Upcoming 2/13/2008

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Some picks from the ComicList for Wednesday, Feb. 13:

Dark Horse offers the third volume of Kazuhiro Okamoto’s Translucent, a coming-of-age comedy about a girl you can see right through. I know, it sounds like it will pound your skull to jelly with the metaphor hammer even if you manage to find protective headgear, but it’s really sweet, often very funny and populated by charming, quirky characters.

I was instantly smitten with the first volume of Yuki Nakaji’s Venus in Love (CMX), a slice-of-life college comedy about a girl and a guy in love… with the same guy. The second volume arrives Wednesday, and I’m really looking forward to it.

I’m not entirely sold on Lewis Trondheim’s Little Nothings: The Curse of the Umbrella (NBM), but I’m willing to be convinced. The pages posted at the blog NBM has erected are absolutely gorgeous, though it’s hard to get a handle on the general subject matter and tone. I guess what I’m asking is if it’s good mundane or bad mundane?

4 Responses to Upcoming 2/13/2008

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  2. jun says:

    I’ve just started the first volume of Venus in Love, and it’s totally cute. I generally prefer to wait until I have most/all of a series and then read it in big chunks, but I’d heard so much good about this one that I could no longer resist.

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  4. Connor says:

    Little Nothings: Definitely good mundane, in my opinion. Each page is a funny little vignette about all kinds of musings. It reminds me most of Kochalka’s Sketchbook Diaries, but it’s a little more focused on “punchlines.” The pages all have some kind of point, where Kochalka sometimes will simply recount the events of the day. But then I’ve loved basically everythign Trondheim, so it’s no surprise I’m pro this.

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