Maison Ikkoku, vol. 1

How can Yusaku Godai ever pass his exams living in a nuthouse like Maison Ikkoku? Between Mrs. Inchinose’s snooping, sexpot Akemi’s teasing, and Mr. Yotsuya’s mooching, Yusako’s academic life is going down the tubes. He’s just about to move out–really,…

Iron Wok Jan, vol. 1

“Parsnip Battle!!!!! Mwah hah hah hah hah hah!!!!!!!!” Oh, pardon me. I was having an Iron Chef moment. If you’re a fan of that show, I should warn you that Iron Wok Jan! has nothing to do with eccentric Japanese…

Hopeless Savages, vol. 2: Ground Zero

Hopeless Savages remains one of my favorite books simply for its exuberant punk family dynamics, youngest daughter’s Zero’s creative (non)swear words, and tribute to the power of music. In this second volume, it also made me get all mushy. This…

Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon: 1947

Ah, the end of the 1940′s, when women had “intuition” and men who had fought “the Japs” pined for the excitement of a military life. Milt Caniff sketches an era of arch-eyebrowed villainesses with hearts of gold, and heroes who…

Decoy

Little green men. It’s an image we all carry around with us, like the Coke symbol and Armstrong landing on the Moon. The inescapable expectation that aliens will somehow appear as little green men rather than, say, rocks of black…

Chobits, vol. 1

“Whatever happens, you must remember this: no matter how cute she is, no matter how human she seems, don’t fall in love with her. She’ll just make you cry.” When Hideki Motosuwa finds one of the new “Perscoms” (short for…

Blankets

The test for any good book is simple: can you put it down easily after you’ve started reading? Is there a sense of loss every time you stop reading? Well, with Craig Thompson’s Blankets, it passed this test with flying…