fantasy

The Wild Piano, volume 2

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Philemon returns in another absurd adventure. In his first story, Cast Away on the Letter A, he finds himself on the crazy islands of the letters that span the map—the “A” of the Atlantic Ocean, to be precise. Now he’s worried…

Oddly Normal, vol. 1

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Oddly Normal is a kid with problems. The daughter of a witch and an average guy named Mr. Normal, Oddly has green hair, pointed ears, a weird old house, and a painful sensitivity to water. She is mercilessly teased at…

Crystal Cadets, vol. 1

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Zoe has just started at a new school, and bullies have singled her out already. A trio of bold, confident girls stand up for Zoe, but then they start acting weird and rush off, not even talking to her. Things…

The Princess and the Pony

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Kate Beaton’s The Princess and the Pony is, intriguingly, not told via the sequential art form that makes her so well-known for her irreverent web comic, Hark! A Vagrant. Despite this, the picture book is clearly recognizable as Beaton’s work…

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…

Golemchik

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There are lots of stories and, surprisingly, a number of comics predicated on the golem mythology, which is perhaps best described as a predecessor to Frankenstein’s monster. There’s are even a small handful of poorly differentiated Marvel characters called the…

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…

Hearts

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Toon Books, Francoise Mouly’s early-reader graphic novel imprint, brings artsy fare for the toddler set to a new level—impeccable illustration, richly printed colors, quality book construction, and simple stories told primarily through imagery. Hearts is exemplary of this, almost to…

Unico

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  Unico fits perfectly among the Greek myths: the pet of Psyche kidnapped by a jealous Venus, sprightly Unico is transported to different times and places, only to be whisked away with his memory wiped after a few days’ time. At worst, Unico leaves his new…