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Ladycastle By Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods (Illustrator), Rebecca Farrow (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Delilah S. Dawson, Ashley A. Woods (Illustrator), Rebecca Farrow (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781684150328
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: BOOM! Studios - October 24th, 2017

Ladycastle is part comic, part musical (!?), part genderbent Knight's Tale, and all awesome. Frankly, it's also suitable for most ages, and it has less to do with physical combat and more to do with changing the status quo according to the strengths (and there are many: blacksmithing, etiquette- and chivalry-teaching, horiticulturing, practicing medicine, and library-keeping) of the individuals in this excellent series. Please read now. 



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The Nameless City By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Faith Erin Hicks, Jordie Bellaire (Contributions by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781626721562
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: First Second - April 5th, 2016

This graphic novel from the excellent Faith Erin Hicks has everything you want from an adventure story: lots of high-octane action, embroiled conflict, political intrigue, and a compelling cast of diverse characters. Despite the tensions between the Dao conquerers currently occupying the City and the city natives, an unlikely friendship develops between Kaidu, a Dao soldier-in-training and Rat, an intellectually and physically agile city inhabitant. Together they begin to uncover the City's vast secrets!



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The Ladies-In-Waiting By Santiago Garcia, Javier Olivares Cover Image
$24.99
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ISBN: 9781683960126
Published: Fantagraphics - August 22nd, 2017

Art, genius and immortality are examined via a fascinating exploration of the life and legacy of the painter Diego Velázquez and his most famous work.


Review by Stephen

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Boundless By Jillian Tamaki Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781770462878
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - May 30th, 2017

From the secret history of a hallucinogenic sound file to pornographic sitcoms, direct-sales pyramid schemes and Mirror Facebook, this inventive, experimental collection explores the impact of technology, media and capitalism on how we think and feel, while demonstrating that Jillian Tamaki is one of the greatest comics artists working today.


Review by Stephen

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Queer: A Graphic History (Graphic Guides) By Meg-John Barker, Jules Scheele (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Meg-John Barker, Jules Scheele (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781785780714
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Icon Books - September 8th, 2016

The reclamation of the word "Queer" has miffed some and confused other. "Isn't that a derogatory slur?" some have asked, "If you are not gay or straight what else can you been??" Consider this book an accessible intro to gender and Queer theory. Come out wherever you are!



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You & a Bike & a Road By Eleanor Davis Cover Image
$12.00
Unavailable at this time.
ISBN: 9781927668405
Published: Koyama Press - May 16th, 2017

Eleanor Davis draws comics the way that regular people form sentences. She drew this travel diary on a cross-country bike trip, and the entries range from spare doodles of her progress or aching knees to finely rendered moments of heartbreaking beauty. 


Review by Stephen

A Contract with God By Will Eisner Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780393328042
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - December 17th, 2006

Will Eisner's expressively drawn collection, combining kitchen-sink melodrama with fairytale elements, introduced "graphic novels" to the world and inaugerated the modern era of comics as art. This beautiful new edition is the perfect way to experience them.


Review by Stephen

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The Greatest of Marlys By Lynda Barry Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770462649
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 16th, 2016

Marlys is the best friend you wish you had when you were eight: an irrepressible agent of chaos. Lynda Barry captures the spirit of childhood with phenomenal humour and warmth.


Review by Stephen

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Sailor Twain: Or: The Mermaid in the Hudson By Mark Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mark Siegel, Mark Siegel (Illustrator)
$22.99
ISBN: 9781596439269
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: First Second - March 4th, 2014

This is a hauntingly melancholic tail (get it??) about the nature of desire wrapped in history and placed upon the Hudson River. We follow the captain of a steamboat as he discovers a wounded and mostly mute mermaid on board. Secretly nursing her back to health, his relationship with the delicate creature takes an otherworldly turn. Illustrated in the softest of charcoals, this sweetly somber story is great for a drizzly day with a cup of tea.



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Bitch Planet Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine By Kelly  Sue DeConnick, Robert Wilson IV (By (artist)), Taki Soma (By (artist)), Valentine De Landro (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Kelly Sue DeConnick, Robert Wilson IV (By (artist)), Taki Soma (By (artist)), Valentine De Landro (By (artist))
$9.99
ISBN: 9781632153661
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Image Comics - October 20th, 2015

Deconnick and De Landro have created a brutal, unapologetic mashup of Margaret Atwood’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” and the 1975 dystopian sci-fi action film “Rollerball”. They have taken the struggle of marginalized people everywhere, that daily struggle to insist that others recognize our humanity, and channeled it into the cerebral, violent feminist exploitation comic of my dreams. Buy it for the 16 year old girl in YOUR life. 


Review by Anje

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