May 4, 2018

First Friday 5: Magical Mischief

As we get closer and closer to summer, we are gearing up for new out-of-school adventures. What will the summer bring? How will our lives be different after our summer adventures? Now imagine adding a little magic into your adventure! The possibilities are endless! Here are five recent comic books that takes readers on magical adventures, imagined or not.


Written and illustrated by Tara O'Connor

When Willow "Will" Sparks finds a magical book, she thinks she has it made it in the shade. No more pimply skin, no more bad clothes...she can even be popular now! It seems like a dream, and it doesn't take long for Will to forget about her old life, including her best friend Georgia who has been with her every step of the way. But like all borrowed magic, the changes she makes come with a price, and the future has unusual ways of protecting itself.



The Cardboard Kingdom
Written by Chad Sell

Welcome to the magical and imaginative Cardboard Kingdom! Here, readers meet sixteen colorful and diverse children who have abilities to transform ordinary boxes and situations into colorful costumes. The boxes on their hands suddenly become Hulk-like fists and small paper swords become lances as the kids interact with each other and fight creates of all sorts before school starts up again. It's fun to meet everyone in segments. Each character enters the story so organically as the children weave their ways around the neighborhood.


The City on the Other Side
Written by Mairghread Scott and illustrated by Robin Robinson

Set in early twentieth century San Francisco, The City on the Other Side tells the story of a young girl who accidentally stumbles into the middle of a war between two fairy kingdoms. Despite her inexperience with magic, Isabel quickly learns that the fate of San Francisco (both in the magical realm and the real realm) hangs in the balance and that she is one of the keys to stopping an all-out war. Although Isabel has been brought up to be clean, quiet, and obedient, she must learn to accept the less rigid parts of herself in order to change the fate of her hometown and finds a few surprises along the way.


The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness
Created by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi

The second book in the Dam Keeper series picks up right where book one left off, with Pig, Hippo, and Fox out on their journey to discover what lies beyond their city. To their surprise, they find whole bustling cities, all with their own dam keepers and sets of rules. But the black fog is only four days away from hitting their home of Sunrise Valley again, and the three have to keep on the move, racing against the clock to save their home.


Spell on Wheels
Written by Kate Leth and illustrated by Megan Levens and Marissa Louise

In this quippy tale of three young witches heading out to recover stolen items, we meet Andy, Jolene and Claire. All three have had things stolen from them by Claire's ex-boyfriend, so they set out to drive east and uncover their belongings before any permanent damage can be done. But it doesn't take long for them to realize that Claire's ex is hardly the biggest threat to them, and he's far from being the mastermind behind the whole operation. So the question becomes, who is after them and what does he or she want?




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