Graphic Novels

As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series
By September 20, 2017 2 Comments Read More →

As You(Tube) Like It: 5 Must-See Literary Web Series

April marked the five-year anniversary of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, a vlog version of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. In the years since, other YouTubers copied LBD’s formula, adapting famous novels into bite-sized episodes that went online once or twice a week. In some cases, a bunch of friends with no budget banded together; other projects required a full […]

Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Learning the Code of the Road: SOUPY LEAVES HOME

Lynn: Cecil Castellucci’s new graphic novel, Soupy Leaves Home (2017), offers a terrific way to absorb some fascinating history. Set during the Great Depression, it tells the compelling story of Pearl, a young girl who runs away from her abusive father. Desperately unhappy and with nowhere to go, she decides to disguise herself as a boy […]

Favorite Manga Series, Part 2: Bakuman through What Did You Eat Yesterday?
By August 1, 2017 0 Comments Read More →

Favorite Manga Series, Part 2: Bakuman through What Did You Eat Yesterday?

Ready to get graphic? If you’re new to the genre, might I suggest you go directly to the godfather of manga, the late Osamu Tezuka (1928–1989). Astro Boy ring a bell? Speed Racer? Kimba the White Lion? “There’s a reason why the Japanese call [him] the God of Comics,” says Gene Luen Yang, the current National Ambassador for Young People’s […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Ngozi Ukazu’s Check, Please!

Webcomics Wednesday: Ngozi Ukazu’s Check, Please!

If you’re already a fan of comics, this week’s pick, Ngozi Ukazu’s charming Check, Please!, might be old news: The internet’s been abuzz about it because, apart from the fact that it’s simply wonderful, comics publisher First Second recently announced they’re publishing it in print in 2018, and NPR included it in their 100 Best Comics […]

Favorite Manga Series, Part I: 20th Century Boys through Ultraman

Favorite Manga Series, Part I: 20th Century Boys through Ultraman

Graphic titles are big news. Even if you’re not a pop-culture connoisseur, you can’t have missed the graphic titles regularly popping up on bestseller lists—not to mention their various incarnations on film and even the stage! When Art Spiegelman won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992 for Maus, the genre got its can’t-be-ignored nod of mainstream (even highbrow) […]

The Internet, Cities, Friends and Enemies: An Interview with Jillian Tamaki

The Internet, Cities, Friends and Enemies: An Interview with Jillian Tamaki

As editor of the graphic novels section at Booklist, I have the luxury of having first pick of what to review, and there are a few comics artists whose work I always snatch up for myself. After reading This One Summer, a book I adore and still regularly recommend to anyone who will listen, I put Jillian Tamaki […]

Webcomics Wednesday: The Pale

Webcomics Wednesday: The Pale

Mystery Month wriggles its tentacles into just about every corner of Booklist, including Webcomics Wednesday, so naturally I’m showcasing a crime-fiction comic this week. The Pale, by husband-and-wife team Sanders and Jay Fabares, has some classic genre markers: gruff, small-town sheriff; brainy, loner FBI agent; and a seemingly random, run-of-the-mill death that’s part of a much larger pattern. But […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

Webcomics Wednesday: Kristin Kemper’s SYLVANIA

I love it when I’m surprised by plot twists, and this week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick does just that. Kristin Kemper’s Sylvania opens on a young girl in a verdant forest at daybreak, rendered in soft earth tones and glowing sunrise pinks and oranges. Warm, dappled light filters through the leaves of the trees, and the girl looses […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

Webcomics Wednesday: Kay D.’s Oddity Woods

We’re in the midst of our Spotlight on Middle Grade fiction, and I can’t think of a better time to showcase a webcomic about a tween detective embarking on a spooky adventure. This week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick, Oddity Woods, opens on chase though an eerie forest, which, for all its pink and purple shadowing, still exudes a […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Diana Nock’s Wonderlust

Webcomics Wednesday: Diana Nock’s Wonderlust

Dear readers, I have a confession to make: I’ve been holding out on you. For about a year now, I’ve had my eye on a comic with my favorite things: a smart-alecky protagonist, spooky atmosphere, a tiny touch of magic, and seriously amazing art (from the cinematic panel compositions to the precise, architectural backgrounds, to the […]