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Cool Reads: January 2022, Pt. 2

Here we go! Part 2 of my new ongoing series, Cool Reads. I'm happy to say that I've got an unusual mix for this installment and my unread pile is not giving me total stink eye but it isn't quite convinced that I can actually meet my self imposed goal. Only time will tell I suppose.

Note: I'm not including book covers with my series because I don't want you to judge a book by its cover and I genuinely want you to investigate further at the links I've provided. IF however you REALLY want me to, please let me know and I will consider it for future installments.

The Hasty Pastry

Creator: Ali Cantarella

From the back cover: "Crazy customers, frustrating managers, ridiculous fellow employees, and a cute dog are all a part of the life of young Barista, Cat, at this Chicago bakery! This episodie-style comic brings to life a variety of characters, taking readers through colorful, goofy, bakery adventures as Cat struggles to achieve her promotion. But how will she ever become manager if Pugsly won't stop POOPING in the muffins?!"

Discovered at: New York Comic Con 2021, Artist Alley

Recommended age: 12 and up

What to Expect: whimsical color pallet and artistic style, everyday work realism with sweet moments and humor, the beginnings of the talented artist/creator that Ali Cantarella is today.

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Doctor Who: The Runaway TARDIS

Creators: Chris Chibnall, Kim Smith

From the inside fold: "Join the Doctor and her smallest companion on a madcap adventure! The beloved TV series is now an adorable picture book! Unhappy at her new school, young Lizzie packs a bag and runs away. After accidentally stowing away in the TARDIS, she meets the Doctor, a mysterious woman who claims to be a time-traveling alien. When the TARDIS malfunctions, Lizzie and the Doctor are sent catapulting through time and space! Will Lizzie ever be able to get back home?"

Discovered at: Emerald City Comic Con 2021, show floor

Recommended age: 6 and up

What to Expect: classic Doctor Who moments made adorable and relevant to children, Kim Smith's illustrations infuse the book with fun, color and the joy of traveling with the Doctor, an ideal way for a parent Whovian to share their fandom with their children.

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Purchase a copy at: Your Local Comic Book Store ( if they carry picture books or from

Catwoman: Lonely City Book 1

Creator: Cliff Chiang

From the back cover: "Ten years ago, the massacre known as Fools' Night claimed the lives of Batman, The Joker, Nightwing and Commissioner Gordon...and sent Selina Kyle, the Catwoman, to prison. A decade later, Gotham has grown up - it's put away costumed heroism and villainy as childish things. The new Gotham is cleaner, safer, and a lot less free, under the watchful eye of Mayor Harvey Dent and his Batcops. It's into this new city that Selina Kyle returns, a changed woman...with her mind on that one last big score: the secrets hidden inside the Batcave! She doesn't need money - she just needs to know...who, or what, is "Orpheus"?"

"Visionary creator Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman, Paper Girls) writes, draws, colors and letters the story of a world without Batman, where one woman's wounds threaten to tear apart an entire city!"

Discovered at: Golden Age Collectibles, Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA 2021

Recommended age: 16 and up

What to Expect: a whole different look and feel to Gotham city with Catwoman at the forefront of her own story, oversized comic format emphasizes the control and new direction of this story, yet it all delivers on what fans of Catwoman know and love about the character; clear artistic vision from creator. (I immediately picked up book 2 and added it to my local comic book store subscription list - not something I do all the time)

Find Out More and Purchase at: Your Local Comic Book Store or at

50 Shades of Worf

Creator: Christopher D. Schmitz

From the back cover: "A back-alley brawl erupts between the Furries and the Bronies. Deadpool cosplayer keeps stealing all the erotic Pegasus artwork. Someone's Necronomicon opened a tentacle portal in the men's room. Two cops must go undercover at a local comiccon-gone-wild to stop Wil Wheaton's murder."

"Absolutely no redeeming value." - the Author's Mother.

"Please take my name out of this &%$# book...or else." - Probably Wil Wheaton

"I do not approve." - Maybe Michael Dorn

"Cease and Desist..." - Some totally really lawyers I ignored

"How did you get in here? This is a private restroom. Someone call security!" - Possibly Alan Tudyk

Discovered at: C2E2 2021, Artist Alley

Recommended age: 18 and up, an only if you enjoy satire

What to Expect: I honestly just took a chance on this book (and it's sequel) when roaming artist alley because the author had such a great pitch and I was NOT disappointed. A perfect satire (appreciative in tone) of both the comic convention world and buddy cop genre. Sincerely laughed out loud several times, especially on page 95. Really looking forward to the sequel and will likely send copies as gifts to friends. There are even paper doll cut outs of the characters within the book, which I don't want to cut out because they are just too fun as they are.

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