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Dune: The Graphic Novel. Bk. 1

Illustrators Allén and Martín (both, Harbinger Wars 2: Deluxe Edition) enliven this extremely faithful adaptation with cleverly designed pages that highlight various characters’ inner turmoil and deliver satisfyingly awe-inspiring depictions of the gargantuan sandworms native to Arrakis and central to series iconography.

Drawing the Vote: An Illustrated Guide to Voting in America

Written with a progressive tone, this work’s clear factual nature makes it a worthy read for anyone across the political spectrum, with the straightforward art and fast pace complimenting a thorough if breezy and complex history of the vote.

Fire on the Water

MacGregor bases his first full-length work on the horrific true story of the 1916 Waterworks Tunnel disaster, and with artist Dumm (American Splendor) compellingly utilizes biographical elements, political machinations, corruption, humor, and even light touches of fantasy to weave a nuanced tapestry about the richness of human experience under the most trying circumstances. [Previewed in Douglas Rednour’s “Picture This,” LJ 4/20.]

Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem’s Legendary Theater

Since 1934, Harlem’s Apollo theater has married devoted, multiracial audiences with the best among African American performers—who thought of the place as “home...

The Art of Nothing: 25 Years of Mutts and the Art of Patrick McDonnell

This gorgeous volume celebrates the brilliance of McDonnell and pure cartooning. Animal lovers, the artist’s fans, and connoisseurs of art history will enjoy.

Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame

By turns harrowing, sad, revealing, and infuriating, this isn’t for all readers of graphic novels or memoirs, but those who brave it are in for a challenging, confrontational experience. Optional; frequent profanity, nudity and frank discussions of sex and sexual assault. [Previewed in Ingrid Bohnenkamp's Graphic Novels Spotlight, "Mass Appeal," LJ 6/19.]


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