{comics} lost islands & found creators

Explorer: The Lost Islands  edited by Kazu Kibuishi Amulet Books (Abrams) 2013. tradepaper, 128 pages, incl “about the creators.” Library Loan The highly anticipated second volume to the critically acclaimed Explorer series, “The Lost Islands “is a collection of seven all-new stories written and illustrated by an award-winning roster of comics artists, with each storyContinue reading “{comics} lost islands & found creators”

{book} open mic

Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices edited by Mitali Perkins Candlewick, 2013. (ages 12 & up) hardcover, 127pages w/ “About the Contributors.” Library loan. As Mitali Perkins observes in her “Introduction,” “humor has the power to break down barriers and cross borders. Once you’ve shared a laugh with someone, it’s almostContinue reading “{book} open mic”

{comics} womanthology: heroic, team suzannah

I was going to start at the beginning of the book, but since Thursday morning (my intended post date) turned into Friday afternoon, I am started by read-through of Womanthology: Hero with “Part Four” (pp 179-222). [see my plan for the read-through.] The indie anthology of female-only generated comic goodness is divided into sections. These sectionsContinue reading “{comics} womanthology: heroic, team suzannah”

{comics} womanthology: heroic

“Womanthology is a large-scale anthology showcasing the works of women in comics. It is created entirely by over 140 women of all experience levels, from young girls who love to create comics all the way up to top industry professionals. All of the short stories will center around our theme for this volume; Heroic. ThereContinue reading “{comics} womanthology: heroic”

Stories: All-New Tales (pt2)

this is part 2 of my post on Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio edited Stories: All-New Tales (2010, William Morrow). Part one is here. Part 2 involves my [brief] responses to each of the 27 stories collected, and the introduction. ******************* As I was reading Stories I kept thinking how hard it must be to notContinue reading “Stories: All-New Tales (pt2)”

Stories: All-New Tales (pt 1)

Stories: All-New Tales Edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio William Morrow & Company, 2010 Hardcover, 448 pages. 27 stories, introduction, and brief contributors’ bios. “Talking to Al Sarrantino I realised that I was not alone in finding myself increasingly frustrated with the boundaries of genre: the idea that categories which existed only to guideContinue reading “Stories: All-New Tales (pt 1)”