Author Archive for Robin

Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age

Poor Ug. He’s stuck in the stone age — literally, as his pants, and everything else, are made of solid stone. Stone baseball bat, stone blankets, stone bed — you get the rather uncomfortable picture. Smarter than his family, Ug…

Box Office Poison

If anyone ever asks you if a graphic novel is a “real” novel, hand this over to them and watch their eyes goggle. Alex Robinson’s 600 plus page whopper doesn’t just prove comics can sustain length — it’s a sly,…

Akiko, vol. 1 (pocket size)

From the outside, Akiko is certainly a normal 4th grader. She goes to school, plays with her friends, and helps out when she can. Of course, her friends happen to be aliens from the planet Smoo, and by helping out,…

Watchmen

If you’re like me, reading superhero tales, there is also that nagging, logical question in the back of your mind — just why are these particular men and women driven to put on costumes and become, for all intents and…

Starman, vol. 1: Sins of the Father

Jack Knight is having a bad day. His older brother has been murdered, his father attacked, and he’s expected take up the family tradition — being Opal City’s guardian, Starman. Never mind that he’s never had any interest in being…

Meridian, vol. 1: Flying Solo

Sephie lives in an ideal world– destined on day to rule as Minister of her land, Meridian, in her father’s place, she adores her family and friends and, most of all, the miraculous floating island she calls home. Everything changes…

Amy Unbounded: Belondweg Blossoming

When you first meet Amy, she’s escaping from her chores with her best friend, preparing for her 10th birthday, fiddling around with toads, and making statues speak to unsuspecting church-goers. Such rambunctious behavior might, in our idea of medieval town,…

Daredevil: A Man Without Fear

Matt Murdock grew up an outcast, bullied constantly, while tending his alcoholic father, a retired prizefighter caught in too deep with the mob. After his father’s murder, Matt was left to his own devices, surviving by instinct. When he hits…

A Distant Soil, vol. 1-3

Aliens are about to attack! The only ones who can save us are a motley band of humans! I can hear you all saying, “Yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it all before.” Ha! Collen Doran’s great trick is to take a…

Sample Course Reading Lists

Here are a few sample reading lists from my online education courses focusing on graphic novels, comics, and Japanese manga and anime. If you’ve gotten to this entry, then I’ve sent you the password to access this! Please do not…