Graphic Novels

Middle-Grade Graphic Novel Round-Up

Middle-Grade Graphic Novel Round-Up

Cindy and Lynn: It’s a great year for middle-grade and middle school graphic novels, whether they are sequels to popular series or something brand new. Here are two we’ve read recently and a short list of others that should also be on your radar…and your back-to-school order lists.   The Nameless City, by Faith Erin Hicks, […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Pascalle Lepas’ Wilde Life

Webcomics Wednesday: Pascalle Lepas’ Wilde Life

Some small towns have the best secrets—behind genial neighbors, well-tended lawns, and a noticeable lack of hustle and bustle hides magic, both good and sinister. That’s absolutely the case in this week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday, Pascalle Lepas’ Wilde Life, which follows an errant Chicagoan as he tries to escape his big city problems in middle […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Taylor Robin’s Never Satisfied

Webcomics Wednesday: Taylor Robin’s Never Satisfied

This week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday checks off a lot of the webcomics hits: magic, talking cats, fashion, and a diverse gang of plucky kids. Taylor Robin’s Never Satisfied, set in a kingdom watched over by a pair of looming, enigmatic statues, concerns neophyte magicians who compete in a series of weekly contests to become their city’s next magical representative. […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Mac Smith’s Scurry

Webcomics Wednesday: Mac Smith’s Scurry

After all the exciting hubbub of ALA’s annual conference—one of two times a year I talk to more people in one weekend than all other weekends combined (at least that’s what it feels like)—I tend to need some well-earned solitude. What better way to get some quiet than to hunker down with a cinematic, luminescent […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon’s Namesake

Webcomics Wednesday: Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon’s Namesake

What do classic characters get up to when no one’s reading their stories? That’s the question pondered in this week’s pick, Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon’s cavernous rabbit-hole of a webcomic, Namesake. (In the interest of full disclosure, I only got about halfway through the existing chapters, but since there are 24 already, that’s no small feat!) […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Stuart Campbell’s These Memories Won’t Last

Webcomics Wednesday: Stuart Campbell’s These Memories Won’t Last

Most of the webcomics I’ve been featuring for the past few months have been long-running, detailed stories that emerge over years of page updates, but this week’s pick, Stuart Campbell’s These Memories Won’t Last, is utterly different. For one thing, Campbell’s memories of his grandfather don’t unfold over multiple pages; rather, he presents a contained comic […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Ariel Ries’ Witchy

Webcomics Wednesday: Ariel Ries’ Witchy

This week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday features Ariel Ries’ Witchy, a comic combining so many of the things I adore in webcomics—beautiful art, a carefully chosen color palette, dynamic characters, rich world building, and smart pacing. With a series of cleverly delivered reveals, Reis unspools a story of hidden power, corrupt government, and long-held secrets, […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Tim Gibson’s Moth City

Webcomics Wednesday: Tim Gibson’s Moth City

A Webcomics Wednesday during Mystery Month calls for something gritty, and Tim Gibson’s Moth City more than fits the bill. In Moth City, located on a remote island off mainland China, lawless American profiteer McCaw has set up a weapons manufacturing factory outside the jurisdiction of both his home country and his adopted one. He’s brash, overconfident, […]

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Webcomics Wednesday, the Thursday Edition: Tracy Jennifer Butler’s Lackadaisy

Webcomics Wednesday, the Thursday Edition: Tracy Jennifer Butler’s Lackadaisy

Though technical difficulties may have gotten in the way of our usually scheduled programming yesterday, this maverick comics blogger won’t let something as arbitrary as an alliterative blog series title stop her from showcasing yet another worthy webcomic. Tracy Jennifer Butler’s Lackadaisy follows a group of rum-runners and hooch-slingers in the waning days of their speakeasy, the […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Dylan Meconis’ Family Man

Webcomics Wednesday: Dylan Meconis’ Family Man

This week’s installment of Webcomics Wednesday might, at first blush, seem terribly highbrow: Dylan Meconis’ Family Man follows Luther Levy, a half-Jewish, probably atheist, eighteenth-century German Spinoza scholar, who finally finds an academic home at a fledgling university in the eastern reaches of the country, after having his dissertation rejected on the grounds of his religion, […]