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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: ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass’

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The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap/Phantom Hourglass Writer/artist: Akira Himekawa Viz Media; $17.99 Rated A for All Ages The latest game in Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise, Breath of The Wild, was released in March, leading to the regular, periodic spike in interest of all things Zelda. That might explain why Viz has been […]

Review: ‘DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular’ #1

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DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 Writer: Mark Evanier Artists: Joe Staton, Tom Palmer, and Mike DeCarlo DC Comics; $7.99 Rated E for Everyone DC Comics rather recently published a round of strange team-ups between some of their superhero properties and altered versions of Hanna-Barbra cartoon characters, an experiment apparently inspired by their Hanna-Barbera reboot […]

Review: ‘If Found Please Return to Elise Gravel’

If Found Please Return to Elise Gravel

If Found Please Return to Elise Gravel Writer/artist: Elise Gravel Drawn & Quarterly; $17.95 Montreal artist and author Elise Gravel has created over 30 books, many of them focused on simply and charmingly drawn monsters and animals that all seem to emanate a cuddly charisma and all-around cuteness…no small feat considering that many of those […]

Review: ‘Wordplay’

Wordplay Writer/artist: Ivan Brunetti Toon Books; $12.99 “Who can tell us what a compound word is?” the round-headed teacher at the front of a classroom full of round-headed little kids asks aloud on the first page of the new Toon Book, Wordplay. Annemarie, the little girl with glasses in the front of the room can, […]

Review: ‘Toppu GP’ Vol. 1

Toppu GP, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Kosuke Fujishima Kodanasha Comics; $12.99 Rated T (Ages 13+) Even if readers don’t recognize the name Kosuke Fujishima, if they’ve read much manga then chances are they will be familiar with his most famous creation, the long-running series Oh My Goddess! (sometimes translated as Ah! My Goddess!). And if they’re […]

Review: ‘Flying Witch,’ Vol. 1

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Flying Witch, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Chihiro Ishizuka Vertical Comics; $10.95 Teenage Makoto is a witch and, as the title of the manga she stars in indicates, she does indeed fly. On a broom, of course, in the traditional manner of witches. That is not what makes her stand out as an outsider in Hirosaki, the […]

Review: ‘Dragon Ball Super’ Vol. 1

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Dragon Ball Super, vol. 1 Writer: Akira Toriyama Artist: Toyotarou Viz Media; $9.99 Rated T for Teen The anime series Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z, which ran for a whole decade on Japanese television, were based on artist Akira Toriyama’s epic 11-year, 519-chapter manga series, Dragon Ball. The newest Dragon Ball comics, which just […]

Interview: Pénélope Bagieu on ‘California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & the Papas’

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She is probably best known by the name Mama Cass, or perhaps by Cass Elliot, but the little girl who grew up to take on those names was first named Ellen Cohen by her parents. It is Ellen, and her journey to become Cass and one of the Mamas in The Mamas & The Papas […]

Review: ‘Mickey Mouse: Dark Mines of The Phantom Metal’

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Mickey Mouse: Dark Mines of The Phantom Metal Writer/artists: Andrea “Casty” Castellan, Romano Scarpa and others IDW Publishing; $12.99 The latest trade collection of IDW’s Mickey Mouse comics takes its very dramatic title from the lead story, which is the most fantastic and exotic of the three long-form action-adventure stories contained within the 120-page, six-by-nine-inch […]

Free Comic Book Day is This Saturday!

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This Saturday is the very first Saturday in May, which means it is Free Comic Book Day, the industry-invented holiday devoted to promoting the comic book business and reaching out to new readers by…well, it’s right there in the name, isn’t it? This year marks the 15th annual Free Comic Book Day, which was first […]