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Review: ‘Batter Up, Charlie Brown!’

J. Caleb Mozzocco
charlie brown

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 As an athlete, Charlie Brown may be best known for never being able to connect with the football that Lucy always snatches away from him mid-kick, but football was of only one of the sports he was doomed to fail at. He didn’t have much [...]

Review: Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour By Paul Pope Image Comics; $24.99 The first volume of Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, the artist’s long-awaited, long-in-the-works graphic novel series for young readers from publisher First Second, was one of the most anticipated works of 2013. The book itself was just one way for fans of Pope’s [...]

Review: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza

J. Caleb Mozzocco
glorkian warrior

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second; $17.99 In writing about the heroic journey in his influential Hero With a Thousand Faces, pop comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell cited “the call to adventure” as the beginning of a mythic quest. James Kochalka’s Glorkian Warrior, a pink-skinned, three-eyed alien dude with a “super [...]

Review: Jellaby: The Lost Monster

J. Caleb Mozzocco
jellaby lost monster

Jellaby: The Lost Monster By Kean Soo Capstone; $12.95 Cartoonist Kean Soo’s big, purple, vaguely quotation mark-shaped monster returns in a new edition of the 2008 graphic novel, ready and waiting for new grade-schoolers to discover him—along with any older readers who might have missed the book the first time around. Soo’s Jellaby began life [...]

Review: The Dumbest Idea Ever

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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The Dumbest Idea Ever By Jimmy Gownley Scholastic; $24.99 Everyone knows where comic books come from—comic book creators make them, publishers sell them and comic book stores sell them (Or libraries let you borrow them.) But where do comic book creators come from? Jimmy Gownley’s new autobiographic graphic novel The Dumbest Idea Ever explains where at [...]

Review: 47 Ronin

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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47 Ronin Written by Mike Richardson Art by Stan Sakai Dark Horse Comics, $19.99 The story of the  47 Ronin is a Japanese national legend, one that has been adapted into just about every conceivable medium innumerable times since the historical events it is based on occurred at the dawn of the 18th century. In [...]

Review: Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Lori Henderson
Delilah Dirk

Delilah Dirk is not your average 19th century woman. Raised by globetrotting parents, she has traveled from the courts of Europe to America’s wild west to Japan, picking up not just new skills but a fervent love for adventure. Her chance meeting with the more ordinary Turkish lieutenant Erdemogul Selim takes them both on an [...]

Review: Hearts

J. Caleb Mozzocco
hearts

Hearts By Thereza Rowe Toon Books, $12.95 Level One (kindergarten through first grade) The title of this book is Hearts, although the word appears quite a bit smaller than the three big, red, valentine-perfect hearts on the cover, and not not at all on the spine, where only the trio of heart images appear between [...]

Review: Tippy and the Night Parade

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Tippy and the Night Parade By Lilli Carré Toon Books, $12.95 Level one (Kindergarten through first grade) Regular readers will have noticed a very distinct formula to Toon Books, particularly those for the earliest readers: Simple narratives straddling the media of picture books and comics, by world-class cartoonists working to produce books that can be [...]

Review: Kingdom Hearts Final Mix Volume 1-2

Lori Henderson
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What happens when you combine a popular video game franchise from Japan with an iconic American franchise? You get Kingdom Hearts. This collaboration between Square Enix’s Final Fantasy video game series and Disney’s flagship characters has produced not only several successful video games, including a new one out this year, but several manga adaptations of [...]