Last weekend, John Lewis announced that he would be missing the 2017 inauguration, the first he would miss in thirty years. This comment incited controversy. One of the articles that came up told me that Lewis’s books were selling out in stores across the country, and I was reminded that I still had not read the third volume of Lewis’s comic book trilogy, which was co-written by Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell. I immediately went to the store and purchased a beautiful boxed set of all three books. March is John Lewis’s story during the Civil Rights Movement. Hopefully, you can read this article without needing to be warned about spoilers.
March Vol. 1 starts with Lewis getting ready to attend President Obama’s inauguration and flashes back to his childhood up through his initial involvement with the Civil Rights Movement. Volume 2 continues in this style, and Volume 3 wraps it up.
The comic book world can be incredibly overwhelming. Comic book stores are geared toward longtime readers, putting the most recent issue in front, and then everything else in bins. Sometimes the bins are separated into DC, Marvel, and indie. Sometimes they’re straight up alphabetical. If you decide you’re going to go for trade, meaning several issues bound into a book that hopefully conveys a full storyline, you then have to hope that your comic series does not interact with any other comics, because then you’ve got to buy the crossovers to get the full story. THEN, pray your story doesn’t jump into a parallel universe that already existed and has rules that have been explained in another series.
I want to tell you about some of the issues I faced when starting to get into comics. Luckily, I worked at Borders at the time, and had some really awesome co-workers who helped me get on the right track. Here are some of the tips I’ve picked up over my years of getting into comics: Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Guide to Getting Into Comics→
Just So Happens by Fumio Obata surrenders to reflection as a Japanese Londoner travels back to Japan for her father’s funeral. Yumiko lives with the dichotomy of two communities; one into which she was born and one she made her home. Yumiko feels division with her background, her present, her own values and opinions as the family proceedings with the death ceremonies. Her returning home leads her to introspection on her decisions and identity. The realistic fiction analyzes family expectation and individual identity.
The Rise of Aurora West is a collaboration between writers Paul Pope and JT Petty and artist David Rubín. A branch of the graphic novel Battling Boy by writer and artist Paul Pope, Aurora and Battling Boy (Boy is sent to Acropolis for the traditional right of passage of waging war on monsters) are counterparts of each other. They share an environment overrun by monsters. Their two worlds (unbeknownst to each other) work in tandem to find a solution. The resolution is to find or become heroes that have the ability to eradiate these villainous broods. Influenced heavily by their fathers, both are introduced to this objective in very different ways. Aurora has been trained her entire life for the inevitability that she will be fighting monsters. Continue reading Rise With Aurora→
Looks like it’s back to work for Brian Konietzko! One half of the creative duo behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, Konietzko just announced his next project: Threadworlds, a graphic novel following aspiriting scientist Nova as she sets off on an adventure to explore the universe.
Exquisite Corpse, a graphic novel by Pénélope Bagieu is being sold in America for the first time ever, and I couldn’t be more excited! Without giving too much away, a young woman named Zoe who is frustrated by her current life situation sees a man peeking through the curtains in his apartment. She decides to investigate. The man ends up being an author named Thomas Rocher, which doesn’t mean anything to Zoe. After a while though, she starts questioning his reclusive behavior and uncovers quite a secret.
Obviously when I found out that Seconds existed, I had to read it. The Scott Pilgrim series is one of my absolute favorite pieces of literature of all time, and the movie is a flawless piece of cinema (it got gypped on special effects awards). And no, I didn’t just love this book because it was “by the guy who wrote Scott Pilgrim.” Seconds is a really well-told story with fantastic illustrations.
Seconds tells the story of Katie, a chef in the process of opening her own restaurant. One night, after a day where everything went wrong, she discovers a strange pantsless woman sitting on her dresser, and the woman gives her a message. If Katie writes down everything she wants to fix from that day and eats a special mushroom, she gets a do-over. Katie wakes up the next morning and everything that went wrong the previous day never happened. Katie gets greedy and starts harvesting mushrooms and do-overs. But these do-overs come at a very high cost.
I loved The Graveyard Book from page 1. I read the audiobook because Neil Gaiman reads it (definitely worth a listen. His voices are amazing.) And then read the book again for a YA Literature class in college. I was the only person in the class who even remotely liked it.
When I worked at Borders, I had a very difficult time selling The Graveyard Book. “You like fantasy? Here’s a great book!” would always get the response, “It’s for children though.” “Oh your kids like ghost stories? You should definitely check out Neil Gaiman’s new novel!” would get either, “it’s too long” or “it looks way too scary for my kids.” When children came to me asking for recommendations, most of them would look at the number of pages, and put it back on the shelf when they thought I wasn’t looking.
For the life of me, I cannot figure out how people don’t get that The Graveyard Book is wonderful. Yes, it has a child protagonist. But so does Ender’s Game. Yes, it gets really dark. But so does Harry Potter. The writing is stellar, the story is entertaining and gripping, and the characters are fascinating.
When I found out that it was going to be made into a graphic novel, I was at first hesitant. Then some of the art started getting released online. Neil Gaiman, who started in comic books, has selected some really talented artists to retell his award-winning tale, and I am a fan.