Graphic Novels

An Entirely Unwelcome Justification: Jason Lutes on His Epic Graphic Novel, BERLIN
By September 4, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

An Entirely Unwelcome Justification: Jason Lutes on His Epic Graphic Novel, BERLIN

Over the past 20 years, Jason Lutes has been steadfastly churning out a stunning epic, and today, for the first time, it’s out in its entirety from Drawn & Quarterly. Berlin, which he started writing and drawing in 1998, recounts the intersecting paths of a diverse group of people living in Weimar-era Berlin, and how the rise […]

Graphic Gems: Novels, Biographies, and Memoirs for Younger Readers

Graphic Gems: Novels, Biographies, and Memoirs for Younger Readers

Since I recently shared some utterly satisfying single-volume graphic titles for adults, I figured I should point out a few outstanding titles for middle-grade and YA readers, as well. That said, so-called grown-ups will surely find many of these titles just as satisfying. Equal literary opportunities for all! Be Prepared, by Vera Brosgol Caldecott Honor […]

Graphic Gems: Novels, Story Collections, and Memoirs for Adults

Graphic Gems: Novels, Story Collections, and Memoirs for Adults

While I’m addicted to various manga series (click here and here for some of my favorites), I’ve also discovered the satisfaction of single-volume graphic titles offering that perfect balance of fascinating narrative and gorgeously complementary, enhancing art. From goofy to haunting, comforting to challenging, and so much more, don’t miss these recent(-ish) standouts. Boundless, by […]

I Did Some Funny Stuff: An Interview with Lynn Johnston, Creator of FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE
By January 19, 2018 0 Comments Read More →

I Did Some Funny Stuff: An Interview with Lynn Johnston, Creator of FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE

Lynn Johnston wrote and illustrated her classic comic strip, For Better or for Worse—about the travails and comedy in the life of the Patterson family—for 29 years. In that time, she gained a reputation for drawing great comics, executing sharp timing, and creating a genuinely funny, often sensitive picture of the idiosyncrasies of marriage and […]

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