Ruined by Sarah Vaughn

Staff Pick

Desperate to salvage her reputation, Catherine Benson marries out of convenience. But as the months pass, she ends up falling for her husband, while wondering how he could ever have picked her--a woman who has lost her virtue. Set in the Regency era, this graphic novel has all anyone could want in a romance--it's very spicy, dramatic, and romantic. Great for Bridgerton and Pride and Prejudice fans!


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By Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle (Illustrator), Niki Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781250769350
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Published: First Second - November 28th, 2023

Maids, by Katie Skelly

Staff Pick

Maids opens with a bloody eyeball casually lying on the ground, setting the scene for an uncanny retelling of the Papin Sisters' murder of their wealthy employers. The dialogue here is succinct but Skelly's artwork deftly conveys themes of class tensions, power, femininity, and female rage. The Papin sisters' close relationship was enigmatic to the French public, and Skelly explores this inscrutable dynamic between them; juxtaposing scenes of their earlier life in the convent with their present life serving the Lancelin family, she depicts their knowing looks and cryptic speech, offering glimpses into the Papins' private world. Fraught with tension behind its glossy, girly veneer, Maids is a graphic novel that reminds us not to underestimate the power of women pushed to their limits.

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ISBN: 9781683963684
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Fantagraphics - October 13th, 2020

Nancy by Olivia Jaimes

Staff Pick

“SLUGGO IS LIT!” With these words Olivia Jaimes's Nancy: A Comic Collection (Andrews McMeel, $14.99) fully transcended its origins as a 1930s comic strip and became something even more horrifying: a meme. Ernie Bushmiller's original run is beloved by comics fans for its creative gags and sense of economy. The mysterious Jaimes (a pseudonym) doesn't so much reinvent the wheel with her take on the character as wrest the original from the clutches of Bushmiller's mediocre successors. Once more, Nancy is headstrong, greedy, and self-obsessed—and she’s all the better for it. But now she and her friend Sluggo have smartphones, Fritzi is devoted to the Marie Kondo ethos, and a new but already long-suffering teacher at school has started a robotics club. There are jokes about the difference between liking somebody's post and commenting and sharing on somebody's post on social media; there are jokes about badly drawn strips being the result of Snapchat filters; there are jokes that don't so much smash open the fourth wall as remap it. The result is a strong collection of distinctly modern comic strips that remain wholly in keeping with the anarchic original. The volume also includes essays and interviews for die-hard Nancyphiles.

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ISBN: 9781524853259
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 1st, 2019