Author Archive for Tessa Barber

Bumperhead

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On the cover of Bumperhead, Gilbert Hernandez’s second book with Drawn and Quarterly, a boy looks out at the reader with a confident glare, suggesting he knows what he believes in and where he’s going in life. He’s caught the eye of a…

Gyo 2-in-1 Deluxe Edition

First published in Japan in 2002 and translated into English in 2003, Junji Ito’s Gyo has been re-released this April in a deluxe hardback 2-in-1 edition by Viz Media. Designed to complement Ito’s classic Uzumaki, the handsome matte cover opens…

Earthling

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Whether it be in Germany or anywhere else, the suburbs seems like the perfect setting for a story that examines alienation, malaise, and uncertainty. In Earthling, Aisha Franz explores this subject through the stories of a young girl named Mädchen, her older sister,…

Lowriders in Space, volume 1

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It’s always a busy day at Cartinflas Used Cars/Carros Usados. Lupe Impala (mechanic extraordinaire), Elirio Malaria (small, winged, and talented detailer), and Flapjack Octopus (fastest car washer north of the Salton Sea), exemplify teamwork in all that they do and…

Anomal

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Anomal, offered by indie publisher Gen Manga, is a good light read for the horror aficionado and fans of the weird. Only 160 pages in length, the book contains seven stories, some only a few pages long. The subjects of these brief narratives live up…

A Centaur’s Life, vols. 1-2

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A Centaur’s Life is a “slice of life” manga set in a world where humans are genetically mixed with animals like cats and snakes, and mythological creatures such as centaurs, angels, dragons, and satyrs. Sweet, naïve Kimihara Himeno, known as Hime, is…

Mishka and the Sea Devil

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The true star of Mishka and the Sea Devil is author and illustrator Xenia Pamfil’s quick change act: each chapter of the nine that make up the book is illustrated in a different style, creating an entirely new atmosphere for…

Gast

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Helen has just moved to rural Wales with her parents. She’s quiet and solitary, but she isn’t shy. She’s the kind of child whose mother must ask her not to bring any more dying animals to the house. Helen loves watching nature…

Barbarian Lord

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Like any traditional saga, Barbarian Lord concerns a feud, legal issues, and a journey that leads to the resolution of the conflict, filled with stalwart characters and brave deeds. The Barbarian Lord in question is introduced by two ravens that serve as our narrators and…

Nine Tenths: The Slider

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Nine Tenths: The SIider is a slim, self-published volume that contains the promise of a story whose writer hopes it will one day become a film. As such, it can be read as a pitch: 42 of its 82 pages, a full…

Battling Boy: The Rise of Aurora West

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In last year’s Battling Boy, Aurora West was the scene-stealer, so it’s fitting that she’s getting her own story, serialized through First Second. The daughter of Arcopolis’s late science hero, Haggard West, the gritty Aurora has a room full of secrets and a calling…

Reed Gunther: the complete series

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Chris & Shane Houghton’s Reed Gunther stories follow the adventures of the titular hapless cowboy, his best friend, Sterling, and his love interest, Starla. Set in an imaginary version of the Wild West that is equal parts dangerous and absurd,…

Sacrifice

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Perhaps it is appropriate to the story that some of the plotting of Sam Humphries and Dalton Rose’s Sacrifice is muddled and leads to confusion. After all, it’s a story about how one suicidal teenager’s epilepsy catapults him into the…

Finder: Talisman

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Marcie: “It’s not fair!” Lynne: “So? So? Look, Mars. This is not soccer. This is dealing with people who have power over you… There are no rules and there is no ‘fair.’” Marcie: “But…” Lynne: “If you want your book,…

Briony Hatch

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The end of her favorite paranormal romance series coincidentally sparks the beginning of a new phase in Briony Hatch’s life. Previously, her day-to-day routine consisted of following around her popular, unkind childhood friend Julia and fantasizing about being Starling Black,…