Emilia Packard

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The Big She-Bang: The Herstory of the Universe According to God the Mother

A perfectly imperfect read for a moment of existential reckoning with masculine conceptions of spirituality, this book gleefully reminds us how much feminine energy lies bubbling underneath patriarchal systems, barely concealed, and nearly ready to burst free.
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The Contradictions

Yanow’s voice is pointed, her cartooning delightfully specific without being precious or showy. This debut subtly, effectively challenges readers to dig into their own internal dissonance.
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Unrig: How To Fix Our Broken Democracy

An informative and surprisingly optimistic primer on American democracy’s challenges and how to combat them, communicated with a dry, deliberate seriousness that may not spark the interest of every reader. [Previewed in Douglas Rednour’s “Picture This,” LJ 6/20.]
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Camp Spirit

Elodie’s foray into the wilderness is oddly paced but also oddly endearing, imperfect yet weirdly adorable, appropriate and best for its target audience of teens and nostalgic young adults.
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Dancing After TEN

A prime example of the graphic medicine genre, which illustrates medical conditions, often through lived experience, this work is engaging and informative but never feels teachy or preachy. [See Douglas Rednour’s “Picture This,” LJ 4/20.]
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The Harrowing of Hell

Crafted to make complacent Christians and disinterested atheists alike squirm, this is a thought experiment in the form of church teaching, in the form of a monster-laden indie comic, a surprising, special book. [Previewed in Douglas Rednour’s Graphic Novels Preview, “Picture This!” LJ 4/20.]
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Rascal

Abundant with snapshots recognizable to cat lovers the world over, Rascal appeals unapologetically to its base, but may alienate foolish cat-shunning detractors.

Phoolan Devi: Rebel Queen

A woman operating with an eye-for-an-eye attitude is a rare and powerful thing, and this heroic tale of Phoolan’s journey from despair and abuse to justice and renown, is intoxicating.
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A Letter to Jo

Leaning hard on cultural wartime tropes and cartoonish bouts of combat, this tale misses an opportunity to share a meaningful, specific story by painting in the broadest of strokes.
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