Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes's Secret Coders
is volume one in a new series of ingenious graphic novels for young kids that teach the fundamentals of computer science.
Scott Westerfeld's YA canon is huge and varied, from the Uglies books
to the excellent vampire parasitology book Peeps
to the dieselpunk Clankers
trilogy, and the new one, Zeroes
, breaks new ground still: it's a collaboration with Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti about teens with powers.
Daniel Jackson Lim is the youngest kid in a huge family of overachievers, and he hardly surfaces in his family's consciousness -- which is a good thing, because he's just found a kid in silver underwear who can't remember anything before the moment he hurtled through a hole in space and hit the ground so hard he made a crater, but didn't hurt himself.
We've projected our political and spiritual longings on the Moon since antiquity, and it's been a talismanic home to science fiction's most ambitious dreams for generations. But no one writes like Ian McDonald, and no one's Moon is nearly so beautiful and terrible as Luna: New Moon
Economist Paul Mason's blockbuster manifesto Postcapitalism
suggests that markets just can't organize products whose major input isn't labor or material, but information, and that means that, for the first time in history, it's conceivable that we can have a society based on abundance.
Canadian historian turned webcomics god Kate Beaton is back with her second Hark! A Vagrant! collection: Step Aside, Pops
. Never before has history been so bitterly funny.
The $50 cold-brew maker makes some important design improvements over its pioneering competitor, the Toddy, but you get the same quality coffee with easier cleanup for $10 with my nut-milk bag method.
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Kid or adult, parent or not, you should already be reading Ben "Zita the Spacegirl
" Hatke for some of the most rollicking, science-fictional kid-friendly comics between two covers, but now you've got no excuse: Little Robot
, a nearly wordless graphic novel about a little girl and a fugitive robot, will fill you with terror, laughter, wonder and joy.
I love this $80 device and use it daily. The problem it solved for me: get produce in my mouth.
Austin Grossman's first-person secret memoir of Richard Nixon sounds like a Lovecraftian gag, but Crooked
is a brooding, bitter Cold War novel that gets deep into the psyche of "the funniest president that ever lived."
Jeff Lemire -- creator of the epic apocalyptic graphic novel Sweet Tooth
and the dreamy, Twilight-Zonish Underwater Welder
-- returns with a new graphic novel, Descender
, with Dustin Nguyen -- we're proud to present the entire first issue below!
Chuck Wendig's new technothriller Zeroes
is a hacker misfit tale in the lineage of War Games
, true to the spirit (and often, the minutae) of security work, and exciting as hell to boot.
Felicia Day's memoir You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)
starts off as a cute, snarky story about how a quirky upbringing turned Day into a nerd superhero; by the end, it's become an illuminating, frank look at the commercial realities, injustices and insecurities that everyone trying to earn a living online must confront.
I don't expect a $200 grill to last a lifetime. But it has to cook meats and veggies evenly, with good temperature control. And I found a pretty affordable grill that does that reliably.
It was a safe bet that Kate "Hark! A Vagrant! Beaton's first kids' picture book would be amazing, but The Princess and the Pony is incredible.
Princess Pinecone is a the smallest warrior in a kingdom of warriors, and she lives for battle. But every year on her birthday, her parents give her a cuddly sweater. What she really wants is a mighty charger, from whose back she might smite other warriors.
This year, Princess Pinecone put her foot down. She let it be known that nothing less than a huge, imposing horse would do.
Unfortunately, what she got was a cuddly, funny-looking pony whose eyes point in opposite directions. It refuses to be trained for warhorse duties. She rides it into battle anyway. When Otto the Awful spies her on the sidelines and charges her, the pony just stands there, while Princess Pinecone digs for her spitballs. Then it happens: Otto the Awful screeches to a halt, unable to believe how TOTALLY CUTE the pony is.
The mighty battle stops. The warriors crowd around the pony. They get in touch with their cuddly sides. So Princess Pinecone shares her supply of excess cuddly sweaters. And they all live happily ever after!
Beaton is one of the sharpest, funniest comics creators in the business. Her witty, take-no-prisoners feminism is absolutely on display here, but she doesn't go for an easy girl-power resolution: instead, she lets everyone be both a badass and a sentimentalist.
The spreads in this are amazing: the giant fight scene and the warriors in their sweaters? Read the rest