Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels

New graphic memoirs


I recently read two excellent new graphic memoirs that combine text and striking artwork to depict the authors' lives as young girls. 

Mouse Guard: Fall 1152

Book jacketThe idea of mice—walking, talking, adventuring mice—is not a new one.  Most recognizably, the Redwall series by Brian Jacques had this same theme.  While Mouse Guard certainly took a great deal of inspiration from Redwall with its similar theme and setting, there is so much more to love about this

El Deafo!

cover of El Deafo by Cece BellIn honor of Deaf Awareness Week (September 20-26), I wanted to s

Body Snatching Gone Awry

Whenever I get in a reading rut, I always pick up a graphic novel to revive my love of reading. Some stories can bog a person down with alliteration, onomatopoeia, symbolism, metaphors, and other sorts of literary constructs.

Nimona: Not your ordinary villainous sidekick!

Lord Ballister Blackheart never asked for a sidekick.  He was doing just fine on his own with his villainy and random acts of sabotage against Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. 

Ms. Marvel Vol 1: No Normal

The Avengers flood the movie screens, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D on TV, and all the bits interlock.  While we're between movies and seasons, I turn to comics to keep entertained.  I've always loved superheoes.  When I was little, I wanted to be a superhero.

Cool Japan Guide

Someday when I have loads of cash in my personal travel fund (ha!) I want to visit Japan.

In Real Life

It all started with a guest speaker—a guest speaker that opened up the world of online gaming to Anda, who had always just played whatever character a game wanted to give her.  Now she’s an important part of an all-female guild in Coursegold Online, a massive multiplayer game.  As

You May Not Find This Funny...

I was never a fan of slapstick humor, sitcoms, or one liners…  I tend more toward dark humor, and edgy satire.  My favorite humor of all is the joke shared between people who are in a tough situation.  Some of my funniest moments have been in camaraderie with the ones I love – at funerals, hospital bedsides, or in the middle of a sleepless night with my kids.