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Graphic Novels, Comic Books, and Manga
Agatha: The Real Life of Agatha Christie by Anne Martinetti; Guillaume Lebeau; Alexandre Franc (Illustrator)The life of Agatha Christie was as mysterious and eventful as her fiction. This beautifully illustrated graphic novel traces the life of the Queen of Whodunnit from her childhood in Torquay, England, through a career filled with success, mischief, and adventure, to her later years as Dame Agatha. Revealing a side to Christie that will surprise and delight many readers, Agatha introduces us to a free-spirited and thoroughly modern woman who, among other things, enjoyed flying, travel, and surfing. Centering around an episode in 1926 when Christie staged her own disappearance, Agatha is an intriguing, entertaining, and funny exploration of the 20th century's best-loved crime novelist.
Call Number: PR6005.H66 Z74713 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima by Keiji NakazawaThe reissue of this classic manga's first volume has impeccable timing. It recounts the bombing of Hiroshima from the perspective of a young boy, Gen, and his family. But the book's themes (the physical and psychological damage ordinary people suffer from war's realities) ring chillingly true today. Despite its harrowing nature, this work is invaluable for the lessons it offers in history, humanity and compassion. Published to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.
Call Number: PN6790.J33 N362 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Blankets: A Graphic Novel by Craig Thompson"Quaint, meditative and sometimes dreamy, blankets will take you straight back to your first kiss." --The Guardian Blankets is the story of a young man coming of age and finding the confidence to express his creative voice. Craig Thompson's poignant graphic memoir plays out against the backdrop of a Midwestern winterscape: finely-hewn linework draws together a portrait of small town life, a rigorously fundamentalist Christian childhood, and a lonely, emotionally mixed-up adolescence. Under an engulfing blanket of snow, Craig and Raina fall in love at winter church camp, revealing to one another their struggles with faith and their dreams of escape. Over time though, their personal demons resurface and their relationship falls apart. It's a universal story, and Thompson's vibrant brushstrokes and unique page designs make the familiar heartbreaking all over again. This groundbreaking graphic novel, winner of two Eisner and three Harvey Awards, is an eloquent portrait of adolescent yearning; first love (and first heartache); faith in crisis; and the process of moving beyond all of that. Beautifully rendered in pen and ink, Thompson has created a love story that lasts.
Call Number: PN6727 T48 B63 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation by Michael Keller; Nicolle Rager Fuller (Illustrator)A stunning graphic adaptation of one of the most famous, contested, and important books of all time. Few books have been as controversial or as historically significant as Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life. Since the moment it was released on November 24, 1859, Darwin's masterwork has been heralded for changing the course of science and condemned for its implied challenges to religion. In Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species, author Michael Keller and illustrator Nicolle Rager Fuller introduce a new generation of readers to the original text. Including sections about his pioneering research, the book's initial public reception, his correspondence with other leading scientists, as well as the most recent breakthroughs in evolutionary theory, this riveting, beautifully rendered adaptation breathes new life into Darwin's seminal and still polarizing work.
Call Number: QH367 .K466 2009
Publication Date: 2009
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiHere, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed memoir-in-comic-strips. Persepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming--both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up. Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom--Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
Call Number: PN6747.S245 P4713 2007
Publication Date: 2007-10-30
The Death of Stalin by Fabien Nury (Created by); Thierry Robin (Illustrator)The graphic novel that inspired the new Armando Iannucci movie which includes an all-star cast - Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Jason Isaacs, Michael Palin, and Jeffrey Tambor. Fear, corruption and treachery abound in this political satire set in the aftermath of Stalin's death in the Soviet Union in 1953. When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke - the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate of the nation and of the world. And it all really happened.
Call Number: PN6747.N87 M6713 2017
Publication Date: 2017
Fables by Bill Willingham; Mark Buckingham, Lan Medina, Craig Hamilton, Steve Leialoha (Artists)For the first time ever, Bill Willingham's acclaimed, Eisner Award-winning series FABLES is presented in a deluxe hardcover edition collecting issues #1-10. When a savage creature known only as the Adversary conquered the fabled lands of legends and fairy tales, all of the infamous inhabitants of folklore were forced into exile. Disguised among the normal citizens of modern-day New York, these magical characters have created their own peaceful and secret society within an exclusive luxury apartment building called Fabletown. When Snow White's party-girl sister, Rose Red, is apparently murdered, it's up to Fabletown's sheriff, the reformed and pardoned Big Bad Wolf, to find the killer. Meanwhile, trouble of a different sort brews at the Fables' upstate farm where non-human inhabitants are preaching revolution - and threatening Fabletown's carefully nurtured secrecy. Advance-solicited; on sale September 30 7.0625" x 10.875", 264 pg, FC, $29.99 US, MATURE READERS
Call Number: PN6727.W52 F35 2009
Publication Date: 2009
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen CollinsNOW A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The job of the skin is to keep it all in... On the island of Here, livin's easy. Conduct is orderly. Lawns are neat. Citizens are clean shaven-and Dave is the most fastidious of them all. Dave is bald, but for a single hair. He loves drawing, his desk job, and the Bangles. But on one fateful day, his life is upended...by an unstoppable (yet pretty impressive) beard. An off-beat fable worthy of Roald Dahl and Tim Burton, Stephen Collins' The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil is a darkly funny meditation on life, death, and what it means to be different--and a timeless ode to the art of beard maintenance.
Call Number: PN6737.C65 G54 2014
Publication Date: 2014
H. P. Lovecraft's the Hound and Other Stories by Gou Tanabe (Adapted by, Illustrator)A pair of decadent young men pursue the abhorrent thrill of grave robbing...a German submarine's crew is driven mad by the call of an underwater temple...an explorer in the Arabian desert discovers a hideous city older than mankind. This moody and evocative manga gets back to the dark foundations of the Cthulhu Mythos, adapting three of H.P. Lovecraft's original stories that first shaped the outlines of cosmic horror!
Call Number: PN6790.J33 T373413 2017
Publication Date: 2017
The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani; Leland Purvis (Illustrator)Award winning authors Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis present a historically accurate graphic novel biography of English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. English mathematician and scientist Alan Turing (1912-1954) is credited with many of the foundational principles of contemporary computer science. The Imitation Game presents a historically accurate graphic novel biography of Turing's life, including his groundbreaking work on the fundamentals of cryptography and artificial intelligence. His code breaking efforts led to the cracking of the German Enigma during World War II, work that saved countless lives and accelerated the Allied defeat of the Nazis. While Turing's achievements remain relevant decades after his death, the story of his life in post-war Europe continues to fascinate audiences today. Award-winning duo Jim Ottaviani (the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Feynman and Primates) and artist Leland Purvis (an Eisner and Ignatz Award nominee and occasional reviewer for the Comics Journal) present a factually detailed account of Turing's life and groundbreaking research--as an unconventional genius who was arrested, tried, convicted, and punished for being openly gay, and whose innovative work still fuels the computing and communication systems that define our modern world. Computer science buffs, comics fans, and history aficionados will be captivated by this riveting and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most unsung heroes.
Call Number: QA29.T8 O772 2016
Publication Date: 2016
James Joyce: Portrait of a Dubliner: A Graphic Biography by Alfonso ZapicoA dazzling, prize-winning graphic biography of one of the world's most revered writers. Winner of Spain's National Comic Prize and published to acclaim in Ireland, here is an extraordinary graphic biography of James Joyce that offers a fresh take on his tumultuous life. With evocative anecdotes and hundreds of ink-wash drawings, Alfonso Zapico invites the reader to share Joyce's journey, from his earliest days in Dublin to his life with his great love, Nora Barnacle, and their children, and his struggles and triumphs as an artist. Joyce experienced poverty, rejection, censorship, charges of blasphemy and obscenity, war, and crippling ill-health. A rebel and nonconformist in Dublin and a harsh critic of Irish society, he left Ireland in self-imposed exile with Nora, moving to Paris, Pola, Trieste, Rome, London, and finally Zurich. He overcame monumental challenges in creating and publishing Dubliners, Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegan's Wake. Along the way, he encountered a colorful cast of characters, from the Irish nationalists Charles Parnell and Michael Collins to literary greats Yeats, Proust, Hemingway, and Beckett, and the likes of Carl Jung and Vladimir Lenin.
Call Number: PR6019.O9 Z9744 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris WareThe first and now critically-acclaimed book from Chicago artist Chris Ware. A lonely and emotionally impaired everyman, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, is provided with the opportunity to meet his father for the first time when he is 36 years old. The story, set in 1890s Chicago and 1980s small-town Michigan, is told in hundreds of small, precisely drawn panels that regularly expand to reveal stunning draughtsmanship, and supported by fold-out instructions, an index, paper cutouts and beautifully drawn period adverts.
Call Number: PN6727.W285 J56 2003
Publication Date: 2003
March: Book One by John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Artist, Cover Design by)Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figuresof the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence hastaken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from asegregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receivingbeatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the firstAfrican-American president. Now, to share his remarkable story with newgenerations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaborationwith co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell(winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow MeWhole). March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelongstruggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on thedistance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis'personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civilrights movement. Book One spans John Lewis' youth in rural Alabama, hislife-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the NashvilleStudent Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolentlunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of CityHall. Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drewinspiration from the 1958 comic book "Martin Luther King and the MontgomeryStory." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience,testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard forgenerations. Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books selection: recognizingan African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children andyoung adults: "March: Book One," written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin,illustrated by Nate Powell, and published by Top Shelf Productions.
Call Number: E840.8.L43 A3 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art SpiegelmanOn the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of its first publication, here is the definitive edition of the book acclaimed as "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust" (Wall Street Journal) and "the first masterpiece in comic book history" (The New Yorker). The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father's story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in "drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust" (The New York Times). Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek's harrowing story of survival is woven into the author's account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits. This astonishing retelling of our century's grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.
Call Number: D810.J4 S643 2011
Publication Date: 1996
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (Artist)In this debut, which takes the form of a fictional graphic diary, a 10-year-old girl tries to solve a murder. Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late '60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. When Karen's investigation takes us back to Anka's life in Nazi Germany, the reader discovers how the personal, the political, the past, and the present converge. Full-color illustrations throughout.
Call Number: PN6727.F4646 M95 2016
Publication Date: 2017
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Hayao MiyazakiThe epic fantasy tale written and illustrated by legendary Studio Ghibli director Hayao Miyazaki, creator of My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle and Ponyo. A modern masterpiece, the entire series is now available in this deluxe box set containing two hardcover volumes with interior colour pages and a bonus poster.
Call Number: PN6790.J33 M58213 2012
Publication Date: 2012
Palestine by Joe Sacco; Edward W. SaidPrior to Safe Area Gorazde: The War In Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995--Joe Sacco's breakthrough novel of graphic journalism--the acclaimed author was best known for Palestine, a two-volume graphic novel that won an American Book Award in 1996. Fantagraphics Books is pleased to present the first single-volume collection of this landmark of journalism and the art form of comics. Based on several months of research and an extended visit to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s (where he conducted over 100 interviews with Palestinians and Jews), Palestine was the first major comics work of political and historical nonfiction by Sacco, whose name has since become synonymous with this graphic form of New Journalism. Like Safe Area Gorazde, Palestine has been favorably compared to Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus for its ability to brilliantly navigate such socially and politically sensitive subject matter within the confines of the comic book medium. Sacco has often been called the first comic book journalist, and he is certainly the best. This edition of Palestine also features an introduction from renowned author, critic, and historian Edward Said (Peace and Its Discontents and The Question of Palestine), one of the world's most respected authorities on the Middle Eastern conflict.
Call Number: DS119.7 .S23 2015
Publication Date: 2001
Psychology: The Comic Book Introduction by Danny Oppenheimer; Grady KleinPsychology is the study of human behavior. It is a serious and worthy endeavor that has given us scientific knowledge of the ways our minds make sense of the world. Yet, as cartoonist Grady Klein and psychologist Danny Oppenheimer point out, the study of human experience can also be often really funny. This is the field, after all, that brought us drooling dogs, snacking rats, and "Freudian slips." With detailed observations on perception, stress, emotions, cognition, and more, Psychology: The Comic Book Introduction offers students and curious readers an entertaining guide to the ways our brains help us navigate incredibly complicated environments, yet often fool us in fascinating ways.
Call Number: BF121 .K54 2018
Publication Date: 2017
The Sandman: Overture by Neil Gaiman; J. H. Williams III (Illustrator)Twenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman's legendary series is back--now in paperback for the first time ever! THE SANDMAN- OVERTURE heralds New York Times best-selling writer Neil Gaiman's return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA), whose lush, widescreen images provide an epic scope to The Sandman's origin story. From the birth of a galaxy to the moment that Morpheus is captured, THE SANDMAN- OVERTURE will feature cameo appearances by fan-favorite characters such as the Corinthian, Merv Pumpkinhead and, of course, the Dream King's siblings- Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny. Collects SANDMAN- OVERTURE #1-6.
Call Number: PN6728.S26 G4 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Watchmen by Dave Gibbons (Artist); Alan MooreIn an alternate world where the mere presence of American superheroeschanged history, the US won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and thecold war is in full effect. Watchmen begins as a murder-mystery, butsoon unfolds into a planet-altering conspiracy. As the resolution comes to ahead, the unlikely group of reunited heroes - Rorschach, Nite Owl, SilkSpectre, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandias - have to test the limits of theirconvictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil. In the mid-eighties, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons created Watchmen,changing the course of comics' history and essentially remaking how popularculture perceived the genre. Popularly cited as the point where comics came ofage, Watchmen's sophisticated take on superheroes has been universallyacclaimed for its psychological depth and realism. Watchmen is collected here in a deluxe hardcover, with sketches,extra bonus material, and a new Introduction by series artist DaveGibbons.