Graphic Novels

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 […]

Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

It’s been a while since our last Webcomics Wednesday post, and with the bold new look of our blog, we decided to make a bold new move and . . . do something we did a long time ago! But there’s never been a better time to pay attention to webcomics. More and more comics […]

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The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond

The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond

Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade Born in 1894, Samuel Dashiell Hammett lived until 1961. As a young man he worked as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, an experience that provided him with plenty of material for his future work as a writer of detective fiction. He served briefly in the U.S. Army […]