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Dragon and Captain

Dragon and Captain

The plot of Dragon and Captain is rather standard fare for a picture book: two young boys engage in imaginative play with one pretending to be a dragon assisting the other, a sea captain searching for his lost ship. Armed with a…

FishFishFish

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This is the second installment in Nordling and Bosch’s unique graphic tales, Three Story Books. Three wordless but overlapping stories are told through three parallel panels, running across each spread. The opening spread introduces the story and how to read…

Bee and PuppyCat, vol. 1

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As a stereotypical librarian, I could not resist a comic about a girl and her cat. Bee, an unemployed woman-child in her 20s, meets a half- cat/half-dog with a mysterious past named PuppyCat who falls from the sky. PuppyCat opens…

Teen Titans Go! vols. 1-5

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The Teen Titans can’t catch a break! In The Beast Boy Who Cried Wolf, alien bounty hunters come looking for Earth specimens for a client’s intergalactic zoo. Beast Boy tries to alert the Teen Titans, but he’s played one too…

Big Hero 6, vol. 1

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When Marvel announced a film adaptation of Guardians of the Galaxy, a lot of people scratched their heads and uttered a collective “huh?” The film was a bit of a gamble for Marvel because it introduced the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

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…

Amulet #6: Escape from Lucien

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After pausing to recover from an illness and to draw the Harry Potter paperback covers, Kibushi returns with the anxiously awaited book six in his Amulet series. Plunging in where volume five left off, Amulet #6: Escape From Lucien immediately…

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman

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Jaco is an alien who wishes his reputation preceded him; as it stands, his creator, Akira Toriyama of Dragon Ball fame, is the one with a reputation. Jaco cruises the galaxy under the impression that he is an elite agent of justice, when in…

Heroman, vols. 1-2

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Co-created and written by Marvel’s Stan Lee, Heroman combines the best of American superhero stories and shonen manga tropes into a fun, action-packed gateway manga series for tweens and younger teens. In volume one, readers are introduced to Joey Jones, a…

Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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Attempting to adapt any classic work of literature is an undeniable challenge, especially when attempting to condense a longer novel into a much shorter graphic novel. Attempting to adapt Dracula for younger readers is arguably more challenging than most; taking…

Otto’s Backwards Day

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Otto the orange cat is back, and this time it’s almost his birthday. Otto is so eager to open presents and eat cake and ice cream that his parents have to remind him about the more important aspects of tomorrow’s…

The Monkey God

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Sun Wukong is no ordinary monkey. He was born from a stone egg that was nurtured by the elements since the beginning of time. His ability to understand and communicate with the world around him, as well as his natural…