Presto! C’est chic

Tobin, P., & Coover, C. (2013). Bandette, Volume 1: Presto! Milwaukie, Oregon: Dark Horse Comics. Genre: Graphic novel Intended audience: Mid-teens and older Personal reaction to the book: A fun option to the dark violence and manga subgenres that dominate so much of the graphic novel scene. Bandette is a very French protagonist (think Amelie,… Continue reading Presto! C’est chic


Mighty Maus

Spiegelman, A. (2008). Maus, I: A survivor's tale: My father bleeds history. Paw Prints: Charlotte, North Carolina. Genre: Graphic novel / memoir Intended audience: Older teens, adults. Personal reaction to the book: Originally published in 1986, Maus pretty much set the standard for “serious” graphic novels, and it's hard to separate reputation that from the… Continue reading Mighty Maus

Long black veil

Satrapi, M. (2003). Persepolis. New York: Pantheon. Genre: Graphic novel Intended audience: Mid- to older teens Personal reaction to the book: I enjoyed this. The art is done in a distinctive style, almost minimalist, and the black-and-white presentation adds to the tone of the book. The subject matter is equally distinctive, telling the story of… Continue reading Long black veil

Mouseketeers rerun?

Jacques, B. (2007). Redwall: The graphic novel. New York: Philomel. Genre: Graphic novel / fantasy Intended audience: Younger teens Personal reaction to the book: Meh. The art isn't particularly striking or groundbreaking. In fact, it reminds me of the art from the animated TV series but with heavier inking. The story is also familiar to… Continue reading Mouseketeers rerun?

No graphic violence

Backderf, D. (2012). My friend Dahmer. New York: Abrams ComicArts. Genre: Graphic nonfiction Intended audience: Personal reaction to the book: A detailed examination of the banality of evil (like The complete maus in that regard), and a singular read. A lot of negative reviews on focus on whether Backderf and his friends in high… Continue reading No graphic violence