2016/11/10 Thursday

Parenting Patch

Filed under: News — Staff @ 16:20:48

‘Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King' Book Review
I place great value on reading. I have always been an avid reader myself, and now my daughter also loves reading on her own. My son, too, loves listening to his big sister and me read aloud to him. I thus am always on the lookout for new books to share with my kids. When recently offered the chance to review Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King written by Claudio Sanchez and illustrated by Arthur Mask in exchange for my honest opinion, I eagerly accepted the opportunity to add to my home library. The hardback book currently retails for $24.95 on Amazon.

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2016/10/27 Thursday

Coheed and Cambria Frontman Releases Children's Book, Kid Crazy and the Kilowatt King

Filed under: News — Staff @ 14:10:32

Coheed and Cambria have built their entire career around whimsical science-fiction concepts that explore space, love, loss, war, and all things prog. Though the band have gotten considerably brighter in their poppier tendencies and dropped their Amory Wars conceptual universe for last year's The Color Before The Sun, the band still exudes a space rock and sci-fi aesthetic, and fans no doubt expect a return to conceptual storytelling at some point in the future.

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2016/9/8 Thursday

Otaku USA on Kuma Miko Volume 1

Filed under: News — Staff @ 15:09:01

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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2016/8/2 Tuesday

Book Room Reviews: The Stumps of Flattop Hill

Filed under: News — Staff @ 20:13:03

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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2016/7/28 Thursday

PW reviews In the Sounds and Seas

Filed under: News — Staff @ 13:39:47

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)

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2016/6/29 Wednesday

Manhattan Book Review: The Stumps of Flattop Hill

Filed under: News — Staff @ 21:35:28

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.

2016/6/23 Thursday

Belushi: On a Mission from God

Filed under: News — Staff @ 13:18:44

“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.

Wink Books:

2016/6/2 Thursday

We the Nerdy on The Stumps

Filed under: News — Staff @ 15:01:41

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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2016/5/26 Thursday

Marnie Galloway on The Comics Alternative

Filed under: News — Staff @ 15:30:24

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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2016/5/12 Thursday

The Creepy Crypt

Filed under: News — Staff @ 16:35:45

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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