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Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home By Nora Krug Cover Image
$22.00
ISBN: 9781476796635
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019

New York Times illustrator Nora Krug uses comics, collage, narrative and found documents to explore her ambivalent feelings of nostalgia and guilt for her German family's wartime past. A fascinating historical detective story!


Review by Stephen

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Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories By Junji Ito Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781421596938
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: VIZ Media LLC - December 19th, 2017

I adore the creative force that is Junji Ito. His tales are never dull, at times retch-inducing, and always ghastly. What more could a girl ask for??



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DeadEndia: The Watcher's Test: Book 1 By Hamish Steele Cover Image
$14.95
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ISBN: 9781910620472
Published: Nobrow - August 7th, 2018

Joyful and weird, this graphic novel is a delight. DeadEndia's eclectic and unique characters include a loyal and lovable pug, supportive and idiosyncratic friends, and plenty of mischievous creatures from reimagined angelic and demonic planes. Fans of Steven Universe and general supernatural mayhem will enjoy rooting for Barney, Norma, and Pugsley and yearn for future volumes of this refreshingly forward thinking tome.



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Fence Vol. 1 By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With) Cover Image
By C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Rebecca Nalty (With)
$9.99
ISBN: 9781684151929
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BOOM! Box - July 31st, 2018

Take:

  • Cutthroat competion
  • Heartthrob athletes in various states of (un)dress
  • Painfully well-executed cliffhangers
  • Rivalry rife with sexual tension

and you get this cheeky, enthralling, character-driven volume for those who wish the Rocky movies were a little gayer.



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The Cardboard Kingdom: (A Graphic Novel) By Chad Sell Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781524719388
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - June 5th, 2018

This gem of a graphic novel details the imaginative escapades of a neighborhood of kids with serious creativity, major crafting skills, and an overwhelming capacity for dynamic supportiveness. Through ups and downs of relationships with family and friends, these characters give each other the emotional and creative encouragement they need to be their best, most authentic selves. A reminder to all that the more you connect with your community, the brighter you (and it) shine!



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Sabrina By Nick Drnaso Cover Image
$27.95
ISBN: 9781770463165
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - May 22nd, 2018

The first comic book to be nominated for the Booker Prize! The deadpan style of an in-flight safety pamphlet heightens the alienation and suppressed anxiety in this story of private tragedy hijacked by the Internet.


Review by Stephen

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Agony By Mark Beyer, Colson Whitehead (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Mark Beyer, Colson Whitehead (Introduction by)
$15.95
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ISBN: 9781590179819
Published: New York Review Comics - March 22nd, 2016

Reading Mark Beyer's Agony is a uniquely surreal and exhilarating experience. Beyer--a giant within the world of underground comics who once regularly graced the pages of Art Spiegelman's RAW magazine--draws with childlike abandon and tells stories (and jokes) like a man with a lifetime of suffering under his belt. I could try to say more about this book's bizarre charms, but the excellent introduction from Colson Whitehead does a much better job than I ever could. I'll just say: this is a book to tickle your funny bone and haunt your dreams.


Review by Theo

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Goliath By Tom Gauld Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781770462991
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 29th, 2017

In the skilled hands of cartoonist Tom Gauld, the story of David and Goliath becomes a downbeat and melancholy meditation on the human cost of war. Gauld’s retelling centers on a gentle-hearted Goliath, better suited to administrative work than combat, who becomes a reluctant bargaining chip in a conflict beyond his ken. Somber, quiet, and darkly funny, Tom Gauld’s Goliath is a testament to the power of visual and narrative minimalism.


Review by Theo

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Bolivar By Sean Rubin Cover Image
$29.99
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ISBN: 9781684150694
Published: Archaia - November 28th, 2017

Sean Rubin's debut graphic novel Bolivar is a great idea beautifully realized: What if a single dinosaur not only survived extinction, but made his home in Manhattan's Upper West Side, living off corned beef sandwiches and buying copies of the New Yorker from the newsstand each month? What if everyone in the city--except a young girl named Sybil--is simply too busy to notice their prehistoric neighbor? Heightening this playfully absurd premise is Sean Rubin's art, replete with a level of detail and visual wit that captures all the chaos and whimsy of city life. Bolivar will thrill readers of all ages, and its hybrid comic/picture book style makes it particularly well suited for young readers new to graphic novels.


Review by Theo

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Crawl Space By Jesse Jacobs Cover Image
$19.95
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9781927668412
Published: Koyama Press - May 16th, 2017

Psychadelic surrealism meets high school drama in this story of teenage friendship and paradise found and lost in a basement washing machine. Full of deadpan humour and delightfully weird visuals!


Review by Stephen

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