August 20, 2012

Graphic Novel Notes

Technically speaking, today I'm not here. That is, I'm on vacation. However, I set up this post for you with some books I'm really excited about reading--specifically, some graphic novels that I hope to get my hands on before too long. Last year I was a Round 2 Judge for Cybils graphic novels, so I was able to catch up on some of my comix reading, but this year? Who knows? So I figured I'll be proactive and start targeting graphic novels that are likely candidates, not just for Cybils, but for my own enjoyment and review on this site.

First, I just read this great review of Raina Telgemeier's newest GN, Drama, which is a follow-up to her wonderful book Smile. It sounds like a fun read, a bit more intense perhaps than Smile but still with plenty of humor. Plus it's about drama geeks: "Young Callie is a theater enthusiast, and while her lack of singing talent ensures that she remains off the stage, she’s an integral part of the production behind the scenes," says GraphicNovelReporter's Ryan Donovan.

Second, some books from First Second. (Har, har). I'm excited that I will soon get my hands on review copies of Mark Siegel's Sailor Twain, which was described in their catalog e-mail as "steampunk mermaid NYC historical midlife crises" (how could I resist??), Hope Larson's graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time (YAAAY!!!), and, eventually, I'll also be reading Tune by Derek Kirk Kim, described as "accidental twenty-something space hijinx." I assume those will also be quite enjoyable, as I've very much liked Kim's previous work with Gene Yang and on his own.

Any other graphics I should be aware of and look for? I'm always happy for suggestions.


LinWash said...

A graphic novel based on A Wrinkle in Time?? Woo hoo! I can't wait to get that!

Sarah Stevenson said...

I KNOW!! I am super excited about that.