Everyone Should Meet The Shadow Hero

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The Shadow Hero is a graphic novel with ties to the history of comics, racism, and the duality of first generation Americans, in an entertaining format that young YA and up will enjoy.

The Return of Zita Wins

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The final book in Zita the Spacegirl is out, and she’s unstoppable! (With the help of a lovable cast of friends, of course.)

This One Summer: Beauty In Realism

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This One Summer is a new graphic novel by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. It is a YA book that transcends the genre into where most adult novelists wish they could go: honest and nuanced characters in that familiar world you forgot to cherish. The details of a summer beach town, and two girls on the brink of teen, may not be your memories, but the yearnings, confusion, and relationships certainly will reveal half-buried reminisces.

Why I Binge Read Ava’s Demon

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I wasn’t aware of Ava’s Demon until it showed up on my doorstep. It captured my attention so quickly and fully that I knew I had to share it with you.

The Cute Girl Network: Interview!

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An interview with the creators of The Cute Girl Network, a new romantic comedy graphic novel. Skater chic Jane has to choose between her new boyfriend Jack, and the terrible stories of The Cute Girl Network.

Delilah Dirk: Swashbuckling Heroine

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There is a new swashbuckling adventurer on the literary scene, and her name is Delilah Dirk. Read an interview with Tony Cliff, the creator of Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

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I have to admit, when I was sent a review copy of Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, a YA graphic novel by Prudence Shen and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, I wasn’t as excited as I could be. In Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong Hicks was only doing the art.
But I should have trusted that Hicks wouldn’t collaborate on something unless it was worth her mad skills. I, and my two teens, very much enjoyed it. Amusing dialogue, great art (duh), and characters that have fun with their stereotypes, tossing or flaunting them at a whim.

Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes

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There are some books I read more than once. Mystery novels are not part of that group. I already know who “did” it, so that’s that. With Matt Kindt’s graphic novel Red Handed: The Fine Art of Strange Crimes. I’ve read it a couple times and plan to read again. At its most basic, this is a detective noir story. But ethics and the boundaries of the law are the heart.

Art, Sex and Beautiful Men

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Relying on seductive art to draw in your audience is akin to a comedian swearing. It doesn’t take skill to get a reaction. There have been several recent posts GeekMom and elsewhere about the sexualization of women in comics. Although that’s nothing new, female geeks are finally getting fed up- realizing that being loyal and vocal fans does not grant any respect in the industry.

Geek Tragedy in Middle America

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My twelve-year-old son finished Americus and said, “This is a good book.” I’m always annoyed to read the list of “banned” books in American schools and libraries. It’s one thing for a parent to decide what to put in their own child’s head, but a town board? Harry Potter was banned in many places because ignorant people believed that by reading these books, children would