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Saved by the Bell

Saved by the Bell

As a diehard fan of the classic 90s sitcom Saved by the Bell, I was stoked to find out that Roar Comics was releasing a comic version for today’s young readers. Alas, my excitement turned to disappointment as I revisited…

Punky Brewster, vol. 1

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Smart, confident Punky Brewster and her dog Brandon are used to fending for themselves on the streets of Chicago. After they’re discovered in the mall after hours and picked up by the police, the quest to find a good home…

Awkward

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  Awkward, adj.1. Embarrassing or inconvenient; caused by lack of social grace: Penelope “Peppi” Torres, is starting middle school in a new town and automatically stumbles into an awkward moment in public. Adorable, adj. 1. Very attractive or delightful; charming:…

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…

Xoc: The Journey of a Great White

Xoc: Journey of a Great White

Sharks, especially potential man-eaters like the great white, hold endless fascination for the public. Evidence of this can be found in the enduring popularity of Discovery’s Shark Week. Matt Dembicki capitalizes on that appeal with his graphic novel, Xoc: The…

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

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Jimmy Gownley’s reflective look at his youth and his enthrallment with the comic book world, while personal and introspective, is honest and appealing. It offers the reader a chance to get to know several of its characters and to join…

Waluk

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    It’s normal for a young polar bear’s mother to abandon him—that’s how the bears learn to fend for themselves. Unfortunately for Waluk, when his mother leaves he’s faced with slimmer pickings than polar bears past. The Arctic is…

The Big Wet Balloon

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    Matilda can’t wait for her sister Clementine to wake up. Even though Clementine is so young she sleeps in a crib and only talks a little, Matilda has plans for them, big Saturday plans. That’s because everything is…

Mr. Big: A Tale of Pond Life

    A vengeful fish couple, mourning the loss of their guppies — eaten by Mr. Big the Snapping Turtle — decide to rid the pond of the old terror, regardless of the warnings of others about disturbing the balance…