El Deafo. Cece Bell. Harry N. Abrams. 2014.
This was a really good book about the author’s struggle with growing up deaf. Bell became deaf after suffering from an illness as a child. She narrates her experiences with well-intentioned but misguided kids and her supersonic hearing aids that allow her to hear things in the teachers’ lounge. I liked this book a lot, but it took me longer than I expected to finish it. The story was very methodical in its pacing, though not without humor. It felt a little dry at times, I guess. It also ended abruptly. Still, a standout this year.

El Deafo. Cece Bell. Harry N. Abrams. 2014.

This was a really good book about the author’s struggle with growing up deaf. Bell became deaf after suffering from an illness as a child. She narrates her experiences with well-intentioned but misguided kids and her supersonic hearing aids that allow her to hear things in the teachers’ lounge. I liked this book a lot, but it took me longer than I expected to finish it. The story was very methodical in its pacing, though not without humor. It felt a little dry at times, I guess. It also ended abruptly. Still, a standout this year.

Over Easy. Mimi Pond. Drawn and Quarterly. 2014.
This was great — a graphic memoir done all in the same turquoise tone, possibly to reflect the dreamlike sense of living a life in between. Mimi Pond describes the time she spent dishwashing and waitressing at the Imperial Cafe in the late 1970s in Oakland in this book. Pond had been denied the financial aid required to finish her last year of art school, so she got a job at a degenerate’s cafe. It doesn’t change her life. In fact, I’d say it mostly just serves as a stopgap along the way to getting back on track. However, I don’t think such stopgaps should be denigrated. There’s a fine line between finding yourself and wasting away. Admittedly, a lot of the so-called friends and coworkers she makes during her tenure at the cafe are wasting away. But, there’s a sense that Pond’s life at this point was just as vital for its sense of drudgery as it would have been if she had continued with art school.
I would recommend this to people in college, those about to graduate college or those on the cusp of determining the next stage of their lives. It’s a good look at how one can make the most of a situation. It’s not exactly inspiring, but it’s not meant to be. I think a lot of people go through this sort of phase in their lives, when they’re not sure where they’re headed because circumstances don’t really allow them to take the next step. Pond hangs around a mix of fading hippies, punks, hipsters and other denizens of the counterculture world here. While many of them are more comrades than friends, there’s a sense of dysfunctional family about it that somehow still provides comfort during a discomfiting time.I don’t love cartooning, because I think sometimes it comes off as just doodling, but this had a certain aesthetic that grew on me after a while. The green tone really lent a great sense of listlessness to the proceedings. A quick read and a nice reminder of a certain time of life.

Over Easy. Mimi Pond. Drawn and Quarterly. 2014.

This was great — a graphic memoir done all in the same turquoise tone, possibly to reflect the dreamlike sense of living a life in between. Mimi Pond describes the time she spent dishwashing and waitressing at the Imperial Cafe in the late 1970s in Oakland in this book. Pond had been denied the financial aid required to finish her last year of art school, so she got a job at a degenerate’s cafe. It doesn’t change her life. In fact, I’d say it mostly just serves as a stopgap along the way to getting back on track. However, I don’t think such stopgaps should be denigrated. There’s a fine line between finding yourself and wasting away. Admittedly, a lot of the so-called friends and coworkers she makes during her tenure at the cafe are wasting away. But, there’s a sense that Pond’s life at this point was just as vital for its sense of drudgery as it would have been if she had continued with art school.


I would recommend this to people in college, those about to graduate college or those on the cusp of determining the next stage of their lives. It’s a good look at how one can make the most of a situation. It’s not exactly inspiring, but it’s not meant to be. I think a lot of people go through this sort of phase in their lives, when they’re not sure where they’re headed because circumstances don’t really allow them to take the next step. Pond hangs around a mix of fading hippies, punks, hipsters and other denizens of the counterculture world here. While many of them are more comrades than friends, there’s a sense of dysfunctional family about it that somehow still provides comfort during a discomfiting time.

I don’t love cartooning, because I think sometimes it comes off as just doodling, but this had a certain aesthetic that grew on me after a while. The green tone really lent a great sense of listlessness to the proceedings. A quick read and a nice reminder of a certain time of life.

Drinking at the Movies. Julia Wertz.
I don’t get to update this tumblr much because it’s related to my job and yet not something I get paid for. Therefore it sits idly much of the time. But, I just want to take a few minute to talk about how great this graphic memoir by Julia Wertz is. It’s a few years old by now, but no less vital to those of us making our way through the adult landscape. It’s a humorous and yet pointed look at trying to figure what life means at a certain age. I don’t want to go on and on. Just find it and read it.

Drinking at the Movies. Julia Wertz.

I don’t get to update this tumblr much because it’s related to my job and yet not something I get paid for. Therefore it sits idly much of the time. But, I just want to take a few minute to talk about how great this graphic memoir by Julia Wertz is. It’s a few years old by now, but no less vital to those of us making our way through the adult landscape. It’s a humorous and yet pointed look at trying to figure what life means at a certain age. I don’t want to go on and on. Just find it and read it.

I just don’t get on here as often as I’d like, but I love the new Batgirl!

Amulet: Escape from Lucien. Kazu Kibuishi. GRAPHIX. 2014.A really nice continuation of the Amulet series. While not the most original in its themes and plot lines, the story closely resembles the Star Wars arc, this series still packs a lot of fun and awesome illustrations. I was disappointed that the galley I read was only partially colored. But of the complete pages I did see, I was impressed. Kazu Kibuishi is an excellent graphic artist, and I’m sure the finished version of this book will be excellent to view. The Amulet series remains disjointed throughout, and at times I was confused by what was taking place as I read, but gaps in the plot can be overlooked in this case because this volume was action-packed. Some cool new characters were introduced, and I look forward to reading the seventh volume!

Amulet: Escape from Lucien. Kazu Kibuishi. GRAPHIX. 2014.

A really nice continuation of the Amulet series. While not the most original in its themes and plot lines, the story closely resembles the Star Wars arc, this series still packs a lot of fun and awesome illustrations. I was disappointed that the galley I read was only partially colored. But of the complete pages I did see, I was impressed. Kazu Kibuishi is an excellent graphic artist, and I’m sure the finished version of this book will be excellent to view. The Amulet series remains disjointed throughout, and at times I was confused by what was taking place as I read, but gaps in the plot can be overlooked in this case because this volume was action-packed. Some cool new characters were introduced, and I look forward to reading the seventh volume!

This One Summer. Mariko Tamaki. First Second. 2014. ISBN: 9781626720947
This was great. The classic summer vacation rife with expectation that somehow manages to simultaneously fall short and yet exceed one’s hopes for the experience. I don’t think this book could have been improved. It’s a great coming-of-age story for middle-graders, but it’s also timeless in its feel, and adults would enjoy it, too.I loved how the story ended on a hopeful note, but things hadn’t wrapped up. Life is like that. I also really enjoyed the subtle illustrations and the amazing blue color palette. Everything felt washed out and carried a sense of nostalgia about it without seeming trite. Touched on a lot of great topics for kids between the ages of elementary school and high school. It’s an uncertain time, and it’s hard to know what you think about things. This author and illustrator really got this story.
For grades 7 to 9

This One Summer. Mariko Tamaki. First Second. 2014. ISBN: 9781626720947

This was great. The classic summer vacation rife with expectation that somehow manages to simultaneously fall short and yet exceed one’s hopes for the experience. I don’t think this book could have been improved. It’s a great coming-of-age story for middle-graders, but it’s also timeless in its feel, and adults would enjoy it, too.

I loved how the story ended on a hopeful note, but things hadn’t wrapped up. Life is like that. I also really enjoyed the subtle illustrations and the amazing blue color palette. Everything felt washed out and carried a sense of nostalgia about it without seeming trite. Touched on a lot of great topics for kids between the ages of elementary school and high school. It’s an uncertain time, and it’s hard to know what you think about things. This author and illustrator really got this story.

For grades 7 to 9

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There are few greater joys in life than being able to revisit the stories of one’s childhood. Except, perhaps, getting to share them with others in a cute, fun-sized book!
Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts strips are a cornerstone of American culture, and his beloved characters, including Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy remain household names to this day. In our latest pocket-sized Peanuts gift book, Waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we’ve collected those Halloween-themed strips revolving around Linus’ unshakeable belief in, and proselytizing of, the Great Pumpkin — a mysterious figure who rises from pumpkin patches every Halloween to bring presents to good kids.
Read our 13-page (1.1 MB) excerpt and, while you’re at it, avoid the fall rush and pre-order your copy now!

fantagraphics:

There are few greater joys in life than being able to revisit the stories of one’s childhood. Except, perhaps, getting to share them with others in a cute, fun-sized book!

Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts strips are a cornerstone of American culture, and his beloved characters, including Snoopy, Woodstock, Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy remain household names to this day. In our latest pocket-sized Peanuts gift book, Waiting for the Great Pumpkin, we’ve collected those Halloween-themed strips revolving around Linus’ unshakeable belief in, and proselytizing of, the Great Pumpkin — a mysterious figure who rises from pumpkin patches every Halloween to bring presents to good kids.

Read our 13-page (1.1 MB) excerpt and, while you’re at it, avoid the fall rush and pre-order your copy now!