Category Archives: Graphic Novels / Comics

Sabrina

This book by Nick Drnaso made history this year by being the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the Booker prize. I’m not going to get into whether it deserves the nod or whether graphic novels ought to be … Continue reading

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Syllabus

It’s fitting that during the last week of classes, when all I want to do is finish grading final exams and papers and close the door of my office and walk out into the May weather, I should write about … Continue reading

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Sally Heathcote, Suffragette

I haven’t written a blog post for over two months, and I’m not sure… why not? I’ve just been very busy and tired, and I’ve been reading, but not at my usual volume, and when I’ve thought about writing a … Continue reading

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My Favorite Thing Is Monsters, Volume 1

There’s a lot going on in this graphic novel by Emil Ferris. The narrator, Karen Reyes, lives in 1960s Chicago and loves monster movies. In fact, she’s so absorbed in the world of monster movies that she sees herself as … Continue reading

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Boxers and Saints

Between 1898 and 1901, the Chinese people rebelled against foreigners who had gained power in their country, and specifically against foreign missionaries who were converting more and more Chinese people. Boxers and Saints, a two-volume graphic novel set by Gene … Continue reading

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Super Black

I don’t know about you, but I was one of the people who saw Wonder Woman on the day it came out in the theater. I was ready — beyond ready — for a superheroine, and I wasn’t disappointed. For … Continue reading

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Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq

In 2010, cartoonist Sarah Glidden traveled with journalist friends Sarah Stuteville and Alex Stonehill through Turkey, Iraq, and Syria. The journalists, founders of the Seattle Globalist, were there to meet and interview people and develop stories for their website and … Continue reading

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To Be or Not To Be

So take the following: Choose Your Own Adventure, Shakespeare, illustrations, humor. Which belong together? In Ryan North’s book To Be or Not To Be, a choosable-path adventure based on Hamlet, you can have all of the above! At the beginning … Continue reading

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March: Book 3

The third volume of John Lewis’s memoir in comic-book form picks up with the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed four girls. As the head of the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), Lewis, along with fellow … Continue reading

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Y: The Last Man

On July 17, 2002, a plague sweeps the world. All mammals with a Y chromosome — including embryos and sperm — die nearly simultaneously, along with many women in accidents such as plane crashes. Society and infrastructure collapses into chaos, … Continue reading

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