Graphic Novels

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Graphic Novels from Breathed, Freibert, Mapa, Palmerino & Ciponte, and Debuter Whyte | Xpress Reviews

A fun, relevant series that accurately captures 21st-century America; for adventurous readers looking for something well off the beaten path; a solid historical recollection, with a smattering of personal narrative; YA and adult readers alike will find this work intriguing and informative; a charming blend of coming-of-age saga and fantasy worldbuilding

Reaching New Audiences | NYCC Professional Day 2017

With record-breaking attendance, estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands, the 12th annual New York Comic Con (NYCC), held October 5–8, in a move to support its diverse and ever-growing body of attendees, this year extended its regular programming efforts by partnering with nearby businesses and institutions, offering events outside its central location at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.

LJ Fiction | Review Alert, November 1, 2017

Allende puts a human face on the realities of illegal immigration, broken hearts, courage, and healing; Ellis has written a riveting tale that begs to be read in one sitting; Fans of the Brontës, Charles Dickens, and Victorian gothic fiction will enjoy Politano’s well-crafted debut; for fans of offbeat mysteries, Fowler’s long-running series continues to offer some of the best reading; Ata’s artistry can help readers understand how living with illness changes everything; another stunning achievement from an author who seems to produce only stunning achievements

Graphic Novels from Czap, Durand, Lemire, and Wazem & Tirabosco | Xpress Reviews

A bold tour de force of illustrative, imaginative chutzpah; a chilling testament to Cold War propaganda from debuter Durand; a worthy selection for those interested in literary graphic fiction; a fine little stand-alone that is quiet, dignified, and strangely relaxing

Graphic Novels by Lust, Coste, GG, and Nybrandt & Mikkelsen | Xpress Reviews

A strong optional purchase for fans of the source material, Lust, or historical wartime fiction; a wonderful exploration of a tragic artist; it takes some reflection but a gem for readers willing to engage with it; Tibet’s struggle for independence and the people who continue to endure

Q&A: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sports Icon, Novelist, Comics Creator

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA superstar and Sherlock Holmes aficionado for most of his life, has described applying Holmes-style deduction techniques to his own game strategy. Intrigued by the notion of creating Victorian sleuthing adventures himself, he’s focused two new books on Sherlock’s older and lesser-known brother, Mycroft.

Graphic Novel from Sophie Goldstein That Is Adult-Only | Xpress Reviews

Much to reflect on in this sexually visceral tour de force, filled with intense black-and-white imagery and exploring what it means to “civilize” people without first weighing the consequences

LJ Talks to Comics Legend Frank Miller

“I really fell in love with him because he was the hero who had to work the hardest. He couldn’t fly or lift cars over his head or anything like that. He had to do combat and everything else the old-fashioned way. I liked him because he was an effort character.”

Nonfiction on Parenthood, Growing More Vegetables, and Hip-Hop Artist Gucci Mane | Xpress Reviews

Guaranteed to make any expectant mother weep but not a requirement for libraries; for a more productive garden that ultimately will lead to a more healthy environment for us all; recommended for rap music scholars and fans of Gucci Mane and trap music

Genre Mashups & Original Retellings | Graphic Novels Reviews

Many of the books reviewed this month feature genre mashups and showcase how in the right hands such works can completely transcend their origins.