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The Power of Personification

Wonderful Life with the Elements

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: For some years now, business and technical publisher O’Reilly Media has been distributing a manga-based series devoted to offering narrative fiction-based instruction in mathematics and hard sciences. Under the No Starch Press imprint, we can find explanations and demonstrations of Linear Algebra, Statistics, and other heady advanced conceptual […]

The Boy is Father to the Man

The Underwater Welder

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Becoming a parent, as many teens know or will know too soon, can send one on an unexpected journey to one’s own childhood expectations of and disappointments in his own parent. Jeff Lemire, who has been lauded for his ability to expose the real humanity that underlies characters […]

Display’s the Thing

Birdseye Bristoe

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Continuing in a summer reading—and summer reading promotion—vein, Dan Zettwoch’s first graphic novel provides a stunning array of possibilities:  a summer-visit-to-the-country marbled with social and political commentary and served up with intriguingly detailed but accessible schematics of cell tower construction, live bait farming and lifestyles doomed by commercial […]

Nurse Nurse

Nurse Nurse

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: As July rolls to its close, there is nothing more inviting in the way of books than one that can be read with no strings attached. Nurse Nurse fills that bill perfectly. It fits into even the smallest bag–or even a big pocket–so it can travel anywhere. Its […]

Atomic Comics: How and Why


from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: If you have the feeling that cartoonists seem to be producing a small stream of sequential art nonfiction about the builders and building of the atomic bomb, you aren’t wrong. If you still haven’t taken the opportunity to explore how and why one or two isn’t “enough,” however, […]

Underground in Cairo


from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Magdy El Shafee, who edits a comics journal for youth, shows great skill in crafting his own graphic novel here.  Looking at contemporary Cairo through the eyes of a young Everyman, readers can nearly smell the superheated subway cars (see the official transit map), feel the hairs on […]

All Diamond, No Rough

Graphic Canon

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith (with our second starred review of the week!): Russ Kick is not your typical comics geek, college prof, or earnest publisher who wants to show the uninitiated that sequential art is “real reading.” Instead, he does have some tendencies toward all three character types, but is an iconoclast […]

Identity Politics


from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Guy Delisle’s Jerusalem won the Best Comic Book Award this year at Angoulème, the premier international comics festival.  A Quebecois who now has his home in France but keeps on the move to such rarely touristed places as North Korea, Delisle is the perfect investigator into life on […]

Greed and the Hero

Bloody Chester

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: Blending genres in fiction can have the same enriching and expansive effect that blending varietals or spices allow. Sometimes the mixture goes wrong because the blending leaves a neither-this-nor-that overtone; the best blends, however, offer subtleties missing from “pure” strains. Bloody Chester is that special latter sort, in […]

The Way Back Machine: The Beatles

Baby's in Black

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: Arne Bellstorf’s graphic novel history of a very early chapter in the career of the Beatles introduces Americans not only to the feel and look of the group’s German premier, but also gives us a fine intro to a well recognized creator in today’s German comics. While we […]