Graphic Novels

Webcomics Wednesday: Victoria Grace Elliott’s Balderdash! Or, a Tale of Two Witches
By February 3, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Victoria Grace Elliott’s Balderdash! Or, a Tale of Two Witches

In my last installment of Webcomics Wednesday, I picked a comic to banish your winter blues. I still think Magic Realms fits that description, but this week’s pick—Victoria Grace Elliott’s Balderdash! Or, a Tale of Two Witches—does too. Maybe, like Magic Realms, it’s the magic girls at the center of Elliott’s comic, but I have a suspicion it […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Mildred Louis’ Agents of the Realm
By January 20, 2016 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Mildred Louis’ Agents of the Realm

In the dreary depths of January, it’s important to pick a webcomic that’s a breezy, welcome distraction from the sunless days and skin-freezing windchill. OK, so I’m being a bit melodramatic, but Mildred Louis’ Agents of the Realm is nevertheless a warm, engrossing story that will banish your winter blues with its winning combination of fantasy action, heartwarming […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Love, v.2: The Fox

Booklist graphic-novels editor, Sarah Hunter, says it’s the “luminous artwork” that’s the star of Frederic Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci’s Love, v.2: The Fox (Magnetic Press). Hunter further calls Love, vol. 2 “a natural choice for animal-lovers of any age.” Catch a sneak peek of the book’s vibrant panels in this trailer, and know just what […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Aliza Layne’s Demon Street
By December 9, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Aliza Layne’s Demon Street

Sometimes a webcomic offers a fascinating glimpse into the creative process. An artist might start a webcomic one way, then veer off wildly in a different direction, or gradually hone his or her process. There’s a lot of room for exploration, and that in particular is a great segue into introducing Aliza Layne’s all-ages fantasy adventure […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Boum’s A Small Revolution
By November 18, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Boum’s A Small Revolution

Lots of webcomics start out online and, if they’re lucky, eventually make their way to print, but Boum’s A Small Revolution does just the opposite. Originally published in French, as La Petite Révolution, in Montreal, this has already won some accolades (which, incidentally, makes my job kind of easy). Now, all us lowly English-only speakers with […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Meaghan Carter’s Godslave
By November 4, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Meaghan Carter’s Godslave

While I was initially lured in to Meaghan’s Carter’s Godslave by the promise of ancient Egyptian mythology and a butt-kicking heroine, what really clinched it for me is Carter’s Library Friday posts, where she digs into her background research for the comics and posts some sweet pictures of the stacks in the Royal Ontario Museum library. Her […]

Cosplay: Coming Soon to a Library Near You
By October 23, 2015 1 Comments Read More →

Cosplay: Coming Soon to a Library Near You

I wake up Friday morning, move through my daily routine, and in about two hours I’ve transformed into the magical priestess of a squid god and am ready to hit the streets. This is obviously not a normal day for me, but when you cosplay it becomes one you look forward to for months. I started […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Iasmin Omar Ata’s Mis(h)adra
By October 21, 2015 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Iasmin Omar Ata’s Mis(h)adra

As the graphic-novels editor at Booklist, I’m already a little biased about the format’s ability to communicate complicated subject matter in a compelling, tidy way. Sometimes artwork just does it better than words, and that’s especially true of Iasmin Omar Ata’s Mis(h)adra, a semi-autobiographical comic about Arab American Isaac, who suffers from epilepsy. I bet you’re […]

Human Body Theater: Graphic-Novel Anatomy Lesson Will Tickle the Funny Bones of Middle-Schoolers

Human Body Theater: Graphic-Novel Anatomy Lesson Will Tickle the Funny Bones of Middle-Schoolers

Lynn: An anatomy lesson via graphic novel? It may sound like a strange way to deliver information on the human body, but I’m in, body and soul. (Well, body anyway.) Make no bones about it, this is a terrific way to learn. The show in Maris Wicks’ Human Body Theater (2015) begins with a “bone-afied” human skeleton […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Der-Shing Helmer’s Mare Internum

Webcomics Wednesday: Der-Shing Helmer’s Mare Internum

Mars has been in the news a lot lately, thanks to the recent film adaptation of Andy Weir’s acclaimed The Martian and NASA’s monumental discovery of flowing water on the red planet, so now seems like the ideal time to share a webcomic I’ve been sitting on for a while, Der-Shing Helmer’s Mare Internum. Helmer has a science […]