Killing and Dying: Stories

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Does it even need to be said? Adrien Tomine is one of the major reasons graphic novels hold the small but significant market share and critical acclaim that they do today—his storytelling prowess, his understated and precise illustration style, his…

Henni

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I want so much to love Miss Lasko-Gross, but I struggle. Her moody, shadowy illustration style is attractive, but a bit static, and many of her stories are didactic and self-reflective, leaning dangerously towards navel-gazing. But she’s a strong and…

The Angel of Elhamburg

The Angel of Elhamburg

There’s something undeniably satisfying about holding a well-crafted hardcover book in your hands, and Yen Press’s release of Aki’s one-shot The Angel of Elhamburg is easily the most well-crafted manga I have ever seen. When I unwrapped this volume and…

Fantasy Sports, Vol 1

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Somehow, I’d gotten the impression that Fantasy Sports would painlessly teach me about sports, specifically basketball. Well, I didn’t learn much about basketball (except that you’re not supposed to put your foot over the line), but I had a lot of…

Comics: A Global History, 1968-present

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Any time you use the words “global history” in your book title, you’re admitting to a major undertaking. Add in an attempt to encompass over half a century of comics creation, and the magnitude of the project is truly remarkable.…

Velvet, Vols. 1-2

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If you like your spies tough, angst-ridden, and British, Velvet is the perfect read for you. Imagine a James Bond universe where Moneypenny, the Director’s mild-mannered secretary, was actually an agent with a higher clearance level than Bond, who just…

The Wolf Gift

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Ashley Marie Witter is no stranger to the challenges of adapting the work of novelist Anne Rice. In 2012, she wrote and illustrated Claudia’s Story, a graphic retelling of Rice’s classic Interview with the Vampire told through the perspective of…