The Kindaichi Case Files: The Undying Butterflies

The Undying Butterflies is the latest volume, the seventeenth, in the recommended Kindaichi Case Files mystery manga series. It opens with a day at the beach for Kindaichi, Miyuki, and Reika, a young singer who’s previously appeared in the volumes Death TV and Playing the Fool. The sleuth finds himself juggling time alone with the two young women in a sequence that could have appeared in an Archie comic, in which the authors do a good job combining tenderness and […]

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The Reformed

Writer Christopher Hart is responsible for more than 60 how-to books about creating manga and comics, including the incredibly popular Manga Mania and its many spinoffs. But I’d never heard of him creating any actual comics until now. The Reformed is described as “original English language (OEL) crime noir vampire manga”, and the promotional text will give you a good idea of just how clichéd it is. Immortality is his, but love never will be — only an eternity of […]

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Honey and Clover DVD Out This Week

Out Tuesday on DVD was the live-action version of Honey and Clover (subtitled). I’m curious about it. I enjoyed reading the manga, but I suspect seeing the characters “in person” would make them even easier to relate to (and distinguish). The plot is the same — college students find love and make life decisions while pursuing their art. However, in the manga, the childlike Hagumi appears elfin and blonde. Based on pictures, in the movie, she still looks young and […]

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Too Cool to Be Forgotten

Alex Robinson (Tricked, Box Office Poison) is best known for his mastery of handling a sprawling, connected, soap opera-style cast. In his new graphic novel, Too Cool to Be Forgotten, he changes gears to focus on a single protagonist. Andy Wicks is a middle-aged man who, when he undergoes hypnosis to stop smoking, finds himself back in high school in 1985. It’s a common fantasy, to wonder how things would go if you had the chance to do it all […]

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Halo and Sprocket: Natural Creatures

I’m very happy to see Halo and Sprocket return with an all-new graphic novel. The characters — the robot Sprocket, the angel Halo, and regular girl Katie — are still exploring philosophical questions and human nature with great humor and outstanding cartooning from Kerry Callen. In Halo and Sprocket: Natural Creatures, Katie tries to explain to her roommates why people want privacy in the bathroom, societal expectations about women’s body hair, and whether you should kill spiders. The group goes […]

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Iron Man

Simply put, this is the best superhero movie ever. I realized, watching this story of a self-obsessed super-rich genius, that the problem with most superheroes is that they’re completely egotistical. Most can do things no one else can, so there’s some justification for it, but all believe that they’re above the law and a force unto themselves. Iron Man brings that superhuman approach down to the realistic level, because its lead character has always been that way, and so there’s […]

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Little Vampire

Little Vampire contains three stories for all ages: “Little Vampire Goes to School”, “Little Vampire Does Kung Fu”, and “Little Vampire and the Canine Defenders Club”. The first two were previously published individually in 2003, but the latter, the most heart-warming, is newly translated. They’re as straightforward as their titles suggest, with charm that permeates situations any kid can relate to. In the first, the Little Vampire wants to go to school, so his ghost and monster friends make it […]

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The Perhapanauts #1

The first issue of Perhapanauts as a monthly continuing series has debuted from Image. I’m thrilled! The comic, about a group of monster fighters who are themselves weird creatures, is well-suited to the serial structure, with a cliffhanger providing plenty of suspense. Early reports have the issue selling out, which means more readers sampling and enjoying the series, I hope. The series is written by Todd Dezago and drawn by Craig Rousseau. Since this is #1, the cryptozoology characters are […]

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