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A super book about the spectrum

Sometimes, the best comic books aren’t about superheroes. Sometimes, they’re about ordinary people in extraordinary situations told in an extraordinary way. And that is exactly what you get with “Doobiedoo Asks,” the semiautobiographical comic book from writer Bambi Eloriaga-Amago and artist Roland Amago. This gorgeous, entertaining, informative, funny and heartbreaking comic book revolves around the …

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Visprint is dead: All hail Avenida Books–How Nida Ramirez changed PH publishing

When Flornida “Nida” Gatus-Ramirez was in a freshman at the University of Santo Tomas High School, she would go to their family’s small printing press in Recto to wait for her father Nenido so they could go home together. What struck her then was “the very familiar scent of paper and ink,” she says. “I …

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‘TRESE’ Vol. 1 out in the US Nov. 4; Vol. 2 announced for April 2021

Halloween has come early for fans of “TRESE” The scary, sleek indie Filipino comic that could just broke through again. After being picked up by American publisher Ablaze Publishing, Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo’s “TRESE” will continue to roam bookstore shelves in North America, a feat no other Filipino comic book team or property has …

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National Book Store releases official statement about supposed store closures

This post made rounds on Facebook on August 24: “NBS closing stores in expensive malls. Only stand-alone shall stay. Going online.” But there is no truth to the post, said National Book Store in an official statement. “Despite the significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, National Book Store is working tirelessly to adapt to …

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SG-based Epigram releases Pinoy comic book ‘Mr Tino’

The premise alone is brilliant. In the vast majority of superhero stories, the metahumans gain their abilities either as a birthright or as the result of an accident as an adult. But what happens when an ordinary man suddenly develops superhuman strength—when he becomes a senior citizen? This was the idea behind “Sixty Six,” the …

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‘TRESE’ US edition gets special variant cover; more volumes to come

Budjette Tan and Ka-jo Baldisimo’s upcoming “TRESE” just keep on winning. Long a fan-favorite and commerically-successfully comic book series in the Philippines through Visprint, Inc., “TRESE” gets its North American debut as a trade paperback in September from Ablaze Publishing, the brain child of former Dynamite Publishing’s Rich Young. Our chronicle of paranormal investigator Alexandra …

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Katherine Langford takes up the magic sword in Netflix’s ‘Cursed’ on July 17

In an innovative retelling of the Arthurian legends, Katherine Langford (Hannah Baker in “13 Reasons Why”) is Nimue, a Fey girl who finds a magic sword–yes, Excalibur–and is told she must hand it over at all costs to a man she does not know: Merlin (Gustaf Skarsgard of “Vikings”)–yes, that Merlin, but not the way …

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J.K. Rowling releases magical new book ‘Ickabog’ free on the internet

Once again, out of the mundane, came the magic. J.K. Rowling wrote the original manuscript for “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” in several cafes in Scotland on a manual typewriter. We all know what happened to that book. Now, literally from Rowling’s attic, comes “The Ickabog.” She announced it through her Twitter account last …

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Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman is an audiobook with ‘the cast of your dreams’

Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” will wake you up as an audiobook. Considered by many to be one of the greatest incarnations of graphic literature and a property that appealed to mainstream readers outside of comics, it will take on its first dramatic incarnation beyond the page when it comes out in audiobook form on Amazon’s …

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