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J. Caleb Mozzocco

About J. Caleb Mozzocco

J. Caleb Mozzocco is a way-too-busy freelance writer who has written about comics for online and print venues for a rather long time now. He currently contributes to Comic Book Resources' Robot 6 blog and ComicsAlliance, and maintains his own daily-ish blog at EveryDayIsLikeWednesday.blogspot.com. He lives in northeast Ohio, where he works as a circulation clerk at a public library by day.

Review: ‘Trees: Kings of the Forest’

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Science Comics: Trees: Kings of the Forest Writer/artist: Andy Hirsch First Second; $12.99 Ask any group of little kids what they want to be when they grow up, and chances are none of them will answer that they want to be a tree. Not only would it be impossible for a human child to grow […]

Review: ‘Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba’ Vol. 1

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Koyoharu Gotouge Viz Media; $9.99 Rated T for Teen Poor, kind, helpful, and hard-working Tanjiro Kamado seems like such a nice guy with such a charmed life that it becomes clear something bad is going to happen to him and his loving family within the first few […]

Review: ‘Ocean Renegades’

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Ocean Renegades Writer/artist: Abby Howard Amulet Books; $15.99 It was just last year that cartoonist Abby Howard released Dinosaur Empire, her book-length comic detailing the latest scientific understanding of dinosaurs and their Mesozoic Era contemporaries, couched in a comedic story about a super-enthusiastic time-traveling scientist and her reluctant student. Twelve short months later comes the […]

Review: ‘Marvel 2-in-One Vol. 1: The Fate of The Four’

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Marvel 2-In-One Vol. 1: The Fate of The Four Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artists: Jim Cheung, Valerio Schiti, John Dell and Walden Wong Marvel; $17.99 Rated T for Teen This series is a pretty perfect distillation of Marvel’s impulse to serve the older, shrinking, extant audience for their monthly comics instead of at least trying to […]

Review: ‘Teasing Master Takagi-san’ Vol.1

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Teasing Master Takagi-san, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Soichiro Yamamoto Yen Press; $13 Rate T for Teen The single joke of Teasing Master Takagi-san, which gets repeated in a different way in each of the nine stories in this first collection, doubles as its premise: Excitable middle-schooler Nishikata sits next to Takagi in just about every class, […]

Interview: Shea Fontana on ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle’

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The recently released original graphic novel DC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle is the sixth in the series, all of which have been written by Shea Fontana, one of the co-creators of the Warner Bros-produced toy line and multimedia franchise. In this volume, Fontana and her artist collaborators Agnes Garbowska, Mirka Andolfo, and […]

Living the Tiny Life: ‘Hakumei & Mikochi’ Vol. 1

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Hakumei & Mikochi: Tiny Little Life in the Woods Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Takuto Kashiki Yen Press; $15 Rated T for Teen There’s a fundamental tension between the fantastic and the mundane that serves as a sort of engagement engine for Takuto Kashiki’s Hakumei & Mikochi. The title characters themselves belong to some unspecified species of […]

Review: ‘Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World’

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World Writer/artist: Pénélope Bagieu First Second; $24.99 Last year, Pénélope Bagieu released California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & The Papas, a comics biography of the young woman who would grow up to become the famed singer and entertainer. This year Bagieu follows it with not one, not […]

Review: ‘Sacrificial Princess and The King of The Beasts’ Vol. 1

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Sacrificial Princess and The King of The Beasts, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Yu Tomofuji Yen Press; $13 Yet another riff on the story of Beauty and the Beast, manga-ka Yu Tomofuji’s Sacrificial Princess and The King of The Beasts features a beast with more than a passing resemblance to the Disney one. In fact, this horned […]

Review: ‘Marvel Comics Digest #7′

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Marvel Comics Digest #7 Writers: Stan Lee, David Michelinie, Joe Caramagna and others Artists: Jack Kirby, Don Heck, George Perez and others Archie Comics; $6.99 It was a team-up that was at least as unexpected as that of Superman and Spider-Man in 1976, when they joined forces against Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus: Archie Comics, […]