Author: Jazmine Joyner

Paradiso is a Post-Apocalyptic Breath of Fresh Air

Paradiso Aditya Bidikar (letterer), Dearbhla Kelly (colorist), Devmalya Pramanik (writer), Alex Sollazzo (colorist), Ram V (writer) Image Comics December 6, 2017 Inspired by a road trip, writer Ram V and his architect friend Rajiv Bhakat set off to see historic cities across India. The result is Paradiso, a comic unlike any other. Set in a post-apocalyptic landscape, the book focuses on Runaway Jack, an outcast and a loner whose main goal is to get into the city of Paradiso. I had the opportunity to interview both the writer, Ram V, and artist, Devmalya Pramanik, on their work on the...

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Zojaqan is a Fantasy Beyond Life and Death

Zojaqan #1-2 Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing (Writers), Nathan Gooden (Artist), Vittorio  Astone (Colorist) Vault Comics July 26, 2017 Content warning: suicide Zojaqan is a book that I had to read twice, its surreal nature getting lost on me multiple times. Written by New York Times bestselling authors Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing and published by newcomer Vault Comics, Zojaqan is about a woman named Shannon falling into an alternate world. The catalyst to her descent is the death of her son and her resulting suicide. She plunges into an uninhabited planet where she must fight to survive and carve out...

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IFOA: Around the World with Hideo Furukawa

I recently had the honor of reviewing Slow Boat by Hideo Furukawa. It is a fun, remastering of a short story written by Haruki Murakami titled A Slow Boat to China. In Furukawa’s book, as well as the original short story, the main protagonist meets three people who help him understand his place in life. This book, like many odes, is a great rendition of a classic. I had the opportunity to catch up with Hideo Furukawa for the International Festival of Authors where he will join authors from three continents and nine countries in readings from “Around the...

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Welcome To The Venomverse – Ableism in Disguise

Marvel Comics Nnedi Okorafor (w) Tana Ford (a) Ian Herring (c) September 2017 Nnedi Okorafor is one of my favorite science fiction authors. She’s brought to life a dystopian Sudan filled to the brim with magic and chaos in her novel Who Fears Death (which was recently optioned by HBO to become a new show) and brought awareness and diversity to the difficult subject of PTSD in her Binti Trilogy. So, it’s actually really hard for me to say this, but Nnedi Okorafor’s story Blessing in Disguise in Marvel’s Venomverse: War Stories #1 is ableist. I’ve seen the praise...

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A Silent Voice is a Perfect Film

A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi)  Naoko Yamada (director), Reiko Yoshida (screenplay), Kazuya Takao (cinematographer), Kengo Shigemura (editor) Miyu Irino, Saori Hayami, Aoi Yūki, Kenshō Ono, Yūki Kaneko (voice cast) Adapted from the manga A Silent Voice by Yoshitoki Ōima October 20, 2017 (USA) It’s rare to find a film that has a sweet, nuanced, and intelligent take on deafness and the ableism that society inflicts on the deaf community. Yet with her adaptation of Yoshitoki Ōima’s A Silent Voice, Naoko Yamada has delivered just that. A true gem, this is a breathtakingly, beautiful, slice of life anime, which has a sincerity and kindness that’s...

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