Graphic Novels

Be Everything at Once
Dami Lee

I really enjoy biographical graphic novels. This one had some laugh-out-loud moments and the illustrations were good. I appreciate her story and her humor.

H.P. Lovecraft He Who Wrote in the Darkness
Alex Nikolavitch

Working at a library is even better than visiting and browsing a bookstore all day. Do you know why? At a bookstore, chances are, you will go only to the sections you like. We are creatures of habit after all. At the library, however, I scan in returns from hundreds of people daily, so I get to see a variety of items come over the desk. Chances are, these are items are ones I would never discover because I am not looking for them. As was the case with this one.
I wish I knew more about Lovecraft. I have a general notion of his life, his issues etc. I felt weird when reading this because the whole time I was wishing I’d previously read about his life in detail. I only really know general facts about him. But, it was still enjoyable. I think it captured the mood around Loveraft’s life. Who knows, maybe I will pick up a biography about him soon!

 

 

Snow Glass Apples
Neil Gaiman & Colleen Doran

The illustrations in this book blew me away. Even if you don’t have time to read this book. just flip through it to look at the illustrations. I guess one could call this a retelling of tale of Snow White. Quite a departure from the squeaky clean Disney movie that we are all familiar with. I don’t remember reading the fairytale as a child, so I will pick up the book at work and read it soon!

 

Alex + Ada: The Complete Collection
Jonathan Luna & Sarah Vaughn

Wow. This is a work of fiction, but I really wonder if someday it will be real. I hope not! Different than anything I’ve ever read….

 

The Magicians Alice’s Story
by Lev Grossman

YES! Super fun! I love a story within a story.

 

They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei

I haven’t read much about the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II since high school, when I had to do a project for class. My husband follows Takei on social media and we both enjoy the original Star Trek. So, I thought I’d give this graphic novel a try. I really enjoyed it! The illustrations were good and his writing was very real and honest. I liked how he was able to weave back and forth between his perspective as a child and about his feelings now. I also appreciated he slipped in conversations he had with his father about the ordeal and admitting to his ignorance for being mad at his father for his actions during the internment. He certainly looked back with wiser eyes. His parents were quite admirable! I am glad to see a celebrity writing about history and making it a graphic novel to appeal to some readers who might not normally pick up traditional non-fiction.

 

Bizarre Romance
by Audrey Niffenegger 

I have been a fan of Niffenegger for a while. Her books are always dark and very different than anything else I have ever read. It was really hard to get past the terrible illustrations in this one though. And I consider myself pretty open minded about illustrations! These stories were all dark but oddly compelling. She has such a way with writing about the passing of time in a seamless way. Interesting!!

 

Sea Sirens
by Amy Chu

Here is a lovely graphic novel for children. What a great, fun underwater adventure! Really enjoyed it. Kind of wish this were a series!

 

Introvert Doodles
by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson

Ok, so I read a lot about introverts. Seems there are lots of graphic novels or illustrated books on the topic. Some are very similar in that they are super sarcastic and include sassy illustrations. This was one of the first that seemed like it had a little more sincerity behind it, which I appreciated. But the illustrations are just not good, so it took away from the words. Too bad, because some of the points made in the book are just so spot on.

 

Book Love
by Debbie Tung

I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I can relate to 99% of this book. Thank you Debbie Tung for creating this most relatable and funny book!

 

Muppet Show Comic
by Roger Langridge

Ok, so I realize some artists put their spin on graphic novels but I just cannot stand the way the Muppets look in this one. The dialogue though is very much the mood of the Muppet Show though! I finished it but wouldn’t pursue anymore!

 

Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang

I so enjoyed this graphic novel! It has a little bit of everything that I love – friendship, loyalty, acceptance, fashion and a happy ending. I recommend it!

 

The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel
by Paulo Coelho

I was skeptical about this novel as a graphic novel. I wasn’t crazy about the illustrations but I was able to finish it.

 

Drama
by Raina Telgemeier

This teen book has come & gone over the desk at work for what seems like a million times. I have always been curious about it, but never had a chance to grab it. While working on the Banned Books Week display for my patrons, I noticed this made the challenged list. I decided this was a great excuse to read it. Well, I just loved it. What a sweet book. I will let YOU figure out why this book is challenged and/or banned. I see nothing wrong with it!

 

Luisa
by Carole Maurel

SO enjoyed this. My new supervisor recommended this and I am glad she did, otherwise I would have never know about it.

 

Big Mushy Happy Lump
by Sarah Andersen

Laugh out loud funny. Loved her first book and loving this one even more!

 

Adulthood is a Myth
by Sarah Anderson

This book is hilarious. I think this book’s hilarity will ring true with a small group of weirdos like me. And you certainly HAVE to be a woman to get it. Thank you Sarah!