Graphic Novels

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Tillie Walden

796.912092 /Walden
Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Memoir, LGBTQ+

Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know. It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark. Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again. She was good. She won. And she hated it. For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. Skating was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.

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The best we could do : an illustrated memoir

Thi Bui

BIOGRAPHY Bui, Thi
Graphic Novels, Memoir, Biographies, History

The author describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.

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Combining genealogy, auto-biography, history and graphic novel, Thi Bui's memoir is haunting and beautiful. -Casey

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Daredevil : The man without fear!

Brian Michael Bendis

COMIC Daredevil 2001 Ultimate
Graphic Novels

Further adventures of Daredevil. Premise: Living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, Matt Murdock is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle. While he no longer can see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability. His father, a boxer named Jack Murdock, supports him and protects his gifted son as he grows up, but is killed by gangsters after refusing to throw a fight. Matt seeks out revenge against his father's killers as the red-suited superhero Daredevil, going on to fight against evil as the "Man without fear."

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I highly recommend Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis Ultimate Collection Volume 1 and the rest of the volumes to anyone who loved Daredevil show on Netflix. -Brian

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Grayson

Tim Seeley

COMIC Grayson
Graphic Novels

"Dick Grayson. Former Sidekick. Former Superhero. Former dead man. Agent of Spyral?! A thrilling new chapter of Dick Grayson's life begins here. A super-spy espionage thriller that will shock you and prove one thing: you might think you know Nightwing--but you don't know Dick. --

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Grayson by Tom King and Tim Seeley was easily the best thing to come out of DC Comic's The New 52 publishing initiative.  It follows the former Robin, Dick Grayson, after he was outed as Nightwing, killed (he got better) and recruited to become a spy for the organization Spyral.  Comics!  I'd describe Grayson as a crazy sci-fi, spy-thriller. I don't know how newbie friendly it is. King and Seeley took a lot of Grant Morrizon's bizarre ideas from his tenure on Batman and ran with them. Batman Incorporated would be a good place to start if you want the background of Grant Morrison's influence.  Otherwise, you can start with The New 52 Nightwing then Forever Evil. -Brian

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Locke & key

Joe Hill

COMIC Locke
Graphic Novels

The story of the Keyhouse, a New England mansion, with doors that transform all who walk through them... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it opens the most terrible door of all.

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I recommend it to comic book fans who are looking for a new series to inhale or anyone looking for an eerie read. -Brian

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Batman

Scott Snyder

COMIC Batman New Fifty-Two
Graphic Novels

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This is the first volume of one of the best Batman runs ever. -Brian

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Star wars : Doctor Aphra

Kieron Gillen

COMIC Star Wars Doctor
Graphic Novels

"Following her time in the clutches of Darth Vader, Doctor Aphra has barely escaped with her life. If the Dark Lord of the Sith ever learns of her survival, he'll hunt her to the ends of the galaxy. But for now, it's time for a return to what she does best. With droids Triple-Zero and BeeTee-One in tow, as well as Wookiee Black Krrsantan, she's off in search of rare artifacts from the galactic center to the Outer Rim -- and everywhere in between. Aphra's got debts to pay, after all. Just as long as she can stay one step ahead of the Empire, some bounty hunters...and just about everyone else in the galaxy!"--Back cover of Volume 1.

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It's hard to introduce an original character into the Star Wars universe and have them fit naturally, but writer Kieron Gillen did a phenomenal job of creating one in Aphra.  She's anti-hero that you can't help but love.  Seriously, give her a spin-off movie or something. -Brian

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The prince and the dressmaker

Jen Wang

GRAPHIC NOVEL Wang
Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+, Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride--or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia--the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

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Sweet, poignant and beautiful--don't miss this one! -Casey

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Speak : the graphic novel

Laurie Halse Anderson

GRAPHIC NOVEL Anderson
Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Classics

"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless--an outcast--because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.

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Emily Carroll was the perfect artist for this chilling adaptation. Just as relevant as the original. -Casey

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Going into town : a love letter to New York

Roz Chast

917.471 /Chast
Graphic Novels

"For native Brooklynite Roz Chast, adjusting to life in the suburbs (where people own trees!?) was surreal. But she recognized that for her kids, the reverse was true. On trips into town, they would marvel at the strange world of Manhattan: its gum-wad-dotted sidewalks, honey-combed streets, and 'those West Side Story-things' (fire escapes). Their wonder inspired 'Going into Town,' part playful guide, part New York stories, and part love letter to the city, told through Chast's laugh-out-loud, touching, and true cartoons"--Amazon.com.

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