Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story

Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story is exactly what it says, in comic strip form. It’s charming and insightful and adorable. Debbie Tung’s comics are deceptively simple, mostly one-pagers of standard panels, but her self-figure is so cute and relatable. She uses dot eyes and a few lines for features, but I both know what she’s feeling and want to hug and protect her. I like that she has friends and later, a perfect-sounding boyfriend she appreciates […]

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Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them

Larry Gonick’s latest book, due out next month, is Hypercapitalism: The Modern Economy, Its Values, and How to Change Them, written by psychology professor Tim Kasser. He studies people’s “materialistic values and goals for money, possessions, and status” and the relationship between them and well-being. These connections are explained through Gonick’s cartoons. Hypercapitalism doesn’t have the humor I’m used to from Gonick’s other books. The opening, which introduces Kasser and his studies, explains that there are two parts to come, […]

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Peace of Mind #1

Peace of Mind begins with what a sitcom might look like in the Matrix. A woman in a VR simulation of a happy family runs out of money and is thrown away for dead. Members of some kind of underground society find her and hook her up to an interrogator, which threatens to bring doom upon them. The art is edgy but easily readable, with a scratchy style that fits the dystopian future. I get the feel, with art and […]

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A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium Volume 1

Rick Geary’s classic series A Treasury of Victorian Murder becomes more approachable and affordable with this paperback reprint of the previous hardcover collection. As that earlier release (now out of print) did, A Treasury of Victorian Murder Compendium Volume 1 contains two of the most famous cases from the era plus four additional tales. “Jack the Ripper” is the most obvious choice once you’re talking about unsolved Victorian murders (thus the cover), while “The Beast of Chicago” is about H.H. […]

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Time and Vine

When Them Zahler announced his newest project, Time and Vine, I called it “drunk time travel” to be silly, but the series turned out to be much different than I expected. Zahler is best known for his creative takes on romance (superheroes in Love and Capes, travelers in Long Distance, cursed geeks in Warning Label), but this story tackles different kinds of caring. It’s a more adult piece, one that explores memory and how it affects mature love, the kind […]

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Dennis the Menace in Hawaii

Back in the day, there were a few special comic books that were so popular (and timeless) that they stayed on the stands for years through multiple printings. Dennis the Menace in Hawaii was one of them. First published in 1958 (before Hawaii was a state!) as a hundred-page special, it stayed in print through the 70s (with various revisions), with total sales of multiple millions of copies. And it’s still fun to read! Artist Al Wiseman and writer Fred […]

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Sugar Town

Hazel Newlevant’s Sugar Town is just the kind of lightweight but meaningful happy romance I needed. (Newlevant previously edited Chainmail Bikini: The Anthology of Women Gamers.) Hazel meets Argent at a party. Hazel’s already in a relationship with a guy, but they’re “open, or poly, or whatever”, and Hazel is fascinated by Argent (and her work as a dominatrix). A new date is just the thing, as Hazel is visiting Portland from New York. The bright colors and open lines […]

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Be Your Own Backing Band

Be Your Own Backing Band is the latest collection of Liz Prince‘s autobiographical comics. (She’s previously created Tomboy, Alone Forever, and the Ignatz-winning Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?) The comic strips here are about music, specifically her love of punk rock. That subject should find a sympathetic audience among comic readers, since the two media have a lot in common. That do-it-yourself ethos meant I enjoyed reading this although I think I recognized only five […]

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