Welcome to Night Vale by Jeffrey Fink and Joseph Cranor (2015) – In this novel, the reader learns more about the town of Night Vale, the site of the widely popular podcast Welcome to Night Vale. It focuses in on Diane Crayton, her son Josh, his deadbeat dad Troy, the pawnshop owner Jackie Fierro, and a mysterious man in a tan jacket that no one can remember. But it’s not so simple as that. Jeffrey and Joseph do an amazing job of capturing the weirdness of Night Vale and portraying a living existential nightmare. They also answer such important questions as who is the man in the tan jacket, why can’t Jackie remember her past, and what exactly are librarians. It’s weird, disorientating, terrifying, and so much fun. I absolutely adored it.
Bee and Puppycat #7 by Natasha Allegri (2015) – In this issue of Bee and Puppycat, Bee take Puppycat to the carnival where they have fun and try to catch the being that stole their koala clock. They also buy seeds and try to cook. It’s still an incredibly cute series, and I love it so much that I just want to smoosh it.
Adventure Time Fionna and Cake Card Wars #4 by Jen Wang (2015) – In this issue, Cake takes on all opponents in Card Wars but hurts Fionna’s feelings by neglecting her and not sticking up for her. Cute but not really my cup of tea.
One Piece by Oda Eiichiro (1997 – ongoing) ch. 342 – 353 – In these chapters, we learn more about what the CP9 are trying to do with Iceberg as well as Iceberg and Franky’s pasts. I hate to admit it, but I finally like Franky. He’s a good, if weird, guy.
Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing) ch. 141 – The kids at the Polar Star dorm deal with the death of the shokugeki and think about their time together, already mourning the loss. However, Soma decides to fight and issues a shokugeki anyway. Oh, the drama!
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) by Yusei Matsui (2012 – ongoing) ch. 162 – In this silly chapter, Koro-sensei shows the students all the embarrassing selfies he took with them (unknowingly on their part), and they reminisce about the past year. It’s a filler chapter, but I really liked it.
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