I'm happy to announce that I have begun writing a monthly comics newsletter featuring new releases and old favorites for Durham County Library! It's a "NextReads" newsletter, which is a collaboration between library staff and NoveList, a reader's advisory service that does this kind of thing for libraries across the country. Most NextReads newsletters are initially generated by the folks at NoveList with and then enhanced by library staff, but I'm doing mine from scratch, so you can send your complaints straight to me! Every month will include a number of new titles as well as a themed list of some sort; starting next month I'll feature a title that I (or some unsuspecting cohort of mine) would recommend for someone who's new to the comics scene.
Sign up for this and other Durham County Library NextReads newsletters by visiting our Reader's Corner page and clicking on the NextReads rectangle. And enjoy!
Recommendations for April, 2012:
New @ Durham County Library
Petrograd by Philip Gellat and Tyler Crook
Cleveland by Harvey Pekar and Joseph Remnant
A Game of Thrones adaptation by Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson
I, Vampire! by Mark J. Dematteis and Thomas Sutton
Nate Powell, Guest at Comics Fest 2012!
The Silence of Our Friends
Swallow Me Whole
Eisner Award Winners
Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli
Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Batman: Year 100 by Paul Pope
April 12, 2012
April 2, 2012
I have been aware of Jillian Tamaki only since reading Skim, and I sure am glad that I investigated her further! Skim, written by her cousin Mariko Tamaki, is a beautiful and complex book about the ambiguities of adolescent identity and relationship (and a work I intend to discuss further at another date), but that's not all she's got up her sleeve. Among many other projects, Jillian Tamaki also regularly puts out a webcomic with the awesome title of SuperMutant Magic Academy, and it's my new favorite.
|An early strip featuring big heads and magic beans.1|
|(As yet) unrequited love3.|
Self-serving reasons aside, this is a great comic, and I'm already looking forward to the next strip.
Durham County Library patrons may find Skim among the Young Adult Graphic Novel shelves under F TAMAKI, or they can place a hold on it and her other works here. If SuperMutant Magic Academy ever makes its way to a collected edition, I will be sure to lobby for the library to purchase it! Jillian Tamaki's portfolio, with links to her publications and sketchblog, is located at jilliantamaki.com.
UPDATE: The Comics Journal likes it too! And so does Io9!
Top image: http://mutantmagic.com/post/17556939831/logo-no-go, © Jillian Tamaki
1. Image source: http://mutantmagic.com/post/2325132475/jake-williams, © Jillian Tamaki
2. Image source: http://mutantmagic.com/post/11383329257/get-up, © Jillian Tamaki