In a breathtaking debut graphic novel from Nobrow Press, artist and storyteller Jeremy Sorese casts his readers into a neon sea of human wants and foibles with Curveball, a science-fiction not-quite-love-story that highlights the thin line between optimism and delusion, and the often agonizing process of moving on.
Set in a futuristic society that relies entirely on technology powered by kinetic energy, Curveball follows Avery, a young waiter bogged down by a miserable day job and haunted by a prolonged and painful relationship with the noncommittal object of their affections, a sailor named Christophe (Avery is also gender ambiguous and uses ungendered pronouns, which is an exciting instance of non-binary representation).
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Monday, December 14th, 2015||No Comments »|
In 1975, after Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese army, millions of people fled the country. Nam Le’s short story “The Boat,” which appears in an anthology of the same name, is an emotional look at the experience of refugees who fled by boat to Australia. To mark the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon, the short story was adapted into an interactive comic produced by SBS and illustrated by Matt Huynh.
Huynh is no stranger to the subject matter. His comic Ma is also about the experience of Vietnamese refugees, and his distinctive style works perfectly with Le’s story. With more than 300 illustrations created, including 59 with custom sound and animation, the interactive comic is an experience that echoes the tragic, claustrophobic ambiance of the original. There are also little side stories to explore via arrows that go more in-depth about the refugee experience. If you have 20 minutes to kill today (and let’s face it, you do), take a moment to explore every morsel of this well-crafted adaptation.
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Best known for The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman’s new graphic novel Outcast is a delightfully creepy tale about an exorcist named Kyle Barnes who has been plagued by demons all his life. But when he finally decides to hunt for answers, it turns out what he’s looking for could lead to the end of humankind. Although Kyle is very talented at getting rid of demons of the supernatural variety, he can’t seem to get rid of his own personal demons, which are clearly weighing down his soul.
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Anya Ulinich‘s excellent graphic novel Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel tackles the weighty topic of online dating through the eyes of a divorced mother of two, who reenters the dating world through a string of unusual OkCupid dates. Although she’s not entirely sure what she’s looking for, she’s definitely sure what she’s not looking for (men holding beer, men posing with third world children, men climbing mountains). And when she does meet men she’s interested in, they’re usually emotionally unavailable (a man who’s not over his ex, a man who’s homeless, a man who’s uninterested). Ulinich does an excellent job at combining humor with raw honesty to piece together a story that we can all identify with a little too well.
Below, an excerpt from the novel:
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New Zealand cartoonist Dylan Horrocks is well known both in the realms of original and superhero comics, receiving acclaim for his Harvey and Ignatz Award-winning works Pickle and Hicksville and writing for both Vertigo and DC, just to name a few of his accomplishments. Over the course of a decade Horrocks has been involved in nearly all aspects of the comics process but had not put out an original graphic novel since Hicksville in 1998 (revised & reissued by Drawn & Quarterly in 2010).
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Friday, January 30th, 2015||No Comments »|
While on a drive through the desert, a mysterious creature named Little Blue is tied to a post and told to count to 500. As he waits, the desert surrounding him transforms into a bustling urban metropolis–Ho Chi Minh City, to be exact. As Little Blue explores the city in wonder, his head is controlled by a cursor you swing from left to right. The first thing he notices? There are pho shops everywhere.
The Art of Pho is an interactive comic based on Julian Hanshaw’s graphic novel. The illustrator teamed up with Submarine Channel to create this interactive adaptation, complete with music, sounds, and web-only features. The project was even nominated for a Webby back in 2012. Sprawled across eight episodes, the comic follows Little Blue on his journey to become a master of pho, a Vietnamese noodle dish. The whole thing is adorable with a slight Parisian air. After tinkering with the comic, don’t forget to check out the making of video.
|Recommended by The Absolute Staff||Wednesday, January 21st, 2015||No Comments »|
I make no secret among my friends about my love for artist and comics creator Jen Wang. Ever since I stumbled onto her debut graphic novel Koko Be Good, I have been hooked on Wang’s elegant visual style, her use of color, and her breathtaking ability to communicate emotion through her illustrations.
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Monday, October 20th, 2014||No Comments »|