This Book Has Pictures! | Best of 2017

Welcome back! While we may have taken a break from writing about Graphic Novels in 2017, we did keep reading them. In no particular order, here are some of our favorite books from 2017.

The Sheriff of Babylon

By Tom King and Mitch Gerads

A crime story set in the heart of the Green Zone as Iraq attempts to recover from the toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Multiple people, with multiple motives, attempting to solve an unsolvable crime.

Demon

By Jason Shiga

What starts as a suicide attempt, because something else entirely. What happens when you discover that you are not who you think you are? Dark at times, hilarious at others.

Godzilla in Hell

By James Stokoe,‎ Bob Eggleton,‎ Ulises Farinas,‎ Erick Freitas, Dave Wachter,‎ Brandon Seifert,‎ Buster Moody and Ibrahim Moustafa.

Who would win in a fight: Godzilla or Hell? Well thanks to a handful of talented creators we can finally put that classic debate to bed.

Another Castle: Grimoire

By Andrew Wheeler and‎ Paulina Ganucheau

Another Castle was a breath of fresh air disguised as more of the same. A plucky princess who could fight for herself? A rag tag group of characters that broke stereotypes and took your somewhere new? Yes, please.

Space Battle Lunchtime

By Natalie Riess

Take the glory of the televised cooking show and send it off to another galaxy. How do you cook when you’ve never tasted or ever seen the ingredients?

The Three Thieves series

By Scott Chantler

The final volume of the series came out in 2016, but we read them in 2017, so onto the list they go. An all-ages fantasy series that constantly grows with more depth, complexity and maturity as the series goes on.

Getting Out of Hope

By James Cadelli

People struggling with their lives seek out comfort within their community. Centered around the people living in and around an apartment building, we see how each of them does their best to make it to the next day.

Mirror: The Mountain

By Emma Rios and Hwei Lim

A mysterious world, with even more mysterious creatures. A quest for humanity for creatures that look nothing like humans. A beautiful book with lush and delicate art that is both subtle and over the top.

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.