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Adult Picture Books: 10 Dope Graphic Novels

Graphic novels have become a staple in the literary world. These are not to be confused with children’s book by any means. Here are 10 dope graphic novels to satisfy your visual literary needs.

 

10. Onward Toward Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki

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Shigeru Mizuki is the preeminent figure of Gekiga manga and one of the most famous working cartoonists in Japan today–a true living legend. Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths is his first book to be translated into English and is a semi autobiographical account of the desperate final weeks of a Japanese infantry unit at the end of WorldWar II. The soldiers are told that they must go into battle and die for the honor of their country, with certain execution facing them if they return alive. Mizuki was a soldier himself (he was severely injured and lost an arm) and uses his experiences to convey the devastating consequences and moral depravity of the war.

 

9. Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis

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Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM!Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gravity Falls and features five butt-kicking, rad teenage girls wailing on monsters and solving a mystery with the whole world at stake.

8. Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer T-Nehisi Coates (BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME) takes the helm, confronting T’Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil.

 

 

7. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

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The world already knows Meg and Charles Wallace Murry, Calvin O’Keefe, and the three Mrs―Who, Whatsit, and Which―the memorable and wonderful characters who fight off a dark force and save our universe in the Newbery Award–winning classic A Wrinkle in Time. But in 50 years of publication, the book has never been illustrated. In the graphic novel, Hope Larson takes the classic story to a new level with her vividly imagined interpretations of tessering and favorite characters, like the Happy Medium and Aunt Beast. Perfect for delighting old fans and winning over new ones, this graphic novel adaptation is a must-read.

6. Watchmen by Alan Moore

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A hit HBO original series, Watchmen, the groundbreaking series from award-winning author Alan Moore, presents a world where the mere presence of American superheroes changed history–the U.S. won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still president, and the Cold War is in full effect.
Considered the greatest graphic novel in the history of the medium, the Hugo Award-winning story chronicles the fall from grace of a group of superheroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the superhero is dissected as an unknown assassin stalks the erstwhile heroes.

 

 

5. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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Neil Gaiman’s enchanting, nationally bestselling children’s book Coraline is brought to new life by acclaimed artist P. Craig Russell in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel adaptation.    When Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Coraline will have to fight with all her wit and courage if she is to save herself and return to her ordinary life.

 

4. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.
This breakout book by Alison Bechdel is a darkly funny family tale, pitch-perfectly illustrated with Bechdel’s sweetly gothic drawings. Like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, it’s a story exhilaratingly suited to graphic memoir form.
Meet Alison’s father, a historic preservation expert and obsessive restorer of the family’s Victorian home, a third-generation funeral home director, a high school English teacher, an icily distant parent, and a closeted homosexual who, as it turns out, is involved with his male students and a family babysitter.

 

3. Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

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The startlingly original look at life on the streets of Baghdad during the Iraq War inspired by true events arrives in a stunning new softcover edition. In this provocative graphic novel, superstar comics writer Brian K. Vaughan examines life on the streets of war-torn Iraq. In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation: Can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity? This moving graphic novel is inspired by true events.

 

2. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

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Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

 

 

 

1. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in “drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust” (The New York Times).

 

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‘Snowpiercer’ Offers a Look at TV Adaptation With Teaser Trailer

Snowpiercer is an unusual, modern science fiction film. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneigethe film was a 2013 science fiction movie by South Korean director Bong Joon-ho. It starred a wide range of actors from all across the world, such as Chris Evans, Song Kang-ho, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Octavia Spencer, Jamie Bell, Go Ah-Sung, and Ed Harris. The movie takes place after global warming has created a second Ice Age on the planet Earth, with humanity’s remnants living on a mobile train that crosses the entire world, the titular Snowpiercer. There is a class division resulting in the poor folk being confined to the back of the train, controlled using threats of violence and given scraps to eat, while the rich grow fat off their high quality of life in front of the train. Highly imaginative and full of octane action, the film received critical acclaim and was a huge international hit. It has now become a cult film and now, it may receive even more attention with the teaser for a TV series.

 

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According to Empire this weekend, at ComicCon, a teaser trailer debuted for the Snowpiercer television series. Although just a trailer, the teaser showcased the primary of the themes of the film quite well. With classes divided in the ever-running train, mutiny is brewing among the poorer sections of the train. The series show runner is Graeme Manson, who previously helmed Orphan Black. The show stars Jennifer Connelly, Daveed Diggs. Alison Wright, Mickey Sumner, Susan Park, Iddo Goldberg, Katie McGuinness, Lena Hall, Annalise Basso and Sam Otto. It is scheduled to be released here in the states on TBS, with Netflix handling the international release. The series will see its premiere next spring, so keep an eye out for the incoming train. Hopefully, we can see the world the film created more explored in full through the TV show and we’re certainly excited to see this unique story told once again on the small screen.

Are you excited? Tell us in the comments! We’ll keep an eye out for news as it develops.

 

 

 

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Comic Adaptation of ‘The Little Mermaid’ Diving Onto Your Bookshelf!

Swim into this news, Disney fans! A comic adaptation of Disney’s 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid, has been announced a week after the casting of Halle Bailey as Ariel the upcoming live action remake of the Disney film. The comic will retell the story of the animated film with the classic designs that you doubtlessly remember from childhood. According to The Hollywood Reporter  the series will be released by Dark Horse Comics. The series will be adapting the animated film’s story, which is based on the fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen, very closely but through Ariel’s eyes, allowing us a more intimate look at the events strictly from her POV. The aim of the series will be to truly see what Ariel was thinking as she deals with finding true love, grappling with her father King Triton, and fighting against the evil sea-witch Ursula.

 

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The comic will be entitled Disney: The Little Mermaid and will be launching as a three issue limited series. The series will be written by Cecil Castelluci, with artwork by Zulema Scotto Lavina. Castelucci’s previous writing credits include the critically acclaimed Soupy Leaves Home, as well as other comics such as The P.L.A.I.N. Janes, Female Furiesand Shade: The Changing GirlShe has previous experience working on a Disney adaptation comic, having written Snow White and The Seven Dwarfswhich also told the classic animated film’s story from Snow White’s point of view.

 

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The comic will be launching October 16th, doubtlessly building hype for the upcoming live action film in the future. Are you excited to revisit the sea and all the denizens within in comic form? Tell us in the comments! In the meantime, you can revisit the original animated film or even better, read the story it was based on! But be warned, it’s a little darker.

 

 

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Hachette Children’s Group Snags Rights to ‘Speak’ Graphic Novel

When Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson was published in 1999, it immediately spoke to thousands of teenage girls. Finally, something was capturing an all too common threat across high schools and colleges: sexual assault. The powerful story that has sparked conversations across high schools is now getting a powerful reboot in graphic novel form thanks to Hachette Children’s Group.

Kate Agar has acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights to Speak: The Graphic Novel from Macmillan, who published the work with illustrations by Emily Carroll, in the United States earlier this year. The story that took high schools and colleges by storm only stands to be more powerful in graphic novel form. The book is set to release in August 2019 along with a new edition of the classic novel, which Hachette Children’s Group also published since the 1999 release.

 

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After being attacked at a party just before starting high school, Melinda accidentally busts the party by calling the police. No one at the party knows why she called the police, and she immediately becomes an object of public scorn. Her best friends turn on her, leaving her alone to deal with the fallout. Through out the story, Melinda doesn’t speak. She can’t articulate to anyone why she called the police, and even when she does make new friends they also turn on her.

Because of Melinda’s inability to speak up, the story is extremely powerful. It isn’t about survivors or victims refusing to tell their stories, it is about no one being there to listen. What’s powerful about this story in graphic novel form is that there is no descriptive text to surround the dialogue. Melinda’s silence becomes harder to ignore as a reader, adding a level of depth to an already heartbreaking story.

In an interview with The Bookseller, Agar explained why it was so important for them to acquire the graphic novel:

As soon as I saw Emily Carroll’s masterful adaptation, I knew that we had to have this graphic novel edition sitting alongside Laurie Halse Anderson’s classic on our list. Sadly, the story at the heart of Speak remains as relevant and pertinent as it was 20 years ago, and the graphic novelisation is an amazing format in which to tell it.

Anderson has agreed with Agar, stating that she is glad it will be Hachette to publish the graphic novel. She adds that Speak can help communities, schools, and people in general learn how to deal with these situations and speak up!

 

Laurie Halse Anderson and 'Shout' Cover Image

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Also published this year, was Laurie Halse Anderson’s book of poetry, Shout. In response to nothing changing among the way we handle survivors’ stories in the media, especially with allegations towards those in high seated positions, Anderson once again picked up the pen to express her rage.

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5 Amazing 2019 Novels With Lesbian Leads

What’s Women’s History Month if we don’t shine a spotlight on our queer sisters? These books all feature a leading lesbian character, and were released this year. I am happy to say that there are many, but I made a little list of what I think are the most promising reads that you can have in your shelf! Goodreads and Book Riot inspired the selections. Take a look!

 

1. Listen by Kris Bryant

 

Book cover for Listen, featuring music note made of lovehearts

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Former child music prodigy Lily Croft spends most days in her home office crunching numbers and analyzing data as an actuary. Once she filled concert halls across the world, until the pressure got to be too much and forced her retreat. When her boss hands her a temporary assignment, Lily has to leave the safety of working from home to work with people at an office. She keeps her head down and stays focused, but one night on her way to the train station, she hears music wafting from The Leading Note and the life and feelings she suppressed for over a decade bubble up to the surface.

Lily is inexplicably drawn to Hope D’Marco, Leading Note’s gorgeous and brilliant founder. But falling for Hope and re-exploring her passion for music force Lily to face her past. Will she go back into hiding, or have the courage to confront the consequences of her past and present colliding?

 

2. Thorn by Anna Burke

 

 

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On a cold day deep in the heart of winter, Rowan’s father returns from an ill-fated hunting trip bearing a single, white rose. The rose is followed by the Huntress, a figure out of legend. Tall, cruel, and achingly beautiful, she brings Rowan back with her to a mountain fastness populated solely by the creatures of the hunt. Rowan, who once scorned the villagers for their superstitions, now finds herself at the heart of a curse with roots as deep as the mountains, ruled by an old magic that is as insidious as the touch of the winter rose.

Torn between her family loyalties, her guilty relief at escaping her betrothal to the charming but arrogant Avery Lockland, and her complicated feelings for the Huntress, Rowan must find a way to break the curse before it destroys everything she loves. There is only one problem―if she can find a way to lift the curse, she will have to return to the life she left behind. And the only thing more unbearable than endless winter is facing a lifetime of springs without the Huntress.

 

3. Willa & Hesper by Amy Feltman

 

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Willa’s darkness enters Hesper’s light late one night in Brooklyn. Theirs is a whirlwind romance until Willa starts to know Hesper too well, to crawl into her hidden spaces, and Hesper shuts her out. She runs, following her fractured family back to her grandfather’s hometown of Tbilisi, Georgia, looking for the origin story that he is no longer able to tell. But once in Tbilisi, cracks appear in her grandfather’s history- and a massive flood is heading toward Georgia, threatening any hope for repair.

Meanwhile, heartbroken Willa is so desperate to leave New York that she joins a group trip for Jewish twentysomethings to visit Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland, hoping to override her emotional state. When it proves to be more fraught than home, she must come to terms with her past-the ancestral past, her romantic past, and the past that can lead her forward.

 

4. The Love & Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan

 

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Seventeen-year-old Rukhsana Ali has always been fascinated by the universe around her and the laws of physics that keep everything in order. But her life at home isn’t so absolute.

Unable to come out to her conservative Muslim parents, she keeps that part of her identity hidden. And that means keeping her girlfriend, Ariana, a secret from them too. Luckily, only a few more months stand between her carefully monitored life at home and a fresh start at Caltech in the fall. But when Rukhsana’s mom catches her and Ariana together, her future begins to collapse around her.

Devastated and confused, Rukhsana’s parents whisk her off to stay with their extended family in Bangladesh where, along with the loving arms of her grandmother and cousins, she is met with a world of arranged marriages, religious tradition, and intolerance. Fortunately, Rukhsana finds allies along the way and, through reading her grandmother’s old diary, finds the courage to take control of her future and fight for her love.

A gritty novel that doesn’t shy away from the darkest corners of ourselves, The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali provides a timely and achingly honest portrait of what it’s like to grow up feeling unwelcome in your own culture and proves that love, above all else, has the power to change the world.

 

5. Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel: A Modern Retelling of Little Women by Rey Terciero & Bre Indigo

 

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Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy are having a really tough year: Not only is their father overseas with the military and their working overtime to make ends meet, but each girl is struggling with her own unique problems. Whether it’s school woes, health issues, boy troubles, or simply feeling lost, the March sisters all need the same thing: support from each other. By coming together–and sharing lots of laughs and tears–these four young women find the courage to discover who they truly are as individuals…and as a family.

Meg is the eldest March. She has a taste for the finer things in life–especially when it comes to clothes and parties–and dreams of marrying rich and leaving her five-floor walk-up apartment behind.

Jo pushes her siblings to be true to themselves, yet feels like no one will accept her for who she truly is. Her passion for writing gives her an outlet to feel worthy in the eyes of her friends and family.

Beth is the timid sister with a voice begging to be heard. Guitar in hand, her courage inspires her siblings to seize the day and not take life for granted.

Amy may be the baby of the family, but she has the biggest personality. Though she loves to fight with her sisters, her tough exterior protects a vulnerable heart that worries about her family’s future.

 

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