Graphic Novel

Little Victories: Autism Through a Father's Eyes by Yvon Roy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781787732308
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Published: Titan Comics - May 25th, 2021

This is one father's story of how he and his son grew together. His son Oliver has a form of autism that many of the stereotypes we associate with it are presented. However, he also has his own unique needs and challenges. There are the realistic feelings (from dealing with the diagnosis of his son, the breakup of his marriage, and finding “me” time) of our narrator, Mark, shown on every page. This is not a technical book on autism, or a "one true wayism" read, but just one man and what happened. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781549304002
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Published: Oni Press - May 28th, 2019

This nonfiction graphic novel is an AMAZING story not just telling, but showing the perspective of what it’s like to grow up in the wrong body. This book is not for the easily disturbed, as it shows the horrors that can be gender dysphoria, both internally and externally. Do not let that discourage giving it a try, though. I strongly believe this book should be read by everyone, especially those in the transgender community. I have never related and felt more understood by a book in my life. Educational, emotional, and everything you need to experience to put yourself in the shoes of those who struggle with these situations everyday. Highly recommend. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner

The Seeds by Ann Nocenti - Book Review

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By Ann Nocenti, David Aja (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781506705880
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Published: Berger Books - January 12th, 2021

We have destroyed Earth to the point where much of the population has left the technology side of the city and gone “back to basics.” Yet, this is no lovefest, happy back-to-nature world. Just like the technology side is as horrible as any dystopian world could be, it is a pig-eat-pig world out there. Both worlds are about death, they are corrupt, disillusioned, and neither is a nice place to be. Yet, our three main characters cling to hope. And maybe there is some after all. Haunting images and mature themes. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Afterlift by Chip Zdarsky - Book Review

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By Chip Zdarsky, Jason Loo (Illustrator), Paris Alleyne (Illustrator), Aditya Bidikar (Contributions by)
ISBN: 9781506724409
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Published: Dark Horse Books - February 2nd, 2021

We have our main character, an "uber driver" to Hell. Literally. Only she does not realize that at first. No, she only realizes this after she learns that one of her passengers is dead, The Hord of demons is after her (the girl is going to Hell, as she has a very special soul), and her other passenger is a member of the Hord, too. It is about redemption, life, family, forgiveness of yourself and others. It is about demons, angels, and humans. There are thrills, chills, humor, language, guns, blood, and of course, life and death. There is everything in heaven, hell, and earth on the pages. Not for sensitive readers. ~ Reviewed by Jeanette

Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)) by Brian K. Vaughan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781607066019
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Published: Image Comics - October 23rd, 2012

Imagine Romeo and Juliet but on an intergalactic level! Saga is a hilarious and exciting adventure series following the lives of Alana and Marko, members of two constantly warring species, on the run with their mixed breed daughter while continuously running into a variety of obstacles, zany new friends, and an army of people out for their blood. ~ Reviewed by Samantha Beitler

Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1) by Yuval Noah Harari - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063051331
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 27th, 2020

When I first spotted this book on the shelf, I did a double-take. I had absolutely adored Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari’s all-encompassing history of human development and behavior, but I could not for a second imagine how such a complex and cerebral work of literature would translate to, of all things, a graphic novel. It was almost begrudgingly that I flipped the cover open and began to read. This adaptation is by no means a carbon copy of its ancestor, but it is just as effective as (and in some cases, more than) the original book. Harari himself is the star of the show, drawn as a cheerful and patient guide through history, and in this version he’s accompanied by half a dozen fellow scientists who aid him in his explanation of some of the more specialized subjects. This format lets us travel from the prehistoric savannah to the French Revolution in the span of a page without missing a beat, and makes it easier to digest complicated topics like legal fiction, genetic and cultural adaptation, or social stratification. Sapiens: The Birth of Humankind will be a hit with fans of the original book, history buffs new and old, and anyone else who might, like me, stumble across it by surprise. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


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