Don’t Be Cruel: Plus+

Don’t Be Cruel: Plus+ is a one-off collection of side and bonus stories featuring characters from the main yaoi series by Yonezou Nekota (also published by SuBLime Manga). I must have read Don’t Be Cruel at some point, because I vaguely remembered that it was about two schoolboys. The fun-loving, playboy one blackmails the studious one into having regular sex with him, but (typical of yaoi) they really have feelings for each other, although they aren’t willing to admit it […]

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Cinegeek

I don’t really know how to describe Cinegeek by Pluttark. It’s an entertaining grab bag, particularly if you love genre movies and weird observations. The subtitle gives a good idea of its aim: “fun trivia tidbits celebrating the cinematic world”. Each page is another random topic, most often inspired by science fiction/ fantasy/ horror movies, illustrated by spot drawings or caricatures. The colors are just this side of garish, frequently bright pinks and yellows and turquoise blue. It’s a ridiculous […]

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No Harvey Awards for 2017

Last year, news broke that the Harvey Awards, an Eisner competitor first established in 1988, would be leaving their ten-year home at the Baltimore Comic-Con. (That convention has since established their own award program.) Now comes news that the awards will be hosted at the New York Comic Con — but not until 2018. So sorry, anyone with a great graphic novel out this year, no recognition for you! It’s understandable that it will take time to get the program […]

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The Art of Harley Quinn Coming From Insight Editions

Due out this November is an art book dedicated to the second-hottest DC character currently (after Wonder Woman). The Art of Harley Quinn promises to cover “the complete history of the Harley Quinn comics” with “the most iconic covers and panels in Harley Quinn’s history” and feature “over a decade’s worth of artwork” and “exclusive interviews with the writers and artists who have brought Harley Quinn to life.” It’s written by Andrew Farago, curator of San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum, […]

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Ten Count Volume 4

I imagine those who have trouble with the lack of consent on view in previous volumes of Ten Count have given up by now, but those who’ve stuck it out are rewarded in volume 4 by finally finding out what made Shirotani a germophobe. The title comes from Shirotani’s list of tasks he can’t stand to do, things like shaking hands without his gloves on. It was established as a starting point for a kind of aversion therapy, but therapist […]

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In a Daze Work: A Pick-Your-Path Journey Through the Daily Grind

As a member of the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book generation, I have a soft spot for the modern-day, adult-oriented versions. Siobhán Gallagher‘s In a Daze Work: A Pick-Your-Path Journey Through the Daily Grind puts a twist on the genre by illustrating every option. Here’s an example page, from when you’re reflecting on your day. The result means fewer decisions and paths than you’d expect in a 160-page book, but I like the charming simplicity of her artwork and that she makes a […]

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Good Night, Planet

Good Night, Planet is a beautifully illustrated take on the classic idea of a child’s beloved stuffed animal coming alive at night. Planet appears to be a bedraggled rabbit (or maybe a dog?), and after a day jumping in the autumn leaves, while the little girl sleeps, Planet plays with the family dog and gets snacks. The linework by Liniers is detailed, especially around the edges, whether stacking up shadows in the corner of the room or delineating the night […]

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Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Year Three #6-7

Of all the many Doctor Who comics Titan have put out, this title gets my nod for the one exploring most realistically what it would really be like to be part of the Doctor’s adventures. That’s due to his companions, the artist Gabby Gonzalez (who’s been in the book since its launch) and her best friend, Cindy Wu. The group has just come from ancient China, where Cindy wound up meeting a bunch of duplicates of herself, which has understandably […]

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