Graphic Novels

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
By February 12, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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
By January 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

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 […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Drew Weing’s The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo
By November 5, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Drew Weing’s The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo

I’ll admit it, this week’s Webcomics Wednesday pick, Drew Weing’s delightfully eerie The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo, is about a week late. Lurking monsters in haunted, abandoned buildings is perfect Halloween fare, after all, but in my book, as long as there’s trick-or-treat candy in my desk drawer (there is, and there’s a lot of it), spooky stories are […]

Webcomics Wednesday: The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies
By October 22, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: The Last Mechanical Monster, by Brian Fies

When a series of animated Superman shorts from the 1940s entered the public domain, artist and writer Brian Fies used one as a launching pad for this Eisner-nominated webcomic about the Inventor, an aged villain, and his protracted plan to wreak vengeance on his enemies. The original Superman cartoon forms the backstory—Superman and Lois Lane […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman

Webcomics Wednesday: As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman

This installment of Webcomics Wednesday features Melanie Gilman’s Eisner-nominated As the Crow Flies, a colored-pencil-only comic, now at more than 200 pages and still going strong. (Gillman uses up one and a third pencils per page. That’s a lot of pencils!) At the heart of this story is Charlie, the lone black teen at a Christian […]

A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

Lynn: If you were going to tell the story of what it is like to lose your hearing as a child, adjust to that bewildering loss, cope with friendships, school, loneliness and public ignorance, how would you tell it? Would you think to tell it through graphic storytelling using a cast of rabbits? I certainly wouldn’t […]