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Set in a lush fantasy world inspired by various Asian cultures and mythologies, this silkpunk novella excels at using the macro to explore the micro. While the plot is steeped in a grandiose backdrop of imperial power, magical “slackcraft”, and brewing rebellion, the heart of the story focuses on a pair of twins and their coming-of-age. Born as political pawns, the siblings’ bond is challenged when one becomes the clairvoyant “Prophet”. As they each endeavor to find their role within fortune’s designs, they must also come to terms with their own identities and changing relationship with one another.

The Black Tides of Heaven (The Tensorate Series #1) Cover Image
By JY Yang
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765395412
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Published: Tor.com - September 26th, 2017

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Thi Bui’s graphic memoir is a visceral exploration of her family’s history and tumultuous immigrant journey from Vietnam to the United States. The stark brushwork and gossamer ink-washed sequences evoke intense feelings as well as the dreamlike quality of remembering things veiled in uncertainty and unresolved questions. Such is the tone of Bui’s narration as she recounts generations of her family’s complex relationships impacted by their survival through colonization, war, and revolution. Her voice is both investigative and intimate, providing a humanizing lens into the manifold experiences of Vietnamese/Vietnamese-Americans that challenges stereotypical war narratives.

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir Cover Image
By Thi Bui
$17.99
ISBN: 9781419718786
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - April 17th, 2018

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Winner of the first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in comics, M.F.K. is a desert fantasy adventure story that follows Abbie, a deaf girl possessing a feared power, who embarks on a journey to scatter her mother’s ashes in their homeland. Things are quickly complicated by sandstorms, violent rogues, and unexpected friendships. Magruder’s vibrant worldbuilding is matched by an equally engaging cast of characters, whose personal growth anchors readers as greater machinations in the world are gradually revealed, sweeping Abbie and her companion, Jaime, into its wake.

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781683830047
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Published: Insight Comics - September 26th, 2017

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