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9 Wonderful Comics with GLBTQ+ Characters

Clearly, comics with queer characters are about things other than being queer. So I could have put every one of these into a more "topic" focused comics post. But this group of comics stood out so sharply for me as happiness-increasing portrayals of non-heterosexual folks, that I couldn't resist making a friendly post with all of them together.

(Also check out my recommendation lists of of zombie comics, comics about magic, post-apocalyptic comics, comics about race and social justice, history and mythology comics, science fiction comics, crime comics, and all-ages comics. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

Let's get started!

My first recommended book is Band Vs Band Comix by Kathleen Jacques.

Right now, it looks like the only option for reading is online. I couldn't even find an image of the cover for this post! But here's the page Jacques points to for what it's all about.

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Jacques describes it as a "retro-cartoon-inspired, queer, handlettering-obsessed comic series about rival girl-fronted rock bands" and I'm not sure what I can add to that! I supported it on Kickstarter mostly on a whim, not having a clue if I'd like it. It's unlike anything I've ever read, and it took me a dozen pages or more to get the hang of it. The characters are so funny, and the art is so cute, though, I couldn't resist.

Continue reading 9 Wonderful Comics with GLBTQ+ Characters.

Karate Girl: In which a girl is karate chopped back to life!

If I told you Karate Girl was a good movie, I'd be lying. Luckily, a movie can be fun without being good. So we had a fine time watching this tale of Ayaka (Rina Takeda), a teenage girl who must save her sister from the evil karate school that killed their father when they were very young. (Don't you hate it when that happens?!)

But if there's one thing I've learned through film blogging, it's that different people react differently to movies. So to help you spend your entertainment time wisely, let me present what I see as the pros and cons of spending almost two hours watching Karate Girl. Then you can weight the factors according to your personal needs and preferences.

Pro: It's a story about two sisters, meaning two female characters in one film, both kicking ass!

Con: We see the very dramatic death of their father (whose last act is to karate chop his older daughter back to life) but where is mom? It's like a Disney movie, she doesn't even exist!

I'm really not kidding about the karate chopping, by the way. Is that like CPR, except just one blow, and from the back?

Pro: The head of the evil karate school is evil before he becomes disabled, instead of becoming evil due to his disability. Nice change of pace from a too-common Hollywood trope.

Continue reading Karate Girl: In which a girl is karate chopped back to life!.

What Jiu Jitsu Moms Hear

Me: "What's wrong with your throat?"

Boy Detective: "Nothing. I was testing a new choke on myself. It seemed pretty effective so I stopped."

6 Kids' Books About Pets That Adults Can Love Too

In my series of children's books that are good enough for even adults to enjoy, I've already done posts about cats, dogs, and animals in general. Books starring animals are also included in just about every other topic post. There are just a LOT of books about animals for kids! So here are our favorites about pets. If you have any suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments. It probably helps Boy Detective live vicariously since another household pet isn't really on our agenda right now. (He's so oppressed!)

(If you're new here, here's the full list of picture book posts: friendship, dogs, pirates, bedtime, awesome girls, robots, magic, gardens, cats, superheroes, love and marriage, knights, family, science fiction, food and cooking, art and creativity, dinosaurs, princesses, and kids' poetry books. This post uses Amazon affiliate links, but we always encourage checking your local library!)

Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty. I love McCarty's gift for understatement, especially when his words say one thing and the picture tells a different and funnier story. HIs art in this book, and Fabian Escapes, is done in a soft style but has the right amount of energy for the story. And this cat and dog's adventures and misadventures will ring true for anyone who's ever lived with pets.

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8 Crime Comics That Won Me Over

When I thought about my favorite comics, a lot of crime and caper books made the list. I was surprised because I don't think of myself as a crime-story loving gal. The evidence is right here in the post, though, there's no denying it! So even if you're skeptical of the topic like I was, give these a chance. They're all over the map in their styles so there's likely to be something for everyone here.

(Also check out my recommendation lists of of zombie comics, comics about magic, post-apocalyptic comics, comics about race and social justice, history and mythology comics, science fiction comics, and all-ages comics. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

To prove my point about the range of styles, let's start out with a Western! Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse by Nate Cosby, with art and letters by Chris Eliopoulos. Extra short stories by Roger Langridge, Brian Clevinger, Scott Wegener, Mitch Gerads, Colleen Coover, and Mike Maihack.

Boyd Linney is a bounty hunter. A ten year old bounty hunter. He comes from a family of criminals, and he aims to put them away. At first it seems like a funny comic, and it is, but there are layers of emotion here. Especially in brief flashbacks to Boyd's younger childhood, where it's clear he was abused and neglected. It's not a pain and angst book or presented in an upsetting way, but his history informs his mission. His relationships with his family can also be more complicated than his "absolute justice" thinking allows for.

Continue reading 8 Crime Comics That Won Me Over.

But our Dark Souls 2 time together is special!

Me: Next Friday night, I'm standing you up. A bunch of Austin blogger ladies are getting together to hang out.

C-Man: Whatever.

Me: I know you have a hard time entertaining yourself when I'm not around.

C-Man: I guess I'll just have to kill that giant spider without you.

Me: You JERK!

C-Man: Bwahahahahahaha!

Me: NO, that is so wrong! Find another plan! You have LOTS of hobbies!

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