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Jan 24, 2020 at 23:00.

Cartoonists honor women who changed the world in this Noisemakers exclusive

Cartoonists honor women who changed the world in this Noisemakers exclusive

Kazoo magazine debuted in 2016 as the most successful journalism campaign in Kickstarter history, satisfying a cultural need for a magazine that shows young girls they can take up space and have their voices heard by sharing stories of female pioneers in all fields. Comics are a regular feature in Kazoo, with the magazine hiring noteworthy female cartoonists to create short biographies of...

Jan 21, 2020 at 23:52. 1 comments

A gay teen discovers himself at summer camp in this Flamer first look

A gay teen discovers himself at summer camp in this Flamer first look

Adolescence can be a frightening period for young gay men, who are suddenly faced with new sexual feelings that can often conflict with social pressures placed on them by family, friends, and the media. Mike Curato explores this tumultuous period in his new Godwin Books graphic novel, Flamer, a semi-autobiographical story of a 14-year-old boy’s revelatory experience at summer camp as he falls...

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Jan 14, 2020. 19 comments

Animorphs comes to graphic novels in this exclusive first look

Animorphs comes to graphic novels in this exclusive first look

Animorphs was one of the defining children’s book series of the ’90s, exploring the turbulence of adolescence through a sci-fi war story about a group of teens fighting off an alien invasion by transforming into animals. Written by K.A. Applegate and Michael Grant, Animorphs was fun, intense, and addressed some very heavy subject matter that exposed its young audience to the horrors of war...

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Dec 26, 2019. 19 comments

The 20 best comics of 2019

The 20 best comics of 2019

At the end of a decade that saw comics and graphic novels reach new heights of mainstream popularity, we saw the fruits of the medium’s rapid growth with a 2019 full of outstanding titles by up-and-comers and industry legends. The narrative and stylistic range of the best titles released this year is very impressive, starting with Clue: Candlestick’s board-game adaptation and ending with the...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Nov 27, 2019. 1 comments

The Tea Dragon Festival returns to Katie O’Neill’s soft, soothing fantasy world

The Tea Dragon Festival returns to Katie O’Neill’s soft, soothing fantasy world

Katie O’Neill’s The Tea Dragon Society was a kids-comics sensation when it came out in 2017, winning two Eisner Awards with its tender tale of a young girl creating friendships through the art of tea harvesting. O’Neill returns to the world of the adorable tea dragons with The Tea Dragon Festival (Oni), a significantly longer prequel that introduces readers to Rinn, a gatherer who discovers a...

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Nov 08, 2019.

A method actor gets into character in this Bradley Of Him exclusive

A method actor gets into character in this Bradley Of Him exclusive

When actors—typically white male actors—are gunning for an Oscar, they go method. It’s about letting go of yourself and allowing the character to take over your mind and body, resulting in significant physical changes and heightened performances. In his new Koyama Press graphic novel, Bradley Of Him, Connor Willumsen explores the psychological toll of abandoning your identity to take on a new...

Oct 23, 2019. 1 comments

Aqualad discovers his first love in this You Brought Me The Ocean exclusive

Aqualad discovers his first love in this You Brought Me The Ocean exclusive

DC’s line of original graphic novels for young adult readers has steadily gathered momentum since launching earlier this year, bringing exciting creators on board to offer their distinct interpretations of DC characters. In June 2020, Aqualad swims into the spotlight with You Brought Me The Ocean, a romantic drama written by novelist Alex Sánchez and artist Julie Maroh that sees Jake Hyde...

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Oct 21, 2019. 6 comments

Michael Allred brings a legendary life to the page in this Bowie exclusive

Michael Allred brings a legendary life to the page in this Bowie exclusive

David Bowie changed the world with his brilliant creative mind and revolutionary presentation of identity, breaking down social boundaries and inspiring countless artists in the process. Cartoonist Michael Allred is one of those artists, and his passion for Bowie shines bright in the new Insight Comics graphic novel, Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, And Moonage Daydreams. Co-written by Steve Horton...

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Oct 15, 2019. 8 comments

Raina Telgemeier returns to memoir to explore childhood anxiety in Guts

Raina Telgemeier returns to memoir to explore childhood anxiety in Guts

Raina Telgemeier isn’t solely responsible for the explosion of graphic novels in the current literary landscape, but sometimes it feels like the industry revolves around her. It might just be a coincidence that The New York Times revived its Graphic Books and Manga bestsellers list the week after the release of Telgemeier’s new graphic novel, Guts (Graphix), but having a bestsellers list...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Oct 12, 2019. 5 comments

Eleanor Davis challenges readers to find hope in The Hard Tomorrow

Eleanor Davis challenges readers to find hope in The Hard Tomorrow
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance.

This week, it is The Hard Tomorrow. Written and drawn by Eleanor Davis (You & A Bike & A Road, Why Art?), this graphic novel looks at a bleak and very familiar near-future to tell a story about activism, empathy, and believing in a better world. This review reveals major plot points.

There is no progress without...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Oct 01, 2019. 2 comments

Tillie Walden tackles trauma and survival in the poetic, poignant Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden tackles trauma and survival in the poetic, poignant Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden is an unstoppable force in comics. At only 23, she’s one of the youngest Eisner Award winners ever, and for the past three years, Walden has been responsible for some of the most heartfelt and striking graphic novels to hit stands. Each of Walden’s First Second releases—the graphic memoir Spinning , sci-fi coming-of-age story On A Sunbeam , and surreal road trip drama Are You...

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Oct 01, 2019. 2 comments

Get an exclusive first look at Random House Graphic’s debut line-up

Get an exclusive first look at Random House Graphic’s debut line-up

When Random House Children’s Books announced that it would be launching its own graphic novel imprint, the comics world was rocked. Graphic novels for children and young adults had proven to be massively successful, and now one of the biggest publishers in the world was launching a dedicated imprint under the leadership of Gina Gagliano, an original employee of Macmillan’s graphic novel...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Sep 28, 2019. 7 comments

Visual innovation meets emotional exhaustion in Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown

Visual innovation meets emotional exhaustion in Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance.

This week, it is Rusty Brown. Written and illustrated by Chris Ware (Building Stories, Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid On Earth), this sprawling graphic novel pushes the visual language of comics to break your heart over and over again. Note: This review reveals major plot points.

Reading a Chris Ware graphic...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jul 20, 2019. 1 comments

Clyde Fans and BTTM FDRS uncover the dark histories of places we call home

Clyde Fans and BTTM FDRS uncover the dark histories of places we call home
Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on newly released comic books of significance.

This week, they are Clyde Fans, written and drawn by Seth (Wimbledon Green, Palookaville), and BTTM FDRS, written by Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul) and drawn by Ben Passmore (Your Black Friend, Daygloayhole). These graphic novels brilliantly use locations to reveal character depths and explore larger social...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jun 26, 2019. 1 comments

Hilda loves her new troll body in this exclusive The Mountain King preview

Hilda loves her new troll body in this exclusive The Mountain King preview

For nearly 10 years, Luke Pearson’s Hilda comics have delighted readers of all ages with the whimsical stories of an adventurous young girl, her adorable little deerfox, and the mystical creatures they meet. These oversized graphic novels feature beautiful illustrations of natural, urban, and magical environments populated by eye-catching characters, all rendered with a precise yet lively...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jun 13, 2019. 1 comments

Ebony Flowers captures the thrill of new hair in this Hot Comb exclusive

Ebony Flowers captures the thrill of new hair in this Hot Comb exclusive

Hair and maturity are tied together in significant ways. Getting your first haircut is a milestone in personal care, and trying to make drastic changes your own hair is a common mistake made by the young, who learn the hard way that they should trust professionals. For cartoonist Ebony Flowers, hair is an essential part of identity, which she explores in the short stories of her debut graphic...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jun 10, 2019. 5 comments

Five boys bike into the mystical unknown in this This Was Our Pact exclusive

Five boys bike into the mystical unknown in this This Was Our Pact exclusive

Learning how to ride a bike is one of the earliest opportunities young people get to explore their independence, gaining the ability to move farther away from the parents and home than is possible on just two legs. The young characters of Ryan Andrews’ new First Second graphic novel, This Was Our Pact, use their bikes for an act of rebellion, venturing beyond their town’s limits to see where...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava Jun 06, 2019.

This Lunch Quest exclusive takes kid skaters on a magical adventure

This Lunch Quest exclusive takes kid skaters on a magical adventure

Koyama Press always makes sure to include some kid-friendly releases in its publishing slate, and these books tend to be some of the more imaginative, unusual kid comics that offer plenty for adults to enjoy. Chris Kuzma’s Lunch Quest is one of those titles, a gleefully silly, often surreal series of vignettes about two skateboarders on a fantastic journey, a team of young dancers who can...

Oliver Sava Oliver Sava May 15, 2019. 6 comments

Harry Potter meets Kiki’s Delivery Service in the breathtaking Witch Hat Atelier

Harry Potter meets Kiki’s Delivery Service in the breathtaking Witch Hat Atelier

It’s easy for adults to forget the magic of art when they’re constantly being bombarded by media from every direction. But for kids discovering the world for the first time, a picture book or a cartoon or a song is extraordinary, something conjured from nothing that evokes an emotional response they cannot explain. This is the magic of Witch Hat Atelier Vol. 1 (Kodansha), Kamome Shirahama’s...

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Oliver Sava Oliver Sava May 11, 2019. 3 comments

Laura Dean, First Second, and the rise of queer romance in YA comics

Laura Dean, First Second, and the rise of queer romance in YA comics

Every two weeks, Big Issues focuses on a newly released comic book of significance.

This week, it is Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me. Written by Mariko Tamaki (X-23, This One Summer) with art by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell (If Only Once, If Only For A Little While, What Is Left), this graphic novel is the latest remarkable YA release from First Second spotlighting queer relationships. Note:...

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