Author Archive for Bill Sannwald

Jack and the Box

When Jack’s parents give him a mysterious box as a gift, he’s not sure what to expect. What could be inside? “Just put it down, Jack!” they urge him. Jack does as he’s instructed and waits with a bit of…

Velveteen & Mandala

The next time someone tells you comics are “just for kids,” show them Jiro Matsumoto’s Velveteen & Mandala, a graphic novel that pushes the envelope on what most readers may be willing to tolerate. With scenes such as a group…

Little Mouse Gets Ready

Anyone who has spent time around young children understands full well what an enormous amount of pride they take in dressing themselves. Often times their attempts are more comical than successful, but that doesn’t make it any less important to…

Trigun: The Complete Series Box Set

When someone earns nicknames like “The Stampede” and “The Human Typhoon,” chances are it’s for good reason. However, in Vash’s case, it’s not necessarily his fault. Sure, there is often nothing but rubble left in his wake, but the destruction…

Tonoharu, Part One and Part Two

Tonoharu Part One actually begins at the end of the story, with assistant English teacher Daniel Wells leaving his position at a Japanese junior high school after only one year. The reasons for his departure are unclear, but his demeanor…

The Book of Human Insects

The Book of Human Insects is not necessarily what I would call an enjoyable read. Yet, quite like main character Toshiko Tomura, there is something so tantalizing and irresistible about the book that you can’t help but be drawn to…

Level Up

Level Up is definitely proof of the old adage that you should never judge a book by its cover. Take one glance at its charming Game Boy-inspired cover design and you might assume you’re about to read a graphic novel…

Stargazing Dog

I read Stargazing Dog during one of my lunch breaks and had to take a few minutes to collect myself before heading back to my desk because I didn’t want my coworkers to notice that I had been crying. What…