Mary Cagle, also known as Cube, is an American webcomic artist known for creating Kiwi Blitz, Let's Speak English, and Sleepless Domain.
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 became an English teacher at an elementary school in Kurihara, Japan.
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.
Let's Speak English
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".
Cagle collaborated with Scott Kurtz and Kris Straub in 2012 in order to create an animated cartoon for the Mappy franchise titled Mappy: The Beat, produced by Shiftylook. Cagle did the coloring work for Amy T. Falcone's 2014 webcomic Clique Refresh.
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- Mey (2014-06-01). "Amy Falcone's "Clique Refresh": An Awesome Webcomic About Online Gaming and Friendship". Autostraddle.