Category Archives: contemporary

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

I can see why Geekerella was so beloved upon release in 2017 – it is a charming remake of the fairy tale with an appropriate modern flavor. Relatable (if not very realistic) main leads make you want to root for … Continue reading

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Kenka Bancho Otome by Chie Shimada

By this second volume, I had hoped for something to really distinguish this manga from similar (but much better) titles like HanaKimi. I enjoy the premise (cross dressing/pretending to be a boy at an all-boys school) but here we have … Continue reading

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Swing Volume 1 by Linda Sejic, Matt Hawkins, Jenni Cheung

Coming from Top Cow, the publisher known for soft porn comics, I had to wonder if this would be sensationalist smut or actually had a valid point of view. Fortunately, in this case the authors/artists tackle the subject of swinging … Continue reading

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Forward by Lisa Maas

The introduction tells us that the characters in this graphic novel, Forward, were drawn directly from author Maas and her friends. That authenticity means there is no melodrama, no gimmicks, and instead just a straight-forward story of two middle age … Continue reading

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Wotakoi: Otaku Love Is Hard Volume 1 by Fujita

Wotakoi was cute but honestly I didn’t get much from it and soon began to skip through to the last chapter. As far as Otaku go, they weren’t quirky, distinct, or even very interesting. The relationship was probably the only … Continue reading

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Coyotes Volume 1 by Sean Lewis and Caitlin Yarsky

While Coyotes has some interesting things going for it, the story is just so muddled and the world building lazy as to make this more of an afterthought than a well executed concept. It is always the little thing that … Continue reading

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Anonymous Noise Volume 8 by Ryoko Fukuyama

With Volume 8, we get some closure on several plot threads and, of course, new ones are opened up. Yes, the pattern of Anonymous Noise has been this: one volume Nino says she will reach Momo and then the next … Continue reading

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