Manga makes light of the macabre
A new manga-style book that displays influences by various goth-friendly artists, from Jhonen Vasquez to the Brothers Grimm, is The Tarot Cafe (TOKYOPOP, $9.99, 192 pages, ISBN 1595325557), illustrated by noted Korean manga artist Park Sang Sung. It's the story of Pamela, a tarot card reader, who has the unlikely task of helping supernatural characters make their way in the human world. Not unexpectedly, tackling the problems of all the strange folks who walk through her door from vampires to alchemists to lovestruck cats eventually leads Pamela to face her own. The writing and artwork are equally swirly and sensual, making it the perfect choice for that budding Cure fan.