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January 30, 2015

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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: Princess Ugg, vol. 1

Princess Ugg Vol. 1 Written and drawn by Ted Naifeh Oni Press, $15.99 Ted Naifeh, the cartoonist creator of the charming Courtney Crumrin comics, has returned with a new heroine who has little in common with her noseless, sharp-featured, black-and-white forebearer. Her name is Princess Ulga—”Ugg” is a derisive nickname her peers at Princess School […]

Review: Super Heroes: My First Dictionary

Review: Super Heroes: My First Dictionary

Super Heroes: My First Dictionary Written by Michael Robin Illustrated by Various Downtown Bookworks; $15.99 Ages 3 and up The title and cover say it all: This is a first dictionary, offering short, simple definitions for more than 500 words, all organized around the theme of superheroes; the DC Comics-owned superheroes, to be exact. Sometimes […]

Review: Orphan Blade

Review: Orphan Blade

Orphan Blade Written by M. Nicholas Almand Drawn by Jake Myler Oni Press; $19.99 This is a somewhat difficult book to discuss, as a fact regarding its creation, once known, hovers over it and colors one’s reading of it (if you don’t know it going in, however, you won’t find out until the first of […]

Review: Pippi Won’t Grow Up

Review: Pippi Won’t Grow Up

Pippi Won’t Grow Up Written by Astrid Lindgren Drawn by Ingrid Vang Nyman Translated by Tiina Nunnally Drawn & Quarterly, $14.95 Writer Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking returns to comics in another new volume from publisher Draw & Quarterly, containing Tiina Nunnally’s translation of Lindgren and artist Ingrid Vang Nymann’s original 1950s comics starring the world’s […]

Review: Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries

Review: Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries

Anna & Froga: Thrills, Spills, And Gooseberries By Anouk Ricard Drawn & Quarterly, $15 For the third consecutive year, Drawn & Quarterly presents a beautiful, hardcover collection of comics strips and stories by French animator Anouk Ricard, featuring her small group of colorful characters. These are, of course, the title characters Anna, a little girl […]

Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “Return To Plain Awful”

Review: Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “Return To Plain Awful”

Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck: “Return to Plain Awful” By Don Rosa Fantagraphics; $29.99 Fantagraphics certainly is doing their level best to keep us supplied with Disney Duck comics. Hot on the heels of the first volume of their new Don Rosa Library and kid-friendlier trade paperback repackaging of some Carl Barks classics […]

Review In Real Life

Review In Real Life

In Real Life Written by Cory Doctorow Drawn by Jen Wang First Second; $17.99 The story of a young woman who is also an avid gamer, In Real Life is a rather timely graphic novel—but not for the reasons you might expect (or dread), if you’ve been following the depressing news over the course of […]

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 […]