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Real & fantastic

Hilda and the Midnight Giant

Title: Hilda and the Midnight Giant
By: Luke Pearson

As Americans, we like to think of England as the bustling city of London surrounded by the rolling green hills of the countryside. The reality is different, of course, but it is easy to disconnect from that reality when we live an ocean and the width of a continent away ... [Read more]


graphic novel
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Delightful

Bandette: in Presto!

Title: Bandette: in Presto!
By: Paul Tobin

If Catwoman and Batman had a daughter together, and that daughter was French, it's very possible you would get Bandette. A master class thief, yet interested in bringing justice to the "bad" criminals in Paris, Bandette is a mystery wrapped in an enigma. Why does she do what she does? ... [Read more]


teen fiction, graphic novel
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Haunted unease

Raven Girl

Title: Raven Girl
By: Audrey Niffenegger

Raven Girl is an illustrated fairy tale for adults. Somehow, a postman and a raven have a child together. When the egg hatches, their daughter has the body of a human but can only speak in Raven. Her main goal in life is one day to be able to fly, ... [Read more]


graphic novel
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Tragicomic

Are You My Mother? a comic drama

Title: Are You My Mother? a comic drama
By: Alison Bechdel

Are You My Mother? What an amazing find! I picked up this graphic narrative because the title evokes the children’s book classic Are You My Mother? in which a baby bird wanders around questioning everyone it meets. Bechdel’s cover art -- a vanity, makeup, jewelry -- is our first cue ... [Read more]


biography, graphic novel
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Over the top?

The Making of

Title: The Making of
By: Brecht Evens

Peterson is a moderately successful artist who unwittingly agrees to participate in an installation for a sleepy village’s biennial. The other artists are dabblers and misfits who repeatedly frustrate Peterson’s attempts to make something serious out of the amateur festival. The story is rendered in lush, painstakingly detailed watercolor illustrations ... [Read more]


graphic novel
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Utterly mortal

Goliath

Title: Goliath
By: Tom Gauld

This retelling of the David and Goliath Bible story is both a darkly funny tragedy and a masterful role reversal. Told largely with images, the story centers around Goliath, the giant, non-violent Philistine administrator who, through bad leadership, is placed in the front lines of war. The greatest feat of ... [Read more]


graphic novel
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Beloved

Habibi

Title: Habibi
By: Craig Thompson

Habibi is an Arabic word which means Beloved. This graphic novel is, quite simply, a masterpiece. Each page is gorgeously illustrated. It spans from ancient to modern times, weaving stories from the Qur'an and the Bible. It is at once heartbreaking and uplifting, beautiful and wretched. I highly recommend this. ... [Read more]


fiction, graphic novel
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