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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2014

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Because why wouldn’t IDW cross over the Transformers with Angry Birds? Previews #312 shows just how logical that is!!!!
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Flippin’ through Previews – July 2014

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Is this the most important month in Marvel’s history? Only Previews #310 can tell us!!!!
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Manga in Minutes: Top 10 Comics of 2013

As you know by now, CBR has posted its list of Top 100 Comics of 2013. As one of the site contributors I took part in it, but naturally not everything I selected for my personal Top 10 made the list. With that in mind I thought I’d try something a little different to kick off the new year and post my personal Top 10 Comics of 2013 as my first column of 2014!

A little information regarding the criteria for this list. The comics/manga has to have come out in 2013 or, in the case of mini-series, the final issue had to have been published in 2013. Also, any foreign material that first saw print in the US during 2013 is eligible.

With that out of the way, here are my Top 10 picks, a runner up, and my thoughts and comments.
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Manga in Minutes: Kitaro

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Created by Shigeru Mizuki
Drawn & Quarterly, 430pp
Rating: Not Rated

One of the most recognizable characters in Japan finally makes his US debut in Kitaro, a collection of stories from Shigeru Mizuki’s classic GeGeGe no Kitaro series! Originally created in 1967, Mizuki based the character of Kitaro and his adventures upon stories he heard as a child from both his grandmother, and from a popular form of entertainment at the time known as kamishibai. Drawing upon these sources he’d give life to Kitaro, a young boy who straddled the line between the yokai world and the human world, acting as a guardian, mediator, doctor and more for both sides as the situation dictates.
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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2013

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Man, it’s the 300th issue of Previews! Where were you when you bought that first issue of Previews, 25 years ago, and breathlessly realized you could order comics from the monopoly itself? Oh, those crazy days of 1988! But let’s live in the here and now and see what’s going on this month!
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Say It With Manga – Old Manga Edition

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This week saw the launch of publisher PictureBox’s Ten Cent Manga initiative, with Shigeru Sugiura’s Last of the Mohicans introducing the line.  I was a bit surprised to find that Ten Cent Manga is apparently more for highlighting books that have an interesting artistic lineage, and not necessarily older titles (in the case of Sugiura, his artwork is a bizarre cross between 50s cutesy manga and 60s American action comics).  The edition of Last of the Mohicans that PictureBox published is a redrawn 1973-74 edition, whereas the original volume was drawn in 1953.  I was hoping for the 1953 edition, as there are very few examples of older titles that have come out in the States.  So what are some of the oldest manga that have been translated into English?  Here’s a look.

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Review time! with The Property

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Rutu Modan’s first graphic novel was superb. Will the follow-up be at the same level? It’s a question to boggle the mind!
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Flippin’ through Previews – June 2013

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It’s time for Travis Pelkie’s favorite column! Huzzah!
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Say It With Manga: The Manga About Manga Edition

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Say what you will about meta entertainment, but I’ve always had a soft spot for it.  There’s something exciting to me about reading a behind-the-scenes look, especially one that was made for the sake of entertainment.  There are many manga series about making manga, and they run the range from awful to amazing, nonfiction to “fictionalized” accounts.  I’ve already touched on Bakuman, which is a surprisingly exciting series that puts Shounen Jump manga under a microscope.  There’s a handful of others, but here’s three more of the best, in my opinion.

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Flippin’ through Previews – March 2013

It’s a bit late due to other things, but let’s check out Previews #294 – maybe there’s some interesting stuff in it!
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Flippin’ through Previews – February 2013

Oh, DC – you never fail to amuse, and Previews #293 is a perfect example of that!
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Say It With Manga, 12/20/12

Another week, another Say It With Manga. Three titles again, this time on the themes of love, war, and parasites.

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Trade paperbacks, older editions, and miscellaneous for January 2012

As I’m getting more and more things in trade these days and many of those don’t come out very quickly, I often miss titles that everyone is raving about for my year-end lists (see: Daredevil). So I’ve decided to do a post every month about the various trade paperbacks I got in the month. I’ve also included editions of things that may be from an earlier year but which I didn’t get until now or which have been re-released, and some other stuff, too. I’m still going to review new graphic novels individually, but this is for anything that doesn’t fall into that category. Sound good? Great. Let’s check some stuff out!
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What I bought – 18 January 2012

“I’ve always believed, Josef, that we are more in love with desire than with the desired!” (Irvin D. Yalom, from When Nietzsche Wept)

Well, that's a phallic blade right there Appetizing! It was the style of the times! You can't stay mad at it! So much creepy sexual imagery I don't even know where to start! She's making Rockwell paranoid! I think that explosion would knock him over 'Don't tell anyone I like 2 Broke Girls!!!!!' Like the concept, hate the execution Robert Plant should have had a cameo Now batting ... the golem! More French comics!  Or, as I like to call them, 'Freedom Comics'
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She Has No Head! – Third Annual Awesome Women In Comics Holiday Gift List, 2011

Welcome back to my annual female positive comics holiday gift list!

So the holidays are (suddenly) upon us and you’ve decided that in these tough economic times you want to support the comic industry by giving everyone on your list sweet comics.  And not only that, but you want to take it one step further and only give female positive comics…well, in that super specific case you’ve found the right list.

Like last year, in addition to picking excellent female positive titles, I also limited myself to books released in 2011 only.  If you’re looking for more books that just those released in 2011, I urge you to check out my first list, which was not limited by a time period, and my second list, which covered books released in 2010.

Let’s get started, yes?

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