Elfquest is a great fantasy story in graphic novel format. This full-color edition really shows the beauty of the lush illustrations. After their woodElfquest is a great fantasy story in graphic novel format. This full-color edition really shows the beauty of the lush illustrations. After their woodland home is destroyed, a band of wolf-riding elves goes on a quest to find a new home. In the process, they meet other, different types of elves and find out more about their fascinating history. This book is filled to the brim with sympathetic characters, realistic emotional moments, and grand adventures. Readers new to the series will be able to make sense of things if they start here. ...more
This graphic novel based on a 1980s teen's diary that the author found in a gas station bathroom out West, and I can vouch for the fWow! What a book.
This graphic novel based on a 1980s teen's diary that the author found in a gas station bathroom out West, and I can vouch for the fact that it seems VERY authentic as the unvarnished, unfortunate truths of adolescence are revealed to a (no longer) private diary.
The book chronicles Tammy's sophomore year of high school, where she struggles with the many excruciating moments of teenage existence, including no-good frenemies, hateful boys that she nevertheless loves, weight issues, being grounded, an obnoxious brother, petty criminal mischief, and numerous personal hygeine issues.
When Tammy gets in trouble, she whines and sneaks out while she's supposed to be grounded. When Tammy gets rejected, she acknowledges the futility of her efforts but keeps trying anyway.
Her flaws are glaringly reproduced by the artwork. Despite them and because of them, I was pulling for this conflicted teen and thanking my lucky stars to be beyond those most mortifying years... Tammy's story really rings true. ...more
Great fun! This is a graphic memoir/Japanese pop culture handbook recounting the author's trip to Japan. Aimee and her friends go to hot springs, expeGreat fun! This is a graphic memoir/Japanese pop culture handbook recounting the author's trip to Japan. Aimee and her friends go to hot springs, experience culture shocks, shop for awesome stuff, eat at theme restaurants, dress in elaborate costumes, and generally experience Tokyo and Kyoto. Aimee also gets to visit the shop where her favorite dolls are made.
Japan is a country with a very interesting history and a very unique contemporary culture, and these vibrant qualities come through in the graphic novel. Some of the illustrations are in color, which makes things like street fashions and geisha costumes even cooler.
For those who are lucky enough to be planning a trip to Japan, the author includes the addresses, phone numbers, opening hours, and websites of the places she visits so that readers can enjoy them too! There's even a glossary defining the Japanese terms she uses.
Anyone with an interest in Japan might like this book, but it's especially great for anyone who likes manga/anime/otaku/pop culture. A fascinating, quick read! ...more
I thought this was a fun manga. It's a modern take on Alice in Wonderland.
Alice comes across as likeable, at least in my mind. She finds herself in aI thought this was a fun manga. It's a modern take on Alice in Wonderland.
Alice comes across as likeable, at least in my mind. She finds herself in a strange place and tries to make her way the best she can. The various powers of Wonderland (the Queen, the mafia, the amusement park...) are often at odds with each other, but she visits them and tries to get along. She's kind to those who are kind to her but she doesn't hold back her opinions. There are many, many, young men/rabbit-men/cat-men etc. in Wonderland who are interested in her, and Alice has to fight back when their advances get too forward.
I'm no art critic but I liked the style of the art and costumes, and am very happy about the fact that I can tell all the characters apart (this is not a given with manga).
Silly fun for those who like stylish shoujo manga. ...more
This was a very cool book! It is a graphic novel that collects stories about trickster-type figures from a wide variety of Native American legends.
ThThis was a very cool book! It is a graphic novel that collects stories about trickster-type figures from a wide variety of Native American legends.
These tricksters may be godlike, humanlike, or, most often, thinking/speaking animals like coyotes and rabbits. They like to disregard warnings and cause mischief, trouble, and sometimes harm.
Here is the best thing about this book: every story is told by a different author or storyteller and each is illustrated by a different artist. The art gives each story a completely different tone. Some are comically drawn, lighthearted stories while others appear darker and more realistic to go along with an important message the storyteller wishes to convey. There are all sorts of stories and tones. It's fun to use the art to try and guess what part of North America the stories are from, using visual cues like presence of snow, type of trees depicted, etc. Fun for me, anyway.
At the end of the book is a list with blurbs about the authors (along with their tribal affiliations) and illustrators. I do kind of wish that the tribal affiliation of each story was listed at the beginning of the story, though.
This was a great read! For reasons unknown, I had been wanting to read the classic 1954 Uncle Scrooge story "The Seven Cities of Cibola," which I hadThis was a great read! For reasons unknown, I had been wanting to read the classic 1954 Uncle Scrooge story "The Seven Cities of Cibola," which I had read as a kid in my dad's comic collection. It's included as the first story in this volume, which collects Uncle Scrooge comics from the 50s through the 2000s. It's every bit as good as I remember, and I enjoyed the stories I hadn't read too. "The Seven Cities of Cibola" has a haunting, mysterious quality that's hard to describe but very memorable.
When I heard about this big event, I knew I had to read the story. I was an Archie fan as a kid. The hardcover edition is really nice and has a bunchWhen I heard about this big event, I knew I had to read the story. I was an Archie fan as a kid. The hardcover edition is really nice and has a bunch of interviews in the back.
Don't worry about Archie finally aging after the better part of a century--this is a what-if scenario, so Archie and friends will in all likelihood remain perpetual teenagers in the main comics storyline. "Archie Marries..." is a frame story in which Archie travels up Memory Lane twice, going into his own future where he marries first Veronica, then Betty (in alternate realities, not one after the other, of course).
According to an interview in the back of the book, most readers were rooting for good-hearted Betty to finally win the battle for Archie's affections. I have always kind of rooted for Veronica, though I don't have any good reason for it. She's just fun. But I enjoyed reading both stories and seeing how things turned out both ways. Archie's marriage affects everyone around him in both stories, so that was interesting. There were a lot of similar moments with small differences, and sometimes similar moments with big differences. Archie's choice of a wife affects his career, friends, family, level of happiness, and general lifestyle. Longtime readers can probably guess who he's really best suited to be with, but that's something readers will want to see for themselves.
Definitely a cool comics event for anyone who has a fondness for these old-school characters. Surprisingly touching and really well plotted and drawn. ...more
Super-cute. The cat in this manga is just like a real kitten--silly, badly behaved, clueless, and adorable.
It's a simple story about a kitten who getSuper-cute. The cat in this manga is just like a real kitten--silly, badly behaved, clueless, and adorable.
It's a simple story about a kitten who gets lost and is adopted by a young family. The family lives in a building that doesn't accept pets, so that is a bit of a problem. Otherwise, the kitten Chi just tries to learn what to do in her new surroundings. It's touching when Chi remembers her cat mother, but she's already starting to forget in the first volume, which is also touching in its own way.
Extra points for full-color. Great illustrations. ...more
This was a truly enjoyable book! It's philosophical, funny, beautiful, and informative all at the same time.
It is the story of an Algerian rabbi, hisThis was a truly enjoyable book! It's philosophical, funny, beautiful, and informative all at the same time.
It is the story of an Algerian rabbi, his daughter, and their intelligent cat. The cat gains the power of speech for a time and naturally talks like a total smart aleck, constantly mouthing off to everyone and questioning Jewish religious teachings. This leads to a lot of interesting discussions about life and religion. The cat is very cat-ish and the human characters are very human-like and likeable because of it. And the cat, despite his sassy nature, faithfully accompanies his master on his adventures. The rabbi experiences a variety of conflicts with his family and faith over the course of the story, and the cat is always willing to offer his hilarious yet thoughtful insights on any situation that arises.
I feel like I learned some fascinating things about Jewish thought and North African culture by reading this book, but at the same time, I was very entertained and sometimes laughing out loud. The full-color art really makes the settings and characters come alive, too. I would highly recommend this book. It would be great even for people who don't especially like cats. ...more
This book is just plain weird. It is a comedy manga featuring a series of short comics about a cat who cooks terrible ramen dishes and sells them in aThis book is just plain weird. It is a comedy manga featuring a series of short comics about a cat who cooks terrible ramen dishes and sells them in a store usually frequented by one customer. There were definitely some funny parts. I loved the drawings of the cat's fussy-looking father, who had been a cat model. The story wasn't particularly compelling so I don't know if I'll read more volumes, but it was good to enjoy some silliness.
Readers of the original Rabbi's Cat would probably like this follow-up. I did. It had the same excellent artwork, humor, and heart. Something I reallyReaders of the original Rabbi's Cat would probably like this follow-up. I did. It had the same excellent artwork, humor, and heart. Something I really wanted to happen after reading the last book did happen, so I was happy about that. I will not give details unless you want a spoiler, which is (view spoiler)[ The cat starts talking again! And eventually his master learns to hear him again, too! (hide spoiler)].
The story involves a lot of wandering around, seeing new things, and learning--there are several travels and quests in this book. Malka and his Lion show up in a rather touching story.
The author mentions that this book is "about racism," and it is, but I might not have noticed if he hadn't pointed it out. There are certainly cultural clashes, misunderstandings, and mistreatments of others. Some of these are more subtle than others. But these interactions and conversations never seem like lessons or lectures. In both of the Rabbi's Cat books, I've gotten the impression that racist or dogmatic attitudes and behaviors are ridiculous on a practically cosmic level and unworthy of our great capacity as human beings. I do not think I am explaining this well.
At any rate, this was an excellent story that evokes interesting places, ideas, and characters easily and fluidly. I would recommend it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more