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Thursday, March 25, 2010

13 Going On 18


Being a publicist, there is nothing like a sincere, honest review of the actual material in a good book by a great artist that makes the day go by nicely. Visit J. Caleb Mozzocco on Newsarama to hear his thoughts on the third title in our John Stanley Library, 13 Going On 18--he shares his likes and dislikes (it's not all glowing!) and ends with "This is perhaps my favorite, in large part because it’s so different than Nancy and Lulu and even Melvin, and yet still has the pleasant charm, endless variations on a few familiar joke plots, and lovely simplified but amazingly expressive artwork that makes a John Stanley comic a John Stanley comic."

Also, I appreciate that Caleb touches on Seth's intro {the first title in the JSL to have ancillary information} and how dear Val and Judy are to Seth as much as Maggie and Hopey or the Peanuts gang and how the two fit into to Stanley's kid comics spectrum, most of all, their obvious comparison to the Archie comics, which now that I think about it, isn't that comparison screaming for a hardcore, academic breakdown? People, ball is in your court.

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