Here is Minecraft: The Story of Mojang; a full length documentary on the making and success of Minecraft. This film is perfect for those who haven’t heard of the game yet or those who always wanted a behind the scenes look at its creators.
Billy is an orphan who has been accepted as a guard at the local prison, unfortunately he has to work the night shift. Everyone has heard the rumors that the prison is haunted. With trepidation Billy makes his way to his first night on duty. He is trained by a fellow guard who only confirms all the stories of spooks and ghosts.
Soon Billy is used to working the night shift, but one evening his co-worker is out sick. Now Billy must guard the prison at night by himself. He also has to feed the prisoner locked in the deepest darkest cell in the building. Will Billy find the courage to do do his job? Will he finally meet the ghosts that haunt the halls?
The Ghost Prison is a illustrated short story that is a perfect fit for Halloween. The illustrations are the right amount of creepy and the story unfolds at a brisk pace and builds tension along the way. If you need a quick spooky read then try this book out. It is appropriate for all readers.
I originally reviewed the first volume of RASLway back in 2009. Now the complete omnibus edition is out, and in glorious color, and is a must read for indie comic fans.
RASL is a story of a man who has lost everything and turns to stealing rare art to make a living on the fringes of society. As the story unfolds you discover what lead the man who calls himself Rasl from being a top military scientific researcher to the loner drifter he has become.
There are many different layers in this work such as life, death, romance, but also deeper messages about living and the choices one makes. Then throw in parallel universes and lost technologies discovered by Nikola Tesla and you have a great science fiction novel that is really entertaining and heart wrenching at the same time.
You may know Smith by his earlier work with Bone, which was geared for more younger and middle readers. RASL on the other hand is more mature and intended for an older audience. Since there is some mature content, the book is appropriate for ages 16 and up.
Acropolis is a town nearly in ruin. The city is attacked each night by hordes of different monsters. The only defense against the city has is it’s hero Haggard West; who uses science to give superhero like powers (think Batman crossed with the Rocketeer).
Unfortunately Haggard West was just killed by the very monsters he hunted.
In another dimension far away from Acropolis a 12 year old demigod, whose nickname is Battling Boy, waits for his father (think Thor) to come back from yet another epic battle. He is almost thirteen and soon he will be expected to go through a rite of passage, a ramble on a planet somewhere in the cosmos where he can prove his prowess and mettle in combat. His father sends to Acropolis to defeat the infliction of monsters.
Unfortunately Battling Boy isn’t quite sure how to be a hero. The monsters aren’t thrilled there is a new hero in town and soon begin to plan his demise. Meanwhile the town politicians want to use Battling Boy to make themselves look good. Then there is the daughter of the hero Haggard West. She wanted to follow in her father’s footsteps and doesn’t like the idea of a boy hero on her territory.
Can Battling Boy navigate politics, learn tactics and wisdom, and defeat the monsters? Or will this ramble in Acropolis cost him his life? Pick up this first volume of Battling Boy to find out. It is a thrilling coming of age superhero story written and drawn beautifully by Paul Pope. Battling Boy is appropriate for ages 12 and up for intense superhero action.
This exciting new manga is an episodic look at the dreaded fortress known as Wolfsmund. It is the early 15th century and the area that will one day be Switzerland is a loose area of three clans: the Uri, Schwyz, and Unterwalden. They have grown prosperous because of a trade route through the Alps. Unfortunately Austria conquers the land and cuts off the rebels from the trade route which passes through the fortress of Wolfsmund.
The first volume contains three attempts of rebels crossing through the fortress. Who will be victorious, the rebels or the cruel steel fist of oppression? If you like a different kind of manga I highly recommend this title. The series is appropriate for ages 16 and up due to the level of violence and physical intimacy.