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Old Head

Against this campy backdrop, Eisner-nominated Starks (Sex Castle) weaves an endearing multigenerational tale about family bonds and standing up for what’s right. A charming pastiche of humor, classic horror, and modern family drama, this title has something to appeal to just about any reader.

Unnatural Omnibus

With an action-packed plot and vibrant, likable characters, this title perfectly balances humor, thrills, and eroticism and will make a great fantasy addition to adult collections.

Orphan of the Moon: Notebook of a Girl in a Moscow Station | Spotlight Review

Libin’s lyrical, short prose poems are consistently bleak and sometimes maddeningly vague, but she occasionally hits on an evocative image that transports readers straight to the frigid midnight streets of Moscow. The book’s design will appeal to fans of zines and other DIY literature, making it a good fit for edgier, experimental adult collections.


Offering a unique account of contemporary Korea and the world from the perspective of women who might otherwise be overlooked, this is a fresh entry that would be a solid addition to any adult collection.

The Courage Party: Helping Our Resilient Children Understand and Survive Sexual Assault

Full pages of text between Oparaku’s illustrations make categorizing this as a graphic novel a bit of a reach, but its association with comics creator Harvey Pekar (Brabner and Danielle appear as characters in Pekar’s “American Splendor” comics and the 2003 film) will interest comics fans. Timely and important content make it a worthy addition to any adult or YA collection.

Plate Tectonics: An Illustrated Memoir

Motin’s character is crass and often exasperating, but in the end she provides an endearing portrait of a woman doing her best, and adult readers will relate to the struggle.

Go To Sleep (I Miss You): Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood

For a more narrative approach, consider Knisley’s earlier comic about her pregnancy and birth, Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos, which delves deeper and more satisfyingly into the topic than the sketchbook format allows. For a busy new (or veteran) parent, these bite-sized laughs are just what the pediatrician ordered.


Americana: (And the Act of Getting over It)

Healy might never quite get to the bottom of America, but his thoughtful storytelling provides a funny and honest peek into a life-changing quest most people will never experience firsthand, making it appealing for hiking enthusiasts and couch potatoes alike.

Mass Appeal | Graphic Novels Spotlight 2019


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