Tag Archive for Drawn & Quarterly

Kitaro

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In his introduction, Matt Alt describes Kitaro as “quite possibly the single most famous Japanese manga series you’ve never heard of, even if you happen to be a manga fan.” In this series, Mizuki transforms classic yokai monsters from Japanese folklore into modern,…

Susceptible

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Susceptible‘s black and white illustrations, expressive use of shading, tiny cursive written speech bubbles, and the variety of the size and shapes of its panels all add up to a pensive expedition for the reader as they follow this young…

Marble Season

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In this quasi-autobiographical tale, comic book legend Gilbert Hernandez paints a vibrant and pragmatic view of his memories of suburban family life in California during the 1960s. Firmly affixed in time with popular culture references from television programs, music, and,…

The Wayside

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The Wayside, by Julie Morstad, is gorgeous. Morstad paints ethereal and intriguing paintings using pen and ink, watercolors, and even collage at times. Her works, collected here, always have a twist, a bit of oddity to them. They hang together…

Aya, vol. 2: Aya of Yop City

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Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet is best described as a more realistic soap opera. Set in the Ivory Coast of the late 1970’s it deals with the families, loves, foibles, schemes, and eccentricities of a group of young…

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 Summer of Love

Lily’s family has moved to a new town, and she expects to hate it–especially after a really cute guy, Steve, sees her dancing in the woods, and, she feels, generally making a fool out of herself. To top that off,…

I Never Liked You

I Never Liked You is the story of Chester Brown as a teenager: a gawky adolescent who enjoys drawing but has trouble with girls. This book is a series of connected short narratives that have been collected into a longer…

We Are On Our Own

Miriam Katin was a Jewish child in Hungary during World War II.  We Are On Our Own is the story of what she and her mother went through during this time, as they were forced to abandon their home and…