Thursday, October 8, 2015


Another mini-blog...

The Dreamer: The Battle of Brooklyn by Laura Innes [IDW; $19.99] is the first volume of what I hope will be ongoing collections of the currently-running webcomic. Here’s what Amazon says:

Creator Lora Innes writes and illustrates the tale of 17-year-old Beatrice "Bea" Whaley, a student who begins having vivid dreams about a brave and handsome soldier named Alan Warren... a member of an elite group known as Knowlton's Rangers that fought during the Revolutionary War. Prone to keeping her head in the clouds, Bea welcomes her nightly adventures in 1776; filled with danger and romance they give her much to muse about the next day. But it is not long before Beatrice questions whether her dreams are simply dreams or something more...

The story is engaging and the art is beautiful. I liked this a lot and look forward to the second volume. Yes, I could read the strip online. I just like holding a book in my hands better.

ISBN 978-1600104657

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Another mini-blog...

Ultraman Volume 1 by Eiichi Shimuza and Tomohiro Shimoguchi [Viz; $12.99] kicks off a new era for a classic Japanese super-hero. It is not breathtakingly original and its fight scenes are typical for Japanese action manga. Here’s what Amazon says:

Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined Shin Hayata of the Scientific Special Search Party to save Earth from an invasion of terrifying monsters known as Kaiju. Now, many years later, those dark days are fading into memory, and the world is at peace. But in the shadows a new threat is growing, a danger that can only be faced by a new kind of hero—a new kind of ULTRAMAN…

Shinjiro is an ordinary teenager, but his father is the legendary Shin Hayata. When he learns that his father passed on the “Ultraman Factor” to him, and that he possesses incredible powers, nothing will ever be the same again.

I got the first volume through my local library. I’m not going to request any further volumes. However, avid fans of the Ultraman TV series will want to take a look at this series.

ISBN 978-1-4215-8182-8

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


Another mini-blog...

Milton Caniff’s Steve Canyon: The Complete Series Volume 1 [Hermes Press; $49.99] collects all seven issues of the 1950s Dell comics based on the famous newspaper strip.  This is a beautiful hardcover edition with terrific Caniff-esque art and entertaining, exciting stories published during the dawning of the Cold War.

Here’s what Amazon says:

Now for the first time in almost fifty years, fans of Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon will have an opportunity to read the all-original comic book incarnation of one of the most important comic strips ever. The comic book adventures of Milton Caniff's Steve Canyon, one of the most popular and enduring comic strips from the late 1940s through the 1980s is joining Hermes Press' line-up of classic comic book reprints. Hermes Press has painstakingly restored the artwork of Milton Caniff, William Overgard, and Ray Bailey so that it looks better than the originals. Fans of Steve Canyon can now read these rarely seen adventures in all their four color glory. In addition to all seven issues together with their original cover artwork, this volume also presents essays, documentary material and rarely seen original artwork.

ISBN 1-932563-77-6

Monday, October 5, 2015


Another mini-blog...

I Am Helen Keller [Dial Books; $12.99] is the latest addition to the Ordinary People Change the World series of books by Brad Meltzer with art by Christopher Eliopoulos. Written for children, these mini-biographies are a smart combination of comics and prose which can be enjoyed by all ages.

Here’s what Amazon says:

When Helen Keller was very young, she got a rare disease that made her deaf and blind. Suddenly, she couldn't see or hear at all, and it was hard for her to communicate with anyone. But when she was six years old, she met someone who change her life forever: her teacher, Annie Sullivan. With Miss Sullivan's help, Helen learned how to speak sign language and read Braille. Armed with the ability to express herself, Helen grew up to be come a social activist, leading the fight for people with disabilities and so many other causes.

This is the best book in the series to date and that’s saying a lot because they’ve all been wonderful. I was moved to tears at times and thrilled at Helen’s victories at other times. If you have children of kindergarten age, these books would be ideal for them. Just make sure they let you read them, too.

ISBN 978-0-525-42851-0


This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...I don't know how to describe this column. Just read it.

Sunday, October 4, 2015


Welcome to the first of what I hope will be regular mini-blogs on books, comics and other items I’ve enjoyed. These won’t be actual reviews. I’ll be lifting most of the descriptions from Amazon and back cover copy and the like. Consider them quick alters to stuff I think you might enjoy as well.

Pitiless Parodies and Other Outrageous Verse by Frank Jacobs [Dover Publications; 1994] is only available on the secondary market, but someone should really publish a new edition, maybe expanding on its current 80-page length by adding illustrations by MAD cartoonists and others. Here’s the Amazon blurb:

Superb send-ups of classic poetry and the contemporary scene by the zany humorist, including some reprinted from Mad Magazine. Includes skewered versions of "Kubla Khan," "Oh, Captain, My Captain," "Trees" and "My Last Duchess," parody recipes, the "Zoo's Who" and take-offs on Mother Goose and sports heroes.

ISBN 0-486-28126-4

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


This week in TONY'S TIPS at Tales of Wonder...Marvel and I are taking a time out. It's me, but it's also them.