Author Archive for Alison Kotin

Kabuki, vol. 2: Dreams

Part near-death experience, part spiritual awakening, Dreams opens with Kabuki lying mortally wounded on her mother’s grave. Wandering in and out of consciousness, Kabuki travels mentally from her childhood to the present and briefly leaves her body for a rendez-vous…

Kabuki, vol. 4: Skin Deep

Kabuki opens her eyes as a brief blast of radio static from the Noh’s communication devices falls silent. Scarred, weakened, and isolated in stark and unfamiliar surroundings, her knowledge of the passage of time slips away. Kabuki has been taken…

Kabuki, vol. 5: Metamorphosis

Still trapped within the windowless maze of the Control Corps psychiatric facility, Kabuki fights her inner demons and learns to resist the hospital’s insidious attempts to control her. We get to meet some of Kabuki’s fellow inmates as this episode…

Kabuki, vol. 6: Scarab

Bandaged, exhausted, and scarred mentally as well as physically, Keiko is taken from prison by an agent of the Noh and “reassembled” into “Scarab,” a woman with no friends, no lover, no past, and no clear future beyond revenge against…

Brand Building: Wildcats Version 3.0

“You people aren’t just readers, you’re consumers. How special do you feel…?” Jack Marlowe, who some readers might remember as the alien warrior Spartan from the original WildC.A.T.S. series, has focused his superpowers on the project of creating The Halo…

The Victorian, Acts 1-2

The Victorian is a story told backwards, which is appropriate for a saga about time travel, voodoo, occult science, and a mystery that none of the principal characters fully comprehend. Winston Fitzrandolph, a professor of Victorian history with a past…

Supreme: The Return

Who is Supreme? Caped and powered up, he fights unusual crimes in the streets of his city as any superhero might. Between 9:00 and 5:00 Supreme works as a writer and editor for… a company that publishes comic books. Supreme’s…

Chobits, vol. 1

“Whatever happens, you must remember this: no matter how cute she is, no matter how human she seems, don’t fall in love with her. She’ll just make you cry.” When Hideki Motosuwa finds one of the new “Perscoms” (short for…

One Hundred Demons

I know from my own experience that the addition of pictures to memoirs and journals can transform thoughts and memories into something more than just the workings of an individual brain. As the graphic novel format spawns new variations and…

Top 10, book 1

It’s early morning in my favorite alternate reality, and Officer Robyn “Toy Box” Slinger has just boarded a train for her first day on the job as a member of the Neopolis City Police Force (aka Top 10). Neopolis was…

Top 10, book 2

Step outside. Cars are flying through the air, and all around you people, robots, and aliens are levitating, inflating like balloons, blowing up buildings, and becoming invisible. Yes, we’re back in Neopolis with the Top 10 police force, just in…

City of Light, City of Dark

Most people have never seen or heard of New York City’s first inhabitants, shadow beings called the kurbs who love the dark and cold. Unbeknownst to most of the city’s residents, the kurbs control New York’s weather, and in return…

Angelic Layer, battle 1

A new game has taken Tokyo by storm, drawing girls from all over the city to the Angelic Layer battle arena where players use their minds to control tiny robotic warriors in complicated, deadly fights. New arrival Misaki is enraptured…