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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

Trinity

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

Metro

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

Jerusalem

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 [...]

Love, Devotion and a Ghost

Gone to Amerikay

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Derek McCulloch (Stagger Lee, 2006) and Colleen Doran (Manga Man, 2011) bring some subtle and essential skills to this project: each knows how to work with a creative teammate; their points of departure are the male and female; and literary and visual tropes are available to them as [...]

A Green Story

I'm not a plastic bag

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: The character allotted the leading role in Rachel Hope Allison’s nearly wordless comic is the world’s largest garbage pile, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. She descends neither into kitsch nor sermon while turning this gelatinous mass into an expressive, and rather cheerful, being, alienated from all but visiting [...]