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Review: Making Friends

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Just in time for back to school, another middle grade story about friendship and the woes of middle school hits the shelf. But this story isn’t autobiographical and it has a magical twist. Making Friends By Kristen Gudsnuk. Graphix. 2018. ISBN 978133813922 hc, $24.99. 272pp. Grades 4 and up When Danielle’s great aunt passes away […]

Living the Tiny Life: ‘Hakumei & Mikochi’ Vol. 1

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Hakumei & Mikochi: Tiny Little Life in the Woods Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Takuto Kashiki Yen Press; $15 Rated T for Teen There’s a fundamental tension between the fantastic and the mundane that serves as a sort of engagement engine for Takuto Kashiki’s Hakumei & Mikochi. The title characters themselves belong to some unspecified species of […]

Audio Comics? ‘Invisible Emmie’ in Audio vs. Print

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I was checking out the Texas Library Association Maverick Graphic Novel list and saw this title which I hadn’t heard of. I found the title on Brooklyn Public Library’s website and saw that there was both a print and audio version and I put a hold on both. Every so often I see an audio […]

Review: ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High’

DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High

DC Super Hero Girls: Past Times at Super Hero High Written by Shea Fontana, illustrated by Yancey Labat, Agnes Garbowska, and Marcelo DiChiara DC Comics, $9.99 For ages 8-12 The fourth graphic novel starring the DC Super Hero Girls expands the “kids in superhero school” premise (as seen in Finals Crisis and Hits and Myths) […]

Review: ‘Spectacle’ Book One

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Spectacle Book One by Megan Rose Gedris Oni Press, $15.99 Recommended for ages 12 and up Spectacle sets out to be a murder mystery, but its strongest appeal comes in the atmosphere Gedris creates. Anna and Kat are twin sisters, traveling with a down-at-heels circus. Kat is a talented knife-thrower, while Anna pretends to read […]

Review: ‘Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World’

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World Writer/artist: Pénélope Bagieu First Second; $24.99 Last year, Pénélope Bagieu released California Dreamin': Cass Elliot Before The Mamas & The Papas, a comics biography of the young woman who would grow up to become the famed singer and entertainer. This year Bagieu follows it with not one, not […]

Review: ‘Sacrificial Princess and The King of The Beasts’ Vol. 1

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Sacrificial Princess and The King of The Beasts, vol. 1 Writer/artist: Yu Tomofuji Yen Press; $13 Yet another riff on the story of Beauty and the Beast, manga-ka Yu Tomofuji’s Sacrificial Princess and The King of The Beasts features a beast with more than a passing resemblance to the Disney one. In fact, this horned […]

Review: ‘Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity’

Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity

Science Comics: Rockets: Defying Gravity by Anne Drozd and Jerzy Drozd First Second, $12.99 Ages 9-13 The Science Comics series is generally outstanding, but this volume is one of the best. An exciting subject is made understandable though our charming hosts, a series of educated animals with connections to space exploration. The first chapter covers […]

Review: ‘Marvel Comics Digest #7′

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Marvel Comics Digest #7 Writers: Stan Lee, David Michelinie, Joe Caramagna and others Artists: Jack Kirby, Don Heck, George Perez and others Archie Comics; $6.99 It was a team-up that was at least as unexpected as that of Superman and Spider-Man in 1976, when they joined forces against Lex Luthor and Doctor Octopus: Archie Comics, […]

Review: Fruit Ninjas

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When I took out my review copy and started to leaf through this book, my colleague called out to me “That’s a great game!” I’m not much of a gamer, nor are my kids, so I hadn’t heard of it, nor did I know it’s in production for a movie. I already knew that this […]