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    Amanda Vail

    Amanda is a staff writer for WWAC. She is also a developmental editor and copywriter in less-than-sunny Seattle. She likes to poke her nose into things, mainly manga, graphic novels, sci-fi & fantasy books, and art galleries. Then she writes about them. She also drinks a lot of coffee. Tweet her @amandamvail.

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  • Drink Your Comics: Sunstone Three Ways

    Drink Your Comics: Sunstone Three Ways0

    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

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

    Short & Sweet, All-Manga Edition: Barakamon, My Hero Academia, and More!0

    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

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  • Navigating Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time

    Navigating Jeanette Winterson’s The Gap of Time0

    • January 7, 2016

    The Gap of Time: a Novel Jeanette Winterson Hogarth, October 2015 The thing about submerging yourself into Jeanette Winterson’s prose is that you can’t just take the easy road through the story: Winterson demands active participation from her readers. She may cushion you with ethereal sentences and dazzling metaphors, but that doesn’t soften the landing

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  • Art History Shipping: Who Should Get It On With Whom

    Art History Shipping: Who Should Get It On With Whom0

    Fandoms love to ship. And by that I mean, they imagine their favorite characters falling in love—whether or not that romance plays out in the story. Which character should be with which other character often leads to fond conglomerated names of the wished-for OTP (One True Pairing). Take “Korrasami” versus “Makorra” from Legend of Korra, for example. Shipping

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