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I was Their American Dream

I was Their American Dream

I was Their American Dream is a great title – like insanely great. I never thought of immigrants’ children in that way until now. But it’s true that we are our parents’ dreams. Every immigrant has their own views of America and what it stood for. Malaka’s parents came to America to either avoid civil unrest (her mom) or because they had romantic ideas about America (her dad). My dad saw America as a place to make his own way, without being thwarted by nepotism and bribes. America is the land of opportunity.  And while that opportunity looks different to everyone, there seem to … Continue reading

witch boy book review

The Witch Boy

In thirteen-year-old Aster’s family, all the girls are raised to be witches, while boys grow up to be shapeshifters. Anyone who dares cross those lines is exiled. Unfortunately for Aster, he still hasn’t shifted . . . and he’s still fascinated by witchery, no matter how forbidden it might be.When a mysterious danger threatens the other boys, Aster knows he can help — as a witch. It will take the encouragement of a new friend, the non-magical and non-conforming Charlie, to convince Aster to try practicing his skills. And it will require even more courage to save his family . … Continue reading

Scott Pilgrim

Scott Pilgrim has a life that’s totally sweet. He’s 23 years old, in a rock band, “between jobs,” AND dating a cute high school girl. Everything’s fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, rollerblading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. Will Scott’s awesome life get turned upside-down? Will he have to face Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends in battle? Scott Pilgrim is write what you know at its finest. Bryan Lee O’Malley took everything he knew at the time – manga, anime, video games, indie rock band-hood, post-collegiate/career-avoiding limbo, 20-something life, young … Continue reading

Oooh: First look at David Jesus Vignolli’s graphic novel NEW WORLD

Wow, this looks soooooo good. Last year I almost bought A Girl in the Himalayas (ref link) based only on the cover and flipping through the interior art. This looks like another really good one and it feels like we’re witnessing the growth of a storyteller. I’m sharing just a couple of images here, click the link at the bottom of the paste for many more pages and clues to the story. Can’t wait! EXCLUSIVE: Get Your First Extended Look at David Jesus Vignolli’s NEW WORLD – The Beat Source: EXCLUSIVE: Get Your First Extended Look at David Jesus Vignolli’s NEW WORLD … Continue reading

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

The Dumbest Idea Ever!

Dammit – The Dumbest Idea Ever made me cry. For real. I guess that’s what happens when you read a memoir by someone who’s the same age, started making comics at the same age when you were obsessed with comics, and is making a living as a successful comic creator. Basically someone living the life I want and wish I had. Which is to say that his memoir – his origin story – is really good and relatable. You don’t have to be me to relate to it, though having grown up in the 80s would help. Or having gone to … Continue reading

the silence of our friends

The Silence of Our Friends

Comics are a powerful medium. When I have new graphic novels in the house, I like reading them first thing in the morning with my coffee. Today’s read was The Silence of Our Friends by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos (writing) and Nate Powell (art), with the tagline The civil rights struggle was never black and white Starting in 4th grade and until I finished high school, I went to Catholic school. In 1981 we moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, one block from Thomas Hooker School. My parents were happy that I could walk to school and I was looking forward … Continue reading