Graphic Novel

Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Vol. 1 by Kikori Morino - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781626927544
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Published: Seven Seas - February 20th, 2018

There's a genre of fiction where a lone person living after the end of the world finds a wild dog, and through mutual respect form a bond, look out for each other, and provide companionship for each other.

In Giant Spider & Me, the person is 12 year old Nagi, the dog is an arachnid the size of a small car, and the bond is formed over food. The story itself is very sweet and relaxing - Asa, the titular spider, is very cute (even when they're shown being terrifying) and I kinda want an Asa of my own. And startlingly, it is a cooking manga, so in each chapter Nagi prepares a different dish, talking through it for anyone that might be listening as well as for the reader, and afterward an ingredient list for the recipe is displayed with a full-page splash of the finished dish.

Ultimately, it's the perfect read for a quiet, rainy day, and now I really want to try making pumpkin dumplings. ~ Reviewed by Andrew Bugenis


Berlin by Jason Lutes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781770463264
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 4th, 2018

Over twenty years in the making, Jason Lutes panoramic epic of Berlin in the '20s and '30s is one of the great graphic novels. Artists, musicians, Nazis, socialists and ordinary people rub shoulders, hop beds and clash on the streets in an unruly pageant with shades of Otto Dix and Fritz Lang. Looming over it all is the city, its monuments and tenements startlingly realized in Lutes' precise line. Read it and be left breathless. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Passing for Human: A Graphic Memoir by Liana Finck - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525508922
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Published: Random House - September 18th, 2018

New Yorker cartoonist Liane Finck hasn't created your typical graphic memoir. In telling the story of an artist looking for her lost "shadow," she confronts the very source of her creativity. Drawing on Bible stories, her parents' secrets, dreams and a very personal folklore, Finck explores in haunting black and white illustrations what it means to mature into a personal vision. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


The Provocative Colette (NBM Comics Biographies) by Annie Goetzinger - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681121703
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Published: NBM Publishing - September 15th, 2018

Ghost writer turned famous author, Colette was subversive for her time, throwing off her husband, choosing her own lovers, both men and women, and living her life as it best pleased her. Goetzinger paints her as a force of beauty, leading the way off the beaten path. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781945509209
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Published: Silver Sprocket - April 15th, 2018

In a collection of woke vignettes, Passmore covers topics ranging from the debate over Confederate monuments to the proper and preferred use of pronouns in this day and age. Most wonderfully, the title piece is a graphic depiction of only just some of the dumb things white people do and say. Passmore gets his point across with style and humor. ~ Reviewed by Hanna Yost


The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling: A Hardcore, High-Flying, No-Holds-Barred History of the One True Sport by Aubrey Sitterson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780399580499
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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 2nd, 2018

Absolutely amazing! I love this whole series and have so much fin reading them. The Comic Books Stories of Baseball, Video Games, and Comics have already been told, and now its time for the men and women of the squared circle to get in on the action. This wonderfully illustrated book follows the sport's carnival beginnings, all the way to its modern form as a TV juggernaut. WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


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