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November #ncbd haul

Here are the comics that I got from my monthly pull in November!

I’m always so excited for new comics every month. It’s rather addicting. I also finally got new short boxes recently and am storing them better! They do take up a lot of space!

I’d also love to know what you bought recently for #ncbd! If you have any suggestions of what you’d think I’d like let me know!

 

Now on to the comics!

First up are two issues from the publishing company Boom! Box. I’m such a big fan of these. Giant Days is one of my favourite comics! It’s set in university in England and feels so relatable as I’m currently in university myself. It’s a fun series that I’m currently collecting in trades (the next one is out so I’ll be picking that up soon!). This is a holiday special single issue that I just had to get. I’m super hyped to read it! I do recommend this series so much!

Misfit City is another series that’s a lot of fun. It’s similar to the Goonies (with the town in the series actually mentioning that a movie clearly meant to be that was filmed there). It’s the only reason why tourists visit it with a museum one of the girls works at having an exhibit about it. It’s an adventure series with a great female cast and I’m in love with the art!

Of course it wouldn’t be my monthly pull without the wonderful Batgirl. I’m so in love with her in case you couldn’t tell. (Still annoyed they are letting Josh Whedon do her film. She deserves so much better!) These are some of my favourite releases from the new DC Rebirth comics!

Paper Girls is another fantastic series. It’s set in the 80s and it’s so damn good. It keeps getting better and better in my opinion. It’s a series that I think everyone will like even if you think comics aren’t your thing (same goes with Saga).

Snotgirl is a series I can relate to in many ways but the main one being a fellow sufferer of hayfever (and a pretty bad dust allergy). She’s also a fashion blogger and the art again is so good. I tend to give in to good art quite easily and I try to get Leslie’s covers as they are so good!

And the last two issues for this month are The Beauty and Motor Crush.

The Beauty, imo, deserves way more love. I wish the book community was more into comics on a regular basis rather just when it becomes a popular video to do and never to be seen again till it becomes popular again. This is such an interesting story about an STD that people want to get as it makes them beautiful but like regular STD’s it’s a disease that kills some of them. It does make interesting comments on beauty and what some people are willing to do in order to achieve it.

Motor Crush is yet another fantastic series! Done by the people behind Batgirl of Burnside it’s a fantastic story and features great art. (I’m also in love with Lola the main character’s ex girlfriend with fabulous pink hair).¬† It’s so good to see more representation in comics and I can’t wait to catch up on my recent issues.

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Top Comics for Girls!

Happy International Day for Girls!

Inspired by a video by Geekerella (whose channel I highly recommend if you love comics as much as I do!) I decided to write out my favourite comics for girls! Again like she did I have to put a disclaimer saying that anyone can read these and overall you can read anything but these comics are typically geared towards females and have a strong female cast! I think any gender should read these!

I also understand that for some females it’s not easy walking¬† into a comic book store and asking for suggestions. Some stores just plain up ignore their customers, female or male and some just find it so odd you’re there. One I know even posted a photo of females in the store as an almost proof that we do in fact buy comics. It was so odd! Sometimes even other customers will make me feel uncomfortable! As someone who has to travel for any comic book store I generally tend to end up going to them right before a Lolita meet up so I think dressing differently has its ups and downs in a comic book store.

I will say that if you live in Ireland or ever end up travelling here one store that I will recommend and the place where I get my single issues is The Big Bang in Dundrum. They not only have a great selection of comics but are the nicest staff that I’ve ever met and spoken to. They make it so easy for me to email them about my pull list and I never feel like I can’t ask something without being judged. Highly recommend them if you’re ever unsure!

Also there are so many fantastic female lead comics so this might be long but also it may not cover everything! I will write another list in the future but check out my goodreads and instagram to see what comics I buy and read! Let me know in the comments below which you liked or if there are any I didn’t include that you love let me know about them!

Now on to the comics!

I’m going to start off with superheroes and the big two: DC and Marvel!

One of my favourite superheroes is Batgirl! I can pretty much talk all day about how much I love her! She’s badass and super smart. With a lot of comics one thing some people find hard about them is not knowing where to start so I’ll include where I think you should throughout!

With Batgirl I highly recommend Gail Simone’s run as your starting point. There are five volumes to her run and Gail is such a fantastic writer! She does Batgirl great justice in these volumes!

With the popularity of DC Superhero Girls among younger girls this would be a great one for them to read once they hit their teens. DC Superhero Girls is a great stepping stone for younger girls to get into comics. Though not going to lie I do collect the dolls!

This series does continue into the run done by Babs Tarr, Cameron Stewart and Brendan Fletcher and then into DC Rebirth. It’s definitely one of the easier series to read as it never fully reboots back to the beginning but can be read as a full story.

Outside of Barbara Gordon, both other Batgirls (Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown) have comics that are being reprinted! I highly recommend picking up their trades if you want more Batgirl!

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Black Canary is a character that some of you might be familiar with due to the tv show Arrow. This is a slightly different version but I think you’ll like her too!

Dinah Lance in this version of the Black Canary is not only a badass when it comes to her fighting skills but she is a fantastic singer in a rock band! What’s so great about this is they actually recorded songs and made 2 EP’s for this band (which you can buy!) They are a mix of new songs written by the author and covers too!

She also makes an appearance in new issues of Batgirl and stars in the, best comic of DC Rebirth imo, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey!

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Harley Quinn is another DC female character that a lot of people will know. Whether they know her from any of the animated series (she’s also a feature character on DC Superhero Girls) or even from the latest superhero movie Suicide Squad, she’s a staple female DC character! The new 52 is always a great stepping point for people to get into any character but I do highly recommend it for Harley. It’s such a fun series that even continues into her DC Rebirth issues!

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Now onto Marvel! Marvel comics has had quite a few female characters over the years but even more so recently. Here are a few that I’ve read and loved!

Ms Marvel has to be one of my favourite female Marvel superheroes! Kamala Khan’s run being my absolute favourite. It’s a great series and the storyline and art are great! Kamala gets her powers by accident and ends up becoming the new Ms Marvel. She’s also a fangirl of superheroes, even writing Avengers fan fiction in her spare time. I adore her character! Not only is she funny and awkward but also just so relatable. It’s how I imagine one of us, a fan, reacting to getting powers.

Ms Marvel caused a bit of a controversy when it was first released due to Kamala being Muslim. I initially picked it up because of that to be honest. I really loved the first volume and meeting her family. I feel like I learned a bit about the Muslim faith from reading this. It’s a series that I would highly recommend! It’s also written by a Muslim woman!

 

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The Mighty Thor was a comic that I was super excited for and totally lived up to my expectations. I liked Thor as a character but to be honest I never read any of his comics. When I heard that this was coming out, a female Thor, I knew I had to give it a go. I fell in love! While I’m sure we all know who she is I won’t spoil it in case you managed to avoid spoilers till now! She is a great character and I’m still hoping she’ll make her movie appearance. Hey a girl can dream!

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Spider Gwen was my very first single issue that I bought (I was gifted issue 35 of Batgirl by a wonderful friend) and was my first time ordering from The Big Bang in Dundrum! They were fantastic in helping me and I even ordered it for a friend of mine who wanted to give it a try too. I really loved this. It’s set in an alternative universe to the Spider-Man we know. In this world it’s not Peter Parker who is bitten by the spider but Gwen Stacey! In this version she becomes Spider Woman (titled as Spider Gwen as we have a Spider Woman in the regular universe!). Peter later becomes obsessed with wanting to help Gwen which leads him to become this universes version of the lizard and sadly he ends up dying. This isn’t a spoiler but a back story! Gwen is then accused of killing him by the police and she as Spider Woman isn’t seen in a positive light the way our Spider Man was. It’s very good and I adore Gwen! Mary Jane also makes an appearance in band! Gwen made her first appearance in the regular Spider Man comics in the arc Spider Verse which was when Spider Men of different universes were being targeted and she teamed up with a couple of different versions to help. This was so popular it led to her having her own series! And yes one universe even had their very own Spider Pig!

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Of course there are other comics out there other than superhero comics and other than DC/Marvel! Here are a few that I would recommend that are either both or are a different kind of superhero!

Lumberjanes is such a fun and great series. It has an all female main cast. It’s set “Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types” and features a cast of girls who go to this camp. Kinda like girl scouts! They are all such entertaining characters and this series also showcases some diversity. Jo, one of the main girls, is trans while two of the main girls are in a relationship with each other. It’s a series that I really think a lot of people will enjoy and I came across it due to booktube!

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Giant Days is one of my favourite series at the moment. It follows the lives of three University students in England, Susan, Esther and Daisy. It’s such a relatable series. If you’ve been to University or are currently attending then you should see yourself or friends in this. I love the girls in this comic and how their friendship develops.

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Paper Girls is a comic set in the 1980’s and centres around a group of young girls who are paper girls. It’s a time when paper boys are more common and it mentions their struggle to get the job they have and to be taken seriously. There is also a bit of a sci-fi element to this series with time travel too!

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Misfit City is centred on a group of young girls who live in Cannon Cove, the place that only becomes known because they filmed The Gloomies there. However that’s the only thing that seems exciting about their town until they find an old pirates map and this starts off a fun adventure story!

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Motor Crush is an original comic by the trio that did Batgirl of Burnside: Babs Tarr, Brendan Fletcher and Cameron Stewart. I was super excited when I heard that they would be working on something together again and I was blown away by this story. It’s about a woman named Domino who is a famous Motocross rider. Not only is she a bad ass female character but she’s also a POC and a lesbian! It’s a fantastic series so far with great representation.

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Jem and the Holograms is a great cartoon but also now a fantastic comic! The art is fab and again this is another comic with great representation of not only LGBT characters but also people of different sizes! It was interesting to see someone who looked like me in a comic book. If you loved the tv show I think you’ll also enjoy this. They also released a spin-off with The Misfits as main characters and it was really interesting to see their perspective for a change.

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That’s all for this post but it’s not all that’s out there. There are so many great comics that I love that feature some great female characters and I do plan on writing more of these posts in you’re interested.

Let me know in the comments below what female characters you love in comics, be it a superhero or not!

 

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September #ncbd

Here’s my haul from my pull list from last month!

I also picked up two short boxes, I know finally right?

I want to take some photos of them so keep an eye out on my instagram! I got a Harley Quinn one and a Marvel Generations one. They look great and hold about 150 comics each!

Now on to the comics! There’s quite a bit here but it is a whole month of releases after all!

First up are two beautiful covers by the wonderful Babs Tarr! I adore Motor Crush! It’s such a fun story but there is also a lot of emotion behind it too. My favourite Batgirl team are the people behind it too! I highly recommend this!

When I saw the cover for this I had to get it! I love DC Bombshells! They are super cute! (and super sexy tbh). I have some of the other DC Bombshells series and this is the first issue into a new series! I’m really excited to see where this goes though I’m still unsure whether to add it to my pull or wait for the trades. Single issues take up a lot of space!

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DC Comics are certainly taking a large space in my pull nowadays. Batgirl in case you couldn’t tell is my favourite super hero! I’m a bit behind in all my comics but I will say that these are my favourite comics from DC Rebirth especially Batgirl and the Birds of Prey. I can’t wait to catch up and read these over reading week!

 

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Jem and the holograms is such a great comic book series and it’s been made even better! I also love that we get more story for The Misfits and really see them from their own point of view. I feel like while I love the cartoon I never really got their perspective in the same way I do from these comics. Also I love Stormer! She’s so cute and you don’t understand how great it is as a plus size female to see someone like me in a comic. She also looks fab and is gay!

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Snotgirl bar the cool stuff is literally my life! I suffer from bad hayfever and dust allergies so it’s pretty much my story! It’s literally about a fashion blogger who has bad allergies and I love it! The art is so cute!!

In case you also didn’t know, one thing that I love a lot has to be magical girls! Zodiac Starforce was such a good series and I was so happy when they announced they were doing more! I love the characters and I’m so excited to see where this will go!

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Misfit City is quite similar to the Goonies but all girls! It’s really fun so far and the art is super cute! I’ve gotten really into all female lead comics! Lumberjanes, Paper Girls, Giant Days and Goldie Vance to name a couple off the top of my head that aren’t listed here already. There are so many great titles out right now that I really recommend if you’re looking for comics with awesome female characters!

Oddly enough while I love female superheroes I’ve never read The Runaways before. I’ve been meaning to for way too long! And even better my favourite author Rainbow Rowell is writing this series now! I mean I had to give it a shot and it’s been a while since something by Marvel was in my pull!

 

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I’d love to know what you picked up recently for New Comic Book Day! Let me know what series you’re currently reading!

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Book Haul!

Really excited in getting back to this and also super hyped for this haul!

Food Wars is one of my favourite series at the moment! It’s so good! I have to admit that when I first tried to watch the show I was put off by the fan service but when you get past that it’s so good. It’s funny that I went from not liking it to watching the show a number of times and owning the manga. It’s such a fun show and the food looks amazing! I do highly recommend watching the anime as well as reading the manga. The show really does a great job with the cooking aspect, my only issue is that the 2nd season is way too short! It rushed through the plot too quickly.

Season 3 was also just announced and is coming out this fall! I’m so happy that we get new episodes and a future volume is coming out with a short episode on dvd.

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I saw this next title when I was on instagram one day and I fell in love! I had to get it. Not only is the art beautiful but it’s also influenced by Ireland and our myths. I can’t wait to give it a read. I may write a review over on Goodreads when I’m done!

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A friend of mine got the book on the left and after hearing her say it was good I needed to get myself a copy. I like to get books with Lolita’s in them or some sort of Japanese fashion. I’m a huge fan of Kamikaze Girls and knowing the author was a part of this project made me want it even more. There is a mix of essays and comics written by Lolita’s. There’s even a description of the style of the start which is quite cute. I’ve taken a couple of photos on instagram that show two of the pages describing Gothic and Old School Lolita. Both cute styles and the drawings are great. They actually both reminded me of a couple of girls in my community. If you are interested in Lolita or just Japanese fashion in general this to me is a must buy! I grew up in my teens loving Lolita and buying and reading whatever I could get my hands on. This is one of the better books that I have.

Giant Days is such a great and fun comic! I’m head over heals in love with it! Along with Food Wars this is a series that I try to buy almost as soon as it comes out. It’s such a relatable series as I’m currently in University! It stars three women going through University in England and their friendship is so cute! If you are wanting to get into comics this is one I would recommend. Along with Lumberjanes and Paper Girls, it’s so great seeing comics with female leads.

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Have you read any or want to read any of the above? Let me know below!

Also I’m currently taking part in a manga reading challenge over on goodreads! I’m hoping to read at least 50 volumes this year, I’m on about 20 right now! If you want to take part it’s under the Manga and Anime Lovers group challenge list!

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#fempowerathon tbr

Today is fempowerathon day 1 and here is my tbr!

It takes place from the 19th of March to the 26th!

Here are the challenges that you can take part in:

  • a woman in position of power
  • a woman of colour
  • an LGBT+ woman
  • a prominent sister relationship
  • a woman with a mental illness
  • an own voices novel
  • read a book about a woman not set in the western world
  • a graphic novel by a female

You just need to read books based on the prompts above and you can mix and match them too.

 

On to what I plan on reading!

 

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I may end up adding other titles if I can get through these!

Starting from the bottom of this pile I have Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve actually read this one before but I wanted to reread it and it also fits under the sister relationship challenge as the main character and her twin go to college together.

The next three books are a trilogy. I know a little about these and they were highly recommended and of course they are very pretty! I’ll be putting these under the woman in position of power due to the main character being female and having to protect the main male character. I’ll also be reading some superhero comics for this particular challenge too.

Everything leads to you is a book that I’ve wanted to read for so long. It’s going under the challenge for an LGBT+ woman as the main character is a lesbian.

The next two books focus on mental illness, one an eating disorder and the other on suicide.

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These are some comics that I put together though I may not get to read all of them!

Harley Quinn features a bisexual lead character and she also is part of the Suicide Squad comics. DC Bombshells not only features an entire cast of female superheroes but also has Batwoman, a lesbian superhero.

I will be adding a couple of titles later on, like Ms Marvel issues that I need to catch up which will cover the WOC challenge. I’ll also be reading some manga that are set in Japan to cover the not set in the western world challenge!

I’m really excited to start this read-a-thon and I hope you join in too!

I will be posting a list of recommendations for this challenge of books that I’ve already read. I’ve also created lists of goodreads too! Though I’m not a fan of the idea that anyone can add books to it. I’m having issues with one person who keeps doing it to them and I don’t even know her.

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DC Essential Graphic Novels 2017

I recently got the DC Essential Graphic Novels 2017 book free with my pull list. It’s a really interesting guide to DC and their comics.

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One of the lists in here is what DC view to be their 25 most essential graphic novels. Out of 25 I own 10! I actually owned 2 more years back but ended up getting rid of them due to space!

Here are the top 25:

  • Watchmen
  • Batman: The Killing Joke
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  • The Sandman Vol 1: Preludes and Nocturnes
  • Batman Vol 1: The Court of Owls
  • V for Vendetta
  • Justice League Vol 1: Origin
  • Batman:Hush
  • All-Star Superman
  • Preacher Book One
  • Batman: Year One
  • Wonder Woman Vol 1: Blood
  • DC: The New Frontier
  • Batman:Earth One
  • DC Universe: Rebirth
  • Batman: The Long Halloween
  • The Flash Vol 1: Move Forward
  • Batgirl Vol 1: Batgirl of Burnside
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One-The Complete Collection
  • Fables Vol 1: Legends in Exile
  • Flashpoint
  • The Sandman: Overture
  • Gotham Academy Vol 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
  • Wonder Woman: Earth One vol 1
  • Aquaman Vol 1: The Trench

 

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Watchmen is such a good comic! I really enjoyed it and I’ve read it multiple times! I also really loved the movie.

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While The Killing Joke is highly recommended by most Batman fans it’s not a favourite of mine. I did like some aspects of it but it’s treatment of Batgirl always leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

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I got this for the same reason I bought the Killing Joke, they are highly recommended! I wasn’t the biggest fan of the art in this!

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Fables was a series that was recommended to me by an old friend and it took me way too long before I actually got it! This is the deluxe edition and I’m hoping to get the rest eventually. The covers are so pretty! If you liked Fables they did not only a video game based on it called The Wolf Among Us (which also then in turn had a comic book based on that! Comicception right there!)

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And my favourite super hero of all time! Batgirl! I am obsessed with her. Issue 35 is when this version took over and was my first single issue gifted to me by a great friend. I loved this run! I also am a huge fan of Cassandra Cain’s run as Batgirl, which DC actually reprinted a while back. I’m already hyped that they finally listened and they are also reprinting Stephanie Brown’s run too!

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I got into this series late and in a weird way. One of the main reasons I collect single issues is for the art. I love the covers, especially some varient ones. Issue 8 is roughly where my interests peaked for this series. The cover was so beautiful!

I ended up also getting issue 7 later on buying the volumes for the issues that I had missed. It’s an unusual series but I really loved it!

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This is the only Justice League comic that I own and I still need to read it. I do love the animated movies and I’m really excited for the live action movie that is coming out!

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I loved this Batman comic and I really need to get around to getting the other volumes more so now that it’s finished!

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Another highly recommended graphic novel and another one I really enjoyed! It’s movie version wasn’t too bad either!

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This is one of my newest purchases from this list and it’s now one of my favourite Batman comics. I love that there are so many villains in this comic and it’s so well drawn and the story is so good! Highly recommended by me!

 

So that’s the 25 most essential graphic novels from DC. So what do you think? Do you agree with this list? For me it seemed more like a this is what you should read to prep for some of Rebirth and maybe the movies.

How many of the 25 do you own? I’m hoping to up my number at some point!

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Book Haul: Comics and manga

Since I recently updated my collection I decided to do a quick shop online to fill more gaps that I had!

The Walking Dead is one of my favourite comics and I’m finally up to date with the trades!

I just needed volume 21 and the newest volume 27! I’m hoping to re-read the series and finally catch up!

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Manga, at least when you’re not buying it, tends to quickly add up! I’m behind on many series so I’m trying to avoid starting new ones! In this haul I bought the newer volumes of Blue Exorcist and Kimi ni todoke. Both of these are really good though I will need to refresh my memory with a re-read. One of my favourite things about manga is that they are so easy to re-read and they tend to be more fun to do that with too!

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Saga is a comic that I will always recommend and I finally have the newest volume!

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And finally from this haul I also picked up Lady Killer volume 1! I’m super excited to read this. The art looks great and the story line is very interesting!

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There are only a few series that I’m really hoping to update soon. I’m about 5 volumes behind in Attack on titan so I need to update that soon! I’m also hoping to get the newest volume of Giant Days! It’s such a good series!