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Mike Pawuk

About Mike Pawuk

Mike Pawuk has been a teen services public librarian for the Cuyahoga County Public Library for over 15 years. A lifelong fan of comic books and graphic novels, he was chair for the 2002 YALSA all-day preconference on graphic novels, served as a judge for the Will Eisner Awards in 2009, as well as helped to create the Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection committee for YALSA. He is the author of Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More, published by Libraries Unlimited in 2006 and is working on a followup to his book.

Zombillenium Vol. 2: Human Resources

Mike Pawuk
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Zombillenium, Vol. 2: Human Resources Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins NBM Publishing, 2014 ISBN 978-1-56163-850-5 $14.95 When you build a horror-themed amusement park in a region where there’s double digit unemployment and you only hire the monstrous living dead (and one witch) as your employees, there’s bound to be some friction with the [...]

Review: Super Secret Crisis War #1

Mike Pawuk

Super Secret Crisis War #1 of 6 Written by Louise Simonson Illustrated by Derek Charm IDW Publishing, June 2014 32pp IDW Publishing has been on fire with their licensed property comics, including My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Transformers, and their partnership with Cartoon Network. Launched in 2013, their Cartoon Network line features comics [...]

Review: Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel

Mike Pawuk

Space Mountain Written by Bryan Q. Miller. Illustrated by Kelley Jones Disney Press/Disney Comics, 2014 Anyone who’s ever been to a Disney Park knows of Tomorrowland’s famous roller coaster called Space Mountain. The dark, space-themed roller coaster, which is housed in a signature large white domed structure, sends passengers on a voyage through space. It [...]

Review: Godzilla: Awakening

Mike Pawuk
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Godzilla: Awakening Written by Max Borenstein and Greg Borenstein Illustrated by Eric Battle, Yvel Guichet, and Alan Quah Legendary Pictures/DC Comics, 2014 80pp ISBN 9781401250355 $19.95, hardcover Godzilla is back in a big way in theaters this summer. Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original film, the brand new U.S. release of the famous monster [...]

Review: Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Slaves of the Republic

Mike Pawuk

Star Wars: The Clone Wars- Slaves of the Republic Written by Henry Gilroy Illustrated by Scott Hepburn, Ramon Perez, and Lucas Marangon Published by Dark Horse Comics, 2009 ISBN 978-1595823496 136 pp $9.99 For ages 8-up Dark Horse Comics may be losing their beloved Star Wars license at the end of the year, but they’ve [...]

Review: Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor

Mike Pawuk

Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor Written and Illustrated by Zack Giallongo Published by Dark Horse Comics ISBN 978-1-61655-174-2 80 pp. Even though Dark Horse Comics will be losing the Star Wars license at the end of 2014, they have made they’ve made quite a wonderful selection of stories since 1991. The books have [...]

Marvel Comics reacquires the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics

Mike Pawuk
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It was announced earlier today that starting in 2015, Marvel Comics will once again be the home for the Star Wars license. Here’s Lucasfilm’s press release, as it appeared on USA Today: Jedi, Sith, and the Rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015 The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and [...]

Review: Samurai Jack #1

Mike Pawuk

Samurai Jack #1 Written by Jim Zub Illustrated by Andy Suriano Published by IDW Publishing IDW Publishing is fast becoming known as the hot spot for licensed properties: They’re the home to such popular franchises as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Transformers, Ghostbusters, GI Joe, Star Trek, and The Powerpuff Girls, to name a [...]

Review: Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party

Mike Pawuk
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Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party Written and Illustrated by Nathan Hale Amulet Books – and Imprint of Abrams, 2013 128 pp. 978-1-4197-0856-5. In the third book in the series of Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, the Donner Party tragedy gets the graphic novel treatment that combines historical facts of their terrible plight intermixed with [...]

Review: Zombillenium, Vol. 1: Gretchen

Mike Pawuk
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Zombillenium, Vol. 1: Gretchen. Written and Illustrated by Arthur de Pins NMB Publishing, 2013 48 pp. 978-1-56163-734-8, hardcover Looking for an amusement part with real bite? Welcome to Zombillenium – a horror-inspired theme park managed by family man (and vampire) Francis von Bloodt and staffed by actual monsters, including mummies, vampires, werewolves, witches, skeletons, zombies, [...]