Red (Douglas & McIntyre, $22.95), by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, is one of this year’s most unusual books. Unfolding in vibrant, hand-painted pages, it tells the tragic story of a Haida leader who goes to extreme lengths to get revenge on the tribe who kidnapped his sister. Both art and text blend traditional Haida design and contemporary graphic storytelling elements, endowing the characters with extra dynamism. Eschewing word balloons and panel lines, Yahgulanaas breaks new ground in the genre; his book is a blessing to read, and a captivating piece of art.

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781771620222
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Published: Douglas & McIntyre - September 30th, 2014

Delightful and surprising, Mike Carey’s The Unwritten (Vertigo, $9.99) is the first volume of what I hope will be a long series. It’s a comic about stories—not just any stories, but those canonical works by Kipling, Twain, and others that have defined our culture over the years. The Unwritten begins with Tom Taylor, the real-life inspiration for the world- famous fantasy character Tommy Taylor, star of fourteen books, whose identity is suddenly challenged, and whose very life may be in danger. The book’s power comes from its eageDelightful and surprising, Mike Carey’s The Unwritten (Vertigo, $9.99) is the first volume of what I hope will be a long series. It’s a comic about stories—not just any stories, but those canonical works by Kipling, Twain, and others that have defined our culture over the years. The Unwritten begins with Tom Taylor, the real-life inspiration for the world- famous fantasy character Tommy Taylor, star of fourteen books, whose identity is suddenly challenged, and whose very life may be in danger. The book’s power comes from its eagerness to explore the literary canon, focusing on specific texts as well as the lasting effect of great art in general.rness to explore the literary canon, focusing on specific texts as well as the lasting effect of great art in general.

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By Mike Carey, Peter Gross (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401225650
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Vertigo - January 12th, 2010

The Beats: A Graphic History (Hill & Wang, $14.95) is a richly artistic take on a generation that all but stands for American art and culture of the 1950s and ‘60s. Harvey Pekar’s writing is succinct and as fast paced as the lives of the Beats themselves. In the first half, covering Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs, the panels jump from failed relationships to drug use to literary achievements and inspirations, with pauses for Kerouac’s affair with a beautiful black woman in Panama, the story behind Ginsberg’s bald spot, and Burroughs’s opinion of Scientology. These striking tableaux of Beat history are followed by glimpses of the second generation of artists and writers; the stories of Philip Lamantia, Amiri Baraka, Diane di Prima, and others, are told and drawn by a talented roster of comic artists.

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By Harvey Pekar, Paul Buhle (Editor), Ed Piskor (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9780809016495
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Published: Hill and Wang - April 13th, 2010

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