Sean Rubin's debut graphic novel Bolivar is a great idea beautifully realized: What if a single dinosaur not only survived extinction, but made his home in Manhattan's Upper West Side, living off corned beef sandwiches and buying copies of the New Yorker from the newsstand each month? What if everyone in the city--except a young girl named Sybil--is simply too busy to notice their prehistoric neighbor? Heightening this playfully absurd premise is Sean Rubin's art, replete with a level of detail and visual wit that captures all the chaos and whimsy of city life. Bolivar will thrill readers of all ages, and its hybrid comic/picture book style makes it particularly well suited for young readers new to graphic novels.
This graphic novel is cuteness overload and should be read by everyone! Kids, teens, adults...all can find something to love in this cute tale about a prince and his dressmaker. Heartwarming and beautiful, it's a story about working hard to follow your passion and building up those around us with friendship and love.
Before the Me Too movement, there was Laurie Halse Anderson's award-winning novel Speak. Emily Carroll has illustrated beautifully Melinda's story as a high school freshman suffering from aimless depression that is rooted in an unspeakable trauma, and how a voice taken away can be reclaimed. Content warning: this story contains references to sexual assault and self-harm.
Psychadelic surrealism meets high school drama in this story of teenage friendship and paradise found and lost in a basement washing machine. Full of deadpan humour and delightfully weird visuals!
To inherit her father's massively successful culinary empire, Brianna must compete against her 15 brothers to run the best, most profitable restaurant. She sets up shop in the affordable and idiosyncratic Monster City, and, despite their strict dietary guidelines and Brianna's bouts of self-doubt and anxiety, her business booms. A competitor dislikes this newcomer, however, and Brianna must find a way to earn the respect of her community and her family without boiling over. Recipes included!!!
This volume tracks a kickbutt girl squad as they hunt down treasure Goonies-style in a hazy, gray seaport town in Oregon.
C'mon - what more do you really need to crack this sucker open?
(vol 2 comes out in late May 2018!!!)
Kickbutt protagonist Abbie has superpowers that get her in trouble wherever she goes, but she's trying to return her mother's ashes to her homeland. Magruder's art style shifts seamlessly from lush and expansive to quirky and expressive as she respectively focuses on world- and character-building. For fans of Marjorie Liu, Faith Erin Hicks, and those who wish Cece Bell's El Deafo was set in a dystopian desert wasteland.
This vulnerable autobiographical manga is tremendously moving, honestly beautiful, tragically funny and surprisingly unerotic. The way Nagata views pain, expectations and adulthood as she learns to cope with her sexuality as well as her depression is what makes this raw and messy story all around remarkable and painfully relatable. This isn't a pretty story, but it is worth it.
When I am creatively blocked, I remember Barry's exercise for getting un-stuck. Draw 100 demons. The point is to take the pressure off the blank page, the unlimited possibilities that so often paralyze us. But when Lynda Barry draws 100 demons, her own come out. What follows is a cathartic, autobiographical essay collection in graphic novel format. Often sad, mostly funny, these demons will stay with you for years. Until you draw your own.
At the insanely young age of 21, Tillie Walden is already an incredible talent, and Spinning is exactly the kind of moving, insightful coming-of-age tale for girls that my wife is always complaining don't exist.