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Review: The Runaway Princess

Random House Graphic kicks off their young readers line of graphic novels with this collection of stories featuring a young princess who enjoys adventure.

Story: Johan Troïanowski
Art: Johan Troïanowski

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon (Hardcover)
Amazon (Paperback)
Kindle/comiXology
Zeus Comics

Random House Graphic provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Review: Gudetama-Love for the Lazy

Gudetama: Love for the Lazy

Sanrio’s latest great creation, the lazy egg Gudetama, comes to comics in Gudetama: Love for the Lazy by Wook-Jin Clark. This comic is hilarious, relatable, and sometimes pretty weird as this surprisingly thick raw egg mascot. Gudetama is a collection of short stories and vignettes where Gudetama gives dating advice, and there are some actual great ideas in here sprinkled in with the obvious trolling.

Wook-Jin Clark’s background working on adorable licensed properties like Bee and Puppycat as well as the food-centric comic Flavor serves him well in this book where Gudetama can go from hiding in its shell to be a part of a very yummy bowl of ramen. He understands that the raw egg works best as a kind of “host” for these stories a la Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, but more of a slacker and interjects with one-liners and weird transformations when the story needs it.

At times, Gudetama is an aspirational figure. It’s effortlessly cool and laid back, and people like it in spite of it not trying so hard. Gudetama is a cross between an angel and devil on your angst-ridden saying, “Take it easy, and don’t take things too seriously.” It’s great making a Tinder profile.

Gudetama: Love for the Lazy is at its best and most wholesome when it’s in short story mode. There’s the saga of two cosplayers falling in love, another story about the struggle of dating solely “IRL” instead of in the online world, and one about partners dealing with a cat affection issue through the power of hugs. My personal favorite one features the gamer Tobi, who wants to go from being married to a centaur to dating in meatspace. His story has a lot of humor with his sushi date featuring an actual nightmare human, who hunts animals for a living, and Wook-Jin Clark nails the awkward half hug, half handshake from a date that didn’t really have many sparks. However, Clark gives the conclusion of the story a warm underpinning as he turns its gamer aesthetic to eleven and has Tobi find real connection while on another date at a barcade. This confirms my theory that barcades are fantastic date spots even if you suck at most video games like yours truly.

Another reason why Gudetama: Love for the Lazy resonated with me is that it’s a romance comic disguised as a licensed comic. Its tales of relationship woes in pitfalls between short advice column-esque sketches and supplemental material, like a game where you progress through the various post-breakup stages. Wook-Jin Clark uses Gudetama as a vessel to show the awkwardness of dating (Especially the online kind.) and building connections and relationships while also providing hope with the sarcasm.

Gudetama: Love for the Lazy is Modern Love for anxious slackers who would rather be flirting with their Twitter crushes, playing a video game, or going to town on a bowl of ramen than dealing with the rituals of dating in 2020. Wook-Jin Clark’s writing and art is sharp, yet gentle and shows that a raw egg with a nice butt and an even better attitude can make anyone smile. (Gudetama needs a nap though.)

Story: Wook-Jin Clark Art: Wook-Jin Clark Letters: Tom B. Long
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Reveals a Look at Swamp Thing: Twin Branches, a New Young Adult Graphic Novel Out October 2020

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Written by Maggie Stiefvater
Illustrated by Morgan Beem
Colored by Jeremy Lawson
Lettered by Ariana Maher
On Sale October 13, 2020
MSRP: $16.99

The #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater (the Raven Cycle series) and artist Morgan Beem unearth the primal power of memory and how it twists the bond between two brothers.

Twins Alec and Walker Holland have a reputation around town. One is quiet and the other is the life of any party, but they are inseparable. For their last summer before college, the two leave the city to live with their rural cousins, where they find that the swamp holds far darker depths than they could have imagined. 

While Walker carves their names into the new social scene, Alec recedes into a summer school laboratory, because he brought something from home on their trip—it’s an experiment that will soon consume him. This season, both brothers must confront truths ancient and familial, and as their lives diverge, tensions increase and dormant memories claw to the surface.

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches is a story of shadows literal and imagined—and those that take form and haunt us. 

Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

Preview: A Letter to Jo

A Letter to Jo

(W) Joseph Sieracki (A/CA) Kelly Williams
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $19.99

As Leonard fights on the front lines of World War II, memories of Josephine and home help keep him alive. As Josephine contends with life, family, and work in Cleveland, letters from Leonard sustain her. But official censorship forces him to leave out much of the most significant action he sees.

Finally, with the war coming to an end, Leonard is able to tell his full story. In a quietly beautiful letter to Josephine, Leonard writes of the loneliness he felt, the camaraderie he experienced, and the terrible violence he witnessed.

Now, Josephine and Leonard’s grandson Joseph Sieracki has carefully researched the battles Leonard describes and expanded the letter into a moving tale of a young man’s fears and bravery far from home. Brought to heart-wrenching life by the paintbrushes of Kelly Williams (Creepy, Eerie), A Letter to Jo is at once a tender love story and a harrowing battlefield memoir.

Includes appendices with photographs, scans of the letter, developmental art, and an illustrated poem by WWII machine-gunner Leonard Sieracki (the author’s grandfather).

A Letter to Jo

James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas Reunite for WYND, a Graphic Novel Trilogy

BOOM! Studios has announced WYND, a brand new trilogy of original graphic novels from the GLAAD Award-winning team of The Woods, writer James Tynion IV and artist Michael Dialynas, with letterer Aditya Bidikar, a new young adult fantasy series about learning to spread your wings no matter the dangers that life puts in your way, available in stores November 2020.

Wynd lives a quiet life in Pipetown — working at the local tavern, out of sight in the secret rooms beneath the floorboards, often stealing away to catch glimpses of Thorn, the castle groundskeeper’s son, as he works. But Wynd also has a secret… magical blood betrayed by his pointed ears, forbidden within the city limits. His shaggy hair has obscured them for most of his life, but now that Wynd is a teenager they are growing too unwieldy to hide.

Joined by his best friend Oakley, Wynd’s strange dreams and an encounter with the city guard send him on an adventure more dangerous than he could ever imagine, where Wynd will discover the magic in the world around him and, most importantly, the magic within himself.

WYND

Paul Levitz and Simon Fraser Explore Life After Death in Unfinished Business

From comics legend, New York Times Best-Selling Graphic Books writer and Eisner Award Hall of Fame inductee Paul Levitz and artist Simon Fraser comes Unfinished Business, a tantalizing original graphic novel of dark mystery and magical realism that examines the relationship between science and society through the lenses of multiple religions.

A priest, a minister and a rabbi walk into a bar . . . a would-be lead-in to an amusing anecdote were it not for the three being dead. But this is no zombie apocalypse. The clerics have a bit of unfinished business tied to their demise that heaven needs them to address, if they can. But what is the reward for unraveling the riddle of their deaths—is it life, afterlife, or oblivion? Maybe they can ask the smiling bartender, who just might be…?

Unfinished Business goes on sale in comic shops June 10, 2020, and in bookstores on June 23, 2020.

Unfinished Business

Become Best Friends with Jo & Rus

BOOM! Studios has announced cartoonist and illustrator Audra Winslow’s debut middle grade graphic novel, Jo & Rus, an all-new story about two unlikely best friends who learn to roll with the punches when life doesn’t go their way and to stand their ground, no matter the cost, available in September 2020.

At first, Jo and Rus don’t realize how much they have in common – she’s a middle schooler who’s constantly bullied and he’s a high schooler in a rock band. But when a mysterious one-eyed cat brings the two of them together, they quickly learn they’re both outcasts trying to figure out what they really want from life in a world where the odds are stacked against them. It’s only by becoming friends they discover who they are, who they want to be and what it takes for every one of us to find our own happiness!

Jo & Rus

Green Lantern: Legacy Gets a Trailer

Thirteen-year-old Tai Pham lives in the apartment above his grandmother’s store in a room crammed with sketchpads and comic books. Tai’s youthful imagination cannot prepare him for the world he is thrown into. He must overcome his greatest obstacle in order to keep his grandmother’s legacy alive: fear.

When Tai inherits his grandmother’s jade ring, he soon finds out it’s more than it appears. Suddenly, he is inducted into a group of space cops known as the Green Lanterns, and every time he puts pen to paper, he is forced to confront his insecurity that he might not be creative or strong enough to uphold his bá’s legacy. Tai must decide what kind of hero he wants to be: Will he learn to soar above his insecurities, or will the past keep him grounded?

Green Lantern: Legacy is written by Minh Lê, with art by Andie Tong, colored by Sarah Stern, and lettering by Ariana Maher.

You can watch our review.

Review: Green Lantern: Legacy

Tai Pham’s grandmother has a secret, she’s a Green Lantern. After she passes, her ring becomes his and he has a whole new responsibility. A fantastic new graphic novel for young readers.

Story: Minh Lê
Art: Andie Tong
Color: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Ariana Maher

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores on January 21! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
TFAW

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Talking Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams Graphic Novel with Steve Horton

Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams is a graphic novel from legendary artist Mike Allred and writer Steve Horton. It chronicles the rise of David Bowie’s career from obscurity to fame; paralleled by the rise and fall of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. As the Spiders from Mars slowly implode, Bowie wrestles with his Ziggy persona. The outcome of this internal conflict will change not only David Bowie, but also, the world.

I’m joined by the book’s writer Steve Horton to talk about the making of the graphic novel and our shared love of Bowie (and shared love of artist Mike Allred’s work). Whether you’re an “Absolute Beginer” on Bowie or already deeply “Loving the Alien” you will get something out of this tremendous book– and hopefully out of this episode too. 

Share your thoughts with me and maybe I’ll show you my Bowie tattoo. 

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