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Otto: A Palindrama By Jon Agee, Jon Agee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Jon Agee, Jon Agee (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780147513496
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Rocky Pond Books - November 9th, 2021

This absurdly clever and funny graphic novel, told entirely in palindromes, is created by World Palindrome Champion Jon Agee, author of Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!

Review by Theo

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Spinning By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tillie Walden, Tillie Walden (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781626729407
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - September 12th, 2017

A book to tread through lightly and with care. A true story of Tillie’s adolescent life, Spinning resonates with anyone who has felt unseen through what we’ve been told are our ‘prime’ years of life. Tillie grapples with her complicated love/hate relationship with figure skating and what it means to be queer in a sport that feels hetero-cis-normative, and so she falls in love with the idea of leaving in order to pursue what she truly loves. It is beautiful yet heartbreaking to sit beside Tillie unraveling trauma she never spoke of. I will forever feel lucky to live in the same lifetime as her.

Review by Javi

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SuperMutant Magic Academy By Jillian Tamaki Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770461987
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 28th, 2015

Magical, funny, charming and with a sharp dose of nostalgia, Tamaki is all sorts of wonderful at bringing each story and their characters to life, whether told in 2 panels or 8. I found myself laughing out loud while getting punched in the gut reading each one. Highly recommend digesting each comic -- there's always something to resonate with. You will not regret reading about these magical, goofy, loveable, angsty teeangers.

Review by Javi

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I Left the House Today!: Comics by Cassandra Calin By Cassandra Calin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524855574
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - June 2nd, 2020

I saw the title and instantly knew I wanted to read it. I'm a homebody by nature, and Cassandra Calin told me there's nothing wrong with that. Her collection of comics are comforting, funny (literally made me laugh out loud), and relatable. She makes the mundane moments seem exciting and reflective, reminding us that we don't need to be out in the world in order to have grand experiences. It is a perfect companion and reassurance for homebodies everywhere.

Review by Javi

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The Wanderer By Peter Van den Ende Cover Image
ISBN: 9781646140176
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Levine Querido - October 6th, 2020

Mesmerizing. Strange. Glorious. 

I have to thank fellow bookseller Nicole for introducing me to this stunning book. The technical skill left me astonished. I wanted a bench, as though in a museum, to sit and quietly take in each page of black-and-white pen-and-ink line drawings. Van den Ende's debut is a wordless story of a small paper boat's epic journey across a vast and fathomless ocean. It teems with myriad flora and fauna that reside somewhere between fairy tale and reality. It intrigues. It beguiles. An elegant testament to solitude, strength, and bravery.