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The Nameless City, vol. 1

The Nameless City

Canadian cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks’ first foray into historical fiction, begins quietly enough: Kaidu, a young Dao boy, has just arrived at The Nameless City, so called because it is routinely conquered by surrounding nations, every one of whom give…

Human Body Theater

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With Human Body Theater, Maris Wicks has invented an entirely new genre: the science slapstick. Wicks’s work is jam-packed with information for a curious science novice: she covers cells and atoms within a few panels to make way for the…

This One Summer

This One Summer

    Rose is just an ordinary girl with an average life and regular parents. Every year, her family travels to Awago Beach for a summer filled with sun and surf, accompanied by her younger friend, Windy. But this year, everything feels different, including Rose herself. She’s begun to notice things…

Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey

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In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Great Britain and other European nations mounted expeditions to explore the polar regions of the earth, including Antarctica. Men set forth in wooden sailing ships to uncover the mysteries of the southern ice and stand…

Battling Boy: The Rise of Aurora West

Rise of Aurora West

In last year’s Battling Boy, Aurora West was the scene-stealer, so it’s fitting that she’s getting her own story, serialized through First Second. The daughter of Arcopolis’s late science hero, Haggard West, the gritty Aurora has a room full of secrets and a calling…

The Zoo Box

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The Zoo Box is exactly what the title suggests: a box filled with zoo animals, eager to be released, ready to wreak havoc on the lives of two unsuspecting kids. The set up is Jumanji-esque—mom and dad go out for…

The Shadow Hero

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    Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew are kind of my cartoon dream team. Though he’s been in comics for a long time, Yang has recently received great acclaim in the world of children’s literature for Boxers and Saints, a two-part…

Andre the Giant

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I first encountered Box Brown long ago and far away in an era when he drew a semi-autobiographical, totally romantic webcomic called Bellen, which chronicled the relationship of nerdy little Ben and Ellen with all their foibles and joys. Since…

This One Summer

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  Every year Rose and her parents go to a lake house on Awago beach. The summer is normally full of swimming, campfires, and other warm-weather fun with her summertime best friend Windy. However, this year is different. Rose’s parents…