I’m in a Book of Sherlockian Monster Essays: Monstrum Opus Now Available

I’m very pleased to be one of the 17 contributors to The Monstrum Opus of Sherlock Holmes: A Compendium of Horrors Dr. Watson Dared Not Tell, a new collection of essays revealing the monsters secretly appearing in the Sherlock Holmes mystery stories. Monsters include werewolves, shapeshifters, Cthulu, Mr. Hyde, Dorian Gray, Gozer, and the Wicked Witch of the West. My particular piece deals with “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” (you know, the one with the snake, but that’s not […]

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Asylum

You know what we don’t have enough stories about? Good friends. That’s why I loved Asylum, that, and the nerd culture setting. The graphic novel is written by Greg Means, illustrated by Kazimir Lee, and published by Tugboat Press. Allen and Zekia are best friends. (Before you start thinking When Harry Met Sally, it’s not like that. He’s straight and she’s gay.) She’s a nationally ranked player of Asylum, a competitive card game, and he helps with the demos on […]

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Showa Re-Released With New Covers

Drawn and Quarterly has re-released the four volumes of Showa, Shigeru Mizuki’s ridiculously detailed history of Japan from 1926-1989, translated by Zack Davisson, with snazzy redesigned covers. As I said when I previously reviewed the first volume, Although intimidating, with its doorstop size and historical focus, [it] is surprisingly readable. I found it fast-moving, with an inviting combination of personal reminiscence and an educational approach to cultural history. The price has gone up by $5 a book, but it’s been […]

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Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Part Two #3 Preview

Out this week in comic shops is the third issue (of four) of Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Part Two. As usual, there are three covers available. The publisher, Titan Comics, has provided this set of preview pages. I’ve previously posted about related comics in this series: Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Part One Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Part Two #1 Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Part Two #2 — cover reveal Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia Part Two […]

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DoorDash Custom Comic From Marvel

DoorDash has had Marvel create a custom comic, The Dashers, to “depict how, through independence and flexibility, Dashers are able to pursue their passions while being real-life heroes in their communities.” The issue, “which celebrates the work and lives of those who deliver with DoorDash,” is available at New York Comic Con, going on now, and there’s also a five-chapter motion comic version that will begin posting at Marvel.com on October 12. Or you can read it digitally at doordash.com/marvel […]

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Sue & Tai-Chan Volume 1

The author of the popular Chi’s Sweet Home, Konami Kanata, returns with another cute cat manga. Sue & Tai-Chan is full-color, printed left to right, for maximum English-speaking audience appeal. Sue is an elderly cat, set in her ways, when her owner takes in the kitten Tai-chan. The older feline is drawn with simple lines, while Tai-chan is fuzzy, with huge eyes, capturing his youth. Sue sleeps most of the time, while Tai-chan explores the world. The short chapters allow […]

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Comics Worth Reading Named Best Comics-Related Website

I am touched and honored to have been named “Best Comics-Related Website / Publications” in the Tripwire Awards 2022. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Tripwire Magazine editor Joel Meadows when I visited London last year, and he’s putting out some lovely editions. Thank you to anyone who voted for this site, and thank you to the visitors giving me a reason to keep it going all these years.

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DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High

As noted at the end of my DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out review, DC Super Hero Girls: At Metropolis High is the first of a new run of the series that changes the concept, characters, and look to match the TV cartoon. It’s written by Amy Wolfram and illustrated by Yancey Labat. One of the key differences in this second phase of DC Super Hero Girls is that it’s much more conventional in its approach. Half the characters — […]

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