Graphic Novels

Webcomics Wednesday: Evan Dahm’s Vattu

Webcomics Wednesday: Evan Dahm’s Vattu

Sometimes there’s nothing better than a purely engrossing epic fantasy, and Evan Dahm’s Vattu fits that bill. In the grassy expanse along a river, Dahm introduces the title character, Vattu, a young girl from a nomadic tribe who gets caught up in a dangerous game of imperial politics, religion, and revolution. Everything about Vattu’s birth is inauspicious—she’s born late […]

Publishing U: The Graphic Novel Pregame

Publishing U: The Graphic Novel Pregame

What You Can Do to Get Noticed by a Comics Publisher Our readers are often curious about the process of writing and publishing books, and we’re happy to provide access to the experts. In the ninth post of our Publishing U series, Gina Gagliano, Associate Marketing & Publicity Manager for Macmillan’s graphic novel imprint, First Second Books, outlines some of the […]

Book Trailer Thursday: March: Books One and Two

Though not a trailer, today’s timely video will no doubt generate interest in March: Book One and Book Two by Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell. In this clip from his Daily Show appearance earlier this week, Lewis talks to Jon Stewart about his experiences as a Freedom Rider 50 […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Jen Wang’s The White Snake

Webcomics Wednesday: Jen Wang’s The White Snake

I was utterly charmed by Jen Wang’s collaboration with Cory Doctorow, In Real Life (which is one of our Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth!), so I was delighted to hear about her most recent webcomic, The White Snake. This sparely illustrated and tantalizingly plotted story opens with an accident—or is it a murder? A zoo employee […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Jeff Smith’s Tuki
By February 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Jeff Smith’s Tuki

Today’s Webcomics Wednesday requires a little backstory. When I was newly graduated from my MA program and deeply exhausted by a year’s worth of intensive reading, I couldn’t sit through another book if someone paid me. (Someone does now! Mission accomplished!) Except for comics, that is, and that’s when I first read Jeff Smith’s Bone, the comic that made […]

Graphic Novels That Make Black History Month Come Alive
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Graphic Novels That Make Black History Month Come Alive

This post first appeared Thursday, February 5, on American Libraries’ The Scoop. Black History Illustrated Need to refresh your Black History Month offerings? Here are some graphic novels, both fiction and nonfiction, that address black history in dynamic, engaging ways. Follow the links to read full reviews on Booklist Online. Adult Books Darkroom: A Memoir in Black […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant
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Webcomics Wednesday: Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant

I’ve been tossing this particular webcomic around the old brain box whenever a fortnightly Wednesday rolls around because I’ve been a fan of Beaton and Hark! A Vagrant since long before I had even heard the word Booklist, but I’ve been worried that all I’ll be able to muster up about it is embarrassing, blithering fanaticism.  So far, I’ve […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Jen Lee’s Thunderpaw

Webcomics Wednesday: Jen Lee’s Thunderpaw

What better way to ring in a new year than to read a webcomic about the end of the world! Jen Lee’s weird and captivating Thunderpaw has the look of a children’s story about two dogs going on an adventure. Well, for few panels, anyway. Then things get trippy. (I’m going to echo Lee’s opening warning, […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Minna Sundberg’s Stand Still. Stay Silent.
By December 10, 2014 1 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Minna Sundberg’s Stand Still. Stay Silent.

Webcomics Wednesday is a real treat for me. I spend my time perusing the internet looking for a good candidate, and I discover so much beautiful work. I’ve been writing about comics and graphic novels for a while, so it’s often not too tough to describe an artist’s illustrations. But other times it’s a real struggle, […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Emily Carroll’s When the Darkness Presses
By November 18, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Emily Carroll’s When the Darkness Presses

When I read Emily Carroll’s debut graphic novel, Through the Woods, earlier this year, it was a sunny Saturday morning, but despite the decidedly cheery weather, I nevertheless found myself squealing in terror thanks to her expert timing, eerie illustrations, and ominous handwritten fonts. That kind of delightful, giggly scare-fest is the stuff campfire dream are made […]