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Graphic Novels, February 8, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, February 1, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, January 25, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Celebrating Culture Through Comics | 2019 Schomburg Center Black Comic Book Festival

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Graphic Novels, January 18, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, January 11, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, January 4, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

Graphic Novels from Baudoin, Brubaker/Phillips, de Radiguès, Gaiman, Buckingham, & Co., Nowak, Roberts, Typex, Van Sciver, and Walker | LJ Reviews, Dec. 2018

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Graphic Novels, December 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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The Epic of Gilgamesh

This lively, compulsively readable rendition makes the irony, insight, and humor of the epic accessible and even fun. Humans haven't changed much in 5,000 years, a cautionary message for us all. For high school through adult readers who enjoy over-the-top quest stories.
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The Book of Ballads and Sagas

Collecting works first published by Vess's Green Man Press, this is an excellent introduction to folk ballads for anyone interested in fairy tales and folklore. Recommended for teens and adults for language and explicit content.
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Graphic Novels, December 7, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Likely Stories

Gaiman fans looking for his usual rich worldbuilding might find this a little slight, but the artwork makes it worthwhile for urban fantasy collections.
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Andy: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol; A Factual Fairytale

The meticulous level of research is almost a hindrance, as the story sometimes seems to move at the pace of real life. But as an art object, it's unlikely to be outdone by any new release any time soon.
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Maestros

Skroce's dynamic style and pacing keeps the pages turning so fast that fans might want to read this one two or three times in order to catch the exquisite detail (enhanced by the work of colorist Dave Stewart) and impressive worldbuilding on display. Tons of fun, with the welcomed promise of future volumes.
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Girl Town

Nowak's characters banter, bicker, and yearn for love, connection, and acceptance. Their world isn't quite ours, but their struggles are familiar and very entertaining.
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A Perfect Failure: Fante Bukowski Three

A great conclusion to a wonderful series that works fairly well as a stand-alone volume, although the entire series is well worth seeking out.
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My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies

While lacking the scope of Brubaker and Phillips's longer, serialized stories, this stand-alone novella is a fine addition to a staggering body of work.
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Bastard

While the pace quickens to near breakneck speed in the final pages, skimming some content that would have been nice to see fully developed, this is a crime story that ultimately delivers an emotional experience much richer than a typical bloody romp of underworld deceit.
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Chlorine Gardens

An unusually unfolded autobiographical farce with soul, this work is quite funny, and the personal nature of the witticisms help bind the events of the quietly touching narrative together and are what will remain stuck to your funny bone like peanut butter.
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Graphic Novels, November 16, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

In Memoriam: Stan Lee (1922–2018),  Visionary  Writer, Editor, Publisher

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Graphic Novels, November 9, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

LJ Talks to Cartoonist Jason Lutes About the Highly Anticipated Berlin

Bourdain, Carlin/Malet, Daniels, Fox/Smith, Lutes, Russell/Feehan, & More | Graphic Novels Reviews, Nov. 1, 2018

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Graphic Novels, November 2, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Marilyn's Monsters

Perfect for horror fans—especially those of David Lynch or David Cronenberg.
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Tumult

Fascinatingly straddles the line between classic noir and art house, as Kennedy's striking art and Dunning's penchant for bizarre digressions into deeper meaning and themes behind classic 1980s films combine for original and rewarding storytelling.
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Monk! Thelonious, Pannonica, and the Friendship Behind a Musical Revolution

Exploring issues of class, race, and social status, Daoudi thankfully avoids a trite moral about music transcending cultural divisions and instead focuses on two extraordinary individuals and the bond between them.
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Mandela and the General

This case study in the power of empathy to defuse conflict stands apart from the often murky annals of would-be peacemaking. Highly recommended for all collections.
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Showtime at the Apollo: The Epic Tale of Harlem's Legendary Theater

Anyone interested in African American music and history and pop culture history will find this a captivating read.
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Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles

This is a battle for the very soul of America. While the setup might sound slightly preposterous, the result is one of the best books of the year, an alternately hysterically funny, deeply tragic, and ultimately inspiring work of political art examining the role of artists in a free society.
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Berlin

An extraordinary epic that will leave readers both heartbroken and in awe of the virtuosic talent that went into its creation. [See the interview with Lutes on p. 61].
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The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

Hart's thoughtful instruction will appeal to aspiring comics and storytellers as well as those looking to strengthen their practice. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Age of Bronze

Filled with enough political machinations and symbolically laden visions of a war-torn future to sate the appetite of all graphic novels readers as well as Game of Thrones fans longing for fresh content with a scholarly attention to detail and keen psychological insight.
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Upgrade Soul

Originally serialized as an iOS app, and winner of the 2017 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, this work arrives already internationally acclaimed and poised to be one of the most discussed releases of the year.
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Anthony Bourdain's Hungry Ghosts

Sometimes spooky, sometimes gritty, thoroughly satisfying.
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Graphic Novels, October 26, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

Diverse Voices & Viewpoints: Must-Have Graphic Novels for Black History Month and Beyond

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Graphic Novels, October 19, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, October 12, 2018 | Xpress Reviews        

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Graphic Novels, October 5, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Finck, Liana

This creative and cerebral memoir, both in narrative and artwork, will appeal to similarly minded readers and fans of illustrator Maira Kalman. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Graphic Novels, September 28, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, September 21, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, September 14, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, September 7, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Bad Girls

An immensely gripping thriller, although a bit of historical knowledge about the era is helpful in grasping the full implications of the revolution taking place in the background. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Che: A Revolutionary Life

Guevara's life makes for both a breathtaking adventure story and a sobering history that readers are sure to embrace with enthusiasm. [See Prepub Alert, 5/21/18.]
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Moebius Library: Inside Moebius

While some knowledge of Moebius's oeuvre is required to grasp fully what's going on here, even those previously unfamiliar with the author will be quickly drawn in by his gorgeous illustrations and probing exploration of universal themes.
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Maroon Comix: Origins & Destinies

While the underground railroad has become well known to most Americans, the maroon tradition has remained more a subject for scholars and dogged researchers. This passionate collection will appeal to those interested in history, cultural studies, and the international cancer of slavery. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Evocatively crafted, this comic brings Frank's world to life for all ages but takes care to respect and prioritize the primacy of her story in her own words. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18; previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Coyote Doggirl

At once a rousing escapade, a celebration of fierce independence, an exploration of female empowerment, and the clash among foreign cultures, yet consistently laugh-out-loud funny. Hanawalt's best book yet. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Infidel

Sinewy and tense, this outstanding comic from former Vertigo editor Pichetshote and artists Campbell (James Bond), José Villarrubia (King Conan), and Jeff Powell (Earth One) boldly displays a multifaceted and thoughtful view of racial and religious issues at the forefront of cultural dialog across the United States while delivering solid horror that will keep readers awake at night. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories

A gorgeously illustrated collection that makes tales written nearly a century ago feel vibrant and vital. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

A touching story of questioning the unquestionable and finding yourself in the process. Recommended for teens and adults as well as those interested in a highly visual family examination across generations. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]
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Bad Girls

An immensely gripping thriller, although a bit of historical knowledge about the era is helpful in grasping the full implications of the revolution taking place in the background. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Che: A Revolutionary Life

Guevara's life makes for both a breathtaking adventure story and a sobering history that readers are sure to embrace with enthusiasm. [See Prepub Alert, 5/21/18.]
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Infidel

Sinewy and tense, this outstanding comic from former Vertigo editor Pichetshote and artists Campbell (James Bond), José Villarrubia (King Conan), and Jeff Powell (Earth One) boldly displays a multifaceted and thoughtful view of racial and religious issues at the forefront of cultural dialog across the United States while delivering solid horror that will keep readers awake at night. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Moebius Library: Inside Moebius

While some knowledge of Moebius's oeuvre is required to grasp fully what's going on here, even those previously unfamiliar with the author will be quickly drawn in by his gorgeous illustrations and probing exploration of universal themes.
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Maroon Comix: Origins & Destinies

While the underground railroad has become well known to most Americans, the maroon tradition has remained more a subject for scholars and dogged researchers. This passionate collection will appeal to those interested in history, cultural studies, and the international cancer of slavery. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Kafkaesque: Fourteen Stories

A gorgeously illustrated collection that makes tales written nearly a century ago feel vibrant and vital. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Woman World

It'll be hard to find a funnier, more moving or original debut this year.
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Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Evocatively crafted, this comic brings Frank's world to life for all ages but takes care to respect and prioritize the primacy of her story in her own words. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18; previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

A touching story of questioning the unquestionable and finding yourself in the process. Recommended for teens and adults as well as those interested in a highly visual family examination across generations. [See Prepub Alert, 4/30/18.]
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Coyote Doggirl

At once a rousing escapade, a celebration of fierce independence, an exploration of female empowerment, and the clash among foreign cultures, yet consistently laugh-out-loud funny. Hanawalt's best book yet. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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A Western World

The 15 stories here present 15 new opportunities to commune with a truly inspired mind; not to be missed.
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The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth

Both smart and entertaining; highly recommended and not just for graphic novels readers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18; previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]

Woman World

It'll be hard to find a funnier, more moving or original debut this year.

A Western World

The 15 stories here present 15 new opportunities to commune with a truly inspired mind; not to be missed.

The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth

Both smart and entertaining; highly recommended and not just for graphic novels readers. [See Prepub Alert, 3/26/18; previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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Graphic Novels, August 31, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, August 24, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, August 17, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

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Graphic Novels, August 3, 2018 | Xpress Reviews

Comics Across the Board | The Reader's Shelf

Q&A: Drawn & Quarterly, 28 Years of Quality Lit

Q&A: Tee Franklin Talks "Bingo Love," Self-Publishing, and More

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Sequential Art Proliferates | Spotlight on Graphic Novels

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The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea: A Graphic Memoir of Modern Slavery

An essential wake-up call for adults and high schoolers about the present-day misery lurking behind comfy, tech-enhanced modern life.
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Godhead

This genre-bending, mind-dazzling first volume in a projected ongoing series will have readers desperately awaiting future installments.
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Luisa: Now and Then

A funny, touching, and beautifully illustrated and colored story about self-acceptance with equal appeal to adult and YA audiences.
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Land of the Sons

Gipi (aka Gianni Pacinotti) is already a fan favorite, but this, his most fully realized and mature work to date, might be the breakout hit that garners him a much larger readership.
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Home After Dark

While the incredible success of Stitches, a National Book Award finalist and winner of the Young Adult Library Services Association's Alex Award, might have seemed almost impossible to follow up, Small has managed to create an even more resonant and stirring work. [See Prepub Alert, 4/9/18.]
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Chimera

Reminiscent of Fiona Staple's art for Saga but not as detailed, debuter Ellis's digital illustrations get the point across well. Though the opening issues are rather static plot-wise, once the story gets moving, the motivations of the characters draw readers in, leaving them wanting to know what happens next. Contains strong language and mature themes.
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Sabrina

More indictment of modern life than satire, and almost sure to be one of the most discussed graphic novels of the year—if not the next several, this should skyrocket Drnaso to the top tier of comics creators today.
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All the Answers: A Graphic Memoir

A heartbreaking, deeply affecting story about fathers and sons that asks questions with no easy answers. [For more on Gallery 13, see the interview with the editors on p. 69.—Ed.]
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Normandy Gold

The frank sexual content and grisly violence may shock even the most hardened readers, but anyone hoping for gripping, fast-paced suspense will be more than satisfied.
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Alpha: Abidjan to Paris

Winning prizes from PEN and Doctors Without Borders, this uncomfortable chronicle compels readers, tweens through adults, to identify with the world's unwanted while yet savoring a rip-roaring if often futile adventure.
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Notes on a Thesis

This brilliant satire of academic dysfunction is not to be missed. Some nudity and adult language.
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Pelé: The King of Soccer

Though its visual simplicity and vocabulary offer a great read for younger audiences, this volume gets into superfan specifics and sports politics, making it more intricate than it first appears.
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Once upon a Time Machine: Greek Gods & Legends

A beautifully illustrated and highly enjoyable read for mythology and sf fans, middle school through adult.
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How To Appear Normal at Social Events: And Other Essential Wisdom

Recommended for anyone looking for a quick, easy set of gags in a webcomic style.
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Love That Bunch

Highly recommended for all mature fans of cartooning—especially of the confessional variety—and/or biographies. [Previewed in Jody Osicki's "Graphically Speaking," LJ 6/15/18.]
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The American Way. Vol. 2: Those Above and Those Below

Evoking Alan Moore's Watchmen and Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys, though less explicitly graphic in content, this series will resonate with fans of gritty superhero stories with provocative social commentary.
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The Pervert

A challenging, intense, and empathic account of finding oneself despite heavy odds.
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The Joe Shuster Story: The Artist Behind Superman

Recommended for fans of the iconic Superman, those with an interest in the history of the comics industry, and pop culture enthusiasts.
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X-Men: Grand Design

Fans of Piskor's previous work, X-Men enthusiasts, and especially new readers trying to understand the provenance of the characters and series will thoroughly enjoy this well-designed volume.
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Coyotes

A rich narrative, but the thrilling mix between art and message never completely jells.
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Green Lantern: Earth One

Longtime Green Lantern fans will enjoy seeing favorite heroes and concepts cast in a new light, and anyone eager to discover a specific character without having to understand decades of continuity will definitely be satisfied and intrigued by the promise of future volumes.
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