The Ogre's Staff Pick (05/09/2018)

It is turning into Summer really quick, isn't it? But even as the hot sun is really starting to beat down, the books continue to come in and give us a wonderful feeling of cool and calm. Would you like a staff pick to help with those long summer days? Well... It here it comes!

Lauren's Pick

Princess Jellyfish GN Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Akiko Higashimura

Step into a world of fandom and fashion in this adorable manga! Tsukimi has been fascinated by jellyfish since she was very young, leading her to an adulthood largely spent paralyzed in fear when faced with other people. Together with her similarly obsessive female friends, she avoids contact with stylish women and never speaks to men…until a coincidence brings a new character into her life. This beautiful mystery girl has some surprises in store for Tsukimi and friends! Princess Jellyfish is so much fun to read that I got through another volume of it in the time I was supposed to be writing this review!

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (04/25/2018)

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY!!! Saturday, May 5th is so close, we can almost taste it! Can you believe it, Comic Fans, the biggest Comic Event of the Year is almost here?! Are you ready? Do you need something new and exciting to hold you over until then? Then let's get to some Ogre Staff Picks...

And... To start it all off... We'll start with a Special Review for an upcoming Free Comic Book Day Book!

Michael's Pick

Barrier - FCBD Edition

 

Michael's Pick

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Marcos Martin
Colorist: Munsta Vicente

One of my favorite graphic novels from the last few years is The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughn (Saga, Paper Girls) and Marcos Martin (Daredevil).  They are releasing their follow up this May as a weekly miniseries.  However, the first installment is dropping on Free Comic Book Day.  Titled Barrier, the story, told in a horizontal fashion for a very cinematic feel, parallels the lives of a widowed rancher on the Texas/Mexico border and an undocumented immigrant travelling from Honduras to the U.S.  Oh, and there’s some weird goings on possibly involving extraterrestrials.  Look, I’ll read anything BKV writes.  He’s a master at the top of his form right now, able to craft inventive and character driven stories that are melded with topical science fiction.  Throw in Martin’s beautiful and clean retro style that’s a perfect marriage of Ditko and Romita, Sr. and it’s a guaranteed purchase for me.  This FCBD issue has me massively excited for what is sure to be another unique sci-fi mystery tale and I’ve already added it to my pull.  You should do the same!

**Please note that Barrier is intended for a MATURE AUDIENCE.

Lauren's Pick

The Land of the Sons HC

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Gipi

Italian cartoonist Gipi weaves a story of family and masculine fragility in this post-apocalyptic tale. Brothers Lino and Santo were born into a wasteland and raised by a distant, inscrutable father. He teaches his sons to find uncontaminated food, how to dispose of corpses, and tells them never to use the word “love.” He doesn’t teach them to read, though he himself writes constantly in a journal they are forbidden from touching. The boys chafe under their father’s seemingly arbitrary restrictions, but they are unprepared when he dies suddenly, leaving them with only a book of words they can’t understand. Follow the brothers on a journey through a world they don’t know they’ve been protected from as they embark on a mission to find someone to read the journal and unravel the mysteries of the man who they desperately hope loved them despite his rules. In a narrative style matching his main characters Gipi masterfully executes the emotional moments of this story almost as afterthoughts, leaving readers affected long past the last page.

Do you need more to try? Come by today and we can talk you in to even more wonderful reads. And... Don't forget... Next Saturday, May 5th, we are expecting to see you for Free Comic Book Day!

The Ogre's Staff Pick (04/11/2018)

We apologize for the extended hiatus, life has been busy! But we are back.. So let's talk some Ogre Staff Picks.

Mike's Pick

The Omega Men: The End is Here TP

Mike's Pick

Writer: Tom King
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda with Toby Cypress and Ig Guara

With Mister Miracle, Tom King became a must read writer for me.  So, to that end, I picked up the TPB of his miniseries, Omega Men: The End is Here, that he and Barnaby Bagenda (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern) collaborated on in 2016.  King and Bagenda (along with some fill in art along the way) take the barebones of these existing characters and reinvent them in a sci fi political allegory about terrorism that’s morally ambiguous while still being entertaining.  The Omega Men are terrorists or freedom fighters, depending on whom you ask.  They are fighting against the Citadel, the entrenched rulers of the Vega system.  The story begins with White Lantern Kyle Rayner being captured by the Omega Men for propaganda use in their insurgency effort.  There are plots within plots here and King explores our modern sociopolitical landscape through the distancing effect of a space opera fantasy.  The scripting is tight with formal elements that hearken back to the work of Alan Moore.  Bagenda’s soft but kinetic artwork gives the proceedings a sleek and dreamy flavor.  This is a very dark and heavy story that asks questions that don’t necessarily have answers.  Though it uses existing characters and is firmly planted in the current DCU, it is entirely self-contained and requires little to no knowledge of said characters or universe.  Tom King is proving to be a writer of smart, philosophical, and complex tales that are both personal and uncompromising.  Omega Men: The End is Here is well worth your time for its efforts to do something different with the superhero genre.

 
Lauren's Pick

Skip Beat GN Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Yoshiki Nakamura

16-year-old Kyoko Mogami is practically a saint! A high school dropout, she works two menial jobs in order to support her best friend Sho in his pursuit of stardom. Though Sho doesn’t seem to appreciate Kyoko’s hard work, she knows one day he’ll see her selfless actions and realize he’s loved her all along. When Sho betrays her, Kyoko knows there’s only one way to get revenge: become a bigger star than her friend-turned-nemesis. What follows is the hilarious and heartwarming story of her quest! Skip Beat features many staples of shojo manga, but Kyoko is no traditional heroine! Her vengeful spirit is the driving force of the storyline as she shuns the gentle selflessness she once embodied, but could this rejection of her softer side be what’s holding her back? If you’re looking for a cute and fun story with a little bit of an edge, look no further than Skip Beat!

 

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (03/14/2018)

Just one little pick today... So let's get right down to it! Here is this week's Orge Staff Pick.

Lauren's Pick

Megahex HC: Megg and Mogg

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Simon Hanselmann

Stoner comedy meets deep existential dread in this book from Simon Hanselmann! Follow roommates Meg, Mogg, and Owl as they drink, smoke, and play cruel jokes on each other to distract from lives of quiet desperation. Megahex will have you laughing out loud, then you’ll turn the page and feel bad for laughing but won’t be able to stop. Get yours today, read it today, come back tomorrow to unpack the psychological issues these hilarious short stories will force you to confront!

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (03/07/2018)

Another week... Another round of new books... Another group of Staff Picks! So, let's chat.

Lauren's Pick

Red Colored Elegy GN

Lauren's Pick

Though the contents of its story feel at home among independent comics of today, when Red Colored Elegy was originally published in the early 1970s it broke new ground in the world of manga. Within its pages legendary artist Seiichi Hayashi tells the story of Ichiro and Sachiko, a couple living together in a world of their own. In a style heavily influenced by French new wave cinema, the minor dramas of the young artists’ lives are amplified visually, small events warped and drawn to seem insurmountable as the relationship between the two characters deteriorates. Panels of the lovers are juxtaposed with seemingly unrelated imagery to create within the reader a devastating sense of the emotions they are unable to express to each other. This new edition also features an essay by comics historian Ryan Holmberg which does an excellent job explaining the work’s many inspirations as well as its lasting impact on comics today.

 
Mike's Pick

Ragnarok Vol 1: Last God Standing

Mike's Pick

Writer/Artist: Walter Simonson
Colorist: Laura Martin
Letterer: John Workman

Walt Simonson’s run on Marvel’s The Mighty Thor was the character’s creative highpoint.  That’s saying something when one considers that Jack Kirby co-created him (all due respect to whoever came up with those original Norse myths).  Now, imagine Simonson (see also Manhunter, and The Fantastic Four) being freed from the constraints of shared universe continuity and telling the darker and more melancholy story of Thor in a Norse post-apocalyptic setting.  Intrigued yet?  You should be, because Simonson is at the top of his game pulling double duty on IDW’s Ragnarok.  Thor has woken up after centuries of being dead to discover he is the only god left and he embarks on an epic quest for vengeance.  This is an absolutely gorgeous and enthralling book.  Seriously, the art is STUNNING.  Laura Martin’s colors and Simonson’s detailed, yet uncluttered, pencils are a match made in Asgard.  I took my time reading this because I couldn’t help pouring over every page.  The first volume is available in both HC and SC now.  Pick it up today!  You won’t be disappointed!

 

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (02/28/2018)

It has been busy around the store. But we want to take a moment to tell you about a story that you absolutely MUST read! Here is this week's Ogre Staff Pick.

Mike's Pick

Royal City TP Vol 1

Mike's Pick

Writer/Artist: Jeff Lemire

Man. Royal City is so good and it feels like nobody is talking about it. After I finish each issue, I’m struck by how solid and engaging a read it is.  Jeff Lemire writes some of my current favorite series, specifically Black Hammer for Dark Horse and Descender for Image, but those are both (excellent) genre series. Royal City is much more grounded, although there are hints of surrealism that flavor the story of a small town family haunted (maybe literally, maybe not) by their long dead sibling/son. Lemire pulls double duty here, and his sketchy, impressionistic art is perfectly suited for this melancholy, possibly supernatural tale.  Volume one (available now) follows the family in the present as they reunite in the crumbling titular town where they grew up and experienced loves and losses. Volume two (due out in late April) follows the last days of the deceased son in the 1990s. I, too, grew up in a small town that’s now seen better days and I was also a teenager/young adult in the ‘90s so this book really appeals to me. Nothing else I’ve ever read has come close to palpably conveying those experiences. The prolific Lemire is at the top of his game here, breathing life into characters and a town in a painfully, and beautifully, real way.

 

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The Ogre Staff Picks (02/21/2018)

It is a busy week but we always we have something new for you to try. Only one Staff Pick this week but it is one the entire family can enjoy. Here is this week’s Ogre Staff Picks...

Lauren's Pick

Castle Waiting GN Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Art: Linda Medley

The story of Sleeping Beauty leaves a lot of questions unanswered. When everyone in the castle fell asleep, what happened to those who happened to be running errands outside the boundaries of the sleeping spell? When the enchantment was broken and the princess rode off into the sunset, what became of the people who were left behind? This is just the prologue of Castle Waiting, a feminist fairy tale. Writer and artist Linda Medley builds a world inspired by classic stories and populates it with women of modern sensibilities making their respective ways. I could read these two graphic novels again and again!

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The Ogre's Staff Pick (02/14/2018)

We love comic books. We love them so much. And we just have to share the ones we love the most. Books you should definetly be reading! Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Lauren's Pick

Spinning GN

Lauren's Pick

Carry on your Olympic spirit with this graphic memoir! Cartoonist Tillie Walden (The End of Summer) spent much of her adolescence as a competitive figure skater, a period of life she chronicles in Spinning. Though she once appreciated the strict discipline and structure of skating, over the course of the story her developing individuality begins to put our narrator at odds with the narrow mold of femininity intrinsically tied to her world. Through the lens of her ever-more-complicated relationship with the sport, Walden takes readers on a journey into the complications of life as a young girl being pulled in a million different directions.

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Stormwatch TP Vol 1 & 2

Mike's Pick

To my mind, the first modern superhero book showed up in 1999 when Warren Ellis (Planetary) and Bryan Hitch (Justice League) unleashed The Authority.  Effortlessly wiping away the shallow, extreme ‘90s era, they provided the thrilling widescreen template that would go on to influence not just superhero comics, but their cinematic counterparts as well.  However, seemingly overlooked is Ellis’ precursor, Stormwatch.  Before Ellis arrived, the book was just another forgettable Image/Wildstorm book.  Ellis, in conjunction with Tom Raney (Outsiders) and, later, Hitch, breathed snarky, violent life into the book.  Crafting tales that mixed subversive superhero clashes with black ops intrigue, Ellis turned the book from perpetual quarter bin dweller to a must read.  His characters participated in high stakes international operations and then got together to have drinks together afterwards.  Introducing fan favorites like Midnighter, Jenny Sparks, and Jack Hawksmoor, Ellis laid waste to the mainstream superhero status quo, eventually paving the way for Stormwatch to morph into The Authority and its discussion of responsibility, power, and morality.  Much to my excitement, Ellis has recently returned to a rebooted Wildstorm universe with The Wild Storm.  Check that series out to see how some of the same themes are being explored by an older and wiser (but no less acerbic) Ellis.  Also, for you completists and collectors, Ellis and Columbus resident Chris Sprouse (Tom Strong), crafted the crossover one-shot WildC.A.T.s/Aliens that takes place near the end of the run and truly cleared the decks for The Authority.  It is not included in either collection due to licensing rights.

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (02/07/2018)

All out of TV shows to binge? How about trying a new comic book? Here is this week's Ogre Staff Pick.

Lauren's Pick

The Lie and How We Told It HC

Lauren's Pick

High school friends Cleary and Tim haven’t seen each other in many years before they run into each other on page one of this new graphic novel. As we follow these two characters over the course of an evening spent catching up, we start to figure them out. Or do we? Tommi Parrish has captured something beautiful and real with The Lie and How We Told It. Figures are depicted in rich layers of translucent paint, fading in and out of scenes the way they fade in and out of each others’ lives. As readers we learn as much from what is omitted as we do from what Parrish chooses to reveal, and just when we start to think we have a handle on the essence of each character, another layer is added or peeled away. Driving these themes home is a story within the story, delivered in the form of a book Clearly discovers in the bushes during the evening. Its title? One Step Inside Doesn’t Mean You Understand.

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The Ogre's Staff Pick (01/31/2018)

It is our goal... Nay... Our mission! To offer you the best! The best toys, the best atmosphere and... The best Ogre Staff Picks! So let's get to it!

Gib's Pick

Little Guardians Book 1: Trial by Spirit Fire

Gib's Pick

In the world Ed Cho and Lee Cherolis introduce us to, villages are protected from the evils of the world by Guardians.  Tane, the Guardian for this story’s village is out killing a particularly nasty demon as his wife gives birth to their first child.  His fight keeps him from being there for the birth of his daughter.  The village has never had a female guardian, so the doctor switches our hero Subira with the shopkeep’s newly birthed son, Idem.  Now the children grow up trying to excel at professions they are not entirely suited for.  When Subira’s Guardian Spirit shows up, things are even more confusing for her.  Warm and engaging, this first volume comes highly recommended.

Lauren's Pick

X-Men: Worst X-Men Ever TP

Lauren's Pick

Bailey is a depressingly unremarkable teenage boy, until he’s not. Surprise! When his parents tell him he’s a mutant, his future seems limitless. Finally it’s his time to be the special one! Then he finds out what his power is, and it all goes downhill again. It’s a tale as old as Chris Claremont, weaving classic X-themes of social isolation and angst with a modern self-awareness to create something that feels brand new. Writer and Say Anything frontman Max Bemis embraces everything that’s good and bad about the history of the team and offers a very satisfying explanation for years of convoluted time travel and retcons, all the while crafting a superhero story that stands on its own. The Worst X-man Ever is the best X-men story you’ll find!

Mike's Pick

The End of the F***ing World GN

Mike's Pick

If you’ve ever talked to me in the store, you know that I’ve come to love the work of Charles Forsman (Slasher, I Am Not Okay With This).  So, imagine my excitement when I heard that his graphic novel, The End of the F***ing World, was being turned into a Netflix miniseries!  Though the show is streaming now, I highly recommend reading the source material first.  Rendered in Forsman’s minimalist style, the tale recounts the relationship of star-crossed lovers, one a jaded and wounded rebel, the other a possible budding sociopath.  Despite the cartoony look of the piece, Forsman weaves a palpable tone of alienation and bittersweet young love.  Also, there’s murder.  And Satanism.  The heavy subject matter and the deceptively simple artwork combine for a flavor that is both compelling and unsettling.  Violent, though not excessively so, and featuring some dark humor, The End of the F***ing World is yet another example of why anything Forsman makes is a must-read.  Fantagraphics have recently gone back to press to meet the increased interest from the show, so grab the book today!  

Note: Please be aware that The End of the F***ing World, both the graphic novel and the brand new series on Netflix, are written for a mature audience due to sexual content, language and violence. If you ever have any questions on themes or appropriate reading, please feel free to message us or ask while you are in the store.

Sarah's Pick

Zodiac Starforce TP Vol 1

Sarah's Pick

This book is a perfect pick for anyone who grew up watching Sailor Moon and wished they were also destined to acquire magical astrological powers to fight the forces of evil. As with many magical-girl stories, this tells the tale of a group of high school friends who have to band together to ward off the nefarious entities that threaten their lives. Paulina Ganucheau’s (Another Castle) art is fun and energetic, utilizing vibrant colors and unique designs to give each character a distinct style and personality while Kevin Panetta (Steven Universe) manages to balance humor and heart to make this and entertaining read for all ages.

Trish's Pick

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls GN

Trish's Pick

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is an anthology comprised of prose, comics, and illustrations that tells the stories of many women that have been affected by all things geeky, whether it be in their youth or recently acquired nerdery. Told from a very diverse crowd of women, this book features anecdotes from trans women, queer women, and women of color in fandom through the decades from a multitude of perspectives. The narrative varies widely, ranging from poignant to heart-warming. I really wish that I had a book like this as a kid when I struggled with my own sense of self and explored fandom for the first time. I think that all women will relate to at least one story!

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