Author Archive for Gina Gagliano

Ursula

Once upon a time there was a story. A love story. Those are the opening lines of Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba’s Ursula, the story of two kids–Miro and Ursula–who spend their childhood together. But when they start to grow…

The Clouds Above

In The Clouds Above, Jordan Crane has composed a charming tale about a small boy named Simon and his long-tailed cat, Jack. Simon is chronically late to school, and one day, he escapes the notice of the teacher and ends…

Three Days in Europe

Jack Pentura and Jill Boscombe’s relationship is on the rocks. Jack runs advertising for a music magazine. Jill is a curator at an art gallery. And while art and music goes well together, Jack and Jill’s jobs–and tastes–are very different.…

Infinite Crisis

There are two other comics that it’s important to read–or to at least know about–when reading Infinite Crisis. The first of those is Crisis on Infinite Earths. That’s where all the alternate backgrounds and versions of characters–and even some characters…

The Tomb

This is a love story and a thriller wrapped up in one book: it’s the story of an Egyptian Archeologist and a newspaper reporter who went to explore the house of a dead egyptologist and ended up finding more than…

The Push Man and Other Stories

The Push Man collects sixteen short stories by the acclaimed Japanese manga artist Yoshihiro Tatsumi. Tatsumi is particularly renowned and recognized for his art style, which is “restrained, minimal, and stylized,” according to Adrian Tomine. No one has the big…

The Walking Man

Jiro Taniguchi’s The Walking Man is about a Japanese businessman who goes on walks around the city he lives in. That’s it for the plot of this book–it exists on that very simple premise. The book is divided into a…

Monokuro Kinderbook

Kinderbook collects a series of vignettes by Kan Takahama. A retiring gallery curator realizes that she’s in love with one of her artists. A young girl who’s unpopular at school finds someone to think that she’s special. A man makes…

110 Percent

110 Percent explores what happens when an obsession gets out of control. The book follows three women–Cathy, Sasha, and Gertrude–who all love the boyband 100 Percent. They’re all friends and members of the 110 Percent fanclub, and they do ridiculous…

Identity Crisis

Someone is after the superheroes. But it’s not the superheroes who are being killed–it’s their family and friends. When the superheroes band together to find out who’s responsible for these crimes, they discover mysteries in their own past . .…

Mary Jane, vol. 2: Homecoming

Mary Jane Watson has become famous in the popular imagination as Spider-Man’s girlfriend. But this book is set before Mary Jane started dating Spider-Man, when she was still in high school and Spider-Man was still that unknown superhero she sort…

Stuck Rubber Baby

This is a civil rights story and a gay rights story focusing on a gay white teenager who grew up in the South in the 1960s. When Toland Polk gets out of high school, there’s a depression in the South,…

Blue

Kiriko Nananan’s Blue is the story of a schoolgirl named Kayako Karishima. She’s always liked one of the girls she goes to school with, Masami Endo, but their friends aren’t friends with each other, and Masami Endo’s been in some…

The Squirrel Mother

This book is a collection of short stories, mostly with female protagonists. The title story, ‘The Squirrel Mother,’ is about a young girl whose mother sacrifices her own time to make a dress for her daughter. This story is told…

Closer

When Serena Cumberland receives a mysterious invitation–addressed to her dead mother–to a dinner party on an isolated, craggy island, she doesn’t think twice about packing up her rat and heading off to see what it’s about. She quickly learns that…