Staff Pick

Comics artist and teacher Lynda Barry states that “everything good in my life came because I drew a picture.” Barry has created many books (The Greatest of Marlys and One! Hundred! Demons!), and teaches creativity, writing, and comics classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and at workshops around the country. And she invites you to take a creative journey in her new book of writing and drawing exercises, Making Comics (Drawn & Quarterly, $22.95). Ms. Barry stresses simple tools: composition books (which is the format Making Comics is written in), index cards, and a few markers and pencils. She’s a believer in keeping hands moving to see “what shows up” by transforming scribbles into monsters, or creating superhero self-portraits. The timed exercises (“put on a 3-minute pop song”) can “open doors and windows.” Making Comics is inspiring for all ages, and Ms. Barry shows examples of youngsters who all “speak image…this language moves up through your hand into your head. Young children are native speakers.” Still feeling trepidatious? Buy the book, and look at her bountiful website (thenearsightedmonkey.tumblr.com) to see the fun prompts and inspired results by Lynda and the class participants. Then jump in! (Ms. Barry recently received one of the 2019 MacArthur Fellow “genius” grants.)

Making Comics Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770463691
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 5th, 2019

Staff Pick

How do you describe something like Beastars? An award-winning comic from Japan, it's what you'd get if you mashed together Zootopia and Heathers. But it's also a romantic comedy, a crime story, and an obsessively detailed portrait of a society of animals struggling to control their urges. And this is just the first volume! Before the anime adaptation airs in a few months, now's the best time to hop on this bizarre but heartfelt comic. 

 

 

BEASTARS, Vol. 1 Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781974707980
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Published: VIZ Media LLC - July 16th, 2019

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Drawn by a nonbinary comics artist, Our Dreams at Dusk tackles adolescence, sexuality and gender head-on. Featuring explosive visual metaphors and lovable (if sometimes frustrating) characters, this is one of my favorite comics to be published in the US this year. Recommended to fans of "On a Sunbeam"!

 

 

 

 

Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare Vol. 1 Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781642750607
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Published: Seven Seas - May 7th, 2019

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