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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: Cast Away on the Letter A

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Cast Away on the Letter A By Fred Toon Books; $17 While I imagine there are quite a few benefits to running one’s own imprint, rather high on the list must be the ability to introduce an entirely new generation in an entirely new country to a favorite story of your youth, and, better yet, [...]

Review: Monster Soul Vol. 1

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Monster Soul Vol. 1 By Hiro Mashima Kodansha Comics; $10.99 Rated T, for Ages 13+ Just because they’re monsters doesn’t mean they’re bad people. The five monsters that star in the latest manga series by Hiro Mashima (Rave Master, Fairy Tail) to make it to the U.S. are known collectively as “The Black Airs,” and [...]

Review: My Love Story!! Vol. 1

J. Caleb Mozzocco
my love story!!

My Love Story !! Vol. 1 Written by Kazune Kawahara Art by Aruko Viz; $10 Rated T for Teen High School Debut‘s Kazune Kawahara joins forces with artist Aruko for this refreshingly unusual rom-com manga about a love triangle that only exists in the main character’s head. That character is Takeo, a big, huge, manly-man [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn By Carl Barks Fantagraphics Books; $29.99 According to story notes provided to Ken Parille in the back of the latest volumes of Fantagraphics’ Carl Barks library, the eminent and influential cartoonist was no fan of superhero comics. Perhaps he found them too simplistic, and the drawing of [...]

Review: Archie #656

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Archie #656 Written by Dan Parent Drawn by Dan Parent and Rich Koslowski Archie Comics; $2.99 Archie Comics scored a good deal of press for this issue—including here at GC4K—as it introduced a new arrival into Riverdale, Veronica’s successful, fashionable cousin Harper. Why the interest? Well, Harper is disabled and must spend most of her [...]

Review: Afterlife With Archie: Escape From Riverdale

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Afterlife With Archie: Escape From Riverdale Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art by Francesco Francavilla Archie Comics; $17.99 Rated Teen + There are two common stereotypes of Archie Comics in the 21st century, both of which the publisher’s new zombie-apocalypse-in-Riverdale series Afterlife With Archie adhered to…and defied. One is that as keen as the publisher is [...]

Review: Tiny Titans: Return To The Treehouse #1

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Tiny Titans: Return To The Treehouse #1 By Art Baltazar and Franco DC Comics; $2.99 It’s been a little over two years since DC published the last issue of writer/artist Art Baltazar and co-writer Franco Aureliani’s Tiny Titans ongoing monthly series, and the pair has hardly been idle since then. For DC, they created the [...]

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repula’s Attitude Adjustment

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment Written by Stefan Petrucha Art by PH Marcondes Papercutz; $7.99 or $12.99 It seems strange to declare that the Power Rangers are back, considering they never really went away. The original television show, a live-action kids show produced re-using footage from the Japanese show Super Sentai, [...]

Review: Cleopatra In Space

J. Caleb Mozzocco
cleopatra in space

Cleopatra In Space: Target Practice By Mike Maihack Scholastic; It’s oft-fictionalized historical figure Cleopatra as you’ve never seen her! Not only does cartoonist Mike Maihack focus on the character when she’s a tomboy-ish 15-year-old girl more interested in slingshots that royal duties, and still a long way off from the seductive presence once portrayed by [...]

Interview: Danica Novgorodoff on ‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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In 2007, artist Danica Novgorodoff was reading through an issue of The Economist magazine when she came across an article about the persistence of the tradition of “ghost marriages” in China—apparently, when some young unmarried men die early, their family members will try to secure a so-called “corpse bride” to bury with them, so that [...]