Mary Cagle, also known as Cube Watermelon, is an American webcomic artist known for creating Kiwi Blitz, Let's Speak English, and Sleepless Domain.
|Born||December 1, 1989|
Cagle was raised in Corpus Christi, Texas and developed a strong interest in Japanese pop-culture, including both older and more modern anime and video games. In 2013, Cagle graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design and became an English teacher at an elementary school in Kurihara, Japan. Cagle is asexual.
In 2009, Cagle started the action/comedy webcomic Kiwi Blitz. Its plot follows a couple of teenagers attempting to fight crime in the pseudo-near future. Kiwi Blitz draws many of its influences from anime, featuring Americanized Japanese mecha designs. Brian Cronin of Comic Book Resources described the set-up of Kiwi Blitz as a "strong concept" that should be able to sustain itself for a long time. Praising the "interesting" cast, Cronin noted that Cagle is willing to "mix things up" so that story doesn't become stale. Lauren Davis of io9 listed Kiwi Blitz among her top ten superhero webcomics. The comic has been on hiatus since September 2021.
Let's Speak EnglishEdit
In November 2013, Cagle began illustrating her experiences of being an English teacher in Japan in the form of slice-of-life snippets. The webcomic, titled Let's Speak English, shows Cagle dealing with subjects such as Japanese pop-culture, toilets, thin walls, and the language barrier.
Cagle started the webcomic Sleepless Domain in 2015. The story, set in a city that is invaded by malicious monsters on a nightly basis, features a group of magical girls and their interpersonal issues. Kotaku Australia described Sleepless Domain as a tragic story about the "loss of fellowship". Hachette began publishing a French-language physical release of the comic in 2018. In 2020, Seven Seas Entertainment announced a print and ebook release of the comic.
- ^ Cagle, Mary [@cubewatermelon] (30 Nov 2010). "Livestream again! Join me as I finish this page and ring in my 21st birthday :< bit.ly/cifE3R" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ Cagle, Mary [@cubewatermelon] (30 Nov 2013). "Eeheehee thank you so much for the birthday wishes! (My bday is the 1st, which it is over here already)" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ "Let's Speak English - Prologue 1 - Off We Go!". marycagle.com.
- ^ a b c Cruz, Larry (2014-08-29). "'Let's Speak English': One Cartoonist's Adventures in Teaching". Comic Book Resources.
- ^ Cagle, Mary [@cubewatermelon] (18 Oct 2014). "Over the past year I've discovered that I'm probably asexual, which in retrospect explains a lot about my work and taste in media" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ Cagle, Mary [@cubewatermelon] (19 Jul 2015). "@ModestNarcissus Yeah I'm asexual soooo >_>" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ Cagle, Mary [@cubewatermelon] (2 Jun 2019). "This the season" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- ^ Cronin, Brian (2011-05-16). "A Month of Webcomics – Kiwi Blitz". Comic Book Resources.
- ^ Davis, Lauren (2014-09-01). "10 Superhero Webcomics You Should Be Reading". io9.
- ^ "Status of the Comic (and my life)". kiwiblitz.com. September 5, 2021.
- ^ Davis, Lauren (2016-10-09). "What Happens To A Magical Girl After She Loses Her Team?". Kotaku Australia.
- ^ "Robinson, une nouvelle collection de bandes dessinées en partenariat avec Hiveworks". hachette.fr (in French). Hachette Livre. 25 May 2018.
- ^ "Seven Seas and Hiveworks Comics Join Forces to Bring Webcomics to Bookstores". Seven Seas Entertainment. December 21, 2020.
- Official website (Let's Speak English)
- Kiwi Blitz
- Sleepless Domain