{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”

{comic} explorer: the mystery boxes

I adore both the Flight and Explorer (for the youth) anthologies, and not because I also adore Kazu Kibuishi. These are great venues to read wonderful stories and find new Artists to pursue. Explorer: The Mystery Boxes is a collection of comics centered around a story object–a mystery box. Each of the 7 stories “represent a unique take onContinue reading “{comic} explorer: the mystery boxes”

the war at ellsmere

The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks SLG Publishing, 2008. tradepaper, 144 pages. Middle School Fiction. (Juvenile, YA) Jun is the newest scholarship student at the prestigious Ellsmere girls’ boarding school – but to a lot of the privileged rich girls, “scholarship student” is just a code for “charity case.” Fortunately, Jun has anContinue reading “the war at ellsmere”

zita the spacegirl

(love how Zita’s earth clothes find correlation with her space gear) Zita and her friend Joseph find a contraption in a crater a meteoroid leaves behind. Zita does the fool thing and pushes the red button. Joseph is pulled through a tear, and Zita determinedly follows (after experiencing some shame for his disappearance). In whatContinue reading “zita the spacegirl”

getting to smile

“Handsomely illustrated and cleverly written by Telgemeier, Smile is a simple, fast-paced, yet unforgettable story that will resonate with anyone who survived those tumultuous teen years. Younger readers will likely relate to Raina’s tribulations at school and home, and those who are facing the dreaded braces will certainly feel grateful they didn’t have to liveContinue reading “getting to smile”