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This One Summer

This One Summer

Rose is just an ordinary girl with an average life and regular parents. Every year, her family travels to Awago Beach for a summer filled with sun and surf, accompanied by her younger friend, Windy. But this year, everything feels different, including Rose herself. She’s begun to notice things she hasn’t seen…

Stitches: A Memoir

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In Stitches, artist and illustrator David Small tells the story of his early life. Given his whimsical children’s book illustrations, one would expect his childhood to have been similarly idyllic. Unfortunately, this was not the case. His family was dominated…

Trigun: Multiple Bullets

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Trigun is perhaps one of the most popular anime series among Western audiences. Set on the hostile planet of Gunsmoke, this sci-fi western focuses on the exploits of Vash the Stampede: a gunfighter who has embraced a life of nonviolent heroism after a case of…

Dragon Ball Z: Seasons 1-5

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Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball Z is as popular now as it was in 1986, and I’d like to think FUNimation’s numerous rereleases have something to do with its continued success. From the early Pioneer dubs to the truncated Dragon Ball Z…

Susceptible

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Susceptible‘s black and white illustrations, expressive use of shading, tiny cursive written speech bubbles, and the variety of the size and shapes of its panels all add up to a pensive expedition for the reader as they follow this young…

The Strain, vol. #1

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Graphic novels are getting a pretty sweet slice of the multimedia pie these days. From adult fare like Game of Thrones and True Blood to cartoons like Adventure Time and My Little Pony, comic adaptations have been pretty successful at…

Diabetes and Me

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You may hesitate to pick up a book that sounds like an educational brochure for kids recently diagnosed with diabetes if you’re not one. That’s a crying shame, because Diabetes and Me is a surprisingly great read for just about…

The Shadow Hero

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Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew are kind of my cartoon dream team. Though he’s been in comics for a long time, Yang has recently received great acclaim in the world of children’s literature for Boxers and Saints, a two-part series about…

Romeo and Juliet

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We all know the story of Romeo and Juliet. Young lovers from warring families cannot be together in life, united only by untimely death. Many famous lines from the play have entered our general lexicon: “a rose by any other name,” “parting is such…

March: Book One

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After years of schoolwork, countless documentaries, and numerous film adaptations, the Civil Rights struggle of the 1960s seems so familiar to us that we may feel there is no new way to approach it. I’m happy to say that March: Book One by…

Jellaby: The Lost Monster

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If the name Jellaby sounds familiar, then you might have had the pleasure of coming across him/her in other stories before. Jellaby has had a storied and award-winning life. Our friend has been published as an online webcomic (nominated for…

Vinland Saga, Books 1-3

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Makoto Yukimura’s claim to fame before Vinland Saga was a relatively brief manga series called Planetes. It was a “hard sci-fi” series that focused on the lives of a team of orbiting garbage collectors. There was a default main character,…

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,…

Until Death Do Us Part, vol. 5

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After falling into an ambush plotted by the criminal mastermind known only as The Wiseman, assassin-turned-vigilante Mamoru Hijikata finds his confidence completely shot. Were it not for the intervention of tween psychic Haruka Tooyama, he would be dead. Thinking himself…