Staff Pick

This collection of vignettes and short stories, taken from his work for Jazzman magazine from the 1990s to the 2000s, is a fitting homage to jazz, a genre that Blutch obviously loves. Like the music whose name the book borrows for its title, Total Jazz is a loose and unrestrained succession of stories not only about jazz and jazz musicians but also about the various disciples and weirdos who love the artform, from the record collector to the concertgoer. As a whole, the collection is uneven, sometimes perplexing, but always interesting. For a comic about jazz, what else can you expect?

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By Blutch
ISBN: 9781683960867
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Published: Fantagraphics - February 20th, 2018

Staff Pick

Growing up as the quiet girl can be hard. There is a constant battle between wanting to be chatty enough to fit in and wishing that everyone would just stop talking. Illustrator Debbie Tung can certainly relate, as is evident in her autobiographical collection of short cartoons, Quite Girl in a Noisy World. Covering three years of Tung’s describes what it’s like to be introverted in an environment that increasingly wants its inhabitants to be beyond extroverted. How is someone who prefers to be alone supposed to navigate school, work, or social engagements? How are we supposed to date, keep a relationship, or get married? An anthem for anyone who has ever felt like the odd duck in the room, Tung’s comical and, at times, heart-wrenching graphic narrative is the perfect volume to help us feel like we’re not alone.

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ISBN: 9781449486068
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - November 7th, 2017

Staff Pick

Are you a fan of rigorously researched historical fiction and wilderness survival drama? How about high-stakes treasure hunts, esoteric bear facts, and a pulse of anti-imperialism? If so, then Golden Kamuy may be your jam. The series follows Sugimoto “The Immortal”, a veteran of the Russo-Japanese war, who teams up with Asirpa, a young Ainu huntress, on a quest to uncover a large stash of gold hidden by a criminal organization. As their adventure unfolds, they find themselves entangled in a deep web of danger and intrigue, as various other factions also pursue the gold to fulfill their own ambitions.

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ISBN: 9781421594880
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - June 20th, 2017