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Bug Boys Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781984896766
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Random House Graphic - February 11th, 2020

Stag-B and Rhino-B are best friends and live together in a giant mushroom. Open this book and come along as they find buried treasure, explore a glowing cave, go the library, and help each other through life's ups and downs. This is one of my favorite graphic novels for kids and adults alike!


Review by Christina

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Go with the Flow Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250143174
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Published: First Second - January 14th, 2020

This is a wonderfully shameless story that I wish was around when I was in school. Period. 

The characters are relatable and diverse, the social situations are true to life, and the use of social media formats to share facts from women's history is clever and well done. Schneemann opens up an important discussion here, in many shades of red, and I can't wait to see how her characters will continue to inspire change. 


Review by Katelynn

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Walking Distance Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781910395509
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Published: Avery Hill Publishing - December 20th, 2019

I don't get to do as much walking as I would like, but when I do, I feel great. Walking feels like a revolutionary art these days. This short but wtunning book invokd so many feelings for me. I wish this was 300 pages long because I would read it.

 


Review by Rosa

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Rusty Brown (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780375424328
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Published: Pantheon - September 24th, 2019

You can feel the twelve years it took to create this intricate and ingenious contrivance of a comic, in which Chris Ware mines familiar themes of alienation, longing, and being a poorly socialized misfit that gets beaten up by jocks using an extraordinarily sophisticated comics syntax that rewards multiple rereadings.


Review by Stephen

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This Was Our Pact Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781626720534
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Published: First Second - June 11th, 2019

I would frame some of these pages if I could. This coming-of-age story is timeless, meant to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. But while treading familiar ground, This Was Our Pact felt fresh and wholly unique paired brilliantly with Andrews vibrant art. Most of all, I love the real and complex friendship that grows between Ben and Nathanial. Their unfettered sense of adventure carried me through to the end. This graphic novel is just a joy. Read it when the stars are out.


Review by Halley

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The Hard Tomorrow Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770463738
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 8th, 2019

Eleanor Davis is one of the greatest comics artists alive and her latest book is a heartfelt exploration of the fears and hopes of a new mother as she contemplates a society facing momentous change. It’s a book that anyone who loves great comics should have.


Review by Stephen

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Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781626722590
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Published: First Second - May 7th, 2019

Fred Riley has a problem: her girlfriend, Laura Dean? Terrible. A beautiful, terrible flake. Also, she keeps breaking up with Fred. But Fred loves Laura Dean because Laura Dean, impossibly, chose her. Fred struggles to balance the hurtful, manipulative things Laura Dean does with the depth of her love, knowing she's stuck in a vicious cycle but feeling powerless to break free. How can she ever stop loving Laura Dean? Valero-O'Connell's gorgeous, sherbet-colored art and Mariko Tamaki's writing, always true to the complex emotions of her characters, combine to make a beautiful queer coming of age story.


Review by Christina

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Bad Gateway Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781683962076
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Published: Fantagraphics - July 30th, 2019

Seattle-based cartoonist Simon Hanselmann’s Meg Mogg & Owl is as hilarious, moving, and as gleefully filthy as ever in this latest installment of the ultimate slacker soap opera. Bad Gateway further chronicles the squalid existences of a lovable cast of degenerates, who just happen to be a witch, a cat (dating the witch), a put-upon owl and a drug-dealing werewolf. Depravity abounds. I don’t know. Just try it.


Review by Theo

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Beautiful Darkness Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781770463363
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 30th, 2018

Child logic and base ferality attempt to work together in this beautifully bleak fable. A group of fairies are forced to leave their previous 'home' and survive the wilderness. If you are looking for a sweet moral ribbon to tie around this tale, you wont find it. It is lost; buried in the woods amongst the maggots. 


Review by Dean

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The Birth of Kitaro Cover Image
By Shigeru Mizuki, Zack Davisson (Translated by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781770462281
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - May 31st, 2016

Japanese stories of the supernatural brought to life. I am enthralled by Mizuki's art and storytelling. Specifically his tellings and re-tellings of Japanese ghost stories; best exemplified in his zany adventure/horror series: GeGeGe no Kitaro. Start here! The Birth of Kitaro. Learn the origin story of Kitaro and his eye-ball Father (Don't worry, it gets weirder.), as they meet, befriend, defeat, and take on spirits, ghosts, and horrors. These are stories to read before bed and share with friends.


Review by Alex

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