Jakob Crane’s thrilling graphic novel Lies in the Dust: A Tale of Remorse From the Salem Witch Trials allows readers to get inside the head of Ann Putnam, who was one of the young girls believed to be tortured by the “witches” of Salem. Along with her other cronies, Ann pointed a finger at many of her neighbors, and her testimony led to their deaths. However, as an adult, her actions haunted her, and she wrote a letter of apology 14 years after the Trials took place.
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The Oatmeal’s Matt Inman’s hilarious non-fiction graphic novel The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances explores all the stereotypes about runners that will have devotees of the sport howling with laughter as he muses about the hell that is a marathon or giggling about how annoying it is to deal with chafe skin when you’re jogging.
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In Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka’s manga The Heroic Legend of Arslan, a reluctant young prince named Arslan is destined to rule the city of Pars, but he fears he’ll never be the king his father was. However, at the age of 14, his entire life comes crashing down when his kingdom is destroyed in a bloody war and Aslan is forced to become the leader he was born to be in order to restore Pars to its former glory.
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Liz Prince’s graphic novel Tomboy is a poignant yet witty recollection of the trials and tribulations of one young woman’s struggles against traditional feminine stereotypes.
Readers meet the narrator as she’s about to enter middle school. Liz is a tomboy through and through, yet her guy friends don’t want to hang out with her any more. To make matters worse, her female friends are more interested in joining a cheerleading squad and swapping makeup tips than they are in playing video games with poor Liz. As the years pass and our heroine enters high school, Liz struggles with being an outsider and winds up joining a volunteer project where she starts learning about Feminism and girl culture, which ultimately helps her boost her self-esteem.
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Nick Bertozzi’s graphic novel Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the early explorers who risked death to explore unknown regions. The graphic novel tells the story of Ernest Shackleton, the last of the Antarctic explorers who risked life and limb to see new frozen vistas. Shackleton is the most famous of the lot due to the fact that his journey was the most ambitious exploration that was ever planned during that time period.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, July 17th, 2014||No Comments »|
Once a year there is always at least one graphic novel that, upon its release, will generate such buzz, such critical acclaim, that you will be certain that there’s no way that it could possibly live up to the hype. And almost inevitably you will pick up that graphic novel and be proven joyously wrong.
This One Summer, by cousins Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, is one of these books, and it is nothing short of a masterpiece. A deeply immersive, utterly devastating read that will pitch you between childhood exuberance and the harsh complexities of maturity, all the while striking the resounding, harmonious chord in your heart that epitomizes “summer” and all its wonders.
|Recommended by Marie Anello||Monday, June 30th, 2014||No Comments »|
Kazune Kawahara’s hilarious manga High School Debut will have its readers laughing and crying all at the same time as they relive their own tumultuous high school years and the struggles of being a teenager. The manga follows a young girl named Haruna who is so unlucky in love that she enlists the help of a cute older classmate named Yoh to help her become more attractive and “date worthy.” He agrees but warns Haruna that she can’t fall for him or the deal is off. As fate would have it, Yoh and Haruna do wind up falling in love, although life throws many shenanigans their way in the form of a manipulative sister and Yoh’s jealous ex-girlfriend.
|Recommended by Amanda Ferris||Thursday, June 26th, 2014||No Comments »|