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Jerome K Jerome Bloche - Aina: an okay comic with a confusing name...

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Another comic produced through Europe Comics, creator Alain Dodier’s Aina is a little confusing for a new reader.. but not bad confusing... Perspective based on a review copy supplied by the publisher

Aina is one issue in an ongoing series about Jerome K. Jerome Bloche, detective. Yes he has the name Jerome twice

In this graphic novel, Bloche and friends are searching for a woman named Aina who escapes an SUV street side and is chased by a bizarre cast of characters claiming to be her employer/bodyguard/fiance. Aina speaks no English (or French as this is a translated comic). Aina is experiencing some health issues and the people searching for her are just exasperating her difficulties. Bloche must determine the real story that is driving Aina’s problems and keep her safe.

Having no prior experience with him, I felt Bloche was a bit of a white bread sandwich. He is a detective and mooches rides off his friends. He wears a goofy detective ‘costume’ (hat, trench coat, and white sneakers) …

Millard Salter’s Last Day: a sad romanticism about life and ending it

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A few years back I read a collection of short stories by Jacob M Appel and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I get annoyed by short stories because they spit shine and pretty up a series of scenarios which end immediately after getting good, leaving me annoyed. So surprised enjoyment means job well done!

 Given the opportunity to read a full novel by Appel, I took the shot and accepted an ARC copy... which sat on my digital shelf.. for a couple months..

 When I finally picked  up Millard Salter’s Last Day and began reading it, I was super happy! It is an unusual story about a 75 year old man who had a wonderful life, and wants to end it on his terms while he is still strong and and respected.

 Unfortunately, this novel was very enjoyable but disjointed... Throughout Millard’s final day, he visits his work, finishes tying up loose ends, disparages his son over lunch, visits his ex-wife, and visits his burial plot next to another loved one . These normally mundane tasks are inter…

Must Read Comics- NSFW - Mission Nasaru

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This video is NSFW due to some artistic nudity-
The Mission Nasaru webcomic is absolutely unique. A human colony is awoken in solar cycle zero, finding a strange symbiotic relationship with a semi-sentient pink goo called the Nasaru. The Humans have no history, they know language and skills, but a blank spot exists where explanations of how/why are expected.

This web comic is super interesting, and visually reminds me of Logan's Run. Users should not try to read the comics by release date, instead, head to the ‘Archive’ as your frustration will increase due to the release cycles. Driven by artist desire and Patreon votes, no part of this story line is complete, though some sections have more ‘chapters’ than others.

Keep an eye on this comic. If it can get more completion and less randomness, it could really become a stunning long term scifi comic. Right now it seems to have a bit of a conflict in presentation.

La Casati, The Selfish Muse- How do people like this fade to obscurity rather than remain forever relevant?

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I gained access to an amazing Graphic Novel recently. Europe Comics and Vanna Vinci released a biography about Marchesa Casati. Casati was not a person I was familiar with before reading this work. I was mainly drawn to the artwork seen on the cover and the general premise. As the pages unfolded, I was astounded by how fascinating her story was.

This graphic novel is perfect for those as clueless as me on the subject- Marchesa Luisa Casati was an Italian heiress who squandered her fortune in a whirlwind lifetime of debauchery, extravagance, and artistry that set the stage for modern show women like Madonna and Lady Gaga. Casati was a muse for 100+ painters and artists with a desire to live opulently and without reserve. Live exotic animals, crazy technological and electrified  dresses plugged into the main power grid, expensive and vast housing.
It should be noted that this is probably not the best choice for children as it is filled with lots of nudity.

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Unboxing: Globenfeld - Automatic self-winding watch... mostly ;)

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Based on a free product delivered for review purposes, this review highlights a Globenfeld self-winding Automatic watch. Watch is Rose Gold which is surprisingly manly when worn with office attire. The color grew on me quickly. Is the same basic size and shape as the men’s Fossil watch I have worn for years.
Video was recorded the day the watch was received with a 30ish day later voice over.
This watch is self winding, but can be manually wound with a simple turn of the crown knob. Internal ‘skeleton’ view of the interior through rear panel. Watch dials- 24 hour clock, day by quarter.
Watch keeps time very well but may require periodic time checks if you do not walk enough to retain strong wind. I found it is just easier to give it a manual winding bump nightly when I remove the watch for the night.
After a solid review time frame, this device proves to be very high quality for the price point it is sold at.

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Europe Comic’s Clara: A beautiful but sad story

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This is a beautiful book.I was lucky to be allowed a digital review copy of Europe Comics’ Clara. . Have you read Clara? What was your take?
From my POV It is hard to say which was more impacting, the story by Christophe Lemoine or the beautiful art by Cécile. As described openly on the back of the book, Clara has a bitter/sweet story. Clara’s best friend is her mother, but her mother forgot her birthday. It wasn’t on purpose, their house was stressed because Clara’s mother has been diagnosed with a horrible illness and is dying.
The story of Clara follows her on a confused journey of pain and loss, shallow understanding of the universe and meddling emotional gymnastics.

Coming in at just about 56 pages, there is not a lot of room for spoilers, so we will refrain from full disclosure details. I would absolutely suggest hunting a copy of this down and reading it.

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Weaponized: I would say it is heavy handed, but that hand is a penis

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Let’s pretend Zac Thompson’s book ‘Weaponized’ = cookies. Based on the synopsis, I thought ‘these are going to be some pretty good cookies!’ But something went horribly wrong! What? Too many ingredients.

Flour, eggs, milk, salt, baking powder, water, oil, chocolate chips, raw beef, ketchup, chopped prunes, used contraception, snake venom, baby aspirin, cat vomit, and viagra. Under-baked on a open half dictionary covered in lard and spritzed lovingly with a potpourri essence of airbourne phallic juices..
These are not cookies I enjoyed.
Weaponized tried too hard. Here are it’s actual ingredients: Dysptopian universe, with the 1970’s recent enough to be mentioned; The Sexwars which caused trouble but are never explained; Outlawed fornication (but page 3 tells you it is a fraud); Skeleton warriors who fail to be interesting; Bone gun and their references always mentioning ‘bone bullets’; Biomechanical buildings which didn’t exist until after people go into veiny/anus/vagina subtunnels; Muta…
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