{comics} IRL

In Real Life by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang First Second (2014)  Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, andContinue reading “{comics} IRL”

{comic} this one summer

If the summer narrative isn’t your glass of lemonade, it isn’t mine either, but I had to see what all the raving was about and I was very pleasantly surprised. Make it your book club read. Make it the first comic you’ve decided to read if you have been harboring a mistaken belief that comicsContinue reading “{comic} this one summer”

{comic} the art of shadows

Will & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge Amulet (Abrams), 2013. Trade Paper, 192 pages including “soundtrack,” author’s “inspiration board” for book, & recipe for “Blue Crush Cookies. ages 12 & up. Laura Lee Gulledge’s debut Page by Paige (2011) involved not only a great story about moving to a new place, finding new friends, romantic drama,Continue reading “{comic} the art of shadows”

{comic} blue is the warmest color

Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger Arsenal Pulp Press, English edition, 2013. published in France, 2010, by Glenat Editions as Le blue est une couleur chande. Clementine is a junior in high school who seems “normal” enough: she has friends, family, and the romantic attention of the boys in herContinue reading “{comic} blue is the warmest color”

{comic} the underwater welder

The Underwater Welder by Jeff Lemire Top Shelf Productions, 2012; trade paper, 220 pages. Moving home with a wife after earning a degree in English Lit, Jack Joseph works as an underwater welder on an oil rig off the coast of Nova Scotia. Deep-sea work is a dangerous job, and the time to live dangerously isContinue reading “{comic} the underwater welder”

{comic} the eternal smile

The Eternal Smile : Three Stories by by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim First Second Books, 2009. Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim are authors and artists who’ve teamed up in this collection of three short stories, or three individual comics. The three pieces find commonality in their use of cultural influences, like fairytales,Continue reading “{comic} the eternal smile”

{comic} legends of zita the spacegirl

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke; First Second, 2012; tradepaper, 209 pages + sketches. Zita’s exploits from her first adventure have made her an intergalactic megastar! But she’s about to find out that fame doesn’t come without a price. And who can you trust when your true self is being eclipsed by your publicContinue reading “{comic} legends of zita the spacegirl”

{comic} same difference

Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim ; (deluxe edition) First Second Books, 2011 When Derek Kirk Kim published his debut graphic novel back in 2003, it made an immediate stir. The story about a group of young people navigating adulthood and personal relationships is told with such sympathy and perception that the book was immediately hailed asContinue reading “{comic} same difference”

{comic} vogelein: old ghosts

Vögelein: Old Ghosts by Jane Irwin Fiery Studios, 2007 Though three hundred years have passed since Alexi’s death, Vögelein finds herself still haunted by the unkept promise she made to her first Guardian. Now the clockwork faerie must confront her past with the help of Mason, an itinerant musician whose spirit bears a striking resemblanceContinue reading “{comic} vogelein: old ghosts”

bbw, comics, & personal musings…

a bit of levity from xkcd [w/ the line: “of course, with their cautionary tale was reported in a print newspaper, no one  read it.”]  “Given their visual nature and the rampantly held misconception that comic books are for children, comics are among the most challenged and banned books in libraries and schools.”—Comic Book LegalContinue reading “bbw, comics, & personal musings…”