- Posted by Johanna on February 1, 2011 at 9:44 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
With the winter holidays receding, it’s time for some good graphic novels to debut. Out this week are the following:
Ivy, Oni Press, $19.99 — The story of a grumpy teen who wants to be an artist by Sarah Oleksyk. You can read the first chapter online at her website. I’ve been anticipating this for a while, since she’s vouched for by some artists I really trust. Pick of my week.
Zita the Spacegirl, First Second, $10.99 — Ben Hatke’s webcomic character gets a book, and boy, it looks full of adventure and creative monsters. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, only a flip-through, but I’m getting an Akiko vibe off of it, which is quite the compliment.
Scenes From an Impending Marriage, Drawn & Quarterly, $9.95 — An instant perennial, this cute little (40-page) book makes for an ideal gift for marrying friends. It contains Adrian Tomine’s strips about the wedding experience, including all the planning involved. There’s a preview at the publisher’s website.
I’m not sure enough about Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth (Hill and Wang, $18.95) to order sight unseen — I was disappointed by its predecessor, The Stuff of Life, and the “aliens explain things to each other” conceit is a tad precious — but this one is written by Jay Hosler, who’s impressively skilled at explaining science in comic format. Art is by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon, and they also do a good job, as shown here.
In terms of manga, I’ve already had the pleasure of enjoying The Stellar Six of Gingacho Book 2 (Tokyopop, $10.99) and Hikaru no Go Book 22 (Viz, $9.99), so for new reads this week, I’ll be continuing with Bakuman — Book 3, Viz, $9.99 — and Otomen — Book 9, Viz, $9.99 — and perhaps try The Story of Saiunkoku Book 2, based on David Welsh’s recommendation.
If you’re looking for book reading… local professor Tom DeHaven’s 2005 novel It’s Superman!, a pulpy prose retelling of Superman’s 1930s origin, is now available in mass-market paperback format from Del Rey ($7.99).