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There's nothing else like Maple Key Comics currently on the market. Unique, hybrid comics abound in its pages: Science fiction / Teen romance, nautical adventure/romance, funny animal / auto-bio – you won’t find these types of comics together under one cover anywhere else! And, of course, there’s plenty more on hand in the 250+ pages of the right-on-schedule second issue ofMaple Key Comics: Mystery, intergenerational saga, fantasy adventure, work place gaffs, domestic drama, straight-up auto-bio, a historicized mythological tale, as well as several other variations of science fiction; plus a “Star Artist Interview" with Nicole Georges. Whew! The bulk of these are the second chapter of serials begun in the first issue, but there are several that are self-contained stories as well. A regularly published, big, fat book of engaging, personal, unique, innovative long and short form comics created by practiced, trained cartoonists doing what they love. Check it out!
Weighing in at 214 black & white pages, and powered by a host of talented comics creators banded together under a startlingly detailed covers by "d. w.", the sixth issue of Irene is one of the strongest anthologies of the season and may be the best volume yet in this impressive series. Make sure to give it the once over.
Laid out on a varying series of uniform grids, Our Mother is a puzzle comic book that challenges readers to work out their own solution. The narrative takes the form of a series of vignettes of literal, figurative, or allegorical tales that once pieced together form a road map of a soul struggling to manage to keep it together. The story switches speeds between, but not within, each tale, as the grids range from 6-panel to 16-panel; all are relayed in inks of pink and brown. Our Mother works to show fantasy in general – and comics in particular – as a mode in and through which the psyche can absorb and process the shocks of reality that would otherwise be too much to process head on.
40 color pages, 7x9.5 inches (178x241mm), saddle stitch comic book