Author Archive for Jennifer Webb

Strawberry Marshmallow, vol. 1

With their big, round heads and eyes, the characters in Strawberry Marshmallow look like sweet little cherubs. In fact, they’re the girls you grew up with in your neighborhood–siblings, friends, people you hung out with, borrowed money from, and supported…

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What’s the value of a human life? Are you responsible for the life of the stranger sitting next to you on the train, or the kid who sits next to you in class? These are the questions that propel Yua…

The S Word: A Censorship Rant

As a librarian and a comics fan, I know how hard it’s been for comics to achieve their newfound legitimacy in libraries. Most of the resistance actually comes from librarians, not from the public, but that could change. Now that…

After School Nightmare, vol. 1

In After School Nightmare, Setona Mizushiro (creator of X-Day) has created an irresistible mix of real life drama and fantasy laced with horror. Ichijo Mashiro has clung to the illusion that he is a normal freshman, going to a normal…

After School Nightmare, vol. 2

In After School Nightmare Volume 1, Mashiro Ichijo found himself forced to participate in a mysterious after-school class: a class where students meet in dreams to battle in strange forms that represent their true nature. In the dream world, Mashiro…

X-Kai, vol. 1

The hero of Asami Tohjoh’s moody crime drama X-Kai is a florist by day and an assassin by night. It may be an odd combination, but it does give our plant-loving protagonist a reason to mark his targets by bringing…

Yubisaki Milk Tea, vol. 1

Fashion-lovers know that the magic of clothes and makeup is their ability to turn us into someone else for a while. 15-year-old Yoshinori (Nori for short), discovers this unexpectedly when he agrees to fill in for his beautiful older sister…

Cafe Kichijouji de, vol. 1

Cafe Kichijouji is an ordinary neighborhood restaurant…except for the voodoo dolls in the kitchen, the sinister cat lurking in the shadows, and the sometimes violent squabbles of its five mismatched employees. Based on a radio show, this hilarious romp features…

TRASH, vol. 1

Mild-mannered Will Anderson lives an ordinary, if privileged, life with his beloved cousin Kate and his uncle–who happens to be a mafia kingpin. Tough-talking Guy Hooks works for Trash Company, an odd-jobs business that happens to be a front for…

Witch Class, vol. 1

We all know what happens to little girls in fairy tales who wander off the path: they usually end up as somebody’s lunch. When middle-schooler Dorothy follows a mysterious boy into the woods on the way to school, she finds…

A Recipe for Gertrude, vol. 1

Possessed mannequins. Evil gingerbread men. Animate patchwork dolls. All these and more prowl the creepily cute landscape of Nari Kusakawa’s The Recipe for Gertrude. In this modern fantasy, an unlikely romance blossoms between high schooler Susugi Sahara and an unusual…

The Missing White Dragon

Eastern and western fairy tales mingle with the real world in this collection of five magical stories by Park Young Ha. Each one is a satisfying blend of romance and adventure, featuring plucky heroines, scheming sorcerers, and visitors from other…

Time Lag

Three years ago, naive young Satoru confessed his love to his childhood friend Shirou with devastating consequences. Now, though Shirou will have nothing to do with his former companion, Satoru continues to dream of his crush. He takes thousands of…

La Esperança, vol. 1

If you spend your whole life trying to be the opposite of what your parents were, do you really have your own identity? This is the question faced by golden boy Georges when troublemaker Robert arrives at the elite Saint…

La Esperança, vol. 2

In the second installment of La Esperança, Robert tries to protect Georges from his overly trusting nature while classmate Henri tries to protect Georges from Robert. When a shadowy organization makes a generous donation to the local orphanage, Georges’ charitable…

Baron: The Cat Returns

As any cat lover will tell you, felines operate under their own logic. Racing around as if chased by an invisible enemy, attacking pieces of lint– we’ll never understand why they do the things they do. In Baron: The Cat…

Our Everlasting, vol. 1

Our Everlasting is a sweet, sexy story of love between two guys. Unlike many yaoi manga, where the relationships range from unbearably angsty (he could never love me! He’s straight!) to disturbing (older men with teenagers? No thanks), these lovers…

Gunslinger Girl, vol. 1

If you’ve been horribly injured, the Social Welfare Agency is here to help. They’ll use state-of-the-art cyborg prosthetics to get you on your feet again. In return, you’ll have to become a government assassin. In Gunslinger Girl, the Social Welfare…

GALS!, vol. 1

Tired of sweet, innocent manga heroines in sailor suits? GALS! is the manga for you. Meet Kotobuki Ran and her fellow kogals: the fashion-obsessed, cell-phone loving, boy-torturing high schoolers who once ruled the streets of Tokyo’s trendy Shibuya. Ran, rebellious…