Author: Amanda Vail

WWAC at GeekGirlCon!

Hey there! Are you in the Seattle area this weekend? Are you coming to GeekGirlCon? If you’re not, then do yourself a favor: clear your schedule. Then come to one of the most supportive, family-friendly, awesome, community-oriented, positive, and awesome cons around. Did I say it was awesome? But in all seriousness: this is my favorite convention. Every year I leave the con with a smile on my face and a heart fairly bursting with warm fuzzies. Anyway, if you’re going to be at GeekGirlCon, please drop by the Women Write About Comics booth on Sunday, 10/9! We’ll be in...

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The Borderline Mother in Netflix’s Stranger Things

The Duffer Brothers’ Stranger Things intrigued me with the fantastically ’80s splash screen on the Netflix series page and totally hooked me with the title sequence. And then my wife and I watched the entire, too-short eight-episode series in, oh, a weekend. I reveled in the plethora of cinematic and musical nods to the decade of my youth, in the gripping suspense, and in the (largely) three-dimensional characters. I was horrifyingly entranced by the fantastic monster design. I became emotionally invested in the characters, in their struggles, failures, and successes. It was a darn fine weekend, to be honest....

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You Be You: a Review of Princess Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish, Volume 1 Mangaka: Akiko Higashimura Translation: Sarah Alys Lindholm; Lettering: Carl Vanstiphout; Editing: Haruko Hashimoto; Kodansha Comics Edition Cover Design: Phil Balsman. Kodansha Comics March, 2016 Disclaimer: This review of Princess Jellyfish is based on a review copy provided by the publisher. At its heart, Akiko Higashimura’s Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime) celebrates the power of not fitting in and the joy of being yourself. The main character, Kurashita Tsukimi, lives in a woman-only communal house with five other women. They call themselves the Amars (spun from ama, Japanese for “nun”), and they’re all socially awkward, obsessed with their hobbies, and...

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Drink Your Comics: Sunstone Three Ways

Have you read Sunstone by Stjepan Sejic? Please tell me you have! If you haven’t, I have two reviews for you to read: One by my colleague Wendy and one by me. Now, go, check them out, and then read Sunstone. If you like funny, endearing characters tossed into a story with some spice and romance, you won’t regret it! My favorite aspect of Sunstone actually isn’t the spicy BDSM scenes, as awesome as they are. It’s the scenes where Lisa and Ally flop onto the couch together, relax, and banter. Over the course of the series, Lisa and Ally’s romance grows not...

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Short & Sweet, All-Manga Edition: Barakamon, My Hero Academia, and More!

Barakamon, Volume #5 Satsuki Yoshino (mangaka); Krista Shipley & Karie Shipley (translation); Lys Blakeslee (lettering) Yen Press, June 2015 Disclaimer: A review copy was provided by Yen Press. Volume 5 of Barakamon is just as full of childhood hijinks and warm feelings as earlier volumes. City calligrapher Seishuu Handa has by now more-or-less fully adapted to rural life on a small southern island (except for the insects), but he’s still searching for inspiration. Too many flying bugs, not enough creative bugs—that pretty much sums up Handa-sensei’s life right now. Fortunately, he has his young friends to keep him busy...

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