End of Giant Days Coming Later This Year

I really enjoy the Giant Days series by John Allison and Max Sarin from Boom! It’s about three university girls learning about life and keeping up with friends while occasionally, odd things happen. Given that the last few issues have been dealing with the impending end of college days, it shouldn’t surprise me that the series won’t continue forever… but I was still sad to hear that issue #55 will be the last. (#50 is the most recent, with a […]

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Cheshire Crossing

Coming in July is a graphic novel that sounds quite promising but turns out to be terrible. The writer of The Martian, Andy Weir, has unearthed Cheshire Crossing. This early project, originally a webcomic, has Alice, Dorothy, and Wendy (from Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan, respectively) put in an asylum together where they escape for battles with each other’s traditional enemies. Since he explains in the introduction that he can’t draw, the publisher, Ten Speed […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2019: The Best of the Silver Comics

Following up my thoughts on the gold comics from today’s Free Comic Book Day giveaways, here are the handful of silver titles I recommend. A Sheets Story (Lion Forge) — A short story in the world of Brenna Thummler’s Sheets graphic novel, about a laundromat girl and her ghost friend. Marjorie, her father, and her younger brother are going to visit grandmother, and Marjorie’s feeling the pain of awkward adolescence. It’s a complex story that unfolds in unexpected ways, and […]

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Mera: Tidebreaker

My review of Mera: Tidebreaker is now posted at Good Comics for Kids. Short version: I liked it. As the first DC Ink release, launching their line of young adult graphic novels, it’s a good showing (and a lot better than Super Sons: The PolarShield Project, the first DC Zoom title for middle grade readers). Although the story structure is familiar — either to fans of star-crossed, fighting family romances or the comic book characters — the telling is entertaining, […]

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The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day

The sixth installment of the super-popular Baby-Sitters Club graphic novel series revolves around a major, life-changing event. Kristy’s mom is getting married, which means Kristy is moving to a new, bigger house in a different neighborhood. The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Big Day is by Gale Galligan, based on the novel by Ann M. Martin. The club is now made up of six members, and Kristy worries about how she’ll stay president once she moves. She’s counting on having one last […]

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Free Comic Book Day 2019: Thoughts on Gold Comics

Tomorrow, May 4, is this year’s Free Comic Book Day. Visit a participating comic shop near you to get one or many free comic books (depending on the store) from a selection of over 50 choices. As Diamond Distributors says, Founded on the belief that there is a comic book for every person out there, FCBD offers a huge selection of 51 free titles designed to appeal to a broad range of age levels and their tastes. You can find […]

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Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu Volume 3

Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu volume 3 is another enjoyable entry in the series about modern Japanese restauranteurs serving their cuisine to medieval Germans. Reading it is a comfortable escape, with lots to tickle the imagination and tastebuds. It’s based on light novels by Natsuya Semikawa, adapted and illustrated by Virginia Nitouhei. As one might expect at this point in the series, we continue moving away from the simple “one chapter, a new situation and character, one dish” structure. We’ve begun to […]

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Marvel Digital Originals Are Hard to Keep Track Of

Various publishers have smartly created digital comics to tie into popular movies or video games. In addition to providing obvious starting points (sometimes a huge problem for superheroes with decades of history and multiple titles), they also mean a better chance of getting a hit when someone is randomly typing in a search online. The problem with these comics is that they can’t really change anything or do anything significant with the character. They’re not “real” in the eyes of […]

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