The Fatal Folio

I was so impressed by The Fatal Folio, third in the Cambridge Bookshop mystery series by Elizabeth Penney, that I went back and read the first two. The series began with Chapter and Curse and continued with A Treacherous Tale. They’re great cozy mysteries, particularly for Anglophiles. Molly Kimball and her mother move from Vermont to Cambridge, England, after the death of her father and to help her aunt run a family bookshop, one of the oldest in the city. […]

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Pow Pow Press Titles Available Through Lunar Distribution

Pow Pow Press is a small publisher out of Canada with the goal “to make the work of Québec cartoonists available to an English-speaking audience in both Canada and the United States.” Along those lines, their graphic novels will be easily available in the US comic book direct market (comic shops) for the first time through Lunar Distribution this fall. I previously recommended The Pineapples of Wrath by Cathon several years ago, when I found it at TCAF. That’s one […]

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Scooby-Doo Teams With Krypto in Upcoming Animation

Scooby-Doo! and Krypto, Too! has been announced as available on September 26… but there’s a catch. It’s not a bad idea to team up the Scooby-Doo gang with superheroes — I’ve enjoyed seeing the team work with Batman both in animated movies and comic books. The catch is that you can “buy” a copy of the digital movie on your favorite service on September 26 for $14.99 (or $19.99 at Amazon Prime Video — what’s that about?), or on DVD […]

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Young Agatha Christie

I don’t really know how to sum up Young Agatha Christie. It’s got a number of interesting features, and together they make for an enjoyable read, but I would never have predicted all of them in the same graphic novel. It’s by William Augel, translated by Benjamin Croze, and published by Humanoids. Some of the full-page, nine-panel comic strips feature a morbid girl, as when she has one doll give another arsenic at a tea party. These have the humor […]

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Andy Warner’s Oddball Histories: Pests and Pets

Andy Warner, the author of the entertaining popular history Brief Histories of Everyday Objects, returns with a similar, animal-focused book, Andy Warner’s Oddball Histories: Pests and Pets. Readers discover when and how certain animals were domesticated and some of the beliefs held about them. Some of the animals are eaten, some die in war, some are pampered, some are fads. He’s divided this collection of interesting facts and explanations into three categories: “Creatures We Find Cute” goes beyond dogs, cats, […]

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How to Win the War on Truth: An Illustrated Guide to How Mistruths Are Sold, Why They Stick, and How to Reclaim Reality

How to Win the War on Truth: An Illustrated Guide to How Mistruths Are Sold, Why They Stick, and How to Reclaim Reality covers, with copious illustrations, propaganda — what it is, well-known examples, and how to understand and avoid it. Related topics, such as public relations, implicit biases, and underlying economic motivations, come into play as well. It’s written by Samuel C. Spitale and illustrated by Allan Whincup. There’s a lot of information here. It’s all about showing readers […]

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The Way of the Househusband: The Gangster’s Guide to Housekeeping

I didn’t read much of The Way of the Househusband. It’s a good concept — Tatsu, a former gangster, applies the same kind of single-minded dedication and scary overachievement that made him top of the yakuza to taking care of the house — but I found the joke paled for me quickly. It’s the kind of thing that I would enjoy reading more in its serialized form than in collected volumes. Yet The Way of the Househusband: The Gangster’s Guide […]

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History Comics: Rosa Parks & Claudette Colvin

I’ve been impressed by the majority of the History Comics line for their modern, sensible approaches to stories, well-known or not, that younger readers will find interesting. The tale of Rosa Parks, whose refusal to be sent to the back of the bus kicked off the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott and eventual desegregation of transit, is fairly well-known. By incorporating the earlier resistance of the Claudette Colvin, who wasn’t as respectable and photogenic a figurehead for a movement, this story […]

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