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Personalized BAT Custom Engraved Pocket Knive by MemoriesNYC
Now you can open and slice things like Batman would! You can add your name and even choose which blade color you want. $50
Sakamoto Days Volume 8 by Yuto Suzuki
The series continues as Taro Sakamoto, formerly a deadly assassin, just wants to go back to his family and his store. But can a hit man ever really retire? Not with a competition for aspiring assassins still ongoing!
Basil and Oregano by Melissa Capriglione
In this delicious comic, two students at the prestigious Porta Bella Magiculinary Academy join forces to become the greatest talents the school has ever seen. Along the way, they also fall in love — but will a deep secret harbored by one of the girls spell doom for both their romance and their culinary careers?
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Today’s Riot Rec theme is: World War II. Seventy-nine years after D-Day and we still haven’t run out of stories to tell about the Second World War…stories like those featured in these comics, for instance.
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home by Nora Krug
While Krug was growing up in Germany, her grandparents never talked about World War II. As she gets older, Krug begins to wonder what role her family played in the 20th century’s most destructive conflict — and she starts digging in search of truths she may not like.
We Hereby Refuse: Japanese American Resistance to Wartime Incarceration by Frank Abe, Tamiko Nimure, Ross Ishikawa, and Matt Sasaki
You’ve probably heard of how the U.S. unjustly incarcerated Japanese Americans in the name of “security.” You might also know about how some Japanese Americans bravely served in the 442nd Infantry. But do you know about the people who fought back against the injustices they faced, even refusing to serve a country that did not view them as human beings? This comic tells their incredible stories.
If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, happy winter! I sure wish I was you right now: I can’t stand the heat and the bugs, to be honest!