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Provacative. Moving. At times funny and irreverent, author and playwright Sebastian Stuart's book - What Wasn't I Thinking? takes us back to his early life in New York, his college days in 1970's San Francisco and importantly to the relationship with his beloved cousin Tina. A memoir, an autobiography, a chronicle of times past - this book is a triumph for its author.
What is suffering? What is happiness? How do they relate and how do you experience them? Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, provides thoughts on how one can truly face and understand one's hurt rather than only carry its burden. Written in very beautiful, kind, and humble words, No Mud, No Lotus is a book that refreshes oneself like a rejuvenating gulp of crisp air that you didn't know you needed.
This incredibly well researched graphic biography tells the story of my personal favorite painter, Artemisia Gentileschi. Siciliano doesn't shy away from the dark and often violent truth of Gentileschi's life as she went from her father's apprentice to a famous Renaissance painter in her own right. This book captures the humanity of such a great figure, while still giving us a view of the politics and hardships of the time --and an art lesson to round out the whole thing. Plus, just look at this cover, who wouldn't want to add such a beautiful book to their collection? CW: Sexual Assault
The colourful recipes and history of Korean food culture in this comic book makes cooking really fun!
A captivating memoir on exercise, nature, and striving to reach a flow state, this memoir in comics will have you appreciating your gear and likely inspire a fitness feat.
A kid is a kid is a kid! Let’s play!
Between her imagination, artistic skills, and storytelling capabilities, Shing Yin Khor herself is a legend. The Legend of Auntie Po is beauty; an inspiring tapestry of myth, love, and fortitude in the face of adversity and discrimination.
After getting kicked off the basketball team for fighting, Mara must find a new sport to prove to her coach that she can be a team player. When she tries out for the (previously all-boys) football team, she begins to understand that being a girl can be so much more than being shoved into a dress and heels by her overbearing mother. Layered and feminist, with great female friendships and a super sweet queer romance. What's not to love?
Giant Days has been one of my favorite comic discoveries of the last couple years and now that the creative team is back for this spin-off I can stop crying (/cry less) about it ending. Wicked Things has all the same trademark wit and aesthetic BUT WITH MORE TEEN DETECTIVES. Sold.
A thoroughly fun romcom/wedding story/family drama with enough substance to sink your teeth into and enough froth to make a great summer read.
In this graphic novel, three seemingly unrelated storylines interweave in surprising ways. Not only are the pictures beautiful, there's so many unspoken nuances within each character interaction. I loved this story about an American-Chinese boy, Danny, and how he straddles his Chinese and American culture. Things only seem to get worse when his cousin from China visits. But, his cousin just might be the key for Danny to learn about himself, his family, and his culture. You won't regret reading it!
Pascaline doesn't want to go to school, but go to school she does, with her tiny parents tucked under her wing. And school, it turns out, is pretty great. But it'd be better if she didn't have to take care of her tiny parents! With brilliant, energetic illustrations, Alemagna captures the full range of Pascaline's emotions in this utterly delightful picture book.
Magical adventure and romance! If the deaf witch and genderqueer werewolf in love aren't enough, come here for the cute gay grandmas and the Sukkot/Mid-Autumn Festival fusion celebration. Not to mention the gorgeous, expressive art and amazing storytelling. I wish I’d had this comic when I was a kid.
Whether or not you read speculative fiction, you must read this book. An optimistic, joyful look at being a person in the world in search of your purpose. With tea!
I have been a big fan of these tiny vampires since they were just three panel comics floating around the internet, so it came as no surprise that I loved this book. It's both a funny and charming story about witches and curses and magical quests, as well as a tale about friendship and standing up for yourself. 10/10 I'd definitely let these precocious vampires drink some blood (although maybe not mine).