My reading this month has been quite cute, thanks to a few artist Kickstarters, so here’s some new comics and books I can recommend.
Do What You Want! is a very fun art book from I Like Cats (UK). It’s full of inspirational and motivational quotes illustrated with lots of colour and cats. There’s plenty of self care and good advice and some bad advice that will make you laugh. It would make a great gift for any cat fan.
Wild Lives is a new comic by illustrator Claire Hubbard AKA emseeitch (UK), inspired by her recent artist residency in Scotland. I pledged to the Kickstarter without really checking the details and was delighted to find this comic is as funny as it is educational. You’ll learn some cool facts about 6 different Scottish animals and also enjoy an otter-hosted cooking show and a mole’s house tour. Highly recommended for animal lovers of all ages.
Dungeon Fun was one of my favourite recent comic series, featuring a girl with a sword, a Zelda-style plot and lots of fun monsters. Namesake protagonist Fun is now trying to become a pirate in a whole new set of adventures and Pirate Fun 2 just came out so do yourself a favour and pick up both comics from Neil Slorance (UK). The art is lovely and the joke rate is very high. I’m a big fan of Rainbowbeard the pirate (who has a rainbow beard dyed with the blood of his enemies – and food colouring).
I was excited to see that San-X had published a Rilakkuma encyclopedia and picked up a copy immediately. It’s got a full history of Rilakkuma and his friends with character profiles, every merchandise theme and even a quiz. We’ve been sharing Rilakkuma products on SCK for most of his career so it was very nostalgic to look back at all the different designs. You can order this from San-X Japan using a forwarding service or it’s on eBay too.
And just a small reminder to add our own book, The Super Cute Book of Kawaii, to your holiday wish lists! Every kawaii fan needs a colourful squishy little book packed full of cute characters, DIYs, recipes, fashion and more. If you’d like a signed copy, remember to order soon to make sure it arrives before Christmas. You can also buy online worldwide from Amazon, The Book Depository and more – get all the links here. We appreciate your support!
Marceline is the co-founder and editor of Super Cute Kawaii and author of The Super Cute Book of Kawaii. She also designs cute character goods as Asking For Trouble. Having visited Japan five times, Marceline is enormously inspired by all things Japanese and especially loves bunnies, space and any kind of food object with a happy face.