graphic novel

Have You Heard About... Nimona

… the supervillain Ballister Blackheart? His new sidekick is the shapeshifter Nimona. She’s a huge fan of his villainy, but she’s actually far more bloodthirsty and amoral than he is. Lord Blackheart is an old-school anti-hero, with style and cunning plans where almost no one actually gets hurt. Ambrosius Goldenloin has been his nemesis since they were in training together at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.

Have You Heard About... Hilo

… the boy with super powers? I’m sure you’ve heard of lots of different ones, but none of them are like Judd Winick’s Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth. DJ comes from a big family, and all of his siblings are amazing at something. DJ’s the kid in the middle, and he thinks he’s just sort of … boring.

Have You Heard About... My Neighbor Seki

… the serious students in Japan? My Neighbor Seki, by Takuma Morishige, certainly turns that ideal on its ear! Rumi Yokoi is a diligent student who tries to focus on her teachers. However, she is constantly being distracted by Toshinari Seki, the boy at the next desk.

Have You Heard About... Roller Girl

… the thrills (and spills) of roller derby? Astrid hadn’t until her mom took Astrid and her best friend, Nicole, out for an Evening of Cultural Enlightenment. As an ECE, roller derby is a vast improvement over the opera and the modern art gallery.

Have You Heard About... The Sculptor

… the guy who makes a deal with Death? He is given a choice — a long, full, normal life, or 200 days with the ability to make the art of his dreams. David chooses his art.

Have You Heard About... Last of the Sandwalkers

… the grand city of New Coleopolis? In Jay Hosler’s Last of the Sandwalkers, five great beetles set out to explore the deadly desert surrounding their home. (Well, ok, four great beetles and one great big jerk.) They are scientists and adventurers, out to discover what they can about the world outside their city’s walls.

Have You Heard About... Zen Pencils

… motivational posters with “inspiring” quotations and pictures? Zen Pencils, by Gavin Aung Than, is what they want to be when they grow up. Mr. Than takes wonderful quotations by a wide variety of people and draws cartoons to accompany them. The resulting artwork is truly inspirational.

Have You Heard About... The Mutts Diaries

… the sweet, silly, touching, and all-around adorable adventures of adopted cats and dogs? Patrick McDonnell has been writing the Mutts comic strip for many years now. One of his most recent collections is The Mutts Diaries.

Have You Heard About... Princeless

… the princess who rescued herself? The graphic novel Princeless brings us the story of Adrienne, second-youngest of the seven daughters of King and Queen Ash. Her father locked her in a tower with a mystical guardian, just like he did with her older sisters. However, Adrienne isn’t interested in waiting to be rescued by some man she will be forced to marry.

Have You Heard About... The Shadow Hero

… the Green Turtle, hero of Chinatown? His origin story is the focus of Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s The Shadow Hero. As the son of Chinese immigrants in the early 20th century, Hank never really wanted to be a superhero.

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