Chills! Thrills! An elf wizard named Taako! Based on the wildly popular podcast of the same name, the first volume of The Adventure Zone delivers on its goofy premise and keeps all the best elements of the source material. Skeptics and devotees of Dungeons & Dragons alike will delight at Griffin McElroy's fourth wall-breaking cameos as Dungeon Master and good-natured skewering of some of the sillier aspects of the roleplaying format (perception checks, final bosses, etc.). Taako, Magnus, and Merle may only be at level one, but with some help from the Extreme Teen Bible and a magic umbrella, they're about to take the (fantasy) world by storm.
One of Japan's most famous cultural institutions is the Takarazuka Revue, a female-led theater company that puts on productions where women play every role (including the male characters!). Kageki Shojo!! lightly fictionalizes the Revue, giving us the story of two teenage girls applying to an all-female theater troupe and their respective experiences working their way through the ranks. It grapples with tough topics (eating disorders, bullying, stalkers) but grants its characters the space to navigate them on their own terms, rather than leaning on melodramatic twists. A refreshingly down-to-earth series, with further volumes on the way!
The latest from Tomine is a memoir-in-vignettes exploring the most embarrassing and cringe-inducing moments of his life as an artist. From a reading at an empty bookstore to moments of mistaken self-importance to disastrous interviews, Tomine mines his life for hilarious anecdotes that shine a spotlight on the less charming aspects of creative life. However, it is in the tender and heartwarming scenes of life with his wife and children that Tomine's mastery really shows, demonstrating why he's one of this medium's true explorers of the quotidian.