Naomi: The Complete Series

It’s a shame that we’re finally seeing many more diverse takes on the superhero genre now that it’s been so overworked. The exhaustion of fans and creators with this genre means no one’s sure what to do with it any more, so we’re finally getting characters beyond the usual white guy. That’s a very admirable thing… but I still have to care about the story and cast. It’s entirely possible to applaud something for existing while not finding it to […]

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A Tour of SherlockComics.com

I was invited to give a history and tour of my SherlockComics.com website at the most recent “Five Miles From Anywhere” virtual scion meeting, and it’s now available for viewing, in case you’re curious. Watch me talk about different kinds of comics featuring Sherlock Holmes for 45 minutes. (If that link doesn’t work, my section starts about 7 1/2 minutes in.)

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Salt Magic

Salt Magic is the kind of book that makes you glad to read comics. It blends fantasy and history and authentic characters and fairy tale happenings into a story of growing up and protecting those you love. Writer Hope Larson is no stranger to magical fables. I’m fond of what I think is her earliest published graphic novel, Salamander Dream, which had a dream-like quality to it. Her Mercury, a historical fantasy, is even more similar. Artist Rebecca Mock previously […]

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Cat + Gamer Volume 2

Although I’m neither a cat owner nor a gamer, I enjoyed the first volume of this series by Wataru Nadatami because of the way it used the language of one hobby to talk about another. Cat + Gamer volume 2 has moved away from that premise somewhat to present more generic examples of how life works with a pet cat. Readers who enjoy seeing adorable animals will still enjoy these stories, because Musubi is drawn to be excessively cute. My […]

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Lost Lad London Volume 2

There’s not much progression in the solution of the mystery in this second volume of the series, but Lost Lad London volume 2 sets up more threats against Al as we learn more about the forces arrayed against him. Al ponders the depth of the situation he’s in — framed for murder, and living in the detective’s messy house. He’s in danger, and that makes him wonder about the choices he’s made in his life. Meanwhile, Inspector Ellis, the detective, […]

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Unicorn Playlist: Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure

For a comic strip on its fourteenth volume (as this one is), it’s amazing to me how good Unicorn Playlist still is. Settling down with a new Phoebe and Her Unicorn book means a satisfying read. The familiar characters — unusual young woman Phoebe, her magical best friend Marigold the unicorn, her frenemy Dakota, and her goblin minions — have challenges, but they make it through with humor and good will as illustrated by Dana Simpson. This particular volume felt […]

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Baltimore’s Going to Be a Great Show!

There are some great East Coast region shows that I haven’t attended since I moved to the Midwest (ten years ago!). One of the best is the Baltimore Comic-Con. I am thrilled that KC and I are able to go this year, because it’s the best kind of traditional comic book show for me: plenty of guests, reflecting all kinds of comics, from all different eras, with a definite comic focus. It’s about two months out, and tickets are available […]

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