I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc. And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.
Working on it!
The Dharma Punks - When the heart of a group of friends splits the rest are left to pick up the pieces. For Chopstick this means getting deep into a nihilistic brand of Buddhism, refusing to care about the material world (or anyone in it). Funny to read this after I recently finished, 10% Happier...a book looking at how meditation changed Dan Harris' life for the better. This is a punk coming-of-age story, exploring religion, identity and morality.
Get Jiro; Blood & Sushi - Before Jiro came stateside he had a few bones to settle with his Yakuza family. Jiro's dad is the head of a large Yakuza family, but, unlike his father or his older brother, he has no taste for bullying and senseless violence. He keeps his true passion a secret, crafting sushi. However, soon his apprenticeship to a master sushi chef is found out and a bloody family feud ensues. Over-the-top, entertaining, a fast-paced action story, though I have to say I enjoyed the zanier first volume a bit more.
Trick 'R Treat; Days of the Dead - In the fashion of Bradbury's Halloween Tree story, this comic book explores the history behind the best holiday of the year, a holiday where friends come together, neighbors take part in true generosity and people are encouraged to participate in creative activities, costume play and exploration. Anyway. I love Halloween and though I didn't love all of these Halloween history vignettes, the end was worth the wait.
Oyster War - A very strange tale, based somewhat on true events, but with plenty of just weird bits to keep me entertained. I loved the main character and his determination to put an end to the damaging activities of the oyster pirates. Hilarious and definitely something different. For fans of Far Arden or A Crab Story.
Bandette; Stealers Keepers - Bandette is back! I missed her! I wanted a candy bar so much after reading this lovely comic book. I'd highly recommend it for fans of the movie Amelie or classic heist films. Bandette has a lot of the quirkiness of Amelie in her and in the back of the book the authors explain some of their influences (including the movie). There is also an illustrated novella at the end that adds even more depth to this fun world.