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How To Spot a Sasquatch

Torres, having previously collaborated with Faith Erin Hicks on the Bigfoot Boy trilogy, returns with another Bigfoot story and a new illustrator. Torres addresses some of the same themes in this story; feeling out of place, trying to find your niche, and discovering...

Fake Blood

Whitney Gardner’s debut graphic novel hits on all the normal middle grade book tropes: crushes, friendship issues, and trying to find your place. But there’s a quirky twist: vampires. AJ feels invisible. He has two best friends, Ivy and Hunter, who are adventurous and...

The Chancellor and the Citadel

Mary Capelle Frantz’s debut graphic novel, The Chancellor and the Citadel, creates a fantasy world in which middle grade readers encounter the moral quandary of hurting others to protect the ones you love. The story also explores how fear can turn to anger, and anger...

The Librarians, Vol. 1: In Search Of…

I admit I picked this title blindly. “The Librarians—great!” I thought. “It’ll be a great comic about librarians!” I envisioned something along the lines of Rex Libris, the comic series by James Turner, or maybe some set of salacious reading advisories gone awry. I...

Petro and the Flea King

Everything about the day was normal before Petro broke his grandmother’s vase. Petro, who is an ungrateful young boy, breaks the vase while throwing a tantrum and then, struck with contrition, sets out to make it up to his grandmother. But when he gets to town, he...

Abbott

The year: 1972. The place: Detroit. Elena Abbott is a hard-hitting journalist at the Detroit Daily, using her work to ask difficult questions and bring to light police abuses that some feel are best left unexplored. To make things more difficult, Abbott moves through...

Steven Universe, vol. 3: Field Researching

Steven Universe: Field Researching is volume 3 in the re-launched comic series that started in 2017. It collects issues 9-12 of the series based on the show Steven Universe. This volume fits right along with the previous volume, Steven Universe: Punching Up,...

The Only Living Boy Omnibus

“My life was over the day I ran away.” The Only Living Boy by David Gallaher is a jam-packed adventure. Featuring a heartbreaking story-arc and astounding visuals by Steve Ellis, the story races by at breakneck speed. With its fantastical setting and intriguing cast...

The Young Master’s Revenge, vol. 1

Love is sweet, but revenge is sweeter. Leo Tachibana is a young man bent on vengeance after Tenma Tsuwabuki humiliated him ten years ago. The episode left his pride in shambles, and his revenge plans depend on making Tsuwabuki fall in love with him so that he can dump...

I Hear the Sunspot

What happens when a carefree, food-loving student with a huge appetite befriends another student with a ? This is the basis of Yuki Fumino’s I Hear the Sunspot, a heartfelt manga that dramatizes the intimate friendship between two college guys whose...

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World

Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World is a pitch perfect historical graphic novel for anyone who wants to learn about brazen rebel ladies throughout . Pénélope Bagieu started with a list of 50 women whose stories she wanted to tell and narrowed it down to...

The Silence of Malka

Winner of the Best Foreign Graphic Album at the Angoulème Festival in Belgium and recently translated into English from the original text, this version of the traditional legend of the Golem is innovative for me, a person who has collected these legends...

Mister Miracle

Mister Miracle has been around DC comics since the 70s, when Jack Kirby introduced him and the other New Gods to the DC Universe. Mostly I remember him from Batman team-ups in the Brave and the Bold. He’s basically the Houdini of the DC Universe; he can get out of any...

The Best We Could Do

In her book Why Comics? Hillary Chute states flatly that the foundation of comics is in disaster—Spiegelman’s Holocaust, Jimmy Corrigan’s family, the destruction of Krypton. In Thi Bui’s graphic memoir, The Best We Could Do, disaster is foundational and unavoidable as...

Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts

The frame story of Hungry Ghosts, reminiscent of the Tales of the Crypt anthologies, begins with a ghoulish Russian host inviting a assembly of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles: "As night fell the warriors came together. In an adjoining...

Sabrina

Sabrina disappears, her sister Sandra grieves, and her boyfriend Teddy effectively checks out of the world. This is how Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina begins. Teddy then meets up with an old friend, Calvin, who takes him in, lets him sleep for days, and feeds him. When a...

Your Name

Ever wake up and dreamed that you were someone else? That’s the journey two teens named Mitsuha and Taki take in the anime Your Name, directed by Mikoto Shinkai. This unexplained phenomenon begins after a comet shoots across the sky; the pair themselves switch bodies...

Takane & Hana, vols. 1-2

  Arranged marriage meetings can be awkward, especially when you’re pretending to be the bride. In Takane & Hana, vol. 1, 16 year-old Hana Nonomura is forced to impersonate her older sister during an awkward marriage meeting arranged by the enthusiastic...

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born in in 1906. He had a great childhood with a big, wonderful family, a good education, and a strong faith. By 14, Dietrich declared himself a theologian, an aspiration that shaped the rest of his life. By all accounts, Dietrich was a...

Meal

Yarrow is a budding chef who loves introducing people to insect cuisine. She moves from California to work at a new insect specialty restaurant, but her trajectory comes to a screeching halt when she offends Chanda, the head chef and owner. Yarrow has three days to...

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Classic Fantastic: Revolutionary Girl Utena

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