Christine Ro

Christine writes about books for Literary Hub, VICE, and the Ploughshares blog. She occasionally writes about other topics, because someone once told her (although it seemed implausible) that there’s life outside of books. Blog:

The Appeal of Graphic Novels about Anthropomorphized Animals

There’s a long and proud tradition of turning non-human animals and hybrid animals into characters of graphic novels and comics. So, what is the appeal of graphic novels about anthropomorphized animals?

The Best Comics We Read in March 2018

Rioters chimed in with their favorite comic reads from last month. Without further ado, here are the best comics we read in March!

Inbox/Outbox: March 16, 2018

What books did you acquire (inbox) and finish (outbox) this week?

An Analysis of Impressive Comic Panels: Part 2

I love graphic novels and comic books. But as a text-focused person, I often have to tell myself to slow down and enjoy the (graphic) scenery. However, some pages and panels stop me in my tracks, making this reminder unnecessary. Here are a few examples of impressive comic panels from recent reading.

4 Intriguing Citizen Science Projects for Readers

Citizen science is mainstream now. If you're interested in poring over old documents, there are still plenty of ways to get involved. Here are 4 intriguing citizen science projects for readers, from the "people powered research" site Zooniverse.

100 Must-Read Comics about Brave People Who Aren’t Superheroes

Not all heroes wear capes.

11 Reasons to Shelve Your Books Backward

In the extreme silliness stakes, it’s hard to beat the recent craze for displaying book backwards.

An Analysis of Impressive Comic Panels: Part 1

Some pages and panels stop me in my tracks. Here are a few examples of impressive comic panels from recent reading: SHERLOCK BONES, MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS, QUARANTINE ZONE, and HABIBI.

Buy, Borrow, Bypass: The British Library’s Crime Classics

I’ve got a love/hate relationship with the British Library’s Crime Classics series of largely forgotten detective novels from the Golden Age.

Quiz: Real Manga or Made-up?

Manga series can have some wacky premises...and that's part of their charm. This quiz tests whether you can separate the real titles from the fakes.

3 Intriguing Comics That Play with Form

These experimental comics play with form or structure.

100 Must-Read Books for the Socially Awkward

Here are some suggestions of books for the socially awkward: books about loners, misfits, over-analyzers, introverts, and just the dismally uncool.

Buy, Borrow, Bypass: Nonfiction Comics about the Middle East

Mini-reviews of four non-fiction comics about the Middle East, by Marjane Satrapi, Sarah Glidden, Riad Sattouf, and Joe Sacco.

3 Wordless Graphic Novels You Have to “Read”

Who says picture books are just for kids? These three wordless graphic novels are just as compelling as traditional text-based novels.

10 Reasons DEATH NOTE Is the Best Manga Series Ever

On Aug. 25, Netflix will be releasing a live-action version of Death Note. It’s a good time to sum up the reasons Death Note is the best manga series ever.