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October 20, 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: Snoopy’s Thanksgiving

Review:  Snoopy’s Thanksgiving

Snoopy’s Thanksgiving By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 Now here’s something to be thankful for—the fourth in Fantagraphics’ growing line of seasonal-themed gift books collecting classic Peanuts material. Snoopy’s Thanksgiving, as the title indicates, is concerned with next month’s big holiday. While there was, of course, an animated  Peanuts holiday special about Thanksgiving—1973′s A Charlie [...]

Review: Picture Windows’ DC educational board books

Review: Picture Windows’ DC educational board books

DC’s superheroes are muscling in on the market for educational board books aimed at the youngest of children, and it’s not like Elmo, Dora and company can stop them from teaching readers about shapes, colors, letters and numbers.They’ve got super-powers! And bat-shaped gadgets! And they’re not afraid to play rough! Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and [...]

Review: The Woods Vol. 1: The Arrow

Review: The Woods Vol. 1: The Arrow

The Woods Vol.1: The Arrow Written by James Tynion IV Drawn by Michael Dialynas Boom Studios; $9.99 The premise of The Woods will sound familiar to many teen readers, who have likely encountered more than one comic with which this new sci-fi high-school survivalist tale shares DNA. An entire high school—students, faculty, and facilities—is instantaneously [...]

Review: Ghost of The Grotto

Review: Ghost of The Grotto

Ghost of The Grotto By Carl Barks Fantagraphics; $12.99 It seems almost silly to call this new Fantagraphics collection of Carl Barks’ Donald Duck comics, the first in a new format, a kid-friendly collection, if only because that implies that somehow the previous Barks books weren’t also kid-friendly. And all of Fanta’s duck comics collections [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “The Son of the Sun”

Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “The Son of the Sun”

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “The Son of the Sun” By Don Rosa Fantagraphics; $29.99 Everyone knows who the very best Duck artist was when it comes to Disney comics. That is, unquestionably, Carl Barks, whose decades-long career of telling Donald Duck stories included the creation of Uncle Scrooge, the locale of Duckburg, [...]

Review: The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet

Review: The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet

The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet By Kevin Sherry Scholastic Press; $8.99 Not quite comics, but close enough that an argument could be put forth that this admixture of illustrations and prose by Kevin Sherry, in which the art far outweighs the verbiage (much of which appears in labels of the illustrations and dialogue placed [...]

Review: Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Kang & Kodos

Review: Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Kang & Kodos

Simpsons One-Shot Wonders: Kang & Kodos #1 By Various Bongo Comics; $3.99 As the Every Simpsons Ever marathon on FXX has so amply demonstrated, there are a lot of characters in the Simpsons universe, even if that universe is little more than a single small town somewhere in America. And many of the funniest, most [...]

Review: The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952

Review: The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952

The Complete Peanuts Vol. 1: 1950-1952 By Charles Schulz Fantagraphics Books; $22.99 Fantagraphics’ ambitious and important Complete Peanuts reprint project—which was just what it sounded like, all of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strips, collected—was pretty obviously targeted toward adult fans and students of the comics medium. You could tell by the hard covers, the slipcase [...]

Review: Waiting For The Great Pumpkin

Review: Waiting For The Great Pumpkin

Waiting For The Great Pumpkin By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 It’s probably a toss-up as to what is ultimately the best-known contribution of Charles Schulz’s Peanuts into our pop culture, the animated Christmas special or the animated Halloween special. Which is appropriate, given that the second of those is based around Linus’ peculiar belief [...]

Review: Life With Archie #36

Review: Life With Archie #36

Life With Archie #36 Written by Paul Kupperberg Pencils by Pat and Tim Kennedy Inks by Jim Amash Archie Comics; $4.99 Despite the many decades during which he’s shared rack space with comic book superheroes, and the fact that he’s attained a longevity and iconic status comparable to the most most popular and longest-lived superheroes, [...]

Review: Cast Away on the Letter A

Cast Away on the Letter A By Fred Toon Books; $17 While I imagine there are quite a few benefits to running one’s own imprint, rather high on the list must be the ability to introduce an entirely new generation in an entirely new country to a favorite story of your youth, and, better yet, [...]

Review: Monster Soul Vol. 1

Review: Monster Soul Vol. 1

Monster Soul Vol. 1 By Hiro Mashima Kodansha Comics; $10.99 Rated T, for Ages 13+ Just because they’re monsters doesn’t mean they’re bad people. The five monsters that star in the latest manga series by Hiro Mashima (Rave Master, Fairy Tail) to make it to the U.S. are known collectively as “The Black Airs,” and [...]

Review: My Love Story!! Vol. 1

Review: My Love Story!! Vol. 1

My Love Story !! Vol. 1 Written by Kazune Kawahara Art by Aruko Viz; $10 Rated T for Teen High School Debut‘s Kazune Kawahara joins forces with artist Aruko for this refreshingly unusual rom-com manga about a love triangle that only exists in the main character’s head. That character is Takeo, a big, huge, manly-man [...]

Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn

Review: Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn

Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: Trail of the Unicorn By Carl Barks Fantagraphics Books; $29.99 According to story notes provided to Ken Parille in the back of the latest volumes of Fantagraphics’ Carl Barks library, the eminent and influential cartoonist was no fan of superhero comics. Perhaps he found them too simplistic, and the drawing of [...]

Review: Archie #656

Review: Archie #656

Archie #656 Written by Dan Parent Drawn by Dan Parent and Rich Koslowski Archie Comics; $2.99 Archie Comics scored a good deal of press for this issue—including here at GC4K—as it introduced a new arrival into Riverdale, Veronica’s successful, fashionable cousin Harper. Why the interest? Well, Harper is disabled and must spend most of her [...]

Review: Afterlife With Archie: Escape From Riverdale

Review: Afterlife With Archie: Escape From Riverdale

Afterlife With Archie: Escape From Riverdale Written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Art by Francesco Francavilla Archie Comics; $17.99 Rated Teen + There are two common stereotypes of Archie Comics in the 21st century, both of which the publisher’s new zombie-apocalypse-in-Riverdale series Afterlife With Archie adhered to…and defied. One is that as keen as the publisher is [...]

Review: Tiny Titans: Return To The Treehouse #1

Review: Tiny Titans: Return To The Treehouse #1

Tiny Titans: Return To The Treehouse #1 By Art Baltazar and Franco DC Comics; $2.99 It’s been a little over two years since DC published the last issue of writer/artist Art Baltazar and co-writer Franco Aureliani’s Tiny Titans ongoing monthly series, and the pair has hardly been idle since then. For DC, they created the [...]

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repula’s Attitude Adjustment

Review: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repula’s Attitude Adjustment

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1: Rita Repulsa’s Attitude Adjustment Written by Stefan Petrucha Art by PH Marcondes Papercutz; $7.99 or $12.99 It seems strange to declare that the Power Rangers are back, considering they never really went away. The original television show, a live-action kids show produced re-using footage from the Japanese show Super Sentai, [...]

Review: Cleopatra In Space

Review: Cleopatra In Space

Cleopatra In Space: Target Practice By Mike Maihack Scholastic; It’s oft-fictionalized historical figure Cleopatra as you’ve never seen her! Not only does cartoonist Mike Maihack focus on the character when she’s a tomboy-ish 15-year-old girl more interested in slingshots that royal duties, and still a long way off from the seductive presence once portrayed by [...]

Interview: Danica Novgorodoff on ‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’

Interview: Danica Novgorodoff on ‘The Undertaking of Lily Chen’

In 2007, artist Danica Novgorodoff was reading through an issue of The Economist magazine when she came across an article about the persistence of the tradition of “ghost marriages” in China—apparently, when some young unmarried men die early, their family members will try to secure a so-called “corpse bride” to bury with them, so that [...]