In Inbox/Outbox, we document the rhythm of readers’ lives by sharing comics we acquired, the comics we finished, and the next comics we plan to read each week.
Inbox (Comics Acquired)
Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly (Vertigo)
I borrowed this comic from a friend, and it’s been out of print for quite a bit before it went over to Image Comics to be reprinted. For years, I heard about how great Ron Wimberly’s Prince of Cats was, but no one actually got to the part where they explained what it’s about. As a result, I thought it was a book about anthropomorphic cats. It’s not! It’s a hip hop retelling of Romeo and Juliet but focused on Tybalt, and his Capulet crew who battle the Montagues every night. It’s just gorgeous to look at especially the colours, and I’m so excited to read it.
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (Scholastic Graphix)
This one isn’t out until September. It’s by the Queen of Bestsellers and I wouldn’t be surprised if this graphic novel ends up being yet another bestseller for Raina. This’ll be the first comic of hers that I’ll be reading and that’s because the premise caught my attention. It has two Latina girls, Catrina, and Maya, who are searching for ghosts in the new town, Bahía de la Luna, they’ve moved to for Maya’s health. It deals with more serious topics than what we’re used to in a Telgemeier book but I’m looking forward to it.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Snotgirl #1 by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung (Image Comics)
I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS COMIC FOR SO LONG. More accurately, I’ve been waiting a year since it was announced at the Image Expo last summer. I loved it. Leslie Hung’s art is amazing, and the way it was structured, and the choices that were made reminded me a lot of manga. Lottie is a character dealing with two versions of herself – the fashion blogger, and the person she is in private – and the anxiety she deals with makes her very relatable. It also takes an interesting turn which has me wondering what’ll happen next. I’m eagerly waiting for #2.
Giant Days Vol. 1 by John Allison and Lissa Treiman (BOOM! Studios)
I really wanted to like this comic because I know so many people who loved it. Unfortunately, it didn’t click with me so I dropped it halfway through. It follows three university students who want to reinvent themselves, and it’s set in the UK. I can see why people enjoyed it even if it wasn’t for me so check it out if it’s something you’re interested in.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
See You Next Tuesday by Jane Mai (Koyama Press)
I picked this up at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2016 after hearing a bit about Koyama Press as a publisher during a panel. I’ve already read Jane Mai’s Sunday In The Park With Boys and liked it a lot. It’s a collection of diary comics about Jane Mai in her 20s and as a woman in her 20s, I feel like this is a read made for me.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?