Tag Archive for graphic novel hybrid

The Heart of Thomas

Heart of Thomas

Moto Hagio helped define the Boys’ Love genre back in the 1970s as one of the “Showa 24,” female mangaka who told the kinds of stories they wanted to read and, in doing so, jump-started shojo publishing. This epic tale,…

City of Light, City of Dark

City of Light, City of Dark written by Avi, Illustrations by Brian Floca

When humans wanted to settle the Island to build a grand City, they had to negotiate with the Kurbs—creatures of darkness who possess the Island. Each year, the humans must perform a ritual to acknowledge and pay respect to the…

Pepita: Inoue Meets Gaudí

Celebrated manga-ka Takehiko Inoue goes looking for renowned architect Antoni Gaudí’s inspiration and essence on a 2011 trip to Spain. It may at first surprise readers familiar with Inoue, who usually tells wonderful stories about basketball (Slam Dunk, Real) and…

Odd Duck

Odd Duck

Theodora is a very busy duck. Every day, she stretches, does vocal warm-ups (for perfect pitch), and swims across her pond with a cup of rose hip tea balanced on her head (for perfect posture). While she is a perfectly…

Shinjuku

Shinjuku, with words by Mink, also known as Christopher Morrison, and pictures by Yoshitaka Amano, is a gorgeous hybrid graphic novel set in the future. The at times surreal and always beautiful art is paired with an incoherent, unfocused story…

My Name is Elizabeth!

My Name is Elizabeth cover

Elizabeth Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones loves her first name. She loves that it’s nine letters long and she loves the shapes her mouth makes when she says it. But she doesn’t love when people get her name wrong. Her…

Drawing from Memory

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Say’s intriguing, introspective, and largely visual journey through his first sixteen years of life as a child and artist is decidedly readable and informative. This slender hybrid picture book contains numerous comic book essentials, water-coloured pen and ink illustrations, black…

Orcs: Forged for War

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Orcs: Forged for War is the first graphic novel set in the fantasy universe created in Stan Nicholls’s Orcs novels. Lots of science fiction and fantasy series are adding graphic novels these days and some series pull it off better…

Tricky Journeys Series

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Like chocolate and peanut butter are mixed to create a sweeter dessert treat, the Tricky Journeys series of graphic novels combines the classic trickster tales of various mythologies with the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books to create something…

The Adventures of Taro, vol. 1-2

Taro is a young man who loves to draw. He has created an entire world called Doodledum within the pages of his sketchbook. But now Doodledum is threatened by King Crossout and his Eraser-of-Doom. The Wise Magician gives Taro a…