Posts tagged with graphic-novels

Jul 2 2018

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip: Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson

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In 2006, the Canadian publishing company Drawn & Quarterly released the first volume of Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip. Whoever did the graphic design for these editions deserves a raise: they're vivid and eye-catching, doing full justice to Jansson's art and characters...

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Jul 2 2018

Weekly Book Giveaway: Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip: Vol. 1, by Tove Jansson

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We are currently giving away a copy of the first volume of Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, released in 2006 by the Canadian publishing company Drawn & Quarterly. Even if you're not a Moomin fan, this thing is a triumph of graphic design, and would grace any coffee table in all the land...

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Apr 2 2018

Rivers of London: Body Work, by Ben Aaronovitch

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Ben Aaronovitch has many of the same strengths and weaknesses as Janet Evanovich: his Rivers of London mysteries rarely make much sense, but they don't need to. His fans read them for the characters, his distinctive sense of humor, and setting, not the cleverly-laid clues...

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Dec 14 2017

I don't know about the artwork, though...

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Variety recently announced that actresses Kerry Washington and Rashida Jones are joining forces to make a film version of the graphic novel series Goldie Vance. Washington is producing, and Jones will write and direct the adaptation...

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May 22 2017

Octavia E. Butler's Kindred, adapted by John Jennings and Damian Duffy

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Octavia E. Butler's Kindred is a classic for a reason: it's memorable and dramatic and utterly terrifying. And in Damian Duffy and John Jennings's excellent graphic novel adaptation of Kindred, you don't need to imagine the horrors in Butler's novel, you can experience them via full-color illustrations! (The better to keep you up at night.)

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May 22 2017

Weekly Book Giveaway: Octavia E. Butler's Kindred, adapted by Damian Duffy and John Jennings

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This week's Book Giveaway is Damian Duffy and John Jennings's graphic novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's 1979 book Kindred. A full review will follow shortly, but take warning: this book literally gave me nightmares.

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May 18 2017

Comparatively famous

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According to Variety, Rosamund Pike is set to star in a film adaptation of Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, Lauren Redniss’s 2011 nonfiction graphic novel. This movie will feature some big names in the graphic novel world: not only was...

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Mar 16 2017

Atmospheric

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I've been admiring the trailers for the upcoming Charlize Theron action movie Atomic Blonde, which I just learned is based on a 2012 graphic novel by Antony Johnston called The Coldest City. And I see...

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Dec 29 2015

Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye, by Tania del Rio and Will Staehle

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Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye is a tribute to three people: Will Staehle, who created the title character, provided the illustrations, and designed the book, Tania del Rio, who wrote the story, and the unknown Quirk Books employee who agreed to publish such a detailed, gorgeous, labor-intensive work...

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Dec 16 2015

No thanks.

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The Guardian put together a list of the "Top Ten Uncanny Graphic Novels", for those of you with fearless natures, strong stomachs, and lots of disposable income. Their picks are all solid (and include Charles Burns's Black Hole, which I still haven't fully recovered from...

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Nov 9 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth, by Judd Winick

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This week's Book Giveaway is Judd Winick's graphic novel Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. Winick set out to write an action comic that's 100% all-ages-appropriate, and I want to let him know that my mother (who works in a small, conservative, private school library; the kind of place where she occasionally has to tell kids that their parents won't allow them to check out the Harry Potter books) is...

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Aug 3 2015

The Raven's Child, by Thomas E. Sniegoski

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Thomas E. Sniegoski's standalone graphic novel The Raven's Child has all the right ingredients for an epic fantasy: an inspiring protagonist, a memorable cast of evildoers, and a detailed, visually striking world...

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Aug 3 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Raven's Child, by Thomas E. Sniegoski

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This week's Book Giveaway is Thomas E. Sniegoski's graphic novel The Raven's Child. I'm pretty excited about this one; the artwork isn't exactly my style*, but Sniegoski is apparently the only writer to work on Jeff Smith's Bone series (apart from Smith himself, obviously)...

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Jun 29 2015

Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

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I had good feelings about Noelle Stevenson's Nimona from the first page. I liked the warm colors and distinctive character design, I always enjoy stories about unconventional families, and I instantly fell in love with the title character, who reminded me strongly of an evil-doing Yotsuba. As the book progressed, however, the initial offbeat silliness began to feel like a bait-and-switch...

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Jun 29 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

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This week's Book Giveaway is Noelle Stevenson's graphic novel Nimona. Admittedly, I picked it because the main character's name and image reminded me of a fantasy version of Ramona Quimby, but you know what? I've chosen plenty of books for stupider reasons. A full review will follow shortly...

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Dec 10 2014

Bad Machinery: The Case of the Simple Soul, by John Allison

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First up: I know this cover was decided on long before I complained about the overly cutesy packaging featured on the previous two volumes in this series, but I'm taking credit for this eye-popping image anyway. Thanks, Oni Press! And don't worry: that little arsonist is adorable. I'm sure the kids will still want to read alllll about her...

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Oct 28 2014

Scary Go Round, by John Allison

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If you're looking for a Halloween read this week and you haven't got any money (or a library card, or friends who own books), you're in luck: John Allison's pre-Bad Machinery comic Scary Go Round is available for free online...

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Aug 21 2014

A little look-see

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NPR is offering readers a sneak peek at Jules Feiffer's upcoming graphic novel Kill My Mother, due out next Tuesday. The story appears to be a play on classic Hollywood film noir, re-imagined via Feiffer's inimitable art style...

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Jul 16 2014

Bad Machinery: The Case of the Team Spirit and The Case of the Good Boy, by John Allison

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I picked up the first volume of John Allison's Bad Machinery because I kept seeing it described as a spectacular title for children, and I figured: what the hell, I'm pretty childish. But now that I've read every Bad Machinery strip to date, I've decided Allison's publisher is making a mistake by pushing Bad Machinery exclusively at kids—this is a story about children, but that doesn't mean it's best appreciated by children...

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Jul 7 2014

Seconds, by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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Still riding high from the resounding success of his Scott Pilgrim series, Bryan Lee O'Malley's new standalone graphic novel Seconds is a fantasy/horror/humor hybrid about Katie Clay, a young, talented chef at a popular restaurant. Katie is trying to open a new restaurant (one that she will co-own), but the process is slow, so she's stuck in limbo, hanging around her former kitchen and pestering her ex-employees. When a moment of inattention leads to a waitress being injured...

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Jul 7 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: Seconds, by Bryan Lee O'Malley

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This week's Book Giveaway title is Bryan Lee O'Malley's new graphic novel Seconds. People have often suggested that I review O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim series, but I couldn't get past the first volume, which opens with the books' 23-year-old protagonist dating a 17-year-old girl...

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Apr 14 2014

MetaMaus, by Art Spiegelman

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I've had a copy of Art Spiegelman's MetaMaus gathering dust on my to-be-read bookshelf for almost three years now. I have always hesitated to review it, believing that Spiegelman's most devoted fans probably leapt upon it like starving lions the moment it was published, and suspecting that it would be of little interest to anyone else. I still think that's true, frankly, but as more universities and high schools assign Maus in their classrooms, it seems increasingly possible...

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Apr 7 2014

Little Lulu: Vol. 1, by John Stanley and Irving Tripp

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The character of Little Lulu was created in 1935 by Marjorie Henderson Buell, beginning life as the subject of a series of gag panels in The Saturday Evening Post and eventually becoming the star of an ongoing comic strip. In 1945, she graduated to her own comic book series, written by John Stanley and illustrated by Irving Tripp. In 2004, Dark Horse Books picked up the rights to reprint the Little Lulu stories, making Lulu's adventures available to a new generation of readers...

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Mar 3 2014

Weekly Book Giveaway: Chasing Shadows, by Swati Avasthi

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This week's Book Giveaway title is Swati Avasthi's novel Chasing Shadows. Featuring graphic novel-style illustrations by Craig Phillips, this book uses elements of Hindu myth to "create a gripping portrait of two girls teetering on the edge of grief and insanity." Admittedly, gripping portraits of grief and insanity are usually something I do my best to avoid, but the reviews for this sucker glow like a 100-watt bulb, so I've decided to give it a shot...

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Aug 29 2013

Hand-Drying in America, by Ben Katchor

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For one brief, glorious moment, I thought Ben Katchor's Hand-Drying in America was actually a nonfiction graphic novel about the development of electric hand dryers, like an American version of this. Little known fact: I am obsessed with hand dryers, and have long dreamt of having one installed in my bathroom, so I was ridiculously excited at the idea. Sadly...

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Jun 18 2013

Dirt Candy, by Amanda Cohen and Ryan Dunlavey

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My brother recently handed me a copy of Dirt Candy, a collection of recipes from Amanda Cohen's NYC vegetarian restaurant of the same name. The book is an unusual blend of cookbook, memoir, and graphic novel, and while I won't be leaping to make one of Cohen's fantastically elaborate recipes any time soon, it does make for an unexpectedly satisfying reading experience...

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Jan 11 2013

The Rabbi's Cat (film review), by Joann Sfar

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I was recently sent a DVD screener of The Rabbi’s Cat, a 2011 animated film adaptation of Joann Sfar's graphic novel of the same name. I'm no film critic, and my previous experience with Sfar's work is limited to reading his sword-and-sorcery-on-drugs series Dungeon (which he co-created with Lewis Trondheim, and I have always found more exasperating than amusing), but I'll try anything once...

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Dec 6 2012

Uglies: Cutters, by Scott Westerfeld and Devin Grayson

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When I reviewed Scott Westerfeld's Uglies: Shay's Story last spring, I wondered if Westerfeld's original series (which had already expanded from a trilogy to a quartet) really merited a graphic novel tie-in. I still have my doubts, frankly, but Shay's Story obviously sold well enough to justify a sequel, because Westerfeld has just released Uglies: Cutters...

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Oct 22 2012

Blood Crime, by Kim Harrison

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I have never read one of Kim Harrison's books, so when I received a copy of her upcoming graphic novel Blood Crime I had some background research to do. Thanks to Wikipedia, I now fully intend to hunt down the earlier installments in Harrison's "Hollows" urban fantasy series...

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Jul 23 2012

Fever Moon, by Karen Marie Moning

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First, a word of warning: Fever Moon is the only Karen Marie Moning book that I have ever read, so while I'm finally capable of evaluating a graphic novel without a boatload of preconceived notions about how everyone should look and behave, I'm flying blind when it comes to the series' larger story arc...

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