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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.

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, [...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – The Return of the Heroes in a Half-Shell

Mike Pawuk

Leonardo. Michelangelo. Raphael. Donatello. They may be known by the art community as four Renaissance artists who forever changed the face of the art world, but to many fans around the world, those four names are better known as the members of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Though their origins have changed slightly over the [...]

Interview: Edith Donnell on this weekend’s Kids Read Comics event

Mike Pawuk

I’m chatting today with Edith Donnell, the Youth/Teen Librarian for the Chelsea District Library. For the last five years she has been one of the driving forces behind the all-ages Kids Read Comics event, which is held at the Ann Arbor District Library – 343 S 5th Avenue in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This year the [...]

Review: Star Wars: Vader’s Little Princess

Mike Pawuk
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Vader’s Little Princess Written and Illustrated by Jeffrey Brown Chronicle Books, $14.95 Following on the heels of the immensely popular 2012 book Darth Vader & Son—which humorously looked at “What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son?”—creator Jeffrey Brown now focuses on the trials and tribulations of raising Princess Leia from [...]

Review: Benny and Penny in Lights Out!

Mike Pawuk

Benny and Penny in Lights Out! by Geoffrey Hayes Toon Books/Candlewick Press 978-1-935179-20-7, 32 pp. $12.95 Toon Books once again brings us the adventures of Benny and his little sister Penny in Lights Out! It’s a story all too familiar with parents: little sister Penny is getting ready for bed—she’s brushed her teeth and getting [...]