Comics & Media

readingThis is a list of links to my reviews of comics and other media. I initially lumped manga and visual novels together with my book reviews, but now cover them along with comics, animated film, and other media that combine art and storytelling under my recurring feature, “Ink & Paint.”

Something special happens when the visual arts and storytelling come together, and the result is often more profound and emotionally moving than live-action motion pictures or theater. There are some stories you can’t tell effectively any other way.

As usual, I tend to highlight cool things I find that are a little obscure or outside the mainstream. Adding my two-bits worth to the mountain of review commentary about anything by Hayao Miyazaki, for example, is pointless. It’s all wonderful. Go watch it. Disney classics, Pixar animated films and shorts, likewise.

The reviews are in chronological order, with the most recent reviews at the top of the page.

Short reviews of Erased (Boku dake ga Inai Machi) and Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu (anime)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica (anime)

Manga Classics: Les Miserables (manga, graphic novel), by Stacy King, Crystal Silvermoon, and SunNeko Lee

Robot Carnival (movie, animation)

Sita Sings the Blues (movie, animation)

Super Ego (graphic novel), by Mike Kennedy and Caio Olveira

Manifest Destiny, #1 (comic), by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts

Short review of Nodame Cantabile (anime)

Short review of Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Rift, Part One  by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (graphic novel)

The Wind Rises, by Hiyao Miyazaki (movie, animation)

Faith Erin Hicks, Creator of Friends With Boys, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, The Nameless City, and more (comics / graphic novels/ webcomics)

Short review of House of Five Leaves (anime)

Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (graphic novel, 2-volume set)

Mark Crilley, Creator of Akiko, Miki Falls, Brody’s Ghost, and more. (comics / manga)

Little Forest, by Igarashi Daisuke (manga)

Bodacious Space Pirates (anime)

Girls und Panzer (anime)

Kids on the Slope (anime)

Short review of Moyashimon – Tales of Agriculture (anime)

Mushi-Shi (anime)

Short reviews of Another, Sword Art Online, and Space Brothers (anime)

Short review of White (movie, live action)

Unsounded, by Ashley Cope (webcomic / graphic novel)

Interstella 5555 (anime / music video)

Short reviews of School Rumble, Azumanga Daioh, and Nichijou “My Ordinary Life” (anime)

Seirei no Morobito: Guardian of the Sacred Spirit  (anime)

Baccano! (anime)

The Walking Man, by Jiro Taniguchi (manga)

Usagi Drop  (anime/manga)

Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler (webcomic, graphic novel)

The World God Only Knows (anime / manga)

Suiiki, by Urushibara Yuki (manga)

Schlock Mercenary, by Howard Tayler (webcomic, graphic novel)

Romeo X Juliet (anime)

Narcissu Side 2, by Tomo Kataoka (visual novel)

Hanamushi, by Akira Noyama (game, website, flash animations)

Cross Game, by Mitsuru Adachi (manga / anime)

Avatar (movie, live action / computer animation)

Girl Genius, by Phil and Kaja Foglio (webcomic, graphic novel)

Megatokyo, by Fred Gallagher (webcomic, manga)

Nanaka 6/17 (anime)

Say Hello to Blackjack (Blackjack ni Yoroshiku), by Shuho Sato (manga)

Narcissu, by Tomo Kataoka (visual novel)

Katawa Shoujo Act 1 (visual novel preview)

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