My Other Book is a Graphic Novel: 2019 in Comics

As with last year the categories for comics are largely based on just what I read this year. Sections are arranged roughly in the order I read the works.
My recommendations for must-reads are marked with a 🌟
Please note: Year of publication is based on the translated works when applicable.

Adaptations and Side Stories

Ace Attorney Volume 2 (Kenji Kuroda & Kazuo Maekawa & Alethea Nibley, Kodansha, 2011)

Comic companions to the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games, my favorite part about these manga cases is that they aren’t the cases from the games, giving you not only new fun whodunits to witness but also a strong idea of how long Capcom actually thinks it takes Phoenix to figure things out. It’s a nice low pressure change of pace, particularly compared to the less forgiving early entries in the series.

Miles Edgeworth Volume 2 (Kenji Kuroda & Kazuo Maekawa & Sheldon Drzka, Kodansha, 2012)

Like with Ace Attorney, I’ve really been liking the different look at Miles, less restricted than he is in the games themselves. It rags on Gumshoe perhaps a bit too much, but it’s great to see Miles’s basically Sherlock Holmes-esque persona shine through, with Gumshoe as a hapless Watson.

Persona Q P3 Side, P4 Side volumes 1 (So Tobita, Mizunomoto, Kodansha Comics & Atlus, 2015)

A pretty run of the mill manga unfortunately. It has a cute art style but it didn’t feel like any one character had any time at all to shine. The P3/P4 side gimmick did help them get more out of each event, and does follow the game, but putting them in separate volumes just felt like a way to pad wallets and pages beyond what the story really needed.

The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap and Phantom Hourglass (Akira Himekawa, Viz Media, 2009-2010)

I love how much personality each incarnation of Link gets to have in the comics. While silent and relatively flat in the games, here he’s a jerk or a naive fool or whatever personality fits the author’s vision for the game’s story. Cramming each game into a single volume seems like it would lead to a lot of plot threads being dropped on the ground, but in the end it mostly ended up feeling like each plot had just enough room to really exist before having to move on to ta new game, a new Link, and a new adventure.

Dream Daddy (Leighton Grey & Vernon Shaw & Kris Anka & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou & Wendy Xu & Ryan Manuilit & Lee C. A. & Jack Gross & Jarrett Williams & Jeremy Lawson & C. Spike Trotman & Drew Green & Reed Black & Josh Trujillo & D. J. Kirkland & Matt Herms, Oni Press & Game Grumps, 2019)

A collection of comics by a new team each issue that take place in the Dream Daddy setting using the dateable Dads. Ranging from a meditation on past relationships to a Dungeons and Dragons game, it’s quite a bit of fun. And it reminds me that I should finish a playthrough of the game–maybe in 2020.

Final Fantasy Type-0 (Hikoki Chiba & Tetsuya Nomura, GanGan Comics & Square Enix, 2018)

Fine? Fine. Makes me more worried about the actual storyline and pacing in the game than anything else to be honest. It’s a bit harder to parse than the introduction to a story really has any right to be.

Suikoden III 1-11 (Full series) (Aki Shimizu & Various Assistants, TokyoPop, 2002 – 2006)

The story is pretty basic popcorn fantasy fare, nothing to write home about, and likely something I wouldn’t have pursued if not for getting the first 6 volumes extremely cheap and then having to get volume 7 in French from a German reseller in order to get it for less than $80, giving me the drive to finish the series to show it what for. Was also a nice challenge to have to read a book in French; I hadn’t done that in a few years. 

Gravity Falls: Lost Legends (Alex Hirsch & Many Artists, Disney Press, 2018)

Great little treat for those of us that enjoyed the original show, it has show-accurate art and, considering it is by the show creator, writing to match as well. A set of unrelated stories that each felt like little episodes; my favorite was the third, which revolves around Mabel having to deal with her equivalent from a bunch of other dimensions, including one who tries to replace her–very Goosebumps but with a happy ending.

Crowdfunding Roundup 8/26

Hello again! It’s been a month and I have been busy replacing my feelings by spending money on other people’s hopes and dreams, so here’s the monthly crowdfunding roundup!~

Wicked Ball

Crowdfunding Status: Funded!
Targeted Release Date: September 2019
Targeted Release Platform: Physical Object
Genre: Cat Toy

My kitten has more energy than the average solar farm and tears more things up than a mid-tier rock band, so an automated cat toy to hopefully contend with both things is a no-brainer for me to try out.

A Touch More Class – 9 Fifth Edition Classes

Crowdfunding Status: Funded!
Targeted Release Date: September 2019 — Already received!
Targeted Release Platform: Paperback
Genre: 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons supplement

Gonna be honest, largely why I backed this was a hefty pile of curiosity on how they handled a class that used a deck of Tarot cards to cast spells; but overall it’s a good source of inspiration for NPCs in my ongoing campaign. A pity D&D Beyond doesn’t support custom classes at this point.

ALHAMDU

Crowdfunding Status: Funded!
Targeted Release Date: March 2020
Targeted Release Platform: Film
Genre: Muslim Futurism

I follow the art director for this film on Twitter, and it just looks gorgeous. Besides it looks like nothing I normally watch and there is merit in making sure that sort of thing enters my life.

YOU DIED: An Anthology of the Afterlife

Crowdfunding Status: Funded!
Targeted Release Date: September 2020
Targeted Release Platform: Physical book.
Genre: Comic anthology, varies piece to piece.

Do I still have to say why I back Iron Circus comics Kickstarters? Yes? Ok.
They are always good. Always fulfill their goals and have quality products at the end. I’ve backed almost all of them at this point. Nuff said.

ELEMENTS: Earth

Crowdfunding Status: In Progress!
Targeted Release Date: January 2020
Targeted Release Platform: Black and White physical graphic novel
Genre: Comic anthology, varies piece to piece

Another anthology, this one not by people I know, but by a diverse pool of creators I haven’t yet had the chance to fall in love with–one of my favorite things to support.

Crowdfunding Roundup – 7/17/2019

So I haven’t had the time to be making the crowdfunding posts that I should have been in the last few weeks, but have found some real fun things, so here’s a roundup of all the projects I backed and didn’t talk about.

Small Saga

Crowdfunding Status: Successful!
Targeted Release Date: July 2021
Targeted Release Platform: PC, Mac
Genre: JRPG

Small Saga is a turn-based RPG focusing on boss encounters with no random battles, taking place under the streets of London where you play as a quartet of rodents against the big big world. Bonus points that I didn’t realize when I backed it–the dev previously worked on Aviary Attorney, which really deserves more of all of our time.

Shattered Spear: THE PRINT EDITION

Crowdfunding Status: Successful!
Targeted Release Date: Oct 2019
Targeted Release Platform: Physical book
Genre: Indie Comic

So Iron Circus comics has had 21 Kickstarters–a good number of which I’ve backed–and I’ve never regretted it. C. Spike Trotman has a talent for finding interesting comics and I can’t wait to have my hands on this one.

Star Power and the Choir of Doctor Hymn

Crowdfunding Status: Funded/In Progress
Targeted Release Date: Dec 2019
Targeted Release Platform: Physical Book
Genre: Sci-Fi Comic

I’ve been reading Star Power for a few years now, though normally I buy the latest copy each time I go to Connecticon, which takes place in early-mid July. This time they didn’t have the new book ready, but did have the Kickstarter in flight, so back it I have.

Kingdom of the Dump

Crowdfunding Status: In Progress
Targeted Release Date: Oct 2022
Targeted Release Platform: PC, Mac, Linux
Genre: RPG

It’s an RPG where you play as a trash can. Named Dustin Binsley.
Do I really need any more reason than that to back something?

BETTER THAN IRL

Crowdfunding Status: Successful!
Targeted Release Date: Oct 2019
Targeted Release Platform: Physical Book
Genre: Essays

A book of essays about meeting people on the internet. I don’t know basically any of the authors, don’t normally read essay books and yet couldn’t say no.

Crowdfunding: WANDER – a Johnny Wander Travelogue Collection

Hello and welcome to “” the part of the show blog where I talk about projects that I have Kickstarted or otherwise financially supported before they are released. In general these are projects that I think look really cool, or show some unique promise, but sometimes I just know people involved (which I will disclaim where applicable.) Without further Ado: WANDER – a Johnny Wander Travelogue Collection

Crowdfunding Status: Successful!
Targeted Release Date: August 2019
Targeted Release Platform: PDF, Softcover book, Hardcover book.
Genre: Comic, Travelogue

I’ve devoured basically everything Ota and Hirsh have put out, Johnny Wander, Cuttings, etc etc, so seeing a collection of their travel comics was a pretty instant back. I could wait until I see them at the con they attend that I go to, but then it would be one more thing to carry around, so this is just more convenient.