I spent years at conventions admiring the single issues of this comic and waiting for the day when they would be collected. Finally, my friends, that day has come.
Do you enjoy 1980s professional wrestling, indie comics, social media, metal, fantasy, and juvenile humor? Yes? Then For the Title is the book for you! As you can probably tell from the book cover, this is a silly comic. It tells the story of a man called Warrior. He receives a dream visit from a ghost called Macho Ghost. The Macho Ghost needs Warrior to win “the belt” so that Warrior gets a “Champion Wish”. The Champion Wish can let you do anything! Warrior can even wish to bring Macho Ghost back to life. The guys go on a vision […]
Last weekend brought prime pleasure reading weather. It was rainy and chilly, and I was spending a long weekend on a ranch. In between watching San Andreas and Fury Road, I read Bryn Schurman’s Further Complications. It was the right choice for an enjoyable “beach” read. Further Complications bends genres at will. It’s funny, tense, and mysterious without taking itself too seriously. Think Pineapple Express, or pretty much any Tom Cruise movie from the 80s or 00s. Since it is has a lot of mystery and thriller elements, I don’t want to give up too much of the plot. In […]
(This post originally appeared on Persephone Magazine.) When one reads a book published by Future Tense, one should expect to feel willingly uncomfortable with the author’s honesty. No matter the specific subject matter, there will be at least one moment, a feeling, a crash into clarity that makes one realize: I’ve been here too. Reading Wendy C. Ortiz’s excellent memoir, Excavation, is an experience no different. Starting with her eighth grade English class, Ortiz recounts the five-year-long relationship she had with her teacher, a man fifteen years older who immediately catches her attention with his encouragement of her writing. She is […]
(This post originally appeared in Persephone Magazine.) Akashic Books has long been at the indie forefront of interesting literature. Along with other fun releases like Simon’s Cat and Go the F—k to Sleep, they’ve expanded their stable to include books aimed at middle grade and young adult readers under their new imprint, Black Sheep. Game World by C.J. Farley is one of their first releases, and it’s a diverse, impressive world aimed at the advanced elementary school-aged reader on up to adults. My [now] 10-year-old daughter and I both read it, and I asked her thoughts on the book. First, let’s […]