Author: Claire Napier

BOOM! Bar: Caylo’s Last Bunch

This week, of Wednesday the sixth (just passed), Lumberjanes volume seven is released and Armory Wars keeps on keepin’ on. As for the rest of the licensed fare: Corissa, stalwart of the BOOM! Bar Adventure Time beat, has this to say of KaBOOM!’s issue #71 : Adventure Time #71: Double Troubles Part 2 is a solid continuation of Part 1, where Finn and Jake made a deal with the Wish Witch. The two central heroes from Adventure Time signed a contract that lets them use a pair of their own doubles to manage heroism in the Candy Kingdom, while...

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The Best Thing I Didn’t Know About Valerian & Laureline

It’s that they love each other. Valérian and Laureline is a french-language comic, originally published over six decades (the late 1960s through the first ten years of the 21st century), and in English currently by Cinebook. They put out single-volume books as well as bonanza compendiums; I’ve only, so far, read three of the former. But three was enough— enough to notice the beauty in the body language. These kids are cute. Laureline and Valérian are space-travelling “spatio-temporal agents,” whizzing in and out of the nth dimension, getting in japes and scrapes and making friends and foes throughout the...

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The Metabarons: A Rape Comic

Content warning: you don’t want to know any of this. A rapist’s comic, about rape, is discussed and pictured herein. If you visit the Wikipedia page of Alejandro Jodorowsky, you will be able to see that he has claimed himself a rapist. Here’s a section of the quotation with this claim, from a promotional interview with a reporter: “And I really…I really…I really raped her.” When buying Jodorowsky and Juan Giménez’ The Metabarons, I was not aware of this fact. That I was buying, in actuality, a rapist’s comic. Once I had finished reading it I found myself perplexed...

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BOOM! Bar: License to Misbehave

Hahahaha, I’m so smart. This week’s BOOM! Bar requires almost no input from me, your host! Except for all that behind-the-scenes organisational hell… but that’s normal. I’m counting it a win. Why am I home free this week? Because everything’s but the below’s already assigned! Hurray for long-term planning! The week of Wednesday the 29th sees six releases from the BOOM! network. Two single issues (though one is a ✨Special✨); three softcover longer releases; one hardcover collection. Only two of the six are licensed books (Labyrinth Special and Regular Show softcover Parks and Wreck collection). The weirdest thing about...

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Showtime: It’s Magic, There Is No Trick

Showtime Antoine Cossé Breakdown Press September 2017 This comic does such a good job of simulating the wanderings of an engrossed but unanchored mind that is back engineers the relaxation of sensory deprivation into your reading body. Your brain is tricked so thorgouhly into accepting the dream that it does some of the work of sleep. I don’t remember which nerd bullshit I was referring to when I wrote my initial review tweet–there’s just so much–but I recall the veracity, physical veracity, of the statement.  Though it interrogates existentialism and hype, reading this comic is a very gentle experience....

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