Author Archive for Anna Cruze

Codename: Sailor V, volume 2

Codename: Sailor V is to Sailor Moon what the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie is to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. It’s almost there, has many of the same elements, but doesn’t have quite the same oomph that…

Codename: Sailor V, volume 1

Many Americans got their first taste of anime through the television show Sailor Moon. Due to the popularity of the television show, the now defunct U.S. publishing division of Tokyopop released the manga in 1998 to American audiences. Over the…

Soul Eater, Volume 1

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Soul Eater, Volume 1, written and illustrated by Atsushi Okubo, is definitely a 16+ title. Though it can be playful and silly and appeal to a younger crowd, there is a lot of sexuality—no full-fledged nip-slips, but there are panty…

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

While I think that it’s great that publishing companies are trying to get the younger generation more interested in reading, I am generally not a fan of re-working/re-writing classic literature for a younger audience. My worry, along with the worries…

Psychiatric Tales

Psychology has always been a passion of mine, something that I am constantly learning more and more about. There are hundreds of mental illnesses, and countless books, including memoirs, self-help literature, diagnostic manuals, etc. on the subject. High profile celebrities…

Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness

“I’m Johnny Cash,” followed by the twang of the guitar at the beginning of “Folsom Prison Blues” is how Johnny Cash started many of his concerts. Reinhard Kleist, author/illustrator of Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness,  begins his graphic biography…

American Born Chinese

Everyone has bad days—and when you’re growing up and discovering yourself, those bad days are magnified times a thousand. Gene Luen Yang, author and illustrator of American Born Chinese (color by Lark Pien), turns that teenage angst into a wonderful,…