staff picks

We Dig Worms!

worms

Some people think it is easy to write for children, and those people are fools. You have to express a great deal in very few words, keep your imagery simple but rich, and, ideally, entertain while educating. Writing non-fiction for…

The Mutts Diaries

mutts

A selection of Patrick McDonnell’s Mutts comic strips are collected here for the enjoyment of kids and adults alike. The collection is divided into strips featuring various characters. The two main sections are the “diaries” of Mooch the cat and…

Accel World, vols. 1 & 2

cover

Based on the award-winning light novel by Reki Kawahara of Sword Art Online fame, the manga adaptation of Accel World is a fast-paced and engaging story that combines futuristic “full-dive” virtual reality technology with the everyday struggles of ordinary middle school students.…

Amulet #6: Escape from Lucien

Amulet6

After pausing to recover from an illness and to draw the Harry Potter paperback covers, Kibushi returns with the anxiously awaited book six in his Amulet series. Plunging in where volume five left off, Amulet #6: Escape From Lucien immediately…

Alive

Alive

Alternative manga is often obtuse, which can be a detriment or a delight. Taguchi Hajime’s Alive is often both at once. The book is a collection of loosely-connected stories: teenagers hiding from their exams on a rooftop; a man who is afraid to love, cohabiting with a…

The Late Child and Other Animals

20775040

The Late Child and Other Animals is an intriguing beast: a personal memoir of Marguerite Van Cook’s post-war British childhood that reads like lush fiction, segmented into seemingly unrelated stories that drift in and out of sharp focus. There’s a…

Beauty

21470677

With a heroine bearing an uncanny resemblance to Snow White and a story peopled with buffoons, tyrants, and mischievous fairies, Beauty begs comparison, at least visually, to a Disney Princess film. But alternatively, it’s just about the farthest thing from…

iZombie, vols. 1-4

izombie

To the outside world, Gwen looks like any other white-haired, pale-skinned Goth Grrrl. The fact that she’s stuck in a dead-end job as a gravedigger might raise some eyebrows, but as far as anyone knows, Gwen is just another twenty-something…

Girls Und Panzer, vols. 1 & 2

girlsundpanzer.jpg

Most high school girls spend their time studying, making friends, or carousing with cute boys. The girls of Ooarai Academy, however, have chosen to enlist in the school’s revitalized tankery club to practice World War II-style tank combat with reverence and…

My Neighbor Seki, vol. 1

My Neighbor Seki Volume 1

The beauty of the “slice of life” genre is that a multitude of content can be contained within a simple premise. If I tell you that Azumanga Daioh and Lucky Star are each about a small group of high school girls and their everyday routines,…

Sisters

sisters

Raina Telgemeier captures the gentle angst of tween sisterhood in her latest graphic novel, the aptly named Sisters. When young Raina realizes playing dolls would be more fun if she had someone to play with, she asks her parents for the…