Recipes for Murder: 66 Dishes That Celebrate the Mysteries of Agatha Christie

What a brilliant idea! Not only are the dishes in Karen Pierce’s Recipes for Murder: 66 Dishes That Celebrate the Mysteries of Agatha Christie inspired by the great writer’s novels, they’re also chosen with awareness of the year the book was published. That means techniques and dishes dating from the appropriate period, which also makes this cookbook something of a social history. The author aims to consider “how Christie uses food in her novels, whether to advance plots or define […]

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Cat+Gamer Volume 4

Just when I was getting a little bored with “everyday life with a cat” stories — which is why I reviewed volume 1 and volume 2 but not volume 3 — the author, Wataru Nadatani, shakes things up in Cat+Gamer volume 4 by introducing a second cat! This shouldn’t be a spoiler, since that’s the kitty on the cover. Cat owner Riko has befriended the woman from the pet store, who mentions how lots of people have two cats, as […]

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Billi 99 Returns in Color

Billi 99 by Sarah Byam and Tim Sale was originally published by Dark Horse back in the early days of the 2000s, over 20 years ago. It’s an unusual take on a superhero story — I liked it. (And with an unexpected take on inheritance, corruption, and social responsibility that feels modern.) Clover Press has just announced that they will be reprinting it in color (by José Villarrubia, as Tim Sale has passed away) via crowdfunding. The effort has already […]

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Yellow Cab

Yellow Cab is a fascinating look at New York City from the perspective of a filmmaker. It’s adapted by Chabouté from a book by Benoit Cohen and translated from the French by Edward Gauvin. Almost ten years ago, Cohen finds himself exhausted. He doesn’t have stories to tell or energy to tell them. In order to try something different, and better understand the NYC culture he’s visiting, he decides to become a taxi driver as research for a movie character. […]

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Mall Goth

Kate Leth’s Mall Goth is a charming period piece that covers universal experiences about being a teen, with more optimism than I expected. That’s welcome. It’s the early 2000s. Liv has just moved to a new town. She’s not shy about being a goth or liking girls (she’s bisexual), but she is a bit burned by previous experiences when she wasn’t treated well. Also, her father is increasingly absent. At least the mall provides a place to hang out, get […]

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The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu

The Bodyguard Unit: Edith Garrud, Women’s Suffrage, and Jujitsu is a fascinating story of history most people won’t know. It’s written by Clément Xavier, illustrated by Lisa Lugrin, and translated from the French by Edward Gauvin. It’s also surprisingly timely. Edith Garrud was a jujitsu instructor who wound up teaching suffragettes self-defense. (She was one of the first female martial arts instructors outside of Asia.) They were protesting the prime minister of the time ignoring his campaign promise to grant […]

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The Happy Shop

The Happy Shop, by Brittany Long Olsen, has a fable-like feel that I appreciated. Darcy has just moved to a new country because of her mother’s job. (It’s not stated, but given the pound price tags and complaints about fog, I assumed it was England.) She’s lonely and grumpy when she stumbles into the Happy Shop, stocked with a whole bunch of jars full of glowing dots. Sisters Flora and Frida sell happy feelings. Darcy accidentally breaks some of the […]

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A Firehose of Falsehood: The Story of Disinformation

A Firehose of Falsehood: The Story of Disinformation is another of First Second’s World Citizen Comics. In addition to tackling a must-know topic, particularly these days, it’s also gorgeously illustrated in a throwback style. It’s written by Teri Kanefield and illustrated by Pat Dorian. It starts with a history of key developments in propaganda, from Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union through rulers in Persia and India to Potemkin villages and the definition and rise of fascism with Benito Mussolini. […]

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