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What to Read Wednesday – Graphic Novels and Comics June 11, 2014

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BamGraphic novels are amazing! They are especially great for reluctant readers and second-language learners, but believe me, all readers can find something to interest them in graphic novel format. In addition to graphic novels, there are many free web comics available for people to read. Below I’m going to list a few of my favorites.  I hope you find something you like.

Before I start my recommendations, I want to share a wonderful website I use for graphic novel reviews. No Flying No Tights is an excellent resource. It has reviews, information, and resources for kids, teens, and adult graphic novels.

No_Flying_No_Tights___a_graphic_novel_review_websiteGraphic Novels:

dahmerYou only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer — the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper — seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.

In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche — a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.

andreAndre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant.

Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre’s life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars (Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, etc), Brown has created in Andre the Giant, the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable figures.

FoiledMy Review: Colorblind Aliera has only seen the world in black, white, and grays until events cause her to look for head protection and she puts on her fencing helmet in Grand Central Station. Once in place, the world is an entirely different place for her. Faeries, dragons, demons, trolls, and other scary things surround her (all in bright and beautiful color) and the other unsuspecting people in the station.

Trouble is afoot and it is up to her to save the world. Her $2.00 practice foil is her weapon and the cutest guy she’s ever seen is her backup (even though he is a bit of a troll.)

tuneAndy’s life is going nowhere, fast. He left art school with his career all worked out ahead of time, but …to say  it didn’t work out is the understatement of the century. Unemployed and living with his overbearing parents, Andy  struggles to keep sight of the lofty goals that once drove him. But it’s hard, even when he reconnects with his old art school crush, Yumi. Things look better, briefly, with Yumi back in the picture and an actual job offer on the table. But then Andy takes the job offer–to work at a zoo–and finds himself in an alternate dimension. The zoo? It’s run by aliens. The exhibit? It’s him.  Derek Kirk Kim is back with an offbeat, poignant new project. The first volume of a series, Tune is a science fiction comedy, but it’s also a smart and affectionate examination of human nature.

POWWeb Comics:

Zen Pencils is one of my favorite web comic sites. Gavin Aung is the artist behind the website and let me tell ya. He is amazing.  He updates the website with a new comic about once a week. His specialty is adapting inspirational quotes into web comic stories.  Here are two of my favorites:

Neil Gaiman: Make Good Art

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Bill Watterson: A cartoonist advice

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ZAP Faith Erin Hicks is another one of my favorite graphic novel artists. She has several web comics available online for FREE which are then later published in book form. There is also, NOTHING CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG and FRIENDS WITH BOYS online to read.

Here are two of her other graphic novels I really like.

last of usNineteen years ago, a parasitic fungal outbreak killed the majority of the world’s population. In one of the few remaining quarantine zones, thirteen-year-old Ellie begins her new life as a ward of a military boarding school, where a friendship with fellow student Riley leads to her first trip into the outside world. Beyond the walls of the regimented civil order they know, Ellie and Riley are soon confronted with the violent way of life of the insurgent group the Fireflies–and with the monstrous victims of infection!

brain campNeither artistic, dreamy Jenna nor surly, delinquent Lucas expected to find themselves at an invitation-only summer camp that turns problem children into prodigies. And yet, here they both are at Camp Fielding, settling in with all the other losers and misfits who’ve been shipped off by their parents in a last-ditch effort to produce a child worth bragging about.

But strange disappearances, spooky lights in the woods, and a chilling alteration that turns the dimmest, rowdiest campers into docile zombie Einsteins have Jenna and Lucas feeling more than a little suspicious…and a lot afraid.

So, what about you? Are there any great graphic novels you like? What about resources you use to find out about new graphic novels? Any web comics we should know about? If so, please comment below and share your knowledge with everyone.

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