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The first year of a convention’s existence is like watching a sapling sprout from the ground: there’s not much to expect from the young seed, but you want to see it grow into something strong and beautiful. ValhallaConis one such convention, taking place at the Sheraton hotel in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13. Valhalla in the convention’s name suggests a Norse…

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Sword Art Online 1: Aincrad

51SsuW8ysuLIn 2022, Sword Art Online (SAO) is released, a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) that is unlike any other. Advances in technology have allowed for the creation of a perfect virtual reality experience, known as “full-dive.” A specialized NerveGear helmet worn in the real world bypasses the player’s senses and sends signals straight to the brain, creating the…

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I’m not a plastic bag

Screen-Shot-2014-03-23-at-2.33.47-PMI’m not a plastic bagis not a typical story by any means, as there are no words and no human characters. Oh yes, and our main character is a sentient pile of garbage named the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. In this story, Patch is able to form eyes from the garbage it is made of to see the creatures of the world that are near it, and can talk to them via trashed signs. Patch mostly says the same…

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Hot Off the Press!

Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang:


Abe Sapien Volume 4: The Shape of Things to Come (Dark Horse, 9781616554439)

Andrew S: I’m really looking forward to seeing the next Abe Sapien volume.  I’ve enjoyed seeing where they’ve taken the character and can’t wait to see what comes next for him.

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Barbarian Lord  (Clarion Books, 9780547859064)

Thomas: Some readers,…

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Benny and Penny in Lights Out!

BennyPennyLightsOutThis title is part of Geoffrey Hayes’ Benny and Pennyseries, an early-reader comic series featuring two sweet but realistic little mice. In this story, big brother Benny is annoying little Penny as they get ready for bed. First he scares her, then he’s noisy, then he burps at her! Penny just wants to read her book, but she can’t even do that in peace because Benny prefers dinosaur books to…

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We Without Wings, Season 1

wewithoutwings.jpgWe Without Wings is twelve episodes of pure befuddlement. An animated adaptation of the visual novel, the series follows the lives of several twenty-somethings as they experience the sights and sounds of yuletide in the city of Yanagihara. Three characters emerge as masters of their own unique vignettes, their exploits told in piecemeal fashion through a series of quick cuts from one vignette to…

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Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz, vols. 1-7

75-coverThings were strange enough when Alice Liddell found herself stuck in the Country of Hearts, a fanciful but violent version of Wonderland where everyone is heavily armed and obsessed with her. Just when she has settled in and begun to learn the rules of Hearts, she isn’t in Hearts anymore! Without warning, the world has shifted, dumping many of its inhabitants, and even some of its buildings, into…

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What’s Making Us Happy This Week

Here’s our staff highlights for the past two weeks — all the titles, creators, programs, conferences, and library shenanigans that made our week, comics-wise!  Some of us were at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas while others found their happys closer to home.

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Soul Eater Soul Art

soul-eaterAtsushi Okubo’s Soul Eater Soul Art is, as its title indicates, an art book composed of Soul Eater art. This book is comprised of a combination of content from different sources, including tankoban volume covers, sticker designs from the Japanese DVD releases, paint marker paintings, and even some collaborations with other mangaka. There are also page spreads from Gangan magazine, in which Soul…

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Revolutionary Girl Utena, Sets 1-3

Utena3Produced in the mid-nineties and based on the manga of the same name, Revolutionary Girl Utena is usually considered a “Magical Girl” anime series. The series even shares its director, Kunihiko Ikuhara, with the iconic Sailor Moon—but the similarities end there. Utenais a surreal adventure that breaks down barriers, challenges gender roles, explores sexuality, and ultimately deconstructs the…

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