Comics can be about anything from superheroes to school life to scraping by in the city. Orange is a comic about saving a life. A young girl receives a series of notes from her future self, informing her that in a short time the new transfer student will die. Can she overcome her anxieties to be the friend to him she should have been, and maybe something more? Comics for girls are as plentiful in Japan as comics for guys, and while unpolished in some ways, Orange represents an unusually thoughtful take on the field. A romantic melodrama it may be, but one where taking the time to understand a hurt and anxious person is the most important thing in the world.

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ISBN: 9781626923027
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Published: Seven Seas - January 26th, 2016

You could draw comparisons to Angela Carter or some contemporary writers, but really there's no-one else in the game putting out stories exactly like Kelly Link's. Get in Trouble seemed to me more accessible than her earlier collections, but its mix of the surreal (whether that be superheroes, devils, Summer People or other beings) and the tangled realities of human relationships remains the same. They can be elliptical, inscrutiable, but while her stories don't always end on a "satisfying" note you could argue that what is withheld is as crucial as what is given. In life as in stories.

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ISBN: 9780812986495
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 9th, 2016

Superhero dramas rule our theaters and our television screens, but the real-life stories of comic book artists and writers can be just as exciting. This book tells the story of the creators, primary among them Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, who transformed Marvel Comics from also-ran to phenomenon; creating fan-favorite characters like Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk and the Fantastic Four in the process. But it's also a succession of tragedies. Artists betrayed, writers gone broke, coalitions of maverick artists subsumed by corporate. Howe doesn't give short shrift to the miracles and feats of imagination that allowed Marvel Comics to survive, but he also finds truth in the old saying that "comics will break your heart."

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ISBN: 9780061992117
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 1st, 2013