From the Mailbag December 17

The latest novel series to have a comic spinoff is Uglies, Scott Westerfeld’s young adult science fiction series about a world where everyone is made pretty through surgery at the age of 16. (Fascinating premise!) Uglies: Shay’s Story (Del Rey, $10.99) follows Shay, the best friend of the novel’s lead character, Tally. The graphic novel, the first of two planned, is co-written by Devin Grayson and illustrated by Steven Cummings (Pantheon High).

The book is in Previews now, code DEC11 1045, for publication in March. I’d like to be able to tell you whether to order it, but I haven’t had a chance to read this review copy yet. I’ll see how well the graphic novel works for those (like me) who haven’t read the series. (After skimming descriptions on wikipedia, I think I’d get so frustrated at Tally that it wouldn’t be enjoyable for me anyway.)

Also sent to me was the second volume of Salvatore (NBM, $14.99). I didn’t read the previous one, but here’s a back-and-forth between two good critics on the first book. And here’s the publisher’s description of book two. It doesn’t sound like my kind of thing, because I have enough anxiety without reading a book that produces more, but a flip-through shows skilled art with anthropomorphic characters.

Tina’s Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.95) is one of those fake-journal illustrated texts that makes me quibble over whether it’s really comics. Regardless, I’m intrigued by the premise, since this one tackles the life of an Indian girl in high school in Southern California, by Keshni Kashyap and Mari Araki. This book is supposedly the result of a class assignment to keep a diary while studying Jean-Paul Sartre, telling the story of how loner Tina comes of age. Hopefully, I’ll enjoy it without having to understand existentialism.

I was thrilled to hear that there was a second collection of Johnny Wander webcomics, so I ordered myself the book, which arrived this week. It’s another slice-of-life strip, but I like its distinctive look, and that there’s clearly more to the characters than what we’re shown. They feel like real people to me (and I believe that’s because they’re based on the writer and artist and their friends). It’s funny and insightful, what more can you want from a webcomic? In this case, the ability to read it anywhere I want, without a laptop or power cord.

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