{comics} pluto 008

Pluto 008 by Naoki Urasawa and Osamu Tezuka viz signature edition, 2009. see my review of Pluto volumes 1-7. Finally! the dramatic conclusion to Urasawa x Tezuka’s Pluto. By the seventh volume of Pluto, it looks like the bad guys have won and the Reader is left reeling from one incredible loss after another. There are also…

{comic} the eternal smile

The Eternal Smile : Three Stories by by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim First Second Books, 2009. Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim are authors and artists who’ve teamed up in this collection of three short stories, or three individual comics. The three pieces find commonality in their use of cultural influences, like fairytales,…

{comic} legends of zita the spacegirl

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke; First Second, 2012; tradepaper, 209 pages + sketches. Zita’s exploits from her first adventure have made her an intergalactic megastar! But she’s about to find out that fame doesn’t come without a price. And who can you trust when your true self is being eclipsed by your public…

{comic} same difference

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim ; (deluxe edition) First Second Books, 2011 When Derek Kirk Kim published his debut graphic novel back in 2003, it made an immediate stir. The story about a group of young people navigating adulthood and personal relationships is told with such sympathy and perception that the book was immediately hailed as…

{comic} vogelein: old ghosts

Vögelein: Old Ghosts by Jane Irwin Fiery Studios, 2007 Though three hundred years have passed since Alexi’s death, Vögelein finds herself still haunted by the unkept promise she made to her first Guardian. Now the clockwork faerie must confront her past with the help of Mason, an itinerant musician whose spirit bears a striking resemblance…

bbw, comics, & personal musings…

a bit of levity from xkcd [w/ the line: “of course, with their cautionary tale was reported in a print newspaper, no one  read it.”]  “Given their visual nature and the rampantly held misconception that comic books are for children, comics are among the most challenged and banned books in libraries and schools.”—Comic Book Legal…

{comic} amulet: prince of the elves

The enemy grows stronger… Emily survived the chaos of the Guardian Academy, but Max Griffin has stolen the Mother Stone. Wit it, the Elf King forges new Amulets that will give him the power to invade and destroy the nation of Windsor. Emily and her friends lead the soldiers of the Cielis Guard in a…

{comics} welcome back to Hereville

Thanks to Abrams and NetGalley I got a sneak peek at the sequel to Barry Deutsch’s Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword. It should be noted that the advanced copy/peek was pre-color and still sketched at the end, so I cannot speak to the color throughout or any detailing toward the end, but I can…

{comic} level up

After American Born Chinese I was eager to read something else by Gene Luen Yang and the Library finally got a copy of Level Up. If I had written this review after reading Level Up it probably would have consisted of a copy/paste synopsis and a shrug. I don’t expect to connect nor identify in…

{comics} pluto vol 1-7

If you are going to check out this manga series by Urasawa x Tezuka from your local library, please be sure they have all 8…As it is, I need to carve out time to find the 8th volume somewhere. Believe me, one volume will throw you into the next and you’ll not want to hit…

{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. There…

{book} Amulet series, 1-4

How many heroines in juvenile fiction have lost their mother early on? Now how many have brought their mothers along on their adventures? Thanking the daughter for lending me her copies of Amulet to re-read up to the latest: (book 4) The Last Council, we started listing all the things we love about the series….