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This is Your Newsletter… I Wrote it for You…

Feel that chill in the air? That means it’s almost Halloween! I hope you’re ready to eat and/or hand out candy to good little trick-or-treaters — but don’t forget to finish this newsletter first!

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Pochita Amigurumi Pattern — Chainsaw Man by PawGurumis

Who’s a good little demonic embodiment of humanity’s fear of chainsaws?! This crochet pattern will teach you to make a Pochita of your very own! $9

New Releases

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The Witcher Library Edition Vol. 2 by Bartosz Sztybor, Aleksandra Motyka, et. al.

Geralt is back in this beautiful hardcover edition of his continuing adventures. In this volume, you’ll see him hunt for a missing girl, protect a town’s children from an unusual threat, and struggle with visions of a dead witch. Bonus material includes an extra story and cover gallery.

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Black Paradox by Junji Ito

Just in time for Halloween, here is the English translation of another terrifying (and very dark — fair warning) tale by horror legend Junji Ito. (Congrats and apologies to whoever caught the reference in the newsletter title.) The story follows four suicidal protagonists, each with their own bizarre problems that drive them forward into an adventure none will ever forget — if they live to tell about it.

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: witches, part two! And now, for the thrilling and magical conclusion to the theme started in Tuesday’s newsletter!

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Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

Nova is a witch who works in her grandmother’s bookshop. Tam is a wandering werewolf who turns to Nova for help as they try to escape those who would exploit their magic. Together, they try to protect Tam while navigating their evolving and equally magical feelings for each other.

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The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

Despite her fascination with witches, Moth never dreamed that she could be one herself. When her powers manifest at school one day, she finds herself abruptly initiated into a world of spells, talking cats, and family secrets that she will have to cope with even as she tries to get her powers under control. Also check out the sequel: The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow!

This is the last edition of the Stack before Halloween. If you celebrate, I hope you have a really great time and don’t encounter TOO many ghosts and ghouls! I’ll see you in November, nerd friends!

~Eileen

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Let the Halloween Celebrations Commence

Yes, I know it’s still a week early, but is it ever REALLY too early to celebrate Halloween? I think not! Today’s newsletter is chock-full of fun, family-friendly scares and other adventures, so get your broomsticks and buckets of candy ready!

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No Face Brass or Silver Pendant Necklace

If Halloween is more of a year-round lifestyle for you, it’s worth investing in this No Face (from Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away) pendant. $62+

New Releases

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Talli, Daughter of the Moon by Sourya

Talli’s quiet life as the adopted daughter of Lord Koska comes to a swift end when their castle is raided by the evil Lord Ulric. Ulric will stop at nothing to get to Talli, but Talli has a secret: she is a Summoner, part of a race with incredible powers that may now either save her life — or endanger it further.

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Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of) by Kathleen Gros

L.M. Montgomery’s classic is the gift that keeps on giving. In this latest adaptation, foster kid Anne Shirley is adopted by the Cuthberts and soon befriends her neighbor, Diana. But are Anne’s feelings for Diana really those of a friend, or are they the beginnings of her first crush? And can she figure it out while also settling into her new home and school?

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: witches, part one! That’s right, there are so many cool witchy comics that I’ll be recommending them to you both today and on Thursday, in celebration of Halloween!

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Wandering Witch Vol. 1: The Journey of Elaina by Jougi Shiraishi and Itsuki Nano

Elaina is living her (and many other people’s!) childhood dream: becoming a witch and traveling the world on her broomstick. Along the way, she learns a lot about the amazing people and places the world has to offer.

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The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag

Aster’s family leaves little choice when it comes to career paths: all of the boys grow up to be shapeshifters, while witchcraft is restricted to the girls — period. But Aster has never had any interest in shapeshifting — and worse, he is fascinated by witchcraft! When his family faces mortal danger, only Aster’s witchery can save the day…if he has the courage to face expulsion from the family by being his true self.

Stay tuned for more Halloween-y goodness, nerd friends!

~Eileen

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Cooking Up Some Great Comics Recs for You

Hey there, nerd friends! It’s Thursday, and you know what that means: another edition of the Stack is hitting your inbox! Let’s see what goodies you get to enjoy today…

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Wonder Woman Wooden Spoons by Formfreunde

Whether you actually cook or just want to convince other people that you do, these beautiful utensils are the way to go! $31

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Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega, illustrated by Rose Bousamra

Marlene’s mother is trying to convince her that it’s time to grow up, and that means straightening her hair so it’s more “presentable.” But Marlene loves her hair and doesn’t think she should have to change her appearance just to please others. Can she make her mother see things her way?

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I Survived Hurricane Katrina, 2005 by Lauren Tarshis, illustrated by Alvin Epps

The “I Survived” series of graphic novel adaptations teaches kids about important historical events. In this entry, we follow a young boy, Barry, whose family cannot evacuate New Orleans before Katrina hits. When the worst happens, Barry and his dog are forced to survive alone in one of America’s most destructive storms.

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: restaurants! You don’t have to leave the house to visit these extraordinary eateries!

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Dirt Candy by Amanda Cohen, Ryan Dunlavey, and Grady Hendrix

In this unique and affable comic, Cohen reveals some of the recipes — and a lot of the hard work — that went into making her vegetable-only restaurant, Dirt Candy, a big success.

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Restaurant to Another World, Vol. 1 by Junpei Inuzuka, Takaaki Kugatsu, and Katsumi Enami

Welcome to Western Restaurant Nekoya, where you can come chow down on your favorite treats, whether you live down the block or in another dimension. What adventures (and dishes) await you in this one-of-a-kind restaurant?

A Havanese puppy in a plastic "cone of shame"

In closing, please wish my dog Poppy a speedy recovery from her spaying. All went well, and now we just have to keep her from jumping on the furniture for two weeks. (I have already failed at this.)

~Eileen

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Let’s Shoot for a Great Day!

Hey, nerd friends, it’s Tuesday again! Maybe you’re happy about that, and maybe you aren’t — either way, I’ve got a lot of fun comics that should brighten your day!

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Comics Superheroes Abstract Phone Case by KP29Brand

Let your favorite hero protect your phone with these classy cases! (I like the Wonder Woman design best <3) $22

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Swipa the Fox by De’Aaron Fox, Natashia McGough-Clarke, and Paulo Sampaio

De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings basketball team co-writes this action-packed comic. After Fox accidentally swaps places with a video game version of himself, he has to play his way back to the real world before irreparable chaos is unleashed!

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The Heartstopper Yearbook by Alice Oseman

Did you enjoy Heartstopper, the swoon-worthy, opposites-attract romance between high schoolers Charlie and Nick? Well, now there’s more content for you to love! The Heartstopper Yearbook is filled with bonus features that fans will love, including extra art, a new mini-comic, and a creator-led walkthrough on how Heartstopper went from great idea to beloved bestseller!

For a more comprehensive list of new releases, check out our New Books newsletter!

Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: basketball! According to the NBA, October 18 is the official start of the 2022-2023 basketball season. Here are two comics to help you celebrate the occasion!

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Blue Box Vol. 1 by Kouji Miura

Out November 1, Blue Box follows a high school student, Taiki, who plays for the school badminton team. He knows nothing about basketball until he falls in love with Kano, a member of the school basketball team. Can these very different athletes find enough common ground for a romance?

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Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

As a high school teacher and comic book enthusiast, Yang’s interest in basketball hovers around the single digits. But when his school’s basketball team seems like it might win the state championships for a change, he decides to follow their story, just as he follows the comic book epics he has always loved…

If you like basketball, I hope this next season is good to you and your team. If not, well, at least you got some neat comic book recommendations out of it!

~Eileen

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This Newsletter is Definitely Not Haunted

Ah, October 13. Next to Halloween itself, this is probably the most Halloween-y day on the calendar. Today’s Riot Rec theme will reflect this important occasion, but in the meantime, let’s see what Etsy has for us!

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Just A Girl Who Loves Anime Cats & Ramen Shirt by UltraSoftTees

What else is there in life? Just make sure your cat doesn’t get any of the ramen. $18+

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She-Hulk, Vol. 1: Jen Again by Rainbow Rowell, Rogê Antônio, and Luca Maresca

Enjoying Marvel’s She-Hulk series on Disney+? This fun comic is a great choice for both new readers and long-time fans of the Jolly Green Giantess! Join Jen as she tries to balance being a hero, a lawyer, and a regular(ish) person.

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Komi Can’t Communicate Vol. 21 by Tomohito Oda

Despite her social anxiety, Komi is determined to make one hundred friends — and with the help of the equally shy Tadano, she just might get there. In this latest volume, Komi’s class is going on an out-of-country trip. Of course she wants to go along, but she can only join them if she’s brave enough to face the passport office!

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: ghosts! Some are scary, and others just want a hug. Whatever your preference, there’s a comic for you!

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Outer Darkness Vol. 1: Each Other’s Throats by John Layman and Afu Chan

If and when humanity ever manages to explore the galaxy, what do you expect us to find? New planets? Strange alien species? You probably wouldn’t expect malevolent supernatural entities. Captain Rigg of the starship Charon certainly didn’t, but now he and his crew are hip-deep in evil spirits!

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The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings

It turns out even spirits can feel alone. After two awkward ghosts bond at a party, they decide to start a new group for folks just like them: the ones who don’t feel like they fit in anywhere, no matter how hard they try. In the process, they discover that they aren’t as alone as they thought. This touching comic is the perfect reminder that no one is as alone or friendless as they feel.

It’s time for this newsletter to vanish like a ghost — but I’ll see you again next Tuesday for more comic book goodies!

~Eileen

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It’s National Coming Out Day!

That’s right, October 11 is dedicated to those who are ready to come out — and those who are still thinking about it. Whether you’re out and proud or not yet ready to leave the safety of the closet, you have the right to make the choice that feels good to you.

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Minimal Heroes: Midnighter by JSquaredArtAndDesign

Speaking of coming out, here’s some great wall art of a hero who’s been out for decades: Midnighter! Other heroes (and villains) also available! $6+

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Dandadan Vol. 1 by Yukinobu Tatsu

Momo believes that spirits are real but that UFOs are just so much nonsense. Her classmate Okarun believes the exact opposite. Each sets out to prove the other wrong, but what happens when it turns out they were both right all along? A whole lot of adults-only adventures, that’s what!

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Trial of the Amazons by Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad, Joëlle Jones, et. al.

After a dispute among three different Amazon tribes, Queen Nubia falls back on tradition to settle things. The Contest will pit Amazon against Amazon in a daring test of strength, wisdom, and skill. The stakes couldn’t be higher: each Amazon fights to prove that her faction is the most worthy to lead the others and confront the problems facing both their world and Man’s.

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: the closet! In honor of National Coming Out Day, here are two comics about real people trying to discover who they are and where they belong in the world.

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My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Nagata Kabi

Figuring out who you are can be a harrowing, emotional, and — yes — even lonely experience. Nagata found this out the hard way. In this unflinching memoir, she recounts enduring self-harm and self-doubt before finding and accepting her true self.

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Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

This is the quintessential coming-out comic. Bechdel had an unusual childhood, growing up around the funeral home her father operated. It isn’t until years later that she discovers she and her dad had something big in common: they’re both gay. The award-winning Fun Home chronicles Bechdel’s attempts to untangle the mystery of her father’s closeted life.

Wherever this Coming Out Day finds you, I hope you are able to find the support you need, either in person or online. If you want help with coming out, here is a good resource!

~Eileen

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Once Upon a Time, There Was a Comics Newsletter…

When I look out the window now, I see more and more red leaves — and more acorns littering my driveway! I hope the rest of you have the good sense not to have a squirrel-filled oak tree by your house. Anyway, let’s see what’s new in the world of comics today…

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UniKeep Comic Book Collection Storage Album and Binder by FizzyWire

If long cardboard storage boxes aren’t for you, give this binder a try! $19

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My Hero Academia Vol. 32 by Kohei Horikoshi

The popular franchise continues! Midoriya has left the academy to try his hand at helping people in the real world. He soon discovers, however, that he is being tracked by a series of relentless assassins who have been hired to stop him at any cost.

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Thieves by Lucie Bryon

After a wild party, Ella wakes up in a bed surrounded by objects that she doesn’t own and apparently stole. With no memory of what happened or why she should suddenly become a thief, she and Madeleine, a girl Ella has a crush on, must fill in the gaps in Ella’s memories while navigating their feelings for each other.

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: fairy tales! Tuesday’s recs were all about sci-fi, so let’s even things out with some fantasy. Now you’ll have a perfectly balanced week.

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The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen

Fairy tales are very important to Tien. They are what allow him, a Vietnamese American, to bond with his mother, a Vietnamese immigrant with limited English and an entirely different worldview. Can they also help Tien come out to his parents? Will they accept him if he does?

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Princess Princess Ever After by K. O’Neill

In this delightful, award-winning graphic novel, Princess Sadie is locked in a tower and is ultimately rescued by another princess, Amira. Together, they must combine their unique talents to save the day. Along the way, they discover that their disparate personalities fit together into a whole, perfect romance.

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I tried to take a picture of my dog Poppy but she ended up attacking the phone. I hope you enjoy the resulting photo anyway!

~Eileen

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Comics in Space!

October 4 is the start of World Space Week! Some may call it the final frontier, but I think it’s also a great place to set a comic book. If you are not already convinced of that fact, hopefully I can persuade you by the end of this newsletter!

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Star Wars Vinyl Record Clock by LaLisaStudio

This is hands down the coolest way to tell time in all the galaxy. $70

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Leon the Extraordinary by Jamar Nicholas

The first in a new series, this children’s comic tells the story of Leon, an ordinary boy who dreams of being a superhero despite his lack of powers. When a new phone app turns his classmates into zombies, Leon gets the chance to prove he has what it takes to save the day!

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Hollow by Shannon Watters, Branden Boyer-White and Berenice Nelle

This is a queer, modern retelling of Washington Irving’s classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. When Izzy Crane moves into town, she has already convinced herself that there is no such thing as ghosts. But the longer she stays, the more obvious it becomes that something is wrong in this strange little town…

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: space! I love space! These comics show how amazing (and scary) it can be.

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Space Story by Fiona Ostby

Leah and Hannah are two earthlings in love. But with Earth becoming less hospitable by the day, one — and only one — of them is able to leave the planet for the safety of space. Separated by unfathomable distances and obstacles, can Hannah and Leah find their way back to each other?

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Far Sector by N.K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell

Meet Sojourner “Jo” Mullein, the newest Green Lantern. She has been assigned to investigate a gruesome murder in the City Enduring, where emotions have been suppressed and no crimes have been committed for centuries. What she finds will shatter the City Enduring’s peaceful image and force its government to realize that their way of preventing unrest does more harm than good.

Wherever you are in time and space, don’t forget to take a minute to look up at the sky. You may not see a superhero, but the clouds or the stars are always worth admiring.

~Eileen

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Anything You Can Do…

Thursday again, is it? Seems like the weeks are getting shorter along with the daylight hours! Let’s jump right into today’s newsletter before we lose any more time.

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Anime Bracelets by AnimeFiguresCentral

These handmade bracelets let you tell everyone what your favorite anime is without telling everyone what your favorite anime is. $10

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Marvel Voices: Comunidades #1 by Various

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Marvel has released this anthology by Latine creators featuring Marvel’s mightiest Latine heroes, including America Chavez, White Tiger, Miles Morales, and a whole lot more!

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Forest Hills Bootleg Society by Dave Baker and Nicole Goux

The year is 2005. While buying bootleg anime DVDs, four teen girls — best of friends — find a raunchy film that would knock the socks off all the other teens in their conservative town. When they start selling copies on the sly, they set themselves on a path towards jealousy, heartbreak, and the possible end of their friendship.

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: contests! A little healthy competition never hurt anyone, but at least one of these characters might be taking things too far…

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La Corda d’Oro Vol. 1 by Yuki Kure

With her complete and utter lack of musical talent, Kahoko never had a chance of joining her school’s prestigious music competition or matching wits with the handsome boys who participate in it. Then a fairy gives her a magic violin, and suddenly Kahoko stands a very real chance of winning — but is victory worth the price?

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Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte and Ann Xu

Cici’s grandmother is about to turn seventy, and Cici wants nothing more than to celebrate with her. The problem: Cici is in America, and her grandmother still lives in Taiwan. The only way Cici can afford a plane ticket from Taiwan to Seattle is to enter — and win — a kid’s cooking contest. But will the judges appreciate her Taiwanese dishes?

Until next time, nerd friends, keep your eyes on the prize: the weekend will be here before you know it!

~Eileen

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Be En Garde for More Great Comics

Is it almost the end of September already?! Time flies when you’re sipping pumpkin spice lattes! (I guess: I don’t drink coffee.) Here are some fun comics and comic-related goodies you can dig into before the month is out.

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Captain America Automatic Light Sensing Night Light by 3DInspirationDesigns

If you don’t have super-night vision powers, this is the next best thing. Perfect for heroes of all ages! $15

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Constantine: Distorted Illusions by Kami Garcia and Isaac Goodhart

Constantine is DC’s premier bad-boy magician, but in this YA comic, he sets his sights on America and punk band stardom instead! Magic is never far behind, however, and after a spell goes horribly wrong, Constantine has to reevaluate his own goals and magical talents.

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Everything is OK by Debbie Tung

This graphic memoir perfectly captures what it’s like living with depression and anxiety. By learning to open up about her problems and accepting that some days will be better than others, Tung shows that, while life can be difficult sometimes, it will get better. And yes, everything will be OK.

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Riot Recommendations

Today’s Riot Rec theme is: swords! The sexiest of all weapons! The heroes in these comics must learn to wield their swords wisely if they are to defend themselves and their loved ones.

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Kaze Hikaru Vol. 1 by Taeko Watanabe

Kamiya Seizaburo wants nothing more than to train as a warrior and avenge his family. The hitch? He’s really a girl disguised as a boy so that Okita Soji, a renowned swordsman, will teach her all he knows! But it’s not long before Soji discovers her secret — and then what?

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Ronin Island Vol. 1 by Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis

Hana and Kenichi are thrown together on a single, safe island after their families — and much of the rest of 19th-century East Asia — are destroyed by an unknown attacker. Despite their mutual distrust, they must work together if they are to survive and keep their new home safe.

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In closing, I leave you with my dog Poppy’s latest glamor shot. Such elegance! Such grace and poise!

~Eileen