Hello, all! I don’t know about you, but I am really ready for a little more autumn and a little less summer heat. In the meantime, at least we can stay inside and read these comic books!
Snoopy Apron by WickedSistah
Here’s a great gift for the Peanuts-loving cook in your life, even if it’s you. Great for cooking indoors or for working the grill! $20
One Piece Vol. 100 by Eiichiro Oda
Making it to one hundred volumes is an impressive achievement, and given One Piece‘s popularity (over 500 million copies published worldwide!), it’s not surprising that this series made it. Check out the latest adventures of Monkey D. Luffy and company as they fight for their very lives!
Superman vs. Lobo by Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie, and Mirka Andolfo
Superman is DC’s most upstanding hero. Lobo is an intergalactic bounty hunter who will murder anything not nailed down for fun and money. Unsurprisingly, they don’t get along very well. The only question remaining is: how much property damage gets done when they clash?
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Today’s Riot Rec theme is: Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6 and 9, 1945, the U.S. dropped nuclear bombs on these two Japanese cities, killing tens of thousands in an instant and many more from radiation sickness and cancer. Here are two manga series that show the human toll of these devastating attacks.
Barefoot Gen, Vol. 1: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima by Keiji Nakasawa
This is THE comic to read about the bombing of Hiroshima. Nakasawa was just a kid when the attack happened. This autobiographical work, the first in a ten-part series, tells the story of how he survived and the effect the bombing had on his life and family.
In This Corner of the World Vol. 1 by Fumiyo Kouno
Suzu is a newlywed who has just moved to Kure, a city in Hiroshima prefecture, to be with her family. But Kure is a shipbuilding city and therefore a target of Allied bombings. Suzu struggles to adjust to her new life and to the proximity of war in this affecting three-part series about the difficulties of trying to maintain a semblance of normalcy in wartime.
This is why I love comics: they can be a fun and goofy form of escape, but they can just as easily bring to life events and perspectives we never would have thought about otherwise.
Until Thursday, nerd friends!