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Review: Generasian Comics Volume I (formerly known as This Asian American Life)

Generasian Comics Volume I

In our current climate, and hopefully, we’ll soon see its repudiation, being a minority seems as though your life is not safe. It’s almost incomprehensible that the safety of our children is what’s at stake. Before the election results, our worry was only amplified because of the hate propelled by the current President. During the previous Obama administration, the diversity the nation held was a source of our strength and not our weakness.

What really happened over these past four years is not that the current president suddenly created all this hate but he only made these groups bolder to be out in the open. Our newly elected administration looks to mend those ties. What ties those hyphens in our identity is what makes us unique and beautiful. In the first volume of the brilliant Katie Quan’s Generasian Comics Volume I, she eloquently shows the joys and struggles of everyday Asian Americans.

We open up on Katie’s journey in high school, as in the sobering “Labels”, she shows how insecurities when it comes to race, has a powerful psychiatric effect. In “Modern Courtship”, she navigates the always murky waters of getting to know someone and the insistent need to define. In “A (Great) Wall”, she points out the absurdity of the subject movie and the fact that Matt Damon was in it. In “ This Asian American Life”, she points out all the stupid questions Asian Americans have to deal with at some point from someone not Asian. In “Popo”, she tells the tale of one woman going through TSA, and how minorities get unfairly targeted no matter how long they lived in the US. In “(Un ) Sensitivity”, Katie and her friends have some unmitigated fun with a census worker. In “Six Degrees of Seperasian”, she points out how small a world it really is especially if you are Asian. In “The Same, The Sane”, she fangirls over Supernatural, and just how riveting is, and it doesn’t hurt it has eye candy in its protagonists. In “Chink’, her brother gets a racial slur targeted at him and she finds herself not being able to help him but only able to give him solace. In “American Born Chinese”, she gets into the absurdity of Asian branded foods. In “Aloha”, she gets into why the casting of Emma Stone as an Asian shows just how backward Hollywood is. In “Time”, she ponders on if she was born I the wrong time but upon discovering the Angry Asian Man blog realizes that she is not alone. In the final strip“Resilence”, se exposes the hate Asian Americans are exposed to. By the book’s end, she entails the struggles of the Asian American in both a relatable and poignant fashion.

Overall, an excellent showcase of Quan’s eloquence as a storyteller which instantly has made me a fan of hers. The stories by Quan are timely, funny, and moving. The art by Quan is simply gorgeous. Altogether, Generasian Comics Volume I is an important part of America’s canon that deserves more attention and will have me coming back week after week.

Story: Katie Quan Art: Katie Quan
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Z2’s True War Stories Comes to Bookstores in March 2021

True War Stories

Z2 has announced that True War Stories will be available in bookstores in March 2021, after its Local Comic Shop Day debut. This unique project, assembled by the multiple-Eisner nominated writer/editor, Alex de Campi and co-edited by Iraq War veteran Khai Kumbaar is an entertaining and moving work of graphic nonfiction, pairing members of the US military with the biggest names in comics to share real war stories told by those who lived them.

A sniper in Haiti faces the repercussions of the shot he never took. A team of SEALs help rescue a kidnapped girl in the Philippines. Army interpreters in Iraq battle their toughest foe: the rats of Saddam’s palace. A soldier on a late-night run surprises a motorpool saboteur. A young cavalry lieutenant, fresh off the Battle of Kamdesh, meets the Marine half-brother he’s never known. A Navy ship reacts to an unexpected man overboard. And if you’ve ever wondered what Christmas was like in a war zone, you’re about to find out.

Artists include Peter Krause, Ryan Howe, Skylar Patridge (drawing her own father’s Vietnam story), Eoin Marron, Tish Doolin (a former Army medic), Dave Acosta, A. D’Amico, Drew Moss, Josh Hood, PJ Holden, Chris Peterson, Sam Hart, Jeff McComsey, and Paul Williams. Colors are by Dee Cunniffe, Matt Soffe, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Tarsis Cruz, and Aladdin Collar. All lettering is done by de Campi herself.

True War Stories is a 260-page full color graphic novel anthology containing fifteen true tales of American service members overseas. Nearly every branch of the military is represented in this collection of stories that are heartwarming, heroic, harrowing, and even at times, hilarious, spanning the globe. 
As previously announced, True War Stories is currently available exclusively for stores to order directly from the publisher now under the following terms:

  • Direct orders to be packed and shipped by Z2’s fulfillment center at a 50% discount. Retailers may order any of Z2’s existing backlist titles at this same discount at the time of their order.
  • Orders will be shipped on consignment with payment for all books sold due 90 days from their ship date to give retailers flexibility to take advantage of holiday sales beyond the event. 
  • Retailers will be responsible for shipping costs to and from their stores, which will be billed upon receipt of saleable goods back from stores.

True War Stories will be published by Z2 Comics in conjunction with Local Comic Shop Day, and then in the wider market in March 2021, with all profits from this $19.99 retail release donated to military-related charities chosen by our contributors as personally meaningful to them: Objective Zero Foundation, Air Force Assistance Fund, the USO, Armed Services Arts Partnership, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation. 

In addition, the title is available for direct order from the Z2 website, in celebration of Veterans Day!

Swordsfall Studios Takes You Into an Afropunk Scf-Fi Fantasy Universe

Drift of Dreams

Drift of Dreams is the first-ever Graphic Novel from the Swordsfall Universe! It’s a 187-page graphic novel featuring art from ten amazing artists of color. The graphic novel is an emotional journey into the heart of what dreams mean to us.

When humans on Tikor fall asleep, they just doing dream in solitude. The human mind drifts to a dimension called the Tapestry. It’s a realm where only humans can enter, protected from outside interference. Or least, that’s how it once was. The lurking dark god, Xavian the Withering King, has found a way to invade it, corrupt it.

The human protectors of the Tapestry, Dreamweavers, have assembled to repel the tide, but how did the dark god break their defenses? With their back against the wall, they call in a Dreamweaver who has explored deeper into the dreamworld than anyone alive, the Seeker. Can the Seeker stop the corruption before it’s too late?

The graphic novel is aimed at young adults and adults looking for a diverse story that features fantasy characters of color as well as LGBTQA+. The world of Swordsfall puts diverse characters in amazing stories where they usually aren’t featured. Drift of Dreams is by Tanni “Queen Beanie” Brown, Kameron White, Morgan Madeline, Omotola Oyefodunrin, Wayne C. Spencer, Sonya Henar, Bre Indigo, Bex Glendining, Joshua Small, and Mariá “Raposa Branca” Scárdua. It’s available now on Amazon and the Swordsfall Store for $34.99.

Preview: Love and Capes: Family Way

Love and Capes: Family Way

(W) Thom Zahler (A/CA) Thom Zahler
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $19.99

You demanded it, and now comicdom’s favorite super couple is back in this graphic novel romcom! A few years have passed, and Mark and Abby are now the proud parents of two children: James and his sister Hayley. Now they’re navigating the world of play dates, diapers, and field trips, while also running an art gallery and saving the world. Meanwhile, Darkblade and Amazonia have broken up, and Charlotte’s worried about dying alone. Also, Hayley has started glowing. But that’s totally normal, right?

The more things change, the more they stay the same, so return to the sweetness and humor of the world of Love and Capes, from Harvey-nominated creator Thom Zahler (Warning Label, My Little Pony) and fall in love all over again.

Love and Capes: Family Way

Preview: Firefly: Watch How I Soar

Firefly: Watch How I Soar

(W) Various (A) Various (CA) Miguel Mercado
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $19.99

Return to the critically-acclaimed world of Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Serenity, in an all new graphic novel spotlighting Hoban “Wash” Washburne, pilot of the spaceship Serenity… who has just realized he’s about to die.

As Wash’s life flashes before him, he revisits untold moments in his life, from growing up on a planet ravaged by pollution, to meeting the woman of his dreams in Zoe.

And in those final moments, Wash will reach out to connect with a surprising someone he never thought possible to meet…proving that some bonds transcend our mortal coils.

With five original short stories from superstar creative teams, learn the untold past, present, and maybe even future of the best pilot in the ‘Verse – Hoban “Wash” Washburne.

Firefly: Watch How I Soar

Preview: Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath

(W) Gabby Rivera (A/CA) Celia Moscote
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $14.99

For fans of Bloom and Spinning, critically-acclaimed writer Gabby Rivera (Marvel’s America) adapts her bestselling novel alongside artist Celia Moscote in an unforgettable queer coming-of-age story exploring race, identity and what it means to be true to your amazing self. Even when the rest of the world doesn’t understand.

Juliet Milagros Palante is leaving the Bronx and headed to Portland, Oregon. She just came out to her family and isn’t sure if her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan to figure out what it means to be Puerto Rican, lesbian and out. And that starts with the perfect mentor – Harlowe Brisbane, a feminist author who will surely help Juliet find her best self.

There’s just one problem – Harlowe’s white, not from the Bronx and doesn’t have the answers. Okay, maybe that’s more than one problem, but Juliet never said it was a perfect plan…

Juliet Takes a Breath

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank Return to Batman: Earth One

Batman: Earth One Vol. 3

DC has announced the release date for Batman: Earth One Vol. 3. The graphic novel will be released on June 8, 2021. Geoff Johns returns to the standalone graphic novel series and joining him is Gary Frank, Jon Sibal, and Brad Anderson. In the third volume of the series, a mysteriously well-armed gang of thieves thrusts Gotham City into a state of fear. The criminals are highly organized and locked and loaded with the latest in military-grade weapons: flame-throwers, grenade-launchers, and even tanks.

And this gang claims it is funded by none other than former district attorney Harvey Dent. But Harvey Dent is dead…isn’t he?

Balancing his two lives, Bruce Wayne must find the truth with the help of his growing network of agents, including Alfred, Jim Gordon, Waylon “Killer Croc” Jones, and the savvy new Catwoman. However, Bruce finds himself distracted by the seemingly impossible return of another figure believed dead—his grandfather, Adrian Arkham. He must also comfort his longtime friend, Gotham City Mayor Jessica Dent, who is scarred both physically and mentally from her experience with the Riddler which resulted in the gruesome death of her brother.

But Harvey seems to be back, plotting revenge on a city he proclaims to be guilty. And when Batman discovers the truth to these many mysteries, his entire world starts to unravel…

Review: Plutocracy: Chronicles of a Global Monopoly

It’s 2051 and the world’s largest company, The Company, has seized power on a planetary scale. There is one corporation. There is one world government. Elections have been replaced by shareholders’ meetings and the Government is made up of those who own the most shares.

This is the story of a man who wants to discover how this all came to be.

Plutocracy: Chronicles of a Global Monopoly is a fascinating graphic novel that questions the wall between government and business and free will and marketing.

Story: Abraham Martínez
Art: Abraham Martínez

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Preview: Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio

Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio

(W) Jason Inman, Ashley Victoria Robinson (A) Ben Matsuya (C) Elizabeth Kramer (CA) Jonboy Meyers
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $14.99

17-year-old superhero Jupiter Jet has kept Olympic Heights safe for the last year. Her flying skills are unmatched, and the city loves her. But she dreams of soaring across the solar system and liberating humanity from the clutches of The Praetors, the aliens that imprisoned them. Not even her little brother’s discovery of a long-forgotten radio can change her mind. When the mysterious Black Flyer arrives in orbit, Jupiter Jet finds out that her flying techniques may not be up to the task. Being a hero requires more than just a jetpack. Does Jupiter Jet have the courage to save her entire planet?

Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio

Preview: The Book Tour

The Book Tour

(W) Andi Watson (A/CA) Andi Watson
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $24.99

A page-turning, Kafkaesque dark comedy in brilliant retro style, this graphic novel watches one man try to keep it together while everything falls apart.

Upon the publication of his latest novel, G. H. Fretwell, a minor English writer, embarks on a book tour to promote it. Nothing is going according to plan, and his trip gradually turns into a nightmare. But now the police want to ask him some questions about a mysterious disappearance, and it seems that Fretwell’s troubles are only just beginning…

In his first book for adults in many years, acclaimed cartoonist Andi Watson evokes all the anxieties felt by every writer and compresses them into a comedic gem of a book. Witty, surreal, and sharply observant, The Book Tour offers a captivating lesson in letting go.

The Book Tour
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