Alphabetical Index of Other Publishers

Leave Me Alone!

Vera Brosgol, author of the fantastic graphic novel Anya’s Ghost, has released a picture book about finding your own space (as announced last summer). Leave Me Alone! is about a grandmother who just wants to get some knitting done. She’s got some tasks to complete before winter, but all the kids in her crowded house keep getting in the way. What’s amazing about this book, and what brought me back to it multiple times, were the superlative double-page spreads. When […]

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Brief Histories of Everyday Objects

Andy Warner’s Brief Histories of Everyday Objects provides capsule four-page histories of a wide variety of everyday objects. But he also covers more than just “did you know who invented the microwave or the sports bra?” I previously wrote about the book’s description, but now I’ve read and enjoyed it. The contents are arranged by the likely location where you’d find the objects discussed — kitchen, living room, bathroom, but also coffee shop, office, and grocery store. History is tricky. […]

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Awkward

It’s an amazing time for graphic novels for kids, and Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward is only the latest astoundingly good one I’ve read. It’s the story of Peppi, who’s just started at a new school. In order not to stand out in the wrong ways, she does something early on she’s ashamed by, something to avoid bullies that hangs over her memories and keeps her from being her full self. She finds the art club, though, and she enjoys her time […]

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Nightlights

Nightlights is a gorgeous parable by Lorena Alvarez. Although I’m not entirely sure I grasped the meaning of everything that happens in it, it is absolutely beautiful. (And a work that leaves you thinking isn’t a bad thing, either.) Sandy is a young artist, drawing constantly. At night, she sees sparkles of light that fire her imagination, leading to luscious, expansive spreads of collaged images, all richly colored in fuchsias and purples and blues. At school, she meets a ghostly […]

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When Anxiety Attacks

It’s the perfect comic for our times. When Anxiety Attacks is Terian Koscik‘s autobiographical story of how and why she talks to a therapist about anxiety. This simple autobiography is straightforward and approachable, great at demystifying the condition. The thought bubble, considered an old-fashioned comic device, is perfect in this context, an elegant way to show Terian’s inner concerns while her figure is drawn engaging in everyday home activities. It really brings home how she feels, making it understandable to […]

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The Mummy’s Sabbatical

Old friend Joel Priddy (Pulpatoon Pilgrimage) has a newish webcomic, written by Benito Cereno (who also writes for Comics Alliance), called The Mummy’s Sabbatical. It’s about a mummy who becomes a professor, assisted by a young monster in the style of Frankenstein. The professor is due a sabbatical year, so he takes his assistant and a rocket ship that looks like a shark to the edge of the solar system. Along the way, we get academic jokes, poetry, a bit […]

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The Drawing Lesson

With The Drawing Lesson, Mark Crilley (Akiko, Mastering Manga, Brody’s Ghost) has created “A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw”, as the subtitle has it. One of Crilley’s goals, based on his introduction, is to share what it feels like to have a professional mentor through a story instead of an instructional guide. The series of lessons focus on concepts that set up a strong foundation, beginning with observation and shading. Crilley’s excellent character work is on clear […]

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Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea

Lucy Bellwood loves tall ships, and she wants to share that passion with us. Baggywrinkles: A Lubber’s Guide to Life at Sea is one of my favorite kinds of comics: it shows me what it would be like to do something I’m never going to do. Baggywrinkles is an anthology, a collection of anecdotes about crewing on a sailing ship. Bellwood begins with the tale of how, in high school, she first went to work on an historical replica ship. […]

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