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THE CAT'S MEOW: What's Good On The
Shelf This Week

So I log in to the Runemaster Studios website (http://www.runemasterstudios.com ) to browse the forum there, and I see that someone has sent me a private message. It turns out that ‘someone' is none other than Mike Bullock himself.

SHAMELESS PLUG: For those of you who may not know who this Mike Bullock fella is, he writes a comic book called LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS which is, in my opinion, a shining example of what all-ages comics can—and should —be. It's top notch, and I will definitely be reviewing it in future columns.

Anyway, Mike sends me a private message. It seems that some guy named Scott Tingley is starting a website called Comics In the Classroom, and Mike feels that I would make a great contributor, since I like all-ages comics. So I'm introduced to Scott, and a few e-mail exchanges later…VOILA! Here I am!

I thought I'd take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is John “Figaro” Norris from Columbia , South Carolina . I got the nickname “Figaro” in college; it was my fraternity nickname, and I liked it so much that it stuck. It represents my love of animation (Figaro the cat in Disney's PINOCCHIO) and music (Mozart's MARRIAGE OF FIGARO and the famous “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro” line in Rossini's BARBER OF SEVILLE). I make music in church and process medical claims to earn my comics-buying money.

I prefer all-ages material for its simplicity. I do read some teen/young adult stuff as well, but I've never really been one for complicated stories, huge crossovers whose stories bounce around from a Superman issue to a Batman issue to a Justice League issue, or comics that contain inappropriate words or pictures. That's not to say that the stories found in all-ages comics don't have any substance or meaning. I'm saying that anyone, child or adult, can read these stories (or have them read to them) and have little trouble understanding them.

Each week, I will try to review the latest issues of all-ages and young adult material that I've gotten from the shop. I'll list the writer and artistic team, give a brief synopsis and point out anything I find noteworthy. I will then list the comics to be reviewed in the following column. I hope you will enjoy my writings and find them informative.

For next time:



By thy side,

John “Figaro” Norris

Any questions or comments, contact me at comicsintheclassroom @ gmail.com


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