Category Archives: comics

The comics update: Mystical planets, skateboarding ninjas, and Azzazian warrior queens

Another Free Comic Book Day come and gone.  Fort Wayne has several great comics shops, as well as an amazing downtown library, so I definitely wasn’t lacking in places to hit up for free comics.  The library even had special … Continue reading

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An ode to the books I Did Not Finish (Juv/YA edition)

In the past eight years, I’ve reviewed plenty of amazing books, less-than-amazing books, really-kind-of-terrible books, and just-plain-meh books.  The reading experience has been a mixed bag of awesomeness and problems, but there was always something in each book that kept … Continue reading

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2017 year-end review

It’s been really good to be able to escape into fairy-tale worlds this year, where evil-doers and cranky fairies are no match for the power of love, and alternate Americas where superheroes can actually stop maniacs from taking over the … Continue reading

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Ghastly stories for the biggest scare-seekers

Do you keep a night light on on Halloween, just in case?  Do thoughts of the undead keep you unrested?  Or are you all about the vampire bats and the plague-haunted castles and the vengeful murder victims come back to … Continue reading

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Comics follow-up: summer of superheroes (and Nordic kid adventurers)

Back in late April/early May, partly with the help of Free Comic Book Day, I dipped into several new (or at least recent) franchises, discovering some awesome titles such as America, Ms. Marvel, and the Hildafolk comics by Luke Pearson. … Continue reading

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Lots and lots of comics

How did everyone make out on Free Comic Book Day?  I was only able to visit one comics store this year, but I did discover some new titles to keep an eye on.  Particularly Hilda, from Nobrow Press, and I Hate Fairyland, … Continue reading

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Friendship to the Max!

Noelle Stevenson, et al.  Lumberjanes.  Los Angeles: Boom! Studios, 2014-present. Rating:  4.75 out of 5 punk rock mermaids Lately, I’ve been hooked on the Lumberjanes comics by Noelle Stevenson (of Nimona fame) et al.  Boom! Studios calls it “Buffy the Vampire Slayer … Continue reading

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Guess the fable by the contemporary song title

Chris Duffy, ed.  Fable Comics.  New York: First Second, 2015. Another fun assortment of folktales retold in comics form.  They’re mostly Aesop’s fables, with a few examples from other sources like the Indian Bidpai.  For this game, I chose fourteen … Continue reading

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Selkies, shape-shifters, and maybe mermaids.

Betsy Cornwell.  Tides.  Boston: Clarion, 2013. Noah and Lo Gallagher are spending the summer with their grandmother, Dolores, on the Isles of Shoals.  Noah is there for a marine biology internship, while Lo hopes to spend the time drawing and … Continue reading

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Super Mutants, Time Doctors, Space Cleopatras…and more!

I hope everyone enjoyed Free Comic Book Day yesterday!  My brother and I hit three different spots, each getting +/- eight comics by the end.  My haul included: Avatar: The Last Airbender (plus Plants vs. Zombies and Bandette), by Dark … Continue reading

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