May 26, 2018

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4 Graphic Novels Explore Queer Love, Evolution & More | June 2018 Xpress Reviews

Tee Franklin’s touching novella shows love in one’s later years; a new sci-fi adventure for Jem and the Holograms; Shirai’s dark adventure will enthrall fans of Death Note.

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Book Review: All Summer Long by Hope Larson

Publisher’s description A coming-of-age middle-grade graphic novel about summer and friendships, written and illustrated by the Eisner Award–winning and New York Times–bestselling Hope Larson. Thirteen-year-old Bina has a long summer ahead of her. She and her best friend, Austin, usually do everything together, but he’s off to soccer camp for a month, and he’s been acting […]

Gina Gagliano Has Big Plans for Random House Graphic

Brigid Alverson sat down with Gagliano at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, in her brief week between jobs, to discuss what she hopes to accomplish at Random House Graphic.

Review: Illegal

Eoin Colfer is well-known for his many novels for middle-grade readers. His Artemis Fowl series, about a teenage criminal mastermind, has been popular for well over ten years and was adapted into a graphic novel. More recently, Colfer has set out to write an original graphic novel. Illegal By Eoin Colfer. Andrew Donkin. Giovanni Rigano […]

Review: ‘The Beatles Story’

The Beatles Story Written by Angus Allan, illustrated by Arthur Ranson Rebellion, $17.99 It’s an amazing period we live in, one where great comics from all eras are reprinted in book format and much more easily available than they used to be. The flip side of that boom in collected format is that a lot […]

Review: Be Prepared

You can’t really peg Vera Brosgol to one type of book; she has such a variety of titles on her resume. While Anya’s Ghost has been a staple in my library’s graphic novel collection for a few years, her newest full-length graphic novel doesn’t fall into the same genre. Rather, librarians, booksellers, and teachers might […]

Review: ‘The Altered History of Willow Sparks’

The Altered History of Willow Sparks by Tara O’Connor Oni Press, $19.99 Ages 13 and up The classic idea of a magical transformation, and the lesson of being careful what you wish for, is revisited in this high school-set graphic novel that does a terrific job with individual moments but doesn’t fully assemble them into […]

Review: The Witch Boy

On the surface, Witch Boy is a fantasy story about a reclusive family who practice magic. But below the surface, it’s a story of gender roles. Whether or not readers will dig that deep is entirely up to them. Whether or not they discuss it, again, is up to them. But young readers will have […]

Announcement and Interview: First Second to Publish ‘Marshmallow and Jordan’

We’ve got big news today: First Second’s announcement of a new middle-grade graphic novel, Marshmallow and Jordan, by newcomer Alina Chau. Chau has a beautiful watercolor style (you can see more of her work at her website), and Marshmallow and Jordan has an intriguing premise: After a severe car accident, Jordan uses a wheelchair full-time. […]

20 Books for Young Readers To Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month & Year-Round

Looking for titles to highlight in May for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month? These 20 works, from recent award winners to debut middle grade outings, cover a diverse array of genres, time periods, and formats.

Rice Boy by Evan Dahm | May 2018 Xpress Review

This graphic novel is “sure to captivate more mature fans of Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone.’”

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2018 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Exclusive Preview: Lion Forge to Publish Brenna Thummler’s ‘Sheets’

Marjorie Glatt, the lead character of Brenna Thummler’s Sheets, feels invisible—most of the time. Her mother has recently died, and her father has disappeared into his own pain, leaving the 13-year-old to care for her brother and run the family business—a laundromat that her mother started when she was 19. At school, she drifts along […]

Preview: Bake a Cake and Fix Your Car with Maker Comics!

We have a real treat for you today: A first look at two of First Second’s new Maker Comics, both of which will debut in Winter 2019: Maker Comics: Bake Like a Pro! by Falynn Koch and Maker Comics: Fix a Car! by Chris Schweizer. The description of each book is below the preview. Enjoy! […]

Collecting Comics: May 2018 with Ally Watkins

Check out these May comics and graphic novels that your teens and tweens will be clamoring for! Goldie Vance, Volume 4 by Hope Larson and Jackie Ball, illustrated by Elle Power, colors by Sarah Stern (BOOM! Box, May 1). Goldie Vance is back! In Volume 4 of her adventures, sixteen year old ameteur sleuth Goldie […]

Exclusive: BOOM! Studios to Publish ‘Hex Vet’

We’re pleased to be the ones breaking the news today about a new original graphic novel: Hex Vet, by Sam Davies, creator of the webcomic Shutterhug), is a story about two young witches who are also vets. Check out the cover art, above, by Davies; full details on the book are below—but really, a book […]

SLJ Reviews of the 2018 Eisner Award Nominations

Tea-making dragons, competitive ice skating, and a dinosaur flying under the radar in New York City are among the subjects of the young people’s selections nominated for the 2018 Eisner Awards.

Review: Speak

Recently, I was talking to one of my students, and she told me that she preferred to read novels, because she liked to make her own images in her head. I get it. I happen to love both novels and graphic novels, and I’m also an avid fan of audiobooks… but I totally get her […]

Collection Development: Updating My GN and Manga Collection; or, that time I decided I wanted to face my arch nemesis and build a better collection for my patrons

Hello all, Collecting Comics is Ally Watkins’ column, but I’m co-opting her column for a brief moment to share with you how I’m going about re-vamping my graphic novel and manga collection. It’s okay, Ally helped me periodically on this project. I could not have done it without her and the help of several other […]

Review: ‘Fence Volume 1′

Fence Volume 1 Written by C.S. Pacat, illustrated by Johanna the Mad BOOM! Studios, $9.99 To attract fans of the boys-love sports series Check, Please! and Yuri!!! on Ice, BOOM! has released a manga-like comic about competitive boys at a fencing academy. Nicholas is the scrappy, disadvantaged up-and-comer with natural talent and insufficient training. In […]

“I hope kids find something they need in the book,” Victoria Jamieson

Colby: Victoria Jamieson is amazing. Talking to her about All’s Faire in Middle School for The Yarn was tons of fun! During the interview Victoria drew me interviewing her. She told me that drawing makes her less nervous. If you listen closely, you’ll be able to hear her Sharpie move across the page when she’s […]