Tales of the Tendo Family Volume 1

I don’t read historical manga much any more, as I find not understanding the references off-putting. I gave this a try because a smart editor mentioned to me that it was by Ken Saito, author of The Name of the Flower, which I remembered enjoying when CMX put it out 15 years ago. I’m glad I did, because this setup is intriguing. Tales of the Tendo Family is out next week from One Peace Books. The characters are a bit […]

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Vincent Mallié Wins Doylean Honor for A Study in Scarlet

Magnetic Press not only puts out graphic novels, they also release art books, and one of them was right up my alley. I’ve mentioned their edition of A Study in Scarlet before, when it was on sale last Thanksgiving. However, I was recently reminded that I was remiss in congratulating the artist, Vincent Mallié, on receiving a Doylean Honor this past January. The honors are awarded yearly by the ACD Society, “a community dedicated to studying and enjoying the works […]

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Exclusive Preview: Usagi Yojimbo: The Crow #1

Out next week, on April 3, is Usagi Yojimbo: The Crow #1, the first issue of a five-part miniseries. Per the publisher, Dark Horse, in this story, Usagi and Yukichi rescue a merchant being attacked by bandits, only to discover that the person they rescued is a criminal with a huge reward. Which means the bounty hunters Gen and Stray Dog and others are also after him! As always, the series is written and illustrated by Stan Sakai, with colors […]

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Sheridan Bell and the Vanishing Beast

The easiest way to get me to read something new these days is to tell me how much you were influenced by Sherlock Holmes. (This should not surprise my readers.) I found Sheridan Bell and the Vanishing Beast at the recent “Nerd Made: Madison“, put on by Madison Makers Market. It was kind of an arts and crafts fair for geeks. The author, Em Rowene, had a table and explained to me how the main character here, Sheridan Bell, was […]

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Sherlock Returns to Major US Streaming Service

The best-known Sherlock Holmes to many folks these days was played by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC series. It ran 2010-2017 and consisted of 13 episodes (including the historical special The Abominable Bride). There’s even a comic adaptation! However, the series hasn’t been easy to find lately. Of course, there are always the physical discs to purchase (or maybe check out from your library). But the show left Netflix back in 2021. It’s been available on BritBox since then, but […]

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Mrs. Watson: Untold Stories

I found the author’s previous Sherlockian work, My Dear Watson, a chore to get through, but this followup took a different approach that I much preferred. In that earlier book by L.A. Fields, the premise is that Holmes and Watson are lovers, and the un-first-named Mrs. Watson knows that. The book then consists of her making jealous remarks about them while retelling great amounts of existing stories and cases. She doesn’t like Holmes much at all, for obvious reasons, and […]

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Two New Sherlock Holmes Game Books Coming

I absolutely love the Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel Adventures. They’re comics *and* choose-your-own-path mysteries *and* game books (with a score based on whether you solve the case). So I was thrilled to find out that two more volumes are coming to join the six already released. It’s been a couple of years since the last, Sherlock Holmes International, came out. Publisher Van Ryder Games is currently crowdfunding a new set of books. (There are other volumes in the GNA series, […]

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What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 20

Isn’t that a lovely seasonal cover from when this came out last year? Too bad there is no Halloween party in the book — the costumes are terrific for their personalities. It has taken me so long to tell you why Fumi Yoshinaga’s What Did You Eat Yesterday? volume 20 is terrific because I can’t think of new reasons it’s wonderful. I already, in my review of volume 19, talked about how great it is to see comfortable stories about […]

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