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April 22, 2014

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J. Caleb Mozzocco

About J. Caleb Mozzocco

J. Caleb Mozzocco is a way-too-busy freelance writer who has written about comics for online and print venues for a rather long time now. He currently contributes to Comic Book Resources' Robot 6 blog and ComicsAlliance, and maintains his own daily-ish blog at EveryDayIsLikeWednesday.blogspot.com. He lives in northeast Ohio, where he works as a circulation clerk at a public library by day.

Review: ‘Batter Up, Charlie Brown!’

Review: ‘Batter Up, Charlie Brown!’

Batter Up, Charlie Brown! By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 As an athlete, Charlie Brown may be best known for never being able to connect with the football that Lucy always snatches away from him mid-kick, but football was of only one of the sports he was doomed to fail at. He didn’t have much [...]

Review: Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour

Review: Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour

Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour By Paul Pope Image Comics; $24.99 The first volume of Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, the artist’s long-awaited, long-in-the-works graphic novel series for young readers from publisher First Second, was one of the most anticipated works of 2013. The book itself was just one way for fans of Pope’s [...]

Review: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza

Review: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second; $17.99 In writing about the heroic journey in his influential Hero With a Thousand Faces, pop comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell cited “the call to adventure” as the beginning of a mythic quest. James Kochalka’s Glorkian Warrior, a pink-skinned, three-eyed alien dude with a “super [...]

Review: Jellaby: The Lost Monster

Review: Jellaby: The Lost Monster

Jellaby: The Lost Monster By Kean Soo Capstone; $12.95 Cartoonist Kean Soo’s big, purple, vaguely quotation mark-shaped monster returns in a new edition of the 2008 graphic novel, ready and waiting for new grade-schoolers to discover him—along with any older readers who might have missed the book the first time around. Soo’s Jellaby began life [...]

Review: The Dumbest Idea Ever

Review: The Dumbest Idea Ever

The Dumbest Idea Ever By Jimmy Gownley Scholastic; $24.99 Everyone knows where comic books come from—comic book creators make them, publishers sell them and comic book stores sell them (Or libraries let you borrow them.) But where do comic book creators come from? Jimmy Gownley’s new autobiographic graphic novel The Dumbest Idea Ever explains where at [...]

Review: 47 Ronin

Review: 47 Ronin

47 Ronin Written by Mike Richardson Art by Stan Sakai Dark Horse Comics, $19.99 The story of the  47 Ronin is a Japanese national legend, one that has been adapted into just about every conceivable medium innumerable times since the historical events it is based on occurred at the dawn of the 18th century. In [...]

Review: Hearts

Review: Hearts

Hearts By Thereza Rowe Toon Books, $12.95 Level One (kindergarten through first grade) The title of this book is Hearts, although the word appears quite a bit smaller than the three big, red, valentine-perfect hearts on the cover, and not not at all on the spine, where only the trio of heart images appear between [...]

Review: Tippy and the Night Parade

Review: Tippy and the Night Parade

Tippy and the Night Parade By Lilli Carré Toon Books, $12.95 Level one (Kindergarten through first grade) Regular readers will have noticed a very distinct formula to Toon Books, particularly those for the earliest readers: Simple narratives straddling the media of picture books and comics, by world-class cartoonists working to produce books that can be [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain

Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Christmas On Bear Mountain By Carl Barks Fantgraphics Books, $28.99 Few things say “Christmas” like an installment of Fantagraphics’ Carl Barks Library, featuring a generous slice of The Good Duck Artist’s practically unparalleled cartooning. That’s partly because Barks’s Disney comics were and are enormously well crafted and equally enormously entertaining, timeless [...]

Review: Teen Titans Go! #1

Review: Teen Titans Go! #1

Teen Titans Go! #1 Written by Sholly Fisch and Merrill Hagan Art by Ben Bates and Jorge Corona DC Comics; $2.99 Rated E, for Everyone Okay, stay with me here, because this might be a bit complicated. In 2003, Cartoon Network launched an animated series called Teen Titans, adapting DC’s Teen Titans comics into a [...]

Interview: Sholly Fisch on Scooby-Doo Team-Up

The 1972 iteration of the Scooby-Doo cartoon, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, teamed the mystery-solving teenagers and their Great Dane with a different guest star each episode, some of them cartoon versions of real-life celebrities, others cartoon characters themselves. Among the most fondly remembered episodes were the pair in which Scooby and the gang teamed up [...]

Interview: Sholly Fisch on Scooby-Doo Team-Up

Interview: Sholly Fisch on Scooby-Doo Team-Up

The 1972 iteration of the Scooby-Doo cartoon, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, teamed the mystery-solving teenagers and their Great Dane with a different guest star each episode, some of them cartoon versions of real-life celebrities, others cartoon characters themselves. Among the most fondly remembered episodes were the pair in which Scooby and the gang teamed up [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: “Call of the Wild”

Review: Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: “Call of the Wild”

Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse Color Sundays: “Call of the Wild” By Floyd Gottfredson Fantagraphics, $29.99 Running parallel to their complete collection of the daily comic strips of Floyd Gottfredson, who is to Mickey Mouse as Carl Barks is to Donald Duck, Fantagraphics is now collecting Gottfredson’s color Sunday strips, and this is the first of [...]

Review: The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #19

Review: The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #19

The Simpsons’ Treehouse of Horror #19 Written by Doug Moench, Ian Boothby and Len Wein Art by Mike Kazaleh, Tone Rodriguez and Dan Brereton Bongo Comics, $4.99 The Halloween-themed “Treehouse of Horror” episodes tend to be the very best episodes of any given season of The Simpsons, and they’re usually still well worth tuning in [...]

Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Star Wars: Jedi Academy Written and drawn by Jeffrey Brown Scholastic, $12.99 Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown made a name for himself in the 2000s with a series of self-published black-and-white, highly confessional autobiographical graphic novels, like Clumsy, Unlikely and AEIOU. More recently, Brown has made many more fans with his Darth Vader & Son and Vader’s [...]

Review: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary Vol. 1

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Agency Vol. 1 Written and drawn by Takumi Yoshimura Dark Horse, $9.99 At what precise point does the expansion of a franchise cross over from abundant to ludicrous? Take the 1995 giant robot, teen angst and Christian iconography anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, for example. Ignoring the other [...]

Interview: Charise Mericle Harper on her Fairy Tale Comics story

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that Charise Mericle Harper thinks in words and pictures, to the extent that when we interviewed the prolific author and artist about her contribution to the new Fairy Tale Comics anthology, she prefaced her answers with this caveat: “Since I didn’t provide images to accompany these questions, [...]

Review: The Aerosmurf

The Aerosmurf Written and drawn by Peyo Papercutz, $5.99 The latest volume of Papercutz’s welcome translations and publication of Peyo’s Smurfs comics takes its title from the name of the first story in the 56-page collection, but this one (the sixteenth in the series, already!) is much more of an anthology than some of the [...]

Review: Pippi Fixes Everything

Pippi Fixes Everything Written by Astrid Lindgren Drawn by Ingrid Van Nyman Translated by Tiina Nunnally Drawn & Quarterly, $14.95 Although best known as the heroine of author Astrid Lindgren’s late 1940s prose books and their film adaptations, Pippi Longstocking also starred in comics created by Lindgren with artist Ingrid Van Nyman, the Scandinavian artist [...]

Interview: Gene Luen Yang on Boxers & Saints

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As the 19th century turned into the 20th century, China was wracked by what has become known as The Boxer Rebellion. It was a violent uprising in which poor, rural, nationalist Chinese fought back against the pernicious influence of imperial Western powers on their own country and their culture, using whatever weapons they had available [...]