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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: ‘Terrible Lizard’

Terrible Lizard Written by Cullen Bunn Art by Drew Moss Oni Press; $20 The meaner, snarkier part of my critic’s brain can’t help but wish Cullen Bunn and Drew Moss’ comic book about a little girl and the Tyrannosaurus Rex she befriends was a great deal worse, if only so that it could legitimately be […]

Review: ‘Love: The Tiger’

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Love: The Tiger Written by Frédéric Brrémaud Drawn by Federico Bertolucci Magnetic Press; $18 This beautifully drawn, oversized hardcover is a typical, day-in-the-life narrative—but that of a magnificent creature that doesn’t really have typical days. For a tiger, like all wild animals, every day is a constant struggle to find enough food and water to […]

Review: ‘Darth Vader and Friends’

Darth Vader and Friends By Jeffrey Brown Chronicle Books; $14.95 Yes, the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, California just wrapped up, the new Star Wars: Battlefront video game looks incredible, and there was a new trailer for this year’s Episode VII, featuring Old Han Solo and Chewbacca. And that’s all well and good, but […]

Review: Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

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Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms! By Philippe Coudray Toon Books; $13 Does familiarity really breed contempt? Because this is the third Toon Books collection of French artist Philippe Coudray’s one-page Benjamin Bear gag comics, and I’m certainly not feeling anything in the general vicinity of contempt for the cartoonist, cartoons or character yet. Quite the […]

Review: Orpheus in The Underworld

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Orpheus In The Underworld By Yvan Pommaux Toon Books; $17 The oft retold myth of Orpheus and Eurydice gets another telling in French cartoonist Yvan Pommaux’s Orpheus In The Underworld, which follows his previous entry in the new Toon Graphic Mythology series, Theseus and The Minotaur. You probably already know the basics: Orpheus, son of […]

Review: The Wild Piano

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The Wild Piano By Fred Toon Books; $16.95 The second of the late, great French cartoonist Frederic Otohn Aristedes’ Philemon adventures, The Wild Piano, picks up right where Cast Away on the Letter A left off, the pace of the practically random, dream-like events occurring even faster than before, and the nature of those events […]

Review: Peanuts #25

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Peanuts #25 Written by Paige Braddock and Vicki Scott Art by Scott and Braddock Boom Studios; $3.99 This particular issue of BOOM! Studios’ ongoing Peanuts comic book, which tells original stories featuring the late Charles Schulz’s immortal comic strip characters, is a sort of confluence of anniversaries. The Peanuts comic strip is celebrating its 65th […]

Review: Beware The Batman

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Beware The Batman Written by Ivan Cohen, Matthew K. Manning, Scott Beatty, Mike W. Barr and Mitch Watson Art by Luciano Vecchio and Dario Brizuela DC Comics, $12.99 This trade paperback collects the entirety of the short-lived comic book series based on the short-lived animated series of the same name…which, of course, was based on […]

Review: Scooby-Doo Team-Up Vol. 1

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Scooby-Doo Team-Up Vol. 1 Written by Sholly Fisch Art by Dario Brizuela DC Comics; $12.99 One of the most surprisingly entertaining kids comics that either of the Big Two direct market publishers have managed in a long time, Scooby-Doo Team-Up has managed to pull off the rare (but always appreciated) trick of addressing child readers […]

Review: A Valentine for Charlie Brown

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A Valentine for Charlie Brown By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 The latest holiday-themed Peanuts gift book from Fantagraphics focuses on the least Charlie Brown-iest of the holidays: Valentine’s Day. An entire day—preceded by a short but expanding marketing season—devoted to expressions of love between couples, it’s a rather weird holiday in that it is […]