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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: Princess Ugg, vol. 1

J. Caleb Mozzocco
princess ugg

Princess Ugg Vol. 1 Written and drawn by Ted Naifeh Oni Press, $15.99 Ted Naifeh, the cartoonist creator of the charming Courtney Crumrin comics, has returned with a new heroine who has little in common with her noseless, sharp-featured, black-and-white forebearer. Her name is Princess Ulga—”Ugg” is a derisive nickname her peers at Princess School [...]

Review: Super Heroes: My First Dictionary

J. Caleb Mozzocco
my first dictionary

Super Heroes: My First Dictionary Written by Michael Robin Illustrated by Various Downtown Bookworks; $15.99 Ages 3 and up The title and cover say it all: This is a first dictionary, offering short, simple definitions for more than 500 words, all organized around the theme of superheroes; the DC Comics-owned superheroes, to be exact. Sometimes [...]

Review: Orphan Blade

J. Caleb Mozzocco
orphan blade

Orphan Blade Written by M. Nicholas Almand Drawn by Jake Myler Oni Press; $19.99 This is a somewhat difficult book to discuss, as a fact regarding its creation, once known, hovers over it and colors one’s reading of it (if you don’t know it going in, however, you won’t find out until the first of [...]

Review: Pippi Won’t Grow Up

J. Caleb Mozzocco
pippi

Pippi Won’t Grow Up Written by Astrid Lindgren Drawn by Ingrid Vang Nyman Translated by Tiina Nunnally Drawn & Quarterly, $14.95 Writer Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking returns to comics in another new volume from publisher Draw & Quarterly, containing Tiina Nunnally’s translation of Lindgren and artist Ingrid Vang Nymann’s original 1950s comics starring the world’s [...]

Review: Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries

J. Caleb Mozzocco
anna & froga

Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries By Anouk Ricard Drawn & Quarterly, $15 For the third consecutive year, Drawn & Quarterly presents a beautiful, hardcover collection of comics strips and stories by French animator Anouk Ricard, featuring her small group of colorful characters. These are, of course, the title characters Anna, a little girl [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “Return To Plain Awful”

J. Caleb Mozzocco
plain awful

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “Return to Plain Awful” By Don Rosa Fantagraphics; $29.99 Fantagraphics certainly is doing their level best to keep us supplied with Disney Duck comics. Hot on the heels of the first volume of their new Don Rosa Library and kid-friendlier trade paperback repackaging of some Carl Barks classics [...]

Review In Real Life

J. Caleb Mozzocco
In Real Life

In Real Life Written by Cory Doctorow Drawn by Jen Wang First Second; $17.99 The story of a young woman who is also an avid gamer, In Real Life is a rather timely graphic novel—but not for the reasons you might expect (or dread), if you’ve been following the depressing news over the course of [...]

Review: Snoopy’s Thanksgiving

J. Caleb Mozzocco
snoopy's thanksgiving

Snoopy’s Thanksgiving By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 Now here’s something to be thankful for—the fourth in Fantagraphics’ growing line of seasonal-themed gift books collecting classic Peanuts material. Snoopy’s Thanksgiving, as the title indicates, is concerned with next month’s big holiday. While there was, of course, an animated  Peanuts holiday special about Thanksgiving—1973′s A Charlie [...]

Review: Picture Windows’ DC educational board books

J. Caleb Mozzocco
superman colors

DC’s superheroes are muscling in on the market for educational board books aimed at the youngest of children, and it’s not like Elmo, Dora and company can stop them from teaching readers about shapes, colors, letters and numbers.They’ve got super-powers! And bat-shaped gadgets! And they’re not afraid to play rough! Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and [...]

Review: The Woods Vol. 1: The Arrow

J. Caleb Mozzocco
the woods

The Woods Vol.1: The Arrow Written by James Tynion IV Drawn by Michael Dialynas Boom Studios; $9.99 The premise of The Woods will sound familiar to many teen readers, who have likely encountered more than one comic with which this new sci-fi high-school survivalist tale shares DNA. An entire high school—students, faculty, and facilities—is instantaneously [...]