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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 He lives in northeast Ohio, where he works as a circulation clerk at a public library by day.

Review: ‘The Nutcracker and The Mouse King’

Forget Tchaikovsky; cartoonist Natalie Andrewson adapts E.T.A. Hoffman’s original children’s story, the one that inspired the holiday classic, and with dancing linework and cartoon visual vocabulary, she transforms it into a diverting comedy of a fairy tale.

Monthly-ish mini-reviews: ‘Crabapple Trouble’, ‘Daughters of Ys,’ and more

A medieval legend, Marvel and DC superheroes and an anxious fruit farmer fill these August releases.

Review: ‘Teen Titans Go! To Camp!’

Sholly Fisch and Marcelo DiChiara send the Titans to summer camp on Apokolips in a new graphic novel that attempts the nigh impossible feat of translating the Teen Titans Go! cartoon into comics.

Interview: Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed on ‘When Stars Are Scattered’

Omar Mohamed and Victoria Jamieson talk about ‘When Stars Are Scattered,’ the true story of Mohamed’s childhood in a refugee camp.

Review: ‘Beetle & The Hollowbones’

Goblin witch-in-training Beetle has to figure out to save her local mall in order to save the afterlife of her ghostly best friend who haunts it, and has to figure out if her old best friend is an ally or enemy in Aliza Layne’s debut graphic novel.

Review: ‘Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer’

Shirley and Jamila are both in danger of losing their summers to camps neither has any desire to go to, but by joining forces they are able to save their own summers…and those of several other neighborhood kids in Gillian Goerz’s fun take on the kid detective genre.

Review: ‘Kerry and the Knight of the Forest’

Kerry strays from the path and gets lost in a dark and haunted forest, but that’s where the similarities to most fairy tales end in Andi Watson’s surprise-filled new graphic novel.

Review: ‘Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hope’

Lun Zhang was part of the Chinese pro-democracy movement of the late 1980s, and a participant in the events leading up to the Tiananmen Square massacre. With comics creators Adrien Gombeaud and Ameziane, he tells the story to a new generation in the form of a graphic novel.

Monthly mini-reviews: ‘Donut The Destroyer’, ‘When Stars Are Scattered’ and more

When Stars Are Scattered and Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed offer two quite different looks at the refugee experience, while Donut The Destroyer and Young Justice Vol. 2 offer two quite different takes on teenage superheroics.

Review: ‘Betty and Veronica: The Bond of Friendship’

Career Day at Riverdale High has Betty and Veronica contemplating their futures, and how they might fit into one another’s lives, in this delightful original graphic novel by Jamie Lee Rotante and Brittney Williams.