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Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
By Anne Frank (Text by), David Polonsky (Illustrator), Ari Folman (Adapted by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781101871799
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Published: Pantheon - October 2nd, 2018

Ari Folman and David Polonsky's reworking of The Diary of a Young Girl is an exemplary case of adaptation done well. Polonsky's art is as expressive as it is meticulous; meanwhile Folman always knows when it's appropriate to break up and interpret Frank's writing and when to leave long passages intact, preserving their import and depth. Like its indispensable source material, this is a work to be studied and cherished in equal measure.


Review by Theo

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Luisa - Now and Then Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781594656439
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Humanoids, Inc. - June 20th, 2018

Talking to your younger self is an interesting thought exercise; thankfully, Carole Maurel transforms it into Art. Get lost in the story, stay for the artwork, and wake to the end.


Review by Alex

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Shaolin Cowboy: Start Trek Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781506709031
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Dark Horse Books - July 31st, 2018

The nonsensical wanderings of everyone's favorite Shaolin Cowboy. Darrow's art!!! Expansive and lonely, hyper detailed and washed out (with blood): Ever-faithful-foul-mouthed Donkey as traveling companion? Check. Use of a King Crab as a wrecking ball? Sure. Cowboy with Staff of Chainsaws against Katana wielding Great White Shark? I'll allow it. RIP Carradine, the legend must continue.


Review by Alex

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On a Sunbeam Cover Image
$21.99
ISBN: 9781250178138
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - October 2nd, 2018

On a Sunbeam follows a girl named Mia and her crew-mates as they travel the stars, repairing the ruins of long-abandoned space colonies. This is the rare space opera that trades bombast for introspection, prizing quiet moments over flashy space battles (although there's a little of that, too). In both the story and the art, there's a warmth and humanity here that defies the coldness of its extra-atmospheric setting.


Review by Theo

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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781476796628
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Published: Scribner - October 2nd, 2018

New York Times illustrator Nora Krug uses comics, collage, narrative and found documents to explore her ambivalent feelings of nostalgia and guilt for her German family's wartime past. A fascinating historical detective story!


Review by Stephen

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Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781421596938
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 19th, 2017

Broadly speaking, I don't like Manga (sorry, not sorry), though Junji Ito has proven to be the exception, His tales are never dull, at times retch-inducing, and always ghastly. What more could a girl ask for??


Review by Dean

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DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test (Book 1): Book 1 Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781910620472
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Published: Nobrow - August 7th, 2018

Joyful and weird, this graphic novel is a delight. DeadEndia's eclectic and unique characters include a loyal and lovable pug, supportive and idiosyncratic friends, and plenty of mischievous creatures from reimagined angelic and demonic planes. Fans of Steven Universe and general supernatural mayhem will enjoy rooting for Barney, Norma, and Pugsley and yearn for future volumes of this refreshingly forward thinking tome.


Review by Niki

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Fence Vol. 1 Cover Image
By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781684151929
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Published: BOOM! Box - July 31st, 2018

Take:

  • Cutthroat competion
  • Heartthrob athletes in various states of (un)dress
  • Painfully well-executed cliffhangers
  • Rivalry rife with sexual tension

and you get this cheeky, enthralling, character-driven volume for those who wish the Rocky movies were a little gayer.


Review by Niki

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The Cardboard Kingdom Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524719388
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

This gem of a graphic novel derails the imaginative escapades of a neighborhood of kids with serious creativity, major crafting skills, and and overwhelming capacity for dynamic supportiveness. Through ups and downs of relationships with family and friends, these characters give each other the emotional and creative encouragement they need to be their best, most authentic selves. A reminder to all that the more you connect with your community, the brighter you (and it) shine!


Review by Niki

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Sabrina Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781770463165
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - May 22nd, 2018

The first comic book to be nominated for the Booker Prize! The deadpan style of an in-flight safety pamphlet heightens the alienation and suppressed anxiety in this story of private tragedy hijacked by the Internet.


Review by Stephen

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