Happy Holiday Webcomic LinkBlogging

Scott at Polite Dissent continues his yearly tradition of posting a new Christmas-themed comic cover every day for the month of December. So does Dave Carter! I’m sure David Gallaher and Steve Ellis are happy that their webcomic High Moon was the first winner of the Zuda monthly competition. (Odd phrasing from the editor, in a post no longer available: “even we did not know who was going to win it in the end.” Did they expect to know ahead […]

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Minx Now and Future

The Minx Class of 2007 The Plain Janes Re-Gifters Clubbing Good as Lily Confessions of a Blabbermouth Kimmie66 This completes the first year of Minx. Interestingly, Karen Berger when interviewed a year ago about the line, said there would be seven Minx releases in 2007. Which book went missing? Due in 2008 They do plan seven books for 2008, including work by Joelle Jones (12 Reasons Why I Love Her) and Steve Rolston (One Bad Day). I’m more excited about […]

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Kimmie66

Aaron Alexovich both writes and draws Kimmie66 (the first Minx book that has allowed a writer-artist to do both), a near-future tale of a world lived in virtual reality. Telly, the goth teen girl lead, has received a suicide note from her best friend, a person she never knew in real life, which leads her to ponder the nature of existence and how you really know a person. Her conclusion: It’s such a pain in the butt when you don’t […]

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Confessions of a Blabbermouth

I had high hopes due to the premise — teenage blogger can’t cope with mom’s new boyfriend — and the co-writer, Louise Carey, who is an actual 15-year-old girl and daughter of established writer Mike Carey. I was sadly disappointed with Confessions of a Blabbermouth. And to tell you why, I have to spoil the book, so if you don’t wanna, skip to the next post. The book starts in a very cartoony fashion, with Tasha, our Teenage Heroine, throwing […]

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Good as Lily

The every-other-book-is-good Minx pattern continues. Good as Lily is not the best book in the line (that would be Re-Gifters), but it’s a close second. Derek Kirk Kim (Same Difference and Other Stories) writes and Jesse Hamm draws this story of Grace, a girl just turning 18 who magically encounters herself at the ages of 6, 29, and 70. Why now? Because Grace is unsure of where her life is going to take her, and her other selves aren’t very […]

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More Baby-Sitters Club: The Truth About Stacey, Mary Anne Saves the Day

I’ve been remiss in keeping up with this young adult series, adapted and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier based on the books by Ann M. Martin. I very much enjoyed the first book, and now the third’s already been out for two months and I haven’t talked about it. The first volume featured the founder of the baby-sitters club, Kristy, and each subsequent book focuses on another of the girls, which is a nice way to get to know the characters […]

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Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs Volumes 5 and 6

I don’t make any claims for superior artistry or quality, but this manga series by Yukiya Sakuragi has quickly become one of the top five I look forward to. It’s consistently entertaining, and I know what I’m going to get from it: cute dogs and soap opera among the people who love them. It feels good to read it, and it rewards me exactly as I expect it to. I do wish, though, that some of the fan service chapter-opening […]

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Eating Steve

I broke my iron-clad “no zombies” rule to read Eating Steve when sent a review copy, only because I so very much enjoyed J. Marc Schmidt’s previous graphic novel, Egg Story. I shouldn’t have bothered. Not because of the subject matter, but because it’s not very good. It’s not really about zombies — it’s about a young woman finding herself after the abrupt end of her relationship and life to date. Schmidt postulates a disease that causes people to suddenly […]

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