It's not unusual to see shrine maidens in manga, but Kuma Miko has a special kind of shrine maiden: one who hangs out with a talking bear.
In fact, all the bears in 14-year-old Machi's rural village are able to talk. They trace this back to a kind of squeamish legend between a bear and a human, and now the bears and humans here have an alliance. (While the legend is squeamish, nothing in Machi's interactions with her bear friend would fall into that category. They're innocent and comfortable with each other like friends or family.)
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Going camping soon? Do you like cool spooky ghost stories for the Dark Night by the Campfire? Well then stop looking because I found it. At the very least remember this one at Halloween because you know ghost stories are perfect for that time of year.Author Kenneth Kit Lamug has not only written but also has done a great job illustrating this new and scary Ghost Story children's book. Although I think it will go over better read aloud at night it's definitely a good one. I love the dark spooky artwork to go along with this rhythmic story. This story is quite a bit different from other. I kind of like the fact that the author *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT* doesn't feel the need to have everyone live happily ever after.
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Galloway's first graphic novel is a wordless but entirely immersive story that won a Xeric Grant and was nominated for the L.A. Times Book Prize in an earlier, shorter edition. Gorgeously executed in black and white, repeated patterns of leaves, wings, braids, and winds embellish a world that's both strange and familiar. In a dense forest, three women sing life into being: streams of birds, fish and rabbits flow from their throats. These rivers of creatures weave together and transform, Escher-like, into the endless waves of the ocean. On the shore of this fantastic sea a young woman with long dark hair is plagued by unspoken yearnings. She and two friends make preparations for a lengthy journey. They build and supply a tall ship before setting out to sea. The ship's lines are intertwined into hair of the young woman, literally binding her to a voyage full of beauty and terrible sorrow. Divided into six equal chapters, this story contains unexpected visual twists that use a wide range of page layouts to their fullest extent. The dialogue of the friends is represented by empty speech bubbles that still manage to convey a complex and emotional narrative. (May)
Everyone likes to be scared. Right? Even little ones. This little book is just the ticket for that need to feel a good fright. The illustrations alone will send a chill down tiny spines. They are all done in spooky shades of blacks, whites, and sepia tones. They will bring to mind the ominous drawings of Edward Gorey. They are filled with interesting details that add to the mystery of the story.
“This book will be on my coffee table for the next few months, and I'm looking forward to revisiting it often, as well as share it with friends.”
And here's another blogger who likes to look at the spreads.
I've uh, never reviewed a kid's picture book before. As an adult without children, I don't ever really run into them, though I'm a firm believer that kid's fiction can and should appeal to everyone. And hell, some of my favorite novels are kid's books. The Golden Compass, Harry Potter And the Sorcerer's Stone, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Marlfox, and The Hobbit all spring to mind as amazing stories for kids and adults alike.
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Derek talks with Marnie Galloway about the publication of her first graphic novel, In the Sounds and Seas. This beautiful hardbound text was released earlier this month from One Peace Books, but her work on this project has a long and interesting history. The first third of the narrative was a 2012 Xeric Award winner — and in the final year that the Xeric grant was given to comics artists — and the entire story was originally released in three self-published volumes, the final one coming out in early 2016. Marnie discusses with Derek her decision to complete her story in this manner, even after receiving a contract from One Peace for the collected edition. They also talk about the challenges of telling a compelling story through a wordless text, the question of her art as visual poetry, and the various literary references woven into her narrative. Along the way, they take the time to discuss her various other comics and why she particularly enjoys writing in the short-story form. In the Sounds and Seas debuted at this year's Toronto Comic Arts Festival, so Marnie shares her experiences at the event along with the thrills of being able to showcase her new book to such a major audience. This is an impressive work from a young creator whom we are sure to hear more from in the coming months.
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From award-winning author and illustrator, Ken Lamug comes a cautionary tale that will scare and delight readers of all ages. The story follows a little girl named Florence, who is dared by her friends to go into a haunted house, that resides at the top of Flattop Hill. Florence is fearful but she plucks up the courage to go inside. The house is full of mystery and as with most children, the urge to explore is hard to resist.
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he Stumps of Flattop Hill, written and illustrated by Kenneth Kit Lamug, is a deliciously macabre children's picture book which will capture the imaginations of young readers. Children will thrill at the story of Florence as, trance-like, she defies common sense by acting on a dare. Does she do it to prove she's not afraid; or is there another reason she embarks upon this frightful encounter? Regardless, we are reminded that there are consequences to one's actions. Hauntingly reminiscent of tales by the brothers Grimm, The Stumps of Flattop Hill will appeal to readers who enjoy a more unique spin on children's picture books.
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Las Vegas-based author and illustrator Kenneth Lamug has published a new childrens book, The Stumps of Flattop Hill. In this dark yet amusing tale following the tradition of the Brother's Grimm”, Ken tells the story of Florence, a little girl who enters a haunted house - both frightened and courageous. With it's fine and detailed artwork, The Stumps of Flattop Hill immediately caught our attention. We were happy to hear Ken's thoughts about haunted houses, the importance of a scary fairy tale, and the tradition of storytelling.
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