Showing posts with label manga. Show all posts
Showing posts with label manga. Show all posts

Thursday, 13 January 2022

Comics Wrap-Up - Keep Making Trouble 'Til You Find What You Love


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It's Thursday, I'm still writing 2021 instead of 2022 on a regular basis, this is Dora Reads, so let's get some comics-y superhero-y goodness!

Everything I have you this week comes under the 'Other Stuff' category. Again. #BlameLoki

Thursday, 28 January 2021

Comics Wrap-Up - Don't Wreck Your Brain, It'll Be Alright


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It's 2021, who knows what's coming next? Let's get some comics-y, superhero-y goodness!

Everything's in the 'Other Stuff' category again #BlameLoki

Thursday, 12 November 2020

Comics Wrap-Up - To Give You and Me the Ability To Scream Our Voice


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It's Thursday. It's 2020. Let's get some comics-y superhero-y goodness!

Everything is once again in the 'other stuff' category for which we will #BlameLoki (with good reason, this time!)

Everything is also really Queer this week - which, of course, I'm here for. And that's also partly Loki's fault 😉

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Thursday, 28 May 2020

Comics Wrap-Up - I Said There's So Much More That You Won't See

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It's Thursday, we're still here, let's get some superhero-y and comics-y goodness!

(And once again everything's in the 'Other Stuff' category, for which we will blame Loki.)

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Comics Wrap-Up - Will You Meet 'Em When The End Comes Reeling?

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It's Thursday, I have my emo/metal playlist on, so you know I mean business - let's get some comics-y goodness!

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Comics Wrap-Up - Symmetry In Shadows I Can't Hide

F**k yeah! It's 2019, I'm blasting my Heavy Metal playlist. Let's do this!

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So, here it is, the first comics-y-ness post of 2019, featuring superhero shenanigans and all that jazz!

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Comics Wrap-Up - Everyone Here Is A Trophy

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Like, what did I do to you Loki?! Why am I the outlet for your mischief?!* 😉

As you may've guessed, everything in this comics wrap-up is in the 'Other Stuff' category again.

And as always I blame Loki.

Loki's wtf face
Via Giphy

*Not that I'd overly object to that 😉

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Comics Wrap-Up - Vying For Attention From a Girl

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Welcome to this week's comics wrap-up! This is another one of those times where all the stuff I have to give you falls under the 'other stuff' category.

Dammit Loki, I know this is your fault! ;)

Loki 'You're sworn to obey me, now...' gif
O.O  *fans self*
(Via Giphy)

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Comics Wrap-Up - Taking Back the Crown

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TV Trailers

Another Inhumans trailer!

And Medusa has had a hair-cut 😲 (In case you were wondering, her hair is her power, so that's kind of a big deal!)

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Comics Wrap-Up - Least the Ones That I Got Away With

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All the good sh** from comics-land is being held back until San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC.)

So my news is a little thin on the ground this week, but still delivered with a smile :)

Everything also comes under the 'Other Stuff' category, because... well, I blame Loki. It's usually his fault.

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Comics Wrap-Up - Candy Love

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Film Trailers

OK, the thing that made nerd-dom collectively lose its sh** this week was the first teaser trailer for Thor: Ragnarok!

(And once again, proof that Chris Hemsworth needs to be in more comedy - his timing dudes, his timing.)

Thursday, 27 October 2016

Comics Wrap-Up - Here We Are Now

Film Trailers

Uber-short Doctor Strange trailer for you my dear nerdlets:

Graphic Novels

This week I read Who Killed Kurt Cobain? - The Story of Boddah (UK - US) by Nicolas Otero.

This is pretty dark, very graphic, mightily weird, and could probably do with being sealed in a child-proof 'Trigger Warning' box to ensure readers are suitably prepared... but for all that, I really liked it!

I'll be reviewing soon :)

I also binged on webcomics and read the first volume of Honeydew Syndrome.

I quite enjoyed this dose of m/m-yaoi manga, but I did have some issues with it - little things like relationships which start with a punch to the face not being a great example.

The references to self-harm and suicide being a part of emo culture seemed a little too flippant/treated too lightly/over-simplifying for my liking.

That said - I totally binged on it, so it must be doing something right!

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Month In Review(s) - August 2016

August. Ahhhh, August.

(I can't resist a happy-dog-in-sunglasses pic!)

August was actually a pretty good month for me.

Despite how difficult my anxiety made it, I came out as sexually fluid; and that felt great ;)

Blog-wise, less impressive stats than last month. But they were still pretty damn good :)

Over 4k page-views this month, reaching over 25k page-views over-all!!!!!!!!!!! XD I mean - wow! 25k!!!!!! XD XD

(Actually I've now reached over 26k, but 25 is such a round and shiny number, lol!)

And I now have over 950 followers on Twitter.

Things've stagnated a little on BlogLovin' - but still trotting along with a handful of new followers this month :)

And shameless plug time!

The Bookish Diversity Link List 2016 is up and running.

Be sure to check it out, and let me know if you find anything I can add! (It's easier when people help me, lol.)


The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon - contemporary, magic realism

Young Adult

Switched by Amanda Hocking - fantasy, paranormal* (*ish)


Graphic Novels

Limbo, Volume 1 - fantasy*, horror*, crime* (*ish)
Kilala Disney Princess, Vol 1 - young adult, fantasy, manga, fairy tale, media tie-in

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Comics Wrap-Up - And She Thinks She's Made Of Candy

Graphic Novels

This week I reviewed cotton-candy sweet Disney Kilala Princess, Vol 1 (UK - USA ).

This is a re-release of an old, very popular, series from Tokyopop (for whose resurrection we are all very thankful,) and is uber-cute!

You can read my review here.

Single Issues

I've just finished reading Sun Dragon's Song #1 by Joyce Chng and Kim Miranda - I'll be writing a mini-review of this beautifully-illustrated comic soon :)

(Why a mini-review and not a big, grown-up, full-blown, review? Because it's 24 pages long - a mini-review will be enough, methinks!)

Other Stuff

This week I reviewed the non-fiction book Last Night, A Superhero Saved My Life by Liesa Mignona (Ed.) (UK - USA).

This is a fantastic and beautiful book - not just about superheroes, but about the people who use them for hope, inspiration, and strength.


Panels - one of the best Comics-devoted blogs/websites out there - is closing. Instead there will be a comics section to their sister site, Book Riot.

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Review! (Graphic Novel Edition!) - Disney Kilala Princess Vol 1

Title: Disney Kilala Princess Vol 1

Author: Rika Tanaka

Contributors: Nao Kodaka

Genre: Graphic Novels, Manga, YA, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Media Tie-In

Series: Disney Kilala Princess

Amazon: UK - USA

A few starting notes:

I received a free digital review copy of this book via NetGalley. NetGalley provides review copies from publishers in exchange for fair and honest reviews.

This is a re-release of one of Tokyopop's most popular titles.

Seeing as how Tokyopop are back, back, back! and working very closely with Disney, they're doing another release of the series, which was first given unto the world (sorry, I'm in a really weird mood,) circa 2007.

It's still as cute today ;)

This is a manga volume, and reads right to left, in traditional manga style.


Kilala is living in admiration of her favourite Disney princesses. Little does she know that they're about to help her save the day!

Best bits:

This book is so sweet and cute and kawaii that I'm going to get a cavity from all the sugar! At the same time, it's not sickeningly-sweet (which takes some skill!)

There are bits of what can only be described as swashbuckling action, and Kilala is a relatable heroine with a pet mouse. I defy you to resist the sweetness!

I actually quite liked the romantical-aspects, true it verged on insta-love, but managed to juuuuust dodge the most annoying parts of that trope (plus, we're dealing with Disney princesses - insta-love is going to happen. Deal with it.)

I also liked the way Snow White (our princess for this volume,) was a part of the story without dominating it - this is Kilala's story, not Snow's.

But neither do the Disney elements feel forced - they're woven in very well, particularly when you consider the balance of the manga style with the more traditionally 'Western' style of Disney princesses, which this volume totally pulls off :)

Not so great bits:

Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once (let me know if you got that reference, I will love you forever,) -


Also, if you're looking for something deep and intellectual? Yeah... this isn't the book for that.

Don't get me wrong, it's sweet, it just has the net substance of cotton candy (hence the cavities.)


A fun and sweet manga that any fan of princesses will love, but which is perhaps a little heavy on the gender stereotyping in places.

Still, it's an enjoyable read. :)

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