Author Archive for Bill Sannwald

Baxter the Tweeting Dog

Our story opens by introducing us to an adorable little brown dog named Baxter, the town he lives in, and a not so cleverly-named social media service called Twoofer that only dogs know about and use. All the dogs in…

Hero: 108: Season 1

I like to think that, despite the fact that I’m no longer a child, I can still appreciate most of the cartoons, toys, and video games that are popular today. However, Hero: 108 threw me for a complete loop. The…

Prickles vs. The Dust Bunnies

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Publisher Blue Apple’s Balloons Toons books are hit or miss. On the one hand, there are outstanding efforts like Elise Gravel’s A Day in the Office of Doctor Bugspit, a book so strange and charming that it immediately grabbed my…

Same Difference

Our actions affect those around us, though we may not realize this at the time, and quite often this leads us to have our fair share of regrets about things we did in the past. Back when Simon was in…

Stinky

Young monster Stinky lives in a cave located deep in the murky swamp just outside of town, eating pickled onions and hanging out with his pet frog Wartbelly. Life seems good for Stinky until one day something terrible happens: A…

Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors

When considering all of our modern conveniences, it’s really no surprise that encouraging kids to play outside can be challenging, if not downright impossible. Rick & Rack and the Great Outdoors is a celebration of being out in the wilderness,…

Kaleido Star: Season One

When Sora was a little girl, she attended a show at the Kaleido Stage, a circus of sorts featuring the world’s most amazing acrobatic performances. She was so inspired by what she saw that since then she remained determined to…

Adopt a Glurb

I’ve had many types of pets during my lifetime: Guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, hermit crabs, fish, turtles, chinchillas, rabbits, cats, dogs, and more. But there is one type of pet I’ve never had the fine opportunity to raise: glurbs.…

Professor Layton and the Eternal Diva

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If you’ve never played the Professor Layton video games, there are two things you should know. First, you’re missing out on a wonderful series that mixes brain-tickling puzzles with brilliant visuals, dazzling music, and engaging, mysterious plotlines. The games hold…

Sound of the Sky

Inspired by a significant incident from her childhood, teenager Kanata enlists in the military as a bugler. She has an ear for music and can identify any note she hears, but her ability to actually play an instrument leaves much…

Stickman Odyssey

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Greek mythology is both fascinating and confusing. That is, the world of Ancient Greece is mesmerizing, and it is exciting to learn about the numerous gods and goddesses, monsters, and other fantastical creatures mingling in with the affairs of humans.…

Prime Baby

As third grader Thaddeus knows all too well, babies screw up everything. He was content to be the only child and enjoy being the sole beneficiary of attention in his family, but along came an “unexpected blessing” in the form…

Death Note Collection

Adapting a long-running manga series into a live-action feature film is no small feat, and doing it well seems almost impossible. When I asked my friend Maki—who recently moved to the United States after living in Japan for the past…

Anywhere But Here

It is always interesting when an artist chooses a particular set of limitations and experiments to see what can be done within such constraints. Anywhere But Here, a collection of comics by Tori Miki, follows a couple of simple rules:…