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Mayo Chiki! vol. 1

Mayo Chiki! Volume 1

Sakamachi Kinjiro, aka Jiro, is a boy with problems. First he walks in on Konoe Subaru, the coolest boy in school, in the bathroom. As if that weren’t embarrassing enough, in doing so he discovers that Konoe is a pervert…

The Man of Tango

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In a Buenos Aires coffee house, Spanish-born tango aficionado Angie speaks with an old flame about his latest breakup. He confesses that he feels emotionally detached from his partners, whether he is on the dance floor or in bed, and…

Oreimo, vols. 1-2

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Kyousuke Kousaka is an average high schooler with an above-average little sister. Popular Kirino is perfect in every way, a star student with supermodel good looks. Because of their differences, the siblings have grown apart and Kyousuke can’t even remember the last time he…

7 Holes for Air

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They don’t make men like Bob anymore. Stoic and tough, Bob drinks heroic quantities of beer when he’s not at work and while he’s at work, he’s a tough-as-nails iron worker who isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right…

Anything That Loves

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The title, Anything That Loves, references the old adage, and oftentimes, insult, that bisexuals, unable to chose between women or men, are eager to have sex with anything that moves. The term was swiftly and proudly reclaimed by many members…

Happy Marriage?!, vols. 1-3

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Cynical Chiwa doesn’t have the time, energy, or money for the pursuit of love; she struggles with two jobs to pay off her foolish father’s massive debt. When her day job’s company chairman suddenly offers to pay her father’s debt on the condition that she…

Positive

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AIDS has been in the public eye for over three decades now. As understanding of the disease has grown and treatments have become more advanced, the stigma and fear associated with being HIV-positive has decreased, though they have not vanished…

Rubicon

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Depicting modern warfare in comics or film is tricky business. Mark Long, Dan Capel, and their collaborators approach the topic in a unique way with Rubicon. In this graphic novel, Long and Capel take the plot of the Japanese medieval epic,…

Ayako

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Ayako is a story of post-war Japan, told from the perspective of the Tenge family. Made wonderfully rich by the vast amount of farmland they’ve owned, the American occupation of Japan has helped to establish new reforms that will now…

Look Straight Ahead

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Jeremy, the protagonist of Look Straight Ahead by Elaine Will, is your typical teenager. To escape typical teenage pressures from his harsh parents and bullies at school, Jeremy draws. Both Jeremy and the reader become immersed in his art. Jeremy walks…

Danza

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In Danza, Creator Nasume Ono (Not Simple) presents an uneven collection of short stories surrounding the bonds of human relationships through parenthood, friendship, brotherhood, and, in the most touching story, cross-cultural family by marriage. The first story is pat and…

Punch Up! Vol. 1-4

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Maki Motoharu is a professional architect content to let his conservative clients think he’s too devoted to his job to take a wife. The truth is that Motoharu is a closeted homosexual with a thing for younger men. He is also workaholic…

Sumo

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I think I’ve gotten into the habit of reading graphic novels and expecting them to be lengthy series or intricate stand-alones that neatly wrap up every loose end. Sumo is neither of these things. This open-ended graphic novella is about…

Genius

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“It’s always the little things. Small notions lost to the complex mind because of their innate simplicity. Ideas beating on the subconscious like sand grains re-depositing themselves on shores until some kid scoops them up and notices that it’s not…

Second Thoughts

I was actually putting off reviewing this title. I read it once. Then I read it again. By now, I’ve actually read it several times. Second Thoughts is a brief slice-of-life comic. In it, we meet two couples, both at…

No Longer Human, vols. 1-3

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“I’ve lived a life full of shame.” “Human beings terrify me…” While surfing the Internet for inspiration, manga-ka Furuya is drawn to the voice behind an enigmatic online diary titled No Longer Human. In it, a broken young man named…

American Widow

Alissa Torres’ story is the story of a quiet life. Torres met her future husband. They dated, fell in love and got married. They struggled with cultural differences (her husband was Columbian) and with the normal problems of everyday life,…