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"A Silent Voice's first volume is not a comfortable read. It's slow and mean, full of small violences that make you wince and characters you just want to shake. That's not necessarily a bad thing though; in fact, it's often the best stories that make you uncomfortable, that make you care enough to feel pained by their characters' struggles. And this is a story all about the ugly side of childhood, so the fact that it made me grind my teeth about once every ten pages is probably a sign in its favor." - Nick Creamer

15 out of 59 pages

Light warning for bully (it gets worse later).

As one of my favorite mangas of the year, I would like to share with you all the opening of A Silent Voice. We'll cover the first chapter and go from there in the future.

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In my last post, I mentioned the "Paul" series by Michel Rabagliati as one of the most successful Quebec comics of recent years. Inspired by the author's childhood memories, this series of slice-of-life graphic novels (now at 7 volumes) follows Paul, a typical young man from a middle-class Quebecois family living in Montreal, from his adolescence in 70s to his adult years.

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I managed to get my hands on an english-translated volume, Paul Joins the Scouts. From (because I'm too lazy to write a summary myself):

Montrealer Michel Rabagliati returns to the childhood story of his famous semi-autobiographical character. It’s 1970 and Paul’s family watches the news with anxiety as bombs are going off around Montreal. But Paul is more interested in flying his kite, comics, and his first kiss. Soon Paul joins the Scouts and heads off to camp. Away from his parents and extended family he discovers self worth in a troop of like-minded and enthusiastic boys. Things take a turn, however, when the troop gets mixed up in the terrifying events of the FLQ crisis. Paul Joins the Scouts is a coming of age story which takes an historical approach to both the Baden Powell scouting movement and the October Crisis, but humanizes these incidents for both a YA and adult audience. It is original, sincere, captivating, and a little bit retro.

Like I said, this is a slice-of-life story composed of lots of little scenes of daily life, so some people might find this a little boring. The pages I post today are from the first half of the book, mostly centered around Paul's involvement in the scouts.

24 pages out of a 117 pages volume. )
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Apartment renting. If you're lucky, you get to rent from a reasonable owner and share a building with people and animals who are halfway civilized. If you're not so might just be New Yorkers Jane and Stephen from Alex Robinson's graphic novel Box Office Poison (Antarctic Press, 1996-2000; collected ed. Top Shelf, 2002). One page from Issue 4 (Mar 1997); eight pages from Issue 8 (Feb 1998).

Trigger warning for misogynistic slurs.

My house, anh? My house! )
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I've finally posted the first pages of my webcomic! It's been my project for the summer, so I'm totally excited!

My premise is this: real-life heroes. Think of capes as a part-time job or even better, as moonlighting.

Yeah, I know, it's ALREADY been done before. And way better than I can do. But if you'll bear with me, I'm going to argue that I'm bringing something different to the table.

differences as follows )
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I've been reading some Korean webcomics recently, to brush up on my rusty Korean skills. And I came upon this charming autobiographical comic mini-series about a woman and her cat which is very much attached to her.

The storyline and premise also struck a chord with me because there were some striking parallels between the comic's story and my sister's life. She had also just happened have adopted two cats this December which she strongly suspects are partially Turkish Vans, a close relative to Turkish Angora cats, one of which is featured in the comic.

I knew she would get a kick out of the comic, and since I've never done something like this before (translating a comic, and doing something nice for my sister ever), I decided to give it a try and translate it.

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Someone posted about one of Shimura's other series, Hourou Musuko (Transient Son or Wandering Son), a few months ago. Sweet Blue Flowers starts off with an older crowd. On the surface, it may look like just another "childhood friends are reunited" story, but it's so much more. It's about sexuality and friendship and crushes and growing up. It has subtlety and realism.

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I started reading this on a whim and it turned out to be the best darn thing I've read for months, maybe even years.
Transient Son (Houro Musuko)(or Wandering Son) by Japanese cartoonist Shimura Takako is the story about Shuichi Nitori, a gradeschool boy coming to terms with transexuality, gender identity and puberty.

No fetishization, no gimmickry. Just...

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A whole lot of heartwrenching. )


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