This Book Has Pictures! | Showman Killer: Heartless Hero

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In the depths of space the greatest assassin has been created! Spawned from a horrible monster, Showman Killer was raised to be cruel and to love only gold. Now, as the universe’s greatest assassin, he travels space doing work for the highest bidder.

“European sci-fi comics always seems to push different buttons than their North American counterparts. Showman Killer creates a world filled with ugly, depraved and rotten characters. Fructus’ art is beautiful with traces of horror splashed throughout. The more of this world I see, the more I want to read.” -Drew

Alejandro Jodorowsky is a Chilean-French film and theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, actor, author, poet, producer, composer, musician, comics writer, and spiritual guru. Nicolas Fructus studied at the Émile Cohl school. He is the author of Thorinth series won the Special Jury Prize at the festival in 2011 at The Imaginales Festival.

This Book Has Pictures! | Buzzkill

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Buzzkill tells the story of Ruben, a superhero. Strong, enhanced senses, nigh-invulnerable, he has only one weakness: the source of his powers. Ruben derives his power from alcohol and drugs; the more, the better. But after a drag-out, city-destroying battle, he begins to realize he has a problem. After the destruction his addiction has cause, to the world and to his own personal life, Ruben is ready to get clean.

“A surprisingly smart and honest look at fighting addiction. Cates and Reznicek writes honest characters with genuine emotions that elevates this book from your typical cape comic. Shaw’s art is one of the strongest parts of the book. His twisted version of the heroes and villains of this world bring it to life. His action scenes hit hard and read clearly.” -Drew

Danny Cates is a comic book writer, whose other works include The Paybacks, Star Trek Waypoint and the upcomin God Country. Mark Reznicek is the drummer for the band, The Toadies. Geoff Shaw is a comic artist who has worked on the Paybacks and the upcoming God Country.

This Book Has Pictures! | The Adventures of Superhero Girl

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Being a superhero is never quite what you expect. First you get a cape, maybe from a second hand store, and a mask to protect your secret identity, but where do you find a supervillain? It’s not like they’re growing on trees! In fact, being a superhero is a lot of work, and a lot more mundane than you’ve ever realized. For something on the lighter side of the superhero fare check out The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks.

Faith Erin Hicks has always been able to capture the humor in quiet, simple moments. Her characters look and act like real people, with real emotions. This book is broken into one page stories, which grow and connect as the book goes on. The laughs are everywhere on every page. ” -Drew 

Faith Erin Hicks is a Canadian writer and artist. She worked in the animation industry for several years before transitioning into writing and drawing comics full time in 2008. Her current project is The Nameless City, a three book series with First Second Books.

Faith is coming to the library! Join us on Wednesday April 20 at 7:00pm for An Evening with Faith Erin Hicks.  Click here to register for this free program.

 

This Book Has Pictures! | ApocalyptiGirl

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Alone at the end of the world, Aria is a woman on a mission. As she travels through an overgrown city with a cat named Jelly Beans, Aria searches for an ancient relic with immeasurable power. But Aria is not as alone as she first thought, and a tribe of savages may be the key for Aria to complete her mission. This is the world of ApocalyptiGirl by Andrew MacLean.

“I always have had a fascination for the ruins of civilization in post-apocalypse worlds. ApocalyptiGirl builds a beautiful world, albeit filled with terrible dangers. MacLean’s art style can’t be ignored. His cartooning quickly shift from between quiet and loud moments seamlessly, thanks to beautiful colouring and inking. ” -Drew

Andrew MacLean is an illustrator and comics artist from Salem, Massachusetts. MacLean’s biggest claim to fame has been the self-published Head Lopper.

This Book Has Pictures! | Pluto

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The world of Pluto is full of robots, and it has become harder and harder to tell some of them apart from humans.  Could the human mind ever recreate itself in an artificial body? Starting with the murder investigation of Mont Blanc, one of the seven greatest robots on Earth, the story weaves its way through many lives and tries to answer the question: What makes something human?

“Urasawa has remixed a legendary Osamu Tezuka story and re-positioned it as a murder mystery. He’s able to create beautiful characters, that sometimes don’t last more than 20 pages in the story, that move us through loss and joy in a spectacular way. His drawing is above reproach. Characters look distinct and are able emote with a clarity that any illustrator would want.” -Drew

Naoki Urasawa is a Japanese manga artist. He has been called one of the artists that changed the history of manga, and has received the Shogakukan Manga Award three times, the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize twice, and the Kodansha Manga Award once.