Staff Picks by Tag

Staff Pick Logo
The Nameless City Cover Image
By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contribution by)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626721562
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - April 5th, 2016

This graphic novel from the excellent Faith Erin Hicks has everything you want from an adventure story: lots of high-octane action, and embroiled conflict, political intrigue, and a compelling cast of diverse characters. Despite the tensions between the Dao conquerer currently occupying the City and the city natives, and unlikely friendship develops between Kaidu, a Dao soldier-in-training an Rat, an intellectually and physically agile city inhabitant. Together they begin to uncover the City's vast secrets!


Review by Niki

Staff Pick Logo
The Ladies-In-Waiting Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781683960126
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 22nd, 2017

Art, genius and immortality are examined via a fascinating exploration of the life and legacy of the painter Diego Velázquez and his most famous work.


Review by Stephen

Staff Pick Logo
Boundless Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770462878
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Drawn & Quarterly - May 30th, 2017

Jillian Tamaki is as strange and evocative as ever in her newest collection of short stories that feel like you've been thrown into a loop of endless Mandala Effects while having an existential crisis.


Review by Avery

Staff Pick Logo
Spill Zone Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Alex Puvilland (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781596439368
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - May 2nd, 2017

Super creepy and weird, like a book version of a glitch remix of the Twin Peaks theme. Addison is hardcore AF and the things she is willing to put herself through in order to make it in this incredible post-apocalyptic world that Westerfeld has made had my palms sweating with anxiety.

Did I mention the twisted spirit-wolf-creature? Yeah. Totally awesome and terrifying. Ditto with the distorted color palette and reality in the Spill Zone. Definitely a modern cult classic -- I can't wait for the next book to come out!


Review by Avery

Staff Pick Logo
Boundless Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770462878
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Drawn & Quarterly - May 30th, 2017

From the secret history of a hallucinogenic sound file to pornographic sitcoms, direct-sales pyramid schemes and Mirror Facebook, this inventive, experimental collection explores the impact of technology, media and capitalism on how we think and feel, while demonstrating that Jillian Tamaki is one of the greatest comics artists working today.


Review by Stephen

Staff Pick Logo
Queer: A Graphic History Cover Image
By Meg-John Barker, Julia Scheele (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781785780714
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Icon Books - November 15th, 2016

The reclamation of the word "Queer" has miffed some and confused other. "Isn't that a derogatory slur?" some have asked, "If you are not gay or straight what else can you been??" Consider this book an accessible intro to gender and Queer theory. Come out wherever you are!


Review by Dean

Staff Pick Logo
You & a Bike & a Road Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9781927668405
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Koyama Press - May 16th, 2017

Eleanor Davis draws comics the way that regular people form sentences. She drew this travel diary on a cross-country bike trip, and the entries range from spare doodles of her progress or aching knees to finely rendered moments of heartbreaking beauty. 


Review by Stephen

A Contract with God: And Other Tenement Stories Cover Image
By Will Eisner, Scott McCloud (Introduction by)
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393609189
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2017

Will Eisner's expressively drawn collection, combining kitchen-sink melodrama with fairytale elements, introduced "graphic novels" to the world and inaugerated the modern era of comics as art. This beautiful new edition is the perfect way to experience them.


Review by Stephen

Staff Pick Logo
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Cover Image
$39.99
ISBN: 9781606999592
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Fantagraphics Books - August 14th, 2018

First of all, the art alone is beautiful - Ferris turns the interior of a notebook into a lush bic-pen-crosshatched explosion of emotional expressive art. The narrator/artist is Karen, a ten year-old wolf girl. She's Harriet the Spy meets Anne Frank mashed with Maurice Sendack. She weaves a complicated story of family secrets, wartime tragedies, burgeoning sexuality, the social unrest of the 60's and the difficultly of growing up weird through the eyes of a character who doesn't understand it all.


Review by Courtney

Staff Pick Logo
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 1: BFF Cover Image
By Amy Reeder (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Brandon Montclare (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Natacha Bustos (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781302900052
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Marvel Comics - July 5th, 2016

It took all of 3 pages for me to fall in love with Lunella Lafayette. (Yes, it was the rollerskate-shoes. I've dreamt of having shoes like that since I was a small child.)

And get this - canonically, Moongirl is the smartest character in the Marvel Universe. (Take that, Amadeus Cho!)


Review by Avery

Pages