Works and Comics Stars Booklist
Fiction and Nonfiction by noted Graphic, Comic & Manga masters.
A list of books, many of which received at least one starred review (indicating a work of unusual merit) from the following review sources: Booklist (BL), Publisher's Weekly (PW), Kirkus,January 15, 2012brary Journal (LJ). Additional titles of interest may be included on this list. Titles are listed alphabetically by author.
Annotations are from Advance, the Ingram Book Magazine, unless noted.
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Publisher: Image Comics $ 24.95 ISBN: 1582404771 Date: 2005
- Serenity Rose: Working Through the Negativity
Author: Aaron, A.
Publisher: Slave Labor $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 159362011x Date: 2005
When you can float through the air and conjure up monsters out of ectoplasm, you're bound to attract attention. Come stare at Ms. Serenity Rose, local witch, as she spends the day dodging goblins, goths, and a bad case of social phobia in the spookiest lil town in America. - Publisher Marketing.
- La Perdida
Author: Abel, Jessica
Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375423656 Date: 2006
In this richly emotional, high velocity tale, a young woman journeys to Mexico City in search of her true identity, only to discover a self she can hardly recognize.
Author: Anderson, Ho Che
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 22.95 (paper) ISBN: 1560976225 Date: 2005
This groundbreaking body of comics journalism collects for first time Anderson's entire biography of the renowned civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., casting King as an ambitious, dichotomous figure deserving of his place in history but not above moral sacrifice to get there.
- City of Glass
Author: Auster, Paul, Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli
Publisher: Picador $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0312423608 Date: 2004
In Auster's groundbreaking, Edgar Award-nominated masterwork, an unknown voice on the telephone is begging a mystery writer for help, drawing him into a world far stranger than any he has ever created in print.
- Yotsuba & !
Author: Azuma, Kiyohiko
Publisher: ADV $ 9.99 ISBN: 1413903177 Date: 2005
From the nutty mind of Kyohiko Azuma, creator of the hit manga Azumanga Daioh comes the story of the new kid in town - little Yotsuba, a green-haired and wide-eyed girl who doesn't have a clue... about anything!
Author: B., David
Publisher: Pantheon $ 25 ISBN: 0375423184 Date: 2005
With stunning black-and-white illustrations, a noted cartoonist chronicles growing up with an epileptic older brother. The author charts his complicated relationship with his brother from childhood to adulthood, and the effects of the illness on the entire family.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Buddy Does Seattle
Author: Bagge, Peter
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ I14.95 (paper) SBN: 1560976233 Date: 2005
- Nexus 1
Author: Baron, Mike & Steve Rude
Publisher: Dark Horse $ 49.95 ISBN: 1593073984 Date: 2006
On the distant moon of Ylum, an enigmatic man is plagued by nightmares. He is forced to dream of the past. He dreams of real-life butchers and tyrants, and what they have done. And then he finds them, and kills them. The year is 2841, and this man is Nexus, a godlike figure who acts as judge, jury, and executioner for the vile criminals who appear in his dreams. He claims to kill in self-defense, but why? Where do the visions come from, and where did he get his powers? Though a hero to many, does he have any real moral code? These are but some of the questions that reporter Sundra Peale hopes to have answered. - Publisher Marketing
- Nexus Archives 2
Author: Baron, Mike
Publisher: Dark Horse $ 49.95 ISBN: 1593074557 Date: 2006
- The Greatest of Marlys
Author: Barry, Lynda
Publisher: Sasquatch $ 15.95 ISBN: 1570612609 Date: 2006
She's back! This is a Lynda Barry double-tall: the long-awaited collection of the best strips from her syndicated comics. Way back in the mid-1980s, comic illustrator and writer Lynda Barry introduced the character of Marlys Mullen, her crazy groovy teenage sister Maybonne, her sensitive and strange little brother Freddie, a mother like no other, and an array of cousins and friends from the 'hood. This oversized book presents the long strange journey through puberty and life that Marlys and company have experienced. Marlys's universe and galaxy are funny, rude, disturbing, tearful . . . in short, very, very Lynda Barry. - Publisher Marketing
- One Hundred Demons
Author: Barry, Lynda
Publisher: Sasquatch $ 24.95 ISBN: 1570613370 Date: 2002
Buddhism teaches that each person must overcome 100 demons in a lifetime. In this collection of 20 comic strips, Lynda Barry wrestles with some of hers in her signature quirky, irrepressible voice.
- Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Author: Bechdel, Alison
Publisher: Houghton $ 19.95 ISBN: 0618477942 Date: 2006
Through narrative that is alternately heartbreaking and fiercely funny, readers are drawn into a daughter's complex yearning for her father. And yet, apart from assigned stints dusting caskets at the family-owned "fun home," as Alison and her brothers call it, the relationship achieves its most intimate expression through the shared code of books.
- Amy and Jordan
Author: Beyer, Mark & Chip Kidd
Publisher: Pantheon $ 21 ISBN: 0375422706 Date: 2004
Originally published in the New York Press from 1989 to 1996, these comic strips feature the existential anti-heroes Amy and Jordan, who go through every manner of anxiety-producing trial imaginable. "This work is a major release by one of the masters of the form, and is a must-have for anyone interested in the potential for profound art in the comics medium." - Publishers Weekly
- Scurvy Dogs: Rags to Riches
Author: Boyd, Andrew & Ryan Yount
Publisher: AIT Planet $ 12.95 ISBN: 1932051279 Date: 2005
Pirates of the past...today! The Scurvy Dogs search for jobs, love, and adventure - with disastrous results! This volume collects all five issues of the critically-acclaimed, independent humor, comic book sensation. But that's not all! It's chock-full of bonuses - including rare, behind-the-scenes materials, a character sketchbook, creator interviews, pin-up gallery, and an original commentary on all five issues written exlusively for this volume by creators Andrew Boyd and Ryan Yount. A must-have for the deranged; or for collectors of oddball comedy. - Publisher Marketing.
Suggested Reading: Pirate Stars
- Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age
Author: Briggs, Raymond
Publisher: Knopf $ 17.99 ISBN: 0375916113 Date: 2006
This funny, sad, yet wonderfully life-affirming story is about a misunderstood boy genius who refuses to accept the limitations of the world in which he lives. Young Ug is always on the brink of finding a better and nicer way of getting through life. Told in more than 100 colorful frames with speech balloons, much like a graphic novel but for a younger audience with witty footnotes. Grades 3-6
- Louis Reil: A Comic-Strip Biography
Author: Brown, Chester
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 24.95 ISBN: 1896597637 Date: 2003
Martyr or Madman? The Passionate Rebel History Can't Close The Book On.
Is this the future of comics? Respectably penning the dowdy pages of history? Don't be fooled. This is one of the hippest comics going and will be a controversial must-have in 2003. Legendary cartoonist Chester Brown reveals in the dusty closet of Canadian history there are some skeletons that won't stop rattling. To some Louis Riel was one of the founding fathers of a nation but to others he was a murderer who nearly tore a country apart. A man so charismatic he was elected to government twice while in exile with a prize on his head--but so impassioned his dramatic behavior cast serious doubts on his sanity. Riel took on the army, the government, the Queen, and even the Church in the name of freedom. Will Riel's visionary democracy ever be enough to defend him from the verdict of history? - Publisher Marketing
Author: Brown, Jeffrey
Publisher: Top Shelf $ 12.95 ISBN: 1891830562 Date: 2004
Jeffrey Brown is back - and with a Bighead, no less! An irreverent and clever super-hero parody, featuring the most amazing hero of all time: Bighead. Witness inept villains clash with an all-too-emotional hero, in the epic graphic novel that will leap all cliches in a single bound. - Publisher Marketing.
- An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons & True Stories
Author: Brunetti, Ivan (edt)
Publisher: Yale $ 28 ISBN: 0300111703 Date: 2006
The creator of Schizo offers a best-of anthology of contemporary art comics, along with some classic comic strips that have retained a "modern" sensibility. This book is a must-have for collectors, aficionados, readers of comics, and those generally interested in cutting-edge art and literature.
- Black Hole
Author: Burns, Charles
Publisher: Pantheon $ 24.95 ISBN: 037542380x Date: 2005
From one of the most fiercely admired graphic artists at work today comes a gothic masterpiece of existential fear and loathing, more than a decade in the making and already being hailed as a classic. Set in suburban Seattle in the mid-1970s, it is a horror tale unlike any other.
- After the Snooter
Author: Campbell, Eddie
Publisher: Top Shelf $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 0957789661 Date: 2003
- The Fate of the Artist
Author: Campbell, Eddie
Publisher: First Second $ 15.95 ISBN: 1596431334 Date: 2006
In wildly comical reenactments of incidents from his curious life, Eddie Campbell conducts an investigation into his own sudden disappearance. In this creative mining of the rich resources of the comic strip language, Campbell offers a complex meditation on the lonely demands of art amid the realities of everyday life.
- Ice Haven
Author: Clowes, Daniel
Publisher: Pantheon $ 18.95 ISBN: 037542332x Date: 2005
Clowes, who received an Oscar nomination for the screen adaptation of his graphic novel Ghost World, weaves a multi-layered tale that, while it owes a debt to Our Town, is ultimately based on and inspired by the case of Leopold and Loeb. Illustrations.
- Catwoman: Selena's Big Score
Author: Cooke, Darwyne, illustrated by Matt Hollingsworth
Publisher: DC Comics $ 24.95 ISBN: 1563898977 Date: 2003
- DC The New Frontier #2
Author: Cooke, Darwyn (edt)
Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.95 ISBN: 1401204619 Date: 2005
- The R. Crumb Handbook
Author: Crumb, R.
Publisher: Mq $ 25 ISBN: 1840727160 Date: 2005
This collection of original cartoons and never-before-published work takes readers on a unique journey through the life and times of one of the 20th century's most notorious and influential counter-culture artists.
- Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
Author: Delisle, Guy
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1896597890 Date: 2005
Kirkus | BBYA
A westerner's visit into North Korea, told in the form of a graphic novel.
Famously referred to as one of the "Axis of Evil" countries, North Korea remains one of the most secretive and mysterious nations in the world today. In early 2001 cartoonist Guy Delisle became one of the few Westerners to be allowed access to the fortresslike country. While living in the nation's capital for two months on a work visa for a French film animation company, Delisle observed what he was allowed to see of the culture and lives of the few North Koreans he encountered; his findings form the basis of this remarkable graphic novel. Pyongyang is an informative, personal, and accessible look at a dangerous and enigmatic country.- Publisher Marketing
- Shezhen: A Travelogue from China
Author: Delisle, Guy
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1894937791 Date: 2006
The follow-up graphic novel to the acclaimed Pyongyang: A Journey to North Korea. Shenzhen is entertainingly compact, with Guy Delisle's observations of life in a cold urban city in southern China that is sealed off from the rest of the country by electric fences and armed guards. With a dry wit and a clean line, Delisle makes the most of his time spent in Asia overseeing outsourced production for a French animation company. By translating his fish-out-of-water experiences into accessible graphic novels, Delisle is quick to find the humor and point out the differences between Western and Eastern cultures. Yet he never forgets to relay his compassion for the simple freedoms that escape his colleagues by virtue of living in a Communist state. - Publisher Marketing
- Get a Life
Author: Dupuy, Philippe & Charles Berberian
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1896597793 Date: 2006
Get a Life is a collection of the early Mr. Jean stories where the reader is introduced to the life of the titular character, a laconic, single Parisian male struggling through the usual calamities of life: bachelorhood in his twenties and early thirties and the impending responsibilities of marriage, kids, and deadlines for his publisher. Mr. Jean is a typical everyman--a scholar who fancies himself a man of letters, a nostalgist whose memories carry a weight few can understand, a lover whose heart knows the greatest of burdens. Melancholic yet joyful reflections on past loves, favorite authors, marriage, and fatherhood are laid out in a breezy, comic style. - Publisher Marketing
- The Contract With God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue
Author: Eisner, Will
Publisher: Norton $ 29.95 ISBN: 0393061051 Date: 2005
Set during the Great Depression, this literary trilogy, assembled in one volume for the first time, presents a treasure house of now near-mythic stories that fictionally illustrate the bittersweet tenement life of Eisner's youth.
- The Best of the Spirit
Author: Eisner, Will
Publisher: DC Comics $ 14.95 ISBN: 1401207553 Date: 2005
- Wil Eisner's New York: Life in the Big City
Author: Eisner, Wil
Publisher: Norton $ 29.95 ISBN: 039306106x Date: 2006
This new hardcover presents a quartet of Eisner's graphic works (New York, The Building, City People Notebook, and Invisible People) and features what Gaiman describes as "tales as brutal, as uncaring as the city itself."
- Mom's Cancer
Author: Fies, Brian
Publisher: Abrams $ 12.95 ISBN: 0810958406 Date: 2006
The winner of the 2005 Eisner Award in the category of Best Digital Comic for the original Web version, Mom's Cancer is now available as a graphic novel. It offers an honest, unflinching, and sometimes humorous look at the practical and emotional effect that serious illness can have on patients and their families.
- Beg the Question
Author: Fingerman, Bob
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 24.95 ISBN: 1560975024 Date: 2003
- Winter's Dregs: And Other Stories
Author: Fingerman, Bob, and others
Publisher: Dark Horse $ 24.95 ISBN: 1593073844 Date: 2005
The end of the world is near. The dead walk the earth and feed on the flesh of the living. The remnants of humanity struggle for survival in a sickening nightmare that has become reality. The birth of a terrifying new world is at hand. Zombie World, the comic-book series that set the standard for comics of the undead is back in a massive trade paperback. Bob Fingerman and Tommy Lee Edwards take us into the darkened subway tunnels of New York, where the rats aren't the only things that bite, in the critically-acclaimed "Winter's Dregs." Kelley Jones spins his own twisted tale of love and the undead in "Eat Your Heart Out." A family's Christmas gathering has a few unexpected arrivals in Gordon Rennie and Gary Erskine's "Home For The Holidays." And the apocalypse proves to be more horrifying than anyone ever imagined in Pat Mills and J. Deadstock's "Tree of Death." - Publsher Marketing
- The Ticking
Author: French, Renee
Publisher: Top Shelf $ 19.95 ISBN: 1891830708 Date: 2006
The Ticking is the story of Edison Steelhead, a boy who at birth takes his mother's life and his father's deformed face. Secreted away by his father to be raised in a remote island lighthouse, Edison relates to his surroundings in the only way he knows how--by capturing them in his sketchbook. Able to find beauty in even the most grotesque of things, Edison embraces his own unsettling appearance and sets out to confront the rest of the world. Waiting for him on its alien shores are the sights and experiences that will give shape to both his future and his past. Written and illustrated by acclaimed artist Renee French, The Ticking is a compelling work of graphic literature, a reminder that before we can appreciate the beauty around us, we must first find it within ourselves. A gorgeous 216-page hardcover graphic novel, designed by Jordan Crane. - Publsher Marketing
- Oh My Goddess!: Wrong Number
Author: Fujishima, Kosuke
Publisher: Dark Horse $ 13.95 ISBN: 1569716692 Date: 2002
At long last, the "lost" Oh My Goddess stories are collected for the first time in this new, remastered first volume that restores the complete storyline of college student Keiichi Morisato.
- Sandman: Endless Nights
Author: Gaiman, Neil and various illustrators
Publisher: Vertigo/DC $ 24.95 ISBN: 1401200893 Date: 2003
- Marvel 1602
Author: Gaiman, Neil & Andy Kubert
Publisher: Marvel $ 24.99 ISBN: 0785110704 Date: 2004
All's not well in the Marvel Universe in the year 1602 as strange storms are brewing and strange new powers are emerging. As the world begins to enter a new age, Gaiman weaves a thrilling mystery about how Marvel stars begin appearing nearly 400 years before they're supposed to.
- Megatokyo: Volume 1
Author: Gallagher, Fred
Publisher: I.C. Entertainment $ 9.95 (paper) ISBN: 1929090307 Date: 2003
- A Treasury of Victorian
Murder: The Beast of Chicago
Author: Geary, Rick
Publisher: NMB/Comics Lit $ 15.95 ISBN: 1561633623 Date: 2003
He was the world's first serial killer and he existed in the late 19th century, operating around the Chicago World's Fair, building a literal house of horrors, replete with chutes for dead bodies, gas chambers, surgical rooms. He methodically murdered up to 200 people, mostly young women. The infamous H.H. Holmes is the next subject of Geary's award-winning and increasingly popular series. - Publisher Marketing.
- He Done Her Wrong
Author: Gross, Milt
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 16.95 ISBN: 1560976942 Date: 2006
First published in 1930, the famously wordless He Done Her Wrong is Milt Gross' graphic masterpiece, the result of his prior collaboration with Charlie Chaplin on the 1928 silent-era film classic The Circus. Sharing the same goofy, over-the-top comic mayhem that was Chaplin's trademark, and preceding the expressive, cartoony art style of "MAD" magazine legend Harvey Kurtzman, all of He Done Her Wrong''s hilarious slapstick, tragic heartbreak, heroism and villainy, character development, high emotions and raucous thrills somehow manages to take place, astonishingly, without a single word of text, or conversation, or even a footnote. - Publisher Marketing
- Kramer's Ergot 5
Author: Harkham, Sammy (ed)
Publisher: Gingko $ 29.95 ISBN: 1584231726 Date: 2005
Comics are a vitally important art form, and Kramer's Ergot series has finally succeeded in placing the movement in proper perspective within the context of modern art, literature, and graphic design. Contributors to this book range from the most revered artists working in the medium to some of the new generation's best cartoonists. The book features works by Chris Ware, Dan Zettwoch, Fabio, Helge Ruemann, Jordan Crane, Harkham S, Marc Bell, and Souther Salazar, to name just a few.
- Poor Sailor
Author: Harkham, Sammy
Publisher: Gingko $ 14.95 ISBN: 158423184x Date: 2006
With his Kramers Ergot series cartoonist, editor and publisher Sammy Harkham has created a comics anthology that outdoes all others - in size, style and content. Poor Sailor is his own pen and ink on Bristol contribution to Kramers Ergot 4, reproduced in mini format. It is based on Guy de Maupassant's short story. At Sea, the message of which is the tragedy that occurs when properly protection prevails over human suffering and loss. Poor Sailor uses few words to tell the similar tale of a woodsman who trades a simple but contended life for adventure at sea, and the high price he must pay for it. Harkham's quiet Lone is eery, emotional, honest and moving- all of the things this gifted cartoonist believes a comic should be. Poor Sailor is a must have for comics enthusiasts of all dispositions. - Publisher Marketing
- Hutch Owen: Unmarketable
Author: Hart, Tom
Publisher: Top Shelf $ 14.95 ISBN: 1891830554 Date: 2006
Collecting the travels and travails of Hutch Owen since the year 2000, The Collected Hutch Owen: Unmarketable centers on "Public Relations" as Hutch is pitted against the Worner Company and a PR firm bent on redesigning the World Trade Center Site. This 92-page story - the longest Hutch story to date - was a one-page-per-week improvisational drama begun a personal response to September 11, 2001. Other stories include "Aristotle," in which Hutch winds up in Worner's employ as a slogan writer, as well as a surreal Hutch Owen "24-hour comic" in which Hutch battles the trends of the "far future" when everyone wants to be on TV and thinks they have something new to say. Hart's shorter Hutch Owen stories round out the collection with "Consumer Confidence Level," "In Hong Kong," "Attacking Attacked Attacking," and "The Executive Hour" (a solo Dennis Worner story). - Publisher Marketing
- Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup
Author: Hernandez, Gilbert
Publisher: Fantographics $ 39.95 ISBN: 1560975393 Date: 2003
Author: Hernandez, Gilbert
Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.99 ISBN: 1401203663 Date: 2006
- Locas: A Love & Rockets Book
Author: Hernandez, Jaime
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 49.95 ISBN: 156097611x Date: 2004
One of the most humane, graceful and imaginatively inexhaustible artists in American popular culture, Jaime Hernandez has created in Locas one of the great American novels of the last 25 years, graphic or otherwise. Spanning a quarter-century, Locas tells the story of Maggie Chascarrillo, a bisexual, Mexican-American woman attempting to define herself in a community rife with class, race and gender issues.
- Ghost of Hoppers
Author: Hernandez, Jaime
Publisher: Fantagraphic $ 18.95 ISBN: 1560977000 Date: 2006
Ghost of Hoppers collects for the first time the new adventures of Maggie Chascarrillo, as serialized in the Love & Rockets comic book, and represents Jaime Hernandez's much-anticipated follow-up to his critically acclaimed 2004 magnum opus Locas, which "Entertainment Weekly" gave an 'A' for its "innovative technique and complex, character-driven stories about Mexican-American life." - Publisher Marketing
- Krazy & Ignatz: 1929-1930
Author: Herriman, George
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1560975296 Date: 2003
Designed by bestsellers Jimmy Corrigan and author Chris Ware, this love triangle of the brick throwing mice Krazy Kat and Ignatz Mouse has major historical appeal, and is widely considered to be the greatest example of the comic strip artform.
Author: Huizenga, Kevin
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 21.95 ISBN: 1894937864 Date: 2006
Huizenga is regarded by many as one of the most promising young cartoonists of his generation, whose artistic talent, singular writing, and studied substance prove the versatility of his skill. Curses collects his work from "Kramer's Ergot "and "The Drawn & Quarterly Showcase," his award-winning and nominated comic-book series "Or Else," and "Time "magazine; it is the most extensive selection of his comics to date in a single volume. - Publisher Marketiing
- Tokyo Tribes
Author: Inoue, Santa
Publisher: Tokyopop $ 9.95 (paper) ISBN: 1595321861 Date: 2004
Tokyo Tribes paints a vivid, somewhat surreal vision of urban youth. When the heat between two of Tokyo's gangs gets personal, a bitter rivalry explodes into all-out warfare.
- The 9/11 Report
Author: Jacobson, Sid & Ernie Colon
Publisher: FSG/Hill & Wang $ 30/16.95 ISBN: 0809057387/0809057395 Date: 2006
This graphic adaptation of the 9/11 Commission's official report on the terrorist attacks puts at every American's fingertips the most defining event of the century. Sid Jacobson's text faithfully captures the report's investigative thoroughness, while Ernie Colon's stunning artwork powerfully conveys the facts, insights, and urgency of the original.
- Moomin Book One: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip
Author: Jansson, Tove
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 9781894937801 Date: 2007
- Why Are You Doing This?
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 12.95 ISBN: 1560976551 Date: 2005
Author: Kalesniko, Mark
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 19.95 ISBN: 1560977450 Date: 2006
This existential, 250-page exploration of depression and the healing power of art was originally published over ten years ago as a six-issue comic book series and is collected here as one book for the first time. Kalesniko is a former Disney animator with credits including The Prince and the Pauper, Mulan, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid. He has also created the graphic novels Why Did Pete Duel Kill Himself? and Mail Order Bride.
Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District
Author: Katchor, Ben
Publisher: Pantheon $ 22 ISBN: 0375401059 Date: 2000
From one of the most poetic and gifted comic-strip artists working today - and author of The Jew of New York - comes the first collection about his beloved protagonist, Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer.
- We Are on Our Own
Author: Katin, Miriam
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1896597203 Date: 2006
A stunning memoir of a mother and her daughter's survival in WWII and their subsequent lifelong struggle with faith In this captivating and elegantly illustrated graphic memoir, Miriam Katin retells the story of her and her mother's escape on foot from the Nazi invasion of Budapest. With her father off fighting for the Hungarian army and the German troops quickly approaching, Katin and her mother are forced to flee to the countryside after faking their deaths. Leaving behind all of their belongings and loved ones, and unable to tell anyone of their whereabouts, they disguise themselves as a Russian servant and illegitimate child, while literally staying a few steps ahead of the German soldiers.
We Are on Our Own is a woman's attempt to rebuild her earliest childhood trauma in order to come to an understanding of her lifelong questioning of faith. Katin's faith is shaken as she wonders how God could create and tolerate such a wretched world, a world of fear and hiding, bargaining and theft, betrayal and abuse. The complex and horrific experiences on the run are difficult for a child to understand, and as a child, Katin saw them with the simple longing, sadness, and
curiosity she felt when her dog ran away or a stranger made her mother cry. Katin's ensuing lifelong struggle with faith is depicted throughout the book in beautiful full-color sequences.
We Are on Our Own is the first full-length graphic novel by Katin, at the age of sixty-three. - Publisher Marketing
- The Squirrel Mother
Author: Kelso, Megan
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 16.95 ISBN: 1560977469 Date: 2006
The Squirrel Mother features 15 stories of between three and twenty-two pages in full color, including two stories, "Meow Face" and "Aide de Camp," done especially for this volume. The personal stories are each self-contained but in a sense take place in the same world where similar characters inhabit different stories. The "America" stories are broader in subject matter, taking on events of political and historical significance and wrestling with ideas having to do with the American experience. - Publisher Marketing
- Flight 3
Author: Kibuishi, Kazu (edt)
Publisher: Ballantine $ 24.95 ISBN: 0345490398 Date: 2006
In this highly anticipated third graphic anthology of short stories, some of the best artists in the field show their talents. Includes the full-color work of top animators at Pixar, DreamWorks, and other studios, emerging Web cartoonists, and established comic book and graphic novel creators.
- The Maxx 6
Author: Kieth, Sam
Publisher: Wildstorm $ 19.95 ISBN: 1401209467 Date: 2006
The final volume of Sam Kieth's eclectic masterpiece collects a series of innovative stories known as Friends of Maxx. These tales mark a turning point for Kieth's artistic evolution as a storyteller, paving the way for later groundbreaking titles such as Zero Girl and Four Women.
- Walt & Skeezik: 1921 & 1922
Author: King, Frank O.
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ I29.95 SBN: 1896597645 Date: 2006
Walt & Skeezix is the first-ever collection of the classic twentieth-century newspaper strip "Gasoline Alley" - Publisher Marketing
- Jimmy Olsen: Adventures by Jack Kirby, Vol 2
Author: Kirby, Jack
Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.95 (paper) ISBN: 1401202594 Date: 2004
- Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde
Author: adapted by Kramsky, Jerry; illustrated by Lorenzo Mattotti
Publisher: NMB $ 15.95 ISBN: 1561633305 Date: 2003
- Yossel, April 19, 1943: A Story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
Author: Kubert, Joe
Publisher: Ibooks $ 24.95 ISBN: 074347516x Date: 2006
His name is Yossel. In another time, in another place, this fifteen-year-old boy could have grown to be a great artist. But in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II, Yossel, a Jew, is an untermensch and thus has no rights-and no future. When the Nazis confiscate his family's home and force them to live in the overcrowded tenements of the Warsaw ghetto, it appears that Yossel's artistic gift will be shattered. Instead, the awful suffering of his family, the terrible conditions of the ghetto, and the increasingly barbaric treatment inspire him. Yossel: April 19, 1943 is his story, told through his sketches. It is a compelling account of increasing horror depicted by an artist whose soul drives him to bear witness through his art. And it is a tale of inspiring triumph; of how people deprived of everything rise above the horror and degradation that is their existence and, in a final act of defiance and humanity, turn on their oppressors and launch the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising of 1943. - Publisher Marketing
- The Jungle
Author: Sinclair, Upton - Peter Kuper
Publisher: Comics Lit $ 15.95 ISBN: 1561634042 Date: 2004
Peter Kuper's Classics Illustrated adaptation of Upton Sinclair's whistle-blowing novel on the conditions at the Chicago slaughter houses in the early 20th century is brought back to press in a beautiful larger size hardcover. One of his best and most poignant works, this seminal novel created a scandal and brought about legislation of the meatpacking industry.
- Sexy Voice and Robo
Author: Kuroda, Iou
Publisher: Viz $ 19.95 ISBN: 159116916x Date: 2005
"This is a fun, unusual manga in the vein of television shows like "Veronica Mars". " - PW
- Fred the Clown
Author: Langridge, Roger
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 16.95 ISBN: 1560976101 Date: 2004
- Stray Bullets: Innocence of Nihilism
Author: Lapham, David
Publisher: El Capitan $ 19.95 ISBN: 0972714561 Date: 2005
For the first time ever, the complete award-winning first arc of Stray Bullets in paperback! Follow the lost lives of people who are savagely torn apart by events beyond their control: The innocent world of an imaginative little girl is shattered when she witnesses a brutal double murder. An introverted young boy on the verge of manhood gets a lesson on just how far is too far when he falls for a needy woman who lives life in the fast lane. Or party with a pair of low-rent hoods who learn what is really important in life just when they shouldn't. And even learn the story of the most infamous gangster who ever lived, Amy Racecar, who talks to God, lunches with the President, and just may be responsible for the end of the world. These are some of the tales that will rip out your guts and break your heart. - Publisher Marketing
- Ordinary Victories
Author: Larcenet, Manu
Publisher: Comics Lit $ I15.95 SBN: 1561634239 Date: 2005
- Gray Horses
Author: Larson, Hope
Publisher: Oni $ 14.95 ISBN: 193266436x Date: 2006
Noemie has left her home in France to study abroad. In Onion City there are new friends, new environments, and new loves. There are also new dreams. And not ordinary dreams. Vivid visions of life in a different time and in a different place, but more than that, of a different existence. In Noemie's sleep she's not a woman, but a horse. A noble creature aiding a sick little girl. But how does this effect Noemie's own journey?
- Batman: Hush
Author: Loeb, Jeph, Jim Lee & Scott Williams
Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.95 ISBN: 1401200613 Date: 2003
- Janet & Me
Author: Mack, Stan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 14 ISBN: 0684872781 Date: 2004
Featuring his trademark documentary cartooning style, acclaimed journalist-artist Stan Mack chronicles a poignant, unflinching, and intensely personal story of love and loss, and the remarkable relationship at the heart of it all.
- Scion: The Far Kingdom
Author: Marz, Ron, Jim Cheung, Don Hillsman II & Jason Keith
Publisher: CrossGen $ 15.95 (paper) ISBN: 1931484813 Date: 2003
- Ghost in the Shell
Author: Masamune, Shirow
Publisher: Dark Horse $ 24.95 ISBN:1593072287 Date: 2004
Deep into the 21st century, the line between man and machine has been inexorably blurred. In this rapidly converging landscape, cyborg super-agent Major Motoko Kusanagi is charged to track down the most dangerous terrorists and cybercriminals, including "ghost hackers," capable of exploiting the human/machine interface by reprogramming human minds to become puppets to carry out their criminal ends.
- Ghost in the Shell 2: Man Machine Interface
Author: Masamune, Shirow
Publisher: Dark Horse $ 24.95 ISBN: 159307240x Date: 2005
- Bardin the Superrealist: His Deeds, His Utterances, His Exploits and His Perambulations
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 19.95 ISBN: 1560977590 Date: 2006
Surrealism and absurd humor wrestle with philosophy and theology in full-color graphic novel from Spain. Created over a period of ten years by the acclaimed Spanish cartoonist Max, Bardin the Superrealist is a suite of stories, musings and gags that, much like Dan Clowes's Ice Haven, can be read individually or together as one overarching story. - Publisher Marketing
- Stagger Lee
Author: Mcculloch, Derek & Shepherd Hendrix
Publisher: Image $ 17.99 ISBN: 1582406073 Date: 2006
On Christmas Eve 1895, shots rang out in a St. Louis barroom. A hundred years and a thousand songs later, this ordinary little murder had become a legend. This is the true story of what happened after Stagger Lee shot Billy.
- Castle Waiting
Author: Medley, Linda
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 29.95 ISBN: 1560977477 Date: 2006
The multiple Harvey and Eisner award-winning fantasy is now collected in one volume!
The 450-page Castle Waiting graphic novel tells the story of an isolated, abandoned castle, and the eccentric inhabitants who bring it back to life. A fable for modern times, Castle Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess, saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil--but about being a hero in your own home.
For the first time, Fantagraphics' Castle Waiting collects the entire story into one mammoth volume--and includes the concluding chapter written and drawn especially for this volume. - Publisher Marketing
- Epicurus the
Author: Messner-Loebs, Willam & Keith, Sam
Publisher: DC/Cliffhanger $ 19.95 (paper) ISBN: 1401200281 Date: 2003
- Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes
Author: Miller, Frank and Lynn Varley
Publisher: DC Comics $ 29.95 ISBN: 1563898446 Date: 2003
The long awaited sequel to Batman: the Dark Knight Returns is in hardcover, with a cover designed by Chip Kidd.
- The House
at Maakies Corner
Author: Millionaire, Tony
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 19.95 ISBN: 1560975083 Date: 2003
Millionaire's Maakies comic strip runs in some of the largest weekly papers, and stars a drunken crow on the high seas with vaudeville humor. This volume features a year's worth of strips in a deluxe hardcover format that complements the strips classical style.
- Billy Hazelnuts
Author: Millionaire, Tony
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 19.95 ISBN: 1560977019 Date: 2006
An original graphic novel from the creator of "Maakies" and "Sock Monkey."
Tony Millionaire, creator of "Sock Monkey" and one of America's most popular weekly comic strips, "Maakies," delivers his first original graphic novel for Fantagraphics, Billy Hazelnuts. Billy Hazelnuts transmutes nursery rhymes and the golem myth into a storybook about Becky, girl scientist, her friend Billy Hazelnuts (who was created from cooking ingredients by tailless mice), and their journey to find the missing moon while battling an evil steam-driven alligator with a seeing-eye skunk. Millionaire fuses the darker spirit of older fairy tales with an absurdist adventure story, throws gender politics into the mix, and brings it to life with his dementedly charming and meticulous drawing style that is utterly transporting. Billy Hazelnuts features all-new characters, a first for Millionaire after building a tremendous following for his "Sock Monkey" and "Maakies" characters, which is sure to delight existing fans as well as introduce an entirely new audience to his breathtaking line and imagination. - Publisher Marketing
- Charley's War: 2 June 1916 - 1 August 1916
Author: Mills, Pat & Joe Colquhoun
Publisher: Titan $ 19.95 ISBN: 1840236272 Date: 2005
From renowned UK comics writer Pat Mills (Marshal Law, Slaine) and legendary artist Joe Colquhoun (Johnny Red) comes a truly classic piece of graphic storytelling, by turns thrilling, horrifying and deeply moving.In 1916, Charley Bourne lies about his age to enlist and fight on the battlefields of France. But thoughts of glory and patriotism are swept aside by the bloody artillery barrage of horror and needless sacrifice amidst the trenches of the First World War. Rich in the detailed minutiae of the terror-punctuated existence of a Tommy', Charley's War features a brand new introduction and director's commentary' by Pat Mills, a cultural history of the comic, and an essay on the Battle of the Somme. - Publisher Marketing
- Spirited Away
Author: Miyazaki, Hayao
Publisher: Viz $ 9.95 (paper) ISBN: 1569317917 Date: 2003
- Dragon Head 1
Author: Mochizuki, Minetaro
Publisher:Tokyopop $ 9.95 ISBN: 1595329145 Date: 2006
- De: Tales :Stories from Urban Brazil
Author: Moon, Fabio & Gabriel Ba
Publisher: Dark Horse $ 14.95 ISBN: 1593074859 Date: 2006
It is in our nature to be fascinated by identical twins. We watch them whenever possible, captivated by mirror images interacting, moving independently of one another and yet sharing the same mannerisms and speech patterns. Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba are Brazilian twins who share an award-winning talent for comics and an abiding love of the medium. Following in the wake of brothers Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez and Tomer & Asaf Hanuka, Moon & Ba bring their considerable skills to Dark Horse in De: Tales, their first major American release! This collection of short stories features the pair working together, in tandem, or separately - trading off on the roles of writing and illustrating, sharing those roles or flying solo. Brimming with all the details of human life, their charming tales move from the urban reality of their home in Sco Paulo to the magical realism of their Latin American background, living up to the twins' critical acclaim and proving that they are a talented pair to watch for. - Publisher Marketing
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Author: Moore, Alan
Publisher: DC Comics $ 24.95 ISBN:1563896656 Date: 2000
In 1898, as the glory days of the British Empire were waning, an incredible band of adventures was brought together to save England in its hour of greatest need. Writer Alan Moore has assembled legendary heroes Allan Quatermain, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, the Invisible Man, and other figures from classic Victorian literature for this dazzling new tale.
- Absolute Watchmen
Author: Moore, Alan & Dave Gibbons
Publisher: DC Comics $ 75 ISBN: 1401207138 Date: 2005
- Top 10 The Forty-Niners
Author: Moore, Alan & Gene Ha
Publisher: DC Comics $ 24.99 ISBN: 1563897571 Date: 2005
- Lost Girls
Author: Moore, Alan & Melinda Gebbie
Publisher: Top Shelf $ 75 ISBN: 1891830740 Date: 2006
Can pornography be art? Can an erotic graphic novel have literary merit? Can both men and women enjoy explicit images? Moore and Gebbie set out to answer these difficult and ambitious questions in Lost Girls, a 240-page fully painted story that has been in the works for over a decade. Like he did in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Moore revisits characters from Victorian fiction, this time children's literature. The three protagonists are fictitiously based on the familiar faces from Wonderland, Oz, and Neverland, who meet as grown women in a mysterious hotel in 1913 England. There, they embark on a journey through an erotic fantasy world of their own conjuring, all rendered in Gebbie's beautifully painted, full-color art. - Publisher Marketing
Publisher: $ ISBN: Date: 2006
Author: Moore, Richard
Publisher: NBM $ I9.95 SBN: 1561634247 Date: 2005
As Abbey the vampire recovers from her showdown with the much more powerful Lilith, Swamp girl Nessie starts taking the upper hand in her pursuit of Michael Paris. Meanwhile, Glump continues his farcical schemes to rule the world, launching the... 'Doomsday Frog'! However, all are quickly brought back together to face a new threat: zombies sprouting up from the cemetery!
- Strangers in Paradise Pocket Book 1
Author: Moore, Terry
Publisher: Abstract Studio $ 17.95 ISBN: 1892597268 Date: 2005
Author: Morrison, Grant & Frank Quitely
Publisher: Vertigo $ 12.99 ISBN: 1401204953 Date: 2005
- Ancient Joe
Author: Morse, C. Scott
Publisher: Dark Horse $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 1569717958 Date: 2002
- Sex, Rock Optical Illusions
Author: Moscoso, Victor
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 34.95 ISBN: 1560976578 Date: 2006
The first career retrospective of one of the defining stylists of the 1960s
- Moscoso's place as one of the original ZAP Comix artists has made him a countercultural icon - Publisher Marketing
- Missouri Boy
Author: Myrick, Leland
Publisher: First Second $ 16.95 ISBN: 1596431105 Date: 2006
Firecrackers lighting up an ancient tree on a summer night. Twin boys born the same night their grandmother passes away. Teenagers hanging by their fingertips from the roof of a parking garage. These are the moments of quiet poetry that make up Leland Myrick's Missouri Boy. Happiness alternates with tragedy in these snapshots of Myrick's own Missouri childhood. Filled with startling and at times achingly beautiful images--from a perfect paper airplane flying in the autumn sky to a solitary cross-country motorcycle trip--Myrick's graphic poem brings together the experiences that formed his character, for better and for worse. Poignant, timeless, and gently evoked, Missouri Boy is a unique tribute to a small-town American childhood. - Publisher Marketing
- Art Out of Time: Unknown Comics Visionaries 1900-1969
Author: Nadel, Don (edt)
Publisher: Abrahms $ 40 ISBN: 0810958384 Date: 2006
Before there was Robert Crumb, there was Herbert Crowley. If you don't recognize that name, you're not alone. Crowley is one of nearly 30 American cartoonists featured in this eclectic anthology, artists whose work-created between 1900 and 1969-was overshadowed by more successful contemporaries. Art Out of Time at last gives these pioneers the showcase they deserve, reprinting-in most cases for the first time since their initial publication-complete comic books and strips by such visionaries as Raymond Ewer, Howard Nostrand, Ogden Whitney, and Dick Briefer. These under-recognized artists often deviated from the thematic and graphic conventions of the comics medium-and influenced Crumb, Art Spiegelman, and others-making this superb anthology a true "counter history," the untold story of an underground that wasn't.
- Barefoot Gen: A
Cartoon Story of Hiroshima
Author: Nakazawa, Keiji
Publisher: Last Gasp $ 14.95 ISBN: 0867194502 Date: 2003
- We All Die Alone
Author: Newgarden, Mark
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 28.95 ISBN: 1560976616 Date: 2006
Newgarden has influenced two generations of youths through his work at Topps Bubblegum Co. through icons like the Garbage Pail Kids
- This is the first retrospective of his career. Publisher Marketing
- Buja's Diary
Author: O, Se-yong
Publisher: Comics LIt $ 19.95 ISBN: 1561634484 Date: 2005
From Korea, a collection of insightful short stories by a Manwa master.
- Drawn & Quarterly Showcase Three
Author: Oliveros, Chris (edt)
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 14.95 ISBN: 1896597882 Date: 2005
D+Q presents the latest anthology of new comics talent from around the world. D+Q publisher Chris Oliveros started the company by publishing a quarterly magazine of the world's best comics talent, which over the years became an award-winning deluxe coffee-table anthology that featured cartoon classics of yesteryear, such as "Gasoline Alley, and today's French comics superstars "Dupuy & Berberian. Fourteen years later, Oliveros noticed an explosion of new talent from around the globe, so he decided to combine two of the things he does best--publishing anthologies and nurturing talent. The result is the Drawn & Quarterly Showcase, which is one of the most exciting outlets for readers to find new comics talent. - Publisher Marketing
- Scott Pilgrim: Vs the World
Author: O'Malley, Bryan Lee & Keith Wood
Publisher: Oni $ 11.95 ISBN: 1932664122 Date: 2005
Does Scott and Ramona's burgeoning relationship have a future? Isn't Scott still supposedly dating Knives Chau? Who is Ramona's second evil ex-boyfriend, and why is he in Toronto? Who are The Clash At Demonhead, and what kind of bizarre art-punky music do they play? Who's their hot girl keyboardist, and what is Scott's relation to her? Why are they Knives Chau's new favourite band? Fights! Drama! Secrets revealed! The answers to all these questions and more!
- Scott Pilgrim 3: Scott Pilgrim & the Infinite Sadness
Author: O'Malley, Bryan Lee
Publisher: Oni $ 11.95 ISBN: 193266422x Date: 2006
Ramona's third evil ex-boyfriend, Todd Ingram, is currently dating the former love of Scott Pilgrim's life! Envy Adams broke Scott's heart a year and a half ago. Now she and her evil art-rock band are back, and they're getting Scott's band to open a show two days from now! That's just enough time for Scott to fight Todd, keep Ramona happy, fend off demented ex-girlfriends, and practice that new setlist. Right?? Don't miss the latest chapter in the graphic novel saga The Globe and Mail calls "Canada's answer to Tank Girl!" - Publisher Marketing
- Bone Sharps, Cowboys and Thunder Lizards
Author: Ottaviani, Jim
Publisher: GT Labs $ 22.95 ISBN: 0966010663 Date: 2005
The Wild West provided the setting for some famous battles, but the gunfight at O.K. Corral doesn't hold a candle to the Bone Wars. Following the Civil War, the (Re-)United States turned its attention to the unexplored territories between the Mississippi and the Pacific. The railroads led the way, and to build them we blasted through mountains and leveled valleys and exposed rock that hadn't seen the light of day for millions of years. This is the story of Edwin Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two scientists who found and fought for those bones, and the artist Charles R. Knight who almost single-handedly brought dinosaurs back to life for an awestruck public. Guest starring Chief Red Cloud and hundreds of his Indian Braves, the gun-totin' and gamblin' Professor John Bell Hatcher, colossal and stupefying Dinosauria of the New World, and featuring special appearances by The Cardiff Giant, P.T. Barnum, Buffalo Bill Cody, Ulysses S. Grant, Alexander Graham Bell, and a plentiful supporting cast of Rogues and Gallants from the Eastern Scientific Establishment and The Old West, the colorful supporting cast makes for a rich blend of history, adventure, science, and art. - Publisher Marketing
- Jimbo in Purgatory
Author: Panter, Gary
Publisher: Fantographics $ 29.95 ISBN: 1560975725 Date: 2004
- The Quitter
Author: Pekar, Harvey & Dean Haspiel
Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.95 ISBN: 140120399X Date: 2005
- The Best American Comics 2006
Author: Pekar, Harvey (edt)
Publisher: Houghton $ 22 ISBN: 0618718745 Date: 2006
This inaugural volume includes stories culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and the Internet. Contributors include Robert Crumb, Chris Ware, and many others. "A worthy launch for what appears destined to become a valuable annual anthology."--"Kirkus Reviews
- Get Your War On 2
Author: Rees, David
Publisher: Riverhead $ 12 (paper) ISBN: 1594480486 Date: 2004
The brilliant, irreverent clipart comic returns in this hilarious sequel to the smash cult hit.
- Pattycake and Friends
Author: Roberts, Scott
Publisher: Slave Labor $ 12.95 ISBN: 1593620349 Date: 2006
Author: Robinson, Alex
Publisher: Top Shelf $ 19.95 ISBN: 1891830732 Date: 2005
Alex's new graphic novel follows the lives of six people - a reclusive rock legend, a heartbroken waitress, a counterfeiter, an obsessive crank, a lost daughter, and a backstabbing lover - whose lives are unconnected until an act of violence affects them all in different ways.
- Nightmare Alley
Author: Rodriguez, Spain & William Lindsay Gresham
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1560975113 Date: 2003
- The Magic Flute
Author: Russell, P. Craig
Publisher: NMB $ 24.95 ISBN: 156163350x Date: 2003
- Wars End
Author: Sacco, Joe
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 14.95 ISBN: 1896597920 Date: 2005
War cartoonist Sacco visits the Bosnian conflict to uncover the stories that are often ignored or uncovered by traditional media and gives the reader an inside peek at the darkly humorous news process.
- Blade of the
Author: Samura, Hiroaki
Publisher: Dark Horse $ 14.95 (paper) ISBN: 1569717419 Date: 2003
- Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Author: Satrapi, Marjane
Publisher: Pantheon $ 17.95 ISBN: 0375422307 Date: 2003
An intelligent and outspoken only child, Satrapi--the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor--bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. A graphic novel.
Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
- Persepolis 2
Author: Satrapi, Marjane
Publisher: Pantheon $ ISBN: Date: 2004
Funny and heartbreaking, edgy and searingly observant, Satrapi's tale about the life of one adolescent and about the life of an entire nation continues with the same dazzling combination of singular artistry, insight, and storytelling as her first book.
Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
- Chicken With Plums
Author: Satrapi, Marjane
Publisher: Pantheon $ 16.95 ISBN: 0375424156 Date: 2006
In her acclaimed Persepolis books and in Embroideries, Marjane Satrapi rendered the events of her life and times in a uniquely captivating and powerful voice and vision. Now she turns that same keen eye and ear to the heartrending story of her great-uncle, a celebrated Iranian musician who gave up his life for music and love.
- Wimbledon Green: The Greatest Comic Book Collector in the World
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1896597939 Date: 2005
From the critically acclaimed cartoonist of Clyde Fans and It's A Good Life comes a humorous graphic novel on the obsession of comic-book collecting. - Publisher Marketing
- The Rabbi's Cat
Author: Sfar, Joann
Publisher: Pantheon $ 21.95 ISBN: 0375422811 Date: 2005
Vibrant with the colors, textures, and feeling of a lost world (one where Jews and Arabs easily coexisted) this graphic novel about an unforgettable cat with the gift of speech is populated with wholly believable and endearing people.
- Age of Bronze: Sacrifice
Author: Shanower, Eric
Publisher: Image Comics $ 29.95 ISBN: 1582403600 Date: 2004
While Trojan prince Paris returns to Troy with Helen, the Achaean fleet mistakenly attacks Mysia, then is scattered by a storm. High King Agamemnon gathers the army again, but for the fleet to sail, the gods require the life of Agamemnon's eldest daughter, Iphigenia.
- Gemma Bovery
Author: Simmonds, Posy
Publisher: Pantheon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0375423397 Date: 2005
Gemma is the bored, pretty second wife of Charlie Bovery. Gemma's sudden distaste for London takes them across the channel to Normandy, where the charms of French country living soon wear off. Is Gemma like Flaubert's notorious Madame Bovary?
- Arkham Asylum: Living
Author: Slott, Dan, and others
Publisher: DC Comics $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 1401201938 Date: 2004
Author: Smith, Felipe
Publisher: Tokyopop $ 9.99 ISBN: 1591820677 Date: 2005
MBQ is about life, about people, about the extraordinary in the everyday. There are all sorts of people cruising through the MBQ looking for the thing that makes their lives complete. Some find it. Some don't. Readers will just have to read MBQ to find out!
- MBQ 2
Author: Smith, Felipe
Publisher: Tokyopop $9.99 ISBN: 1598164120 Date: 2006
- My Most Secret Desire
Author: Soucet, Julie
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1895697955 Date: 2006
- Dead West
Author: Spears, Rick & Rob G.
Publisher: Gigantic Graphic Novels $ 14.95 ISBN: 0976303817 Date: 2005
Dead West combines the best of two genres, zombie horror movies and westerns, to create an all-new manga adventure. During America's westward expansion, a small Indian village was wiped out to make way for the town of Lazarus. Only one Indian, a child, survived, and years later he returns to Lazarus to claim revenge, placing a curse on the town. Soon, the dead have risen from their graves and a mob of zombies is ransacking Lazarus. While the sheriff and cowboys fight the undead, a bounty hunter slips into town looking for a fugitive. Instead, he comes upon a pregnant whore and reluctantly becomes her protector against the zombie onslaught. The bounty hunter is a dangerous man and the sheriff and cowboys are armed to the teeth, but it may not be enough to stop the Indian's curse. Featuring beautiful illustrations and sharp prose by the award-nominated duo of Rick Spears and Rob G. Dead West delivers high-impact heart-throbbing action. - Publisher Marketing
- Teenagers From Mars
Author: Spears, Rick & Rob G.
Publisher: Gigantic Graphic Novels $ 19.95 ISBN: 0976303809 Date: 2005
Max is a grave-robbing 13-year-old who gathers relics to pawn for comic book money. Macon works at the local Mallmart by day and publishes his comic book manifestos by night. Madison is a punk beauty who just might be able to fly. When Macon gets badly beaten in a fight with his boss over comic books, Macon and Madison take revenge by smashing the front of the store. They leave their calling card graffitied across the wreckage: Comic Book Liberation Army. The next day Max joins in the mayhem and soon the town has declared all-out war on comic books.
Thus begins Teenagers From Mars, a chaotic comics extravaganza in which three teens strive against censorship, and adults, to protect the comics they love. Originally published as a series of comics, Teenagers from Mars shows what happens when people who love comics enough to fight for them are forced to. - Publsher Marketing
- Dogratias: A Tale of Rwanda
Author: Stassen, Jean-Philippe
Publisher: First Second $ 16.95 ISBN: 1596431032 Date: 2006
Set in Rwanda before and after the Tutsi genocide, and seen through the eyes of a young Hutu boy, this story reveals the grip of madness and horror on one young man and his country.
- The Push Man And Other Stories
Author: Tatsumi, Yoshihiro
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1896597858 Date: 2005
This collection of short stories features the work of the grandfather of Japanese alternative comics.
- Abandon the Old in Tokyo
Author: Tatsumi, Yoshihiro
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly $ 19.95 ISBN: 1894937872 Date: 2006
"These stories get under your skin and invite rereading."" --BookForum
Abandon the Old in Tokyo is the second in a three-volume series that collects the short stories of Japanese cartooning legend Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Designed and edited by Adrian Tomine, the first volume, The Push Man and Other Stories, debuted to much critical acclaim and rightfully placed Tatsumi as a legendary precursor to the North American graphic-novel movement. Abandon the Old in Tokyo continues to delve into the urban underbelly of 1960s Tokyo, exposing not only the seedy dealings of the Japanese everyman but Tatsumi's maturation as a story writer. - Publisher Marketing
Author: Tezuka, Osamu
Publisher: Vertical $ 24.95 ISBN: 1932234438 Date: 2003
This brilliant, humorous graphic novel about Buddha's life and times is by the godfather of manga comics.
- Ode to Kirihito
Author: Tezuka, Osamu
Publisher: Vertical $ 24.95 ISBN: 1932234640 Date: 2006
Dr. Osanai Kirihito has uncovered a fatal medical condition that transforms humans into dog-like beasts. In this thrilling narrative, Christian dogmas of human compassion, charity, and redemption will be put to the test.
Author: Thompson, P. Craig
Publisher: Top Shelf $ 29.99 (paper) ISBN: 1891830430 Date: 2003
Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens
- Light Brigade
Author: Tomasi, Peter J. & Snejberg, Peter
Publisher: DC Comics $ 19.99 ISBN: 1401207952 Date: 2006
"Tomasi and company revive the war comic, a comic-book mainstay until Vietnam, with some clever cross-genre sampling." - Booklist
- Mister O
Author: Trondheim, Lewis
Publisher: NMB $ 12.95 (paper) ISBN: 1561633828 Date: 2004
Goofy silent one-page gags crammed with little frames showing Mister O, a round doodle of a man desperately trying to get across that darn chasm and never quite making it. This will keep you in stiches for pages. More of Trondheim's genius at work. - graphic novel
- Nil: A Land Beyond Belief
Author: Turner, James
Publisher: Slave Labor $ 12.95 ISBN: 1593620209 Date: 2005
Join fellow sufferer Proun Nul on his quest to find meaning in a desolate world saturated with angst and ennui. Foreman on a deconstruction ship that specializes in demolishing belief outbreaks, Nul is prodded out of his complacency by a false murder charge, and sets off on a journey that takes him to the very brink of hope. A 232-page concoction of fiction and intrigue that delves into the bleak and bitter philosophical brew of Nihilist chic. - Publisher Marketing.
- The Drifting Classroom 1
Author: Umezu, Kazuo
Publisher: Viz $ 9.99 ISBN: 1421507226 Date: 2006
In the aftermath of a strange earthquake, an entire elementary school vanishes, leaving nothing but a hole in the ground. While parents mourn and authorities investigate, the students and teachers of find themselves somewhere far away...somewhere cold and dark... a lifeless, nightmarish wasteland among which their school stands like a lone fortress. As panic turns to terror, as the rules start to fall apart, a 6th-grade boy named Sho and his friends must try to survive in a hostile new world... - Publisher Marketing
- Kings in Disguise
Author: Vance, James & Dan Burr
Publisher: Norton $ 16.95 ISBN: 0393328481 Date: 2006
"The story a young man's adventures and coming of age during the Great Depression. Freddie Bloch, alone at 13, rides the rails across the country in search of his father. Along the way, he encounters the best and worst mankind has to offer."--"School Library Journal."
- The Maximortal
Author: Veitch, Rick
Publisher: King Hell $ 17.95 ISBN: 1962486477 Date: 2005
Seven years before The Amazing Adventures of Kavelier and Clay, Rick Veitch married the larcenous history of the comics business to the outrageous themes and characters of his infamous Brat Pack universe, creating one of the most startling and uncompromising visions of the super-hero archetype ever put to paper. - Publisher Marketing
- Can't Get No
Author: Veitch, Rick
Publisher: Vertigo $ 19.99 ISBN: 1401210597 Date: 2006
- Abrazas and the Earthman
Author: Veitch, Rick
Publisher: King Hell $ 16.95 ISBN: 0962486485 Date: 2006
Rick Veitch's unforgettable eight-part Epic Magazine series is finally collected as one mind-bending full color graphic novel! Abducted from earth by space whalers, Cetologist John Isaac endures physical and spiritual mutation by order of the ship's master, Rotwang. Pressed into the mad captain's hunt for Abraxas, Isaac finds his own destiny in the belly of the monstrous red-horned whale.
- Quimby the Mouse
Author: Ware, Chris
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 24.95 ISBN: 1560974850 Date: 2003
- Chewing Gum in Church: A "Yikes!" Collection
Author: Weissman, Steven
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 14.95 ISBN: 1560977361 Date: 2006
This is Weissman's first full-color book, which is hard to imagine for an artist so renowned for his color sense. His artwork has never been more beautiful and assured, and his writing has never been as sharp or funny.
Chewing Gum In Church, the fourth book in the "Yikes" series, is simultaneously more dense and accessible than any previous volume. First time "Yikes" readers will be delighted by Weissman's "cuter than cute" drawings--drawings that treat each other so terribly. Longtime fans, on the other hand, will certainly find this book to be tremendous addition to their library of Li'l Bloody and the Pullapart Boy's adventures. - Publisher Marketing
- Astonishing X-Men: Gifted
Author: Whedon, Joss & John Cassaday
Publisher: Marvel $ 14.99 ISBN: 0785115315 Date: 2005
Joss Whedon (writer of TV's Buffy, Angel, Firefly) starts his highly anticipated run on Astonishing X-Men.
Author: Wood, Brian & Becky Cloonan
Publisher: AIT Planet $ 19.95 ISBN: 1932051422 Date: 2006
Twelve stories of conflicted teens grappling with love, loss, and the joy of finding your own way in life. The Eisner-nominated and critically-acclaimed series of self-contained short stories by writer Brian Wood and artist Becky Cloonan is finally collected together into this complete, bookshelf format volume.
- The Frank Book
Author: Woodring, Jim
Publisher: Fantagraphics $ 39.95 ISBN: 1560975342 Date: 2003
- Comic Book Nation: The Transformation of Youth Culture in America
by Wright, Bradford
Publisher: John Hopkins $ 34.95 ISBN: 080186514x Date: 2001
This provocative history of the comic book within the context of the 20th century is presented, with the author looking at every genre from the 1930s to the 1980s, and focusing on the role comic book.
Annotated lists of books receiving at least one starred review from one of four major review sources: Booklist, Kirkus, LJ and PW.