Electric Girl, a.k.a. Virginia, is not a butt-kicking, witty, whip-smart female superhero, as her name might suggest. No. Instead, Virginia is a witty, whip-smart, not so butt-kicking teenage girl who just happens to be the best natural conductor of electricity since copper. Michael Brennan’s delightful book shows Virginia’s life and adventures with a logical eye toward what it would really be like. As a baby, Virginia unwittingly zaps every person she meets for the first time. She kills time by recharging batteries. When she gets angry, her electricity tends to get a little bit out of control. Featuring Virginia, her meddling invisible gremlin “friend” Oogleeoog, and her fearless dog Blammo (the best name for a dog ever), this first collection of the Electric Girl comics is, well, exciting! Keep an eye out for the short sequences of silent, image-only stories–they show the amazing strength of an image to tell a complex (and funny) story.

Electric Girl, vol. 1
ISBN: 9780970355508
by Michael Brennan
AiT/Planet Lar 2000

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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