firmly in the thoughtful adventure tradition, where exciting heroes engage in daring action that tests their core values. It’s a good analysis. Van Meach, a normal man with extraordinary abilities, was created as part of a cold war CIA program. His body is able to adapt as needed to extreme situations, so he can survive any environment by growing gills or changing his cell structure subconsciously. Now he’s a […]

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Slowpoke: Café Pompous

This collection of weekly alternative newspaper strips by Jen Sorensen won the Xeric Grant. The name “Slowpoke” comes from an appreciation of the need to slow down to appreciate life. Slowpokes, according to the author, “value quality over quickness” and so don’t always fit into the modern world. The four-panel strips elaborate on that theme, whether presenting personal character insights or larger cultural commentary. Café Pompous is, of course, located at the corner of Malaise and Ennui. The strips deal […]

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Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards

Subtitled A Tale of Edward Drinker Cope, Othniel Charles Marsh, and the Gilded Age of Paleontology and illustrated by Big Time Attic, a studio made up of Zander Cannon, Kevin Cannon, and Shad Petosky, with a cover by Mark Schultz, Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards is another fine true-science graphic novel written by Jim Ottaviani. His most entertaining book yet is full of schemes and, as guest star P.T. Barnum is told, “humbug” as dinosaur hunters plot against each […]

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Suspended in Language

Subtitled Niels Bohr’s Life, Discoveries, and the Century He Shaped, Suspended in Language is written by Jim Ottaviani and has art by Leland Purvis, with additional work by Jay Hosler, Roger Langridge, Steve Leialoha, Linda Medley, and Jeff Parker. As Bohr was finishing college, physics was entering a revolutionary state. Einstein and Planck had introduced relativity and the idea that measurement couldn’t be exact. Building on their foundation, Bohr used his invention of quantum mechanics to improve the classical model […]

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