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May 22, 2014
For those attending Book Expo America (BEA) in New York next week, we want to be sure that these two graphic novel events are on your radar: Thursday, May 29th 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Location: Uptown...
May 22, 2014
We loved hearing the news that MARCH has won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award — Special Recognition --- this is a book so deserving of that honor. You can read more about it here.
May 21, 2014
Doré Ripley attended the Big Wow! ComicFest in San Jose, California on May 17 and 18 and she files this report for GNR.

Reviews

The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang - Graphic novel
The Green Turtle solves crimes and fIghts injustice just like other superheros. But this mysterious masked crusader is hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity... The Green Turtle was the first Asian-American superhero. The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but Gene Luen Yang has finally revived this character in THE SHADOW HERO, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.”

Barbarian Lord by Matt Smith - Graphic Novel

"A sword untried is a sword untested," says one raven to another as they set out to witness the fate of the finest farm in Garmrland and its owner, Barbarian Lord. When he is cheated out of his lands and banished, Barbarian Lord begins a quest for allies and for justice, encountering monsters, ghouls, gods, and mediocre poets along the way.

Strange Fruit, Volume I is a collection of stories from African American history that exemplifies success in the face of great adversity. This unique graphic anthology offers historical and cultural commentary on nine uncelebrated heroes whose stories are not often found in history books.

A Hitch at the Fairmont written by Jim Averbeck, illustrated by Nick Bertozzi - Youth Mystery Fiction
After the mysterious death of his mother, eleven-year-old Jack Fair is whisked away to San Francisco’s swanky Fairmont Hotel by his wicked Aunt Edith. There, he seems doomed to a life of fetching chocolates for his aunt and her pet chinchilla. Until one night, when Aunt Edith disappears, and the only clue is a ransom note written…in chocolate? Suddenly, Jack finds himself all alone on a quest to discover who kidnapped Aunt Edith and what happened to his mother. Alone, that is, until he meets an unlikely accomplice—Alfred Hitchcock himself! The two embark on a madcap journey full of hidden doorways, secret societies, cryptic clues, sinister villains, and cinematic flair.
Line of Fire: Diary of an Unknown Soldier Written by Barroux , translated by Sarah Ardizzone - Graphic Novel

One winter morning, Barroux was walking down a street in Paris when he made an extraordinary find: the real diary of a soldier in World War I. Barroux rescued the diary from the trash and illustrated the soldier's words. In this striking black and white graphic novel adaptation of a 100-year-old diary, the events of the first two months of World War I are given fresh meaning and relevance to modern audiences.

Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. Rosie's friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems. 

THE ACCURSED sees a reintroduction of the dark elf villain Malekith while focusing on the idea that Thor must work together with representations from the various Nine Realms.

After the cliffhanger ending of THE GOD BUTCHER, GODBOMB opens with a quick one-off that shifts the focus over to Gorr and his origins. 

The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley - Tween, Teen, Children's, Memoir

Jimmy Gownley's returns with a graphic novel memoir about the "dumb" idea that changed his life forever! What if the dumbest idea ever turned your life upside down?

A group of supervillains is forced to make the ultimate heist in this hilarious four-issue series from Mark Millar and Leinil Yu. Their target one of the world’s most feared supervillains. He even has a superpowered protector. Clearly, this isn’t going to be easy.

Something strange is going on underwater off the shore of Prudhoe, Alaska. Dr. Lee Archer, a cetologist (she studies the songs of whales and dolphins, among other things) is called in by the Department of Homeland Security to join a team investigating. But given Dr. Lee’s political activism and her firing from NOAA, she’s not too eager to take part --- until they make her an offer she can’t refuse: They’ll help her get back custody of her son.

In this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.

 

So good, so funny, so imminently readable --- Johnny Hiro returns to take on a giant gorilla who’s taken his ex hostage. Meanwhile, his current girlfriend would really like to know why he’s never mentioned this ex before. And the real danger for Johnny is going to come from a hard-hitting examination of where his life is right now.

 

The team behind POWERS creates a new spin on all-ages superhero comics with TAKIO, a fun-filled series about two bickering sisters just trying to a) save the world, and b) avoid getting grounded.

 

Taki and Olivia, the two sisters who make up TAKIO, return for more battles…and a lot more in-fighting.