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New Graphic Novels

Looking for a good graphic novel? Try these recent selections from The Ferguson Library collection.


Aronofsky, Darren

Adapted from the script for the motion picture of the same name.  This Noah encapsulates elements of the cinematic samurai legend,  a deeply conflicted man and warrior, vigorous but aging, wishing only for peace with his beloved family but drawn into a conflict greater than himself. The beautiful and lush artwork infuses vigorous energy.  Source: Publishers Weekly, March 10, 2014


Mankoff, Robert
How About Never: Is Never Good for You?
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In a witty mix of memoir and New Yorker cartoon history, this is an exuberantly illustrated book. Mankoff discusses his mother's complicated influence (humor thrives on conflict), how his psychology background helps him understand what makes cartoons funny or thought-provoking, and why he created the Cartoon Bank, which transformed the profession.  Source: Booklist, March 01, 2014

Buhle, Paul
Bohemians: a Graphic Anthology

Though granting that bohemians weren't in any consistent way political-minded, radical historian Buhle tilts the presentation to the Left.  Walt Whitman receives a full chapter, and the book also covers free-love propagandist Victoria Woodhull, party-giver Mabel Dodge, Harlem Renaissance kingpin Claude McKay, and novelist and photographer Carl Van Vechten.  Source: Booklist, April 15, 2014


Pommepuy, Marie
Beautiful Darkness

This eerie graphic novel opens on an adorable, doe-eyed elfin girl flirting with an equally darling boy, a sure sign that we're in for a sweet little love story in miniature.  But things start to go wrong almost immediately, and just a few pages in a rainstorm reveals that these creatures are effectively living on the decaying body of a little girl lost in the woods.  Source: Library Journal, April 25, 2014 

Brooks, Max
The Harlem Hellfighters

Follows a diverse bunch of African-American soldiers from enlistment to training to the hell of France, where they fight through inhumane conditions with the utmost valor, and for what? Prejudice and humiliation at every turn.  The opening scene of a trench bomb sets the stage for the whole book, and the appropriately cluttered art has horrific shock value.  Source: Booklist, March 01, 2014 


Feiffer, Jules
Kill My Mother

Adding to a legendary career that includes a Pulitzer Prize, Jules Feiffer now presents his first noir graphic novel.  Kill My Mother is a loving homage to the pulp-inspired films and comic strips of his youth. Centers on five formidable women, linked fatefully and fatally by a has-been, hard-drinking private detective. Source: From the Publisher

Chwast, Seymour
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Author Chwast  brings just the right puckish tone to Twain's comedy. Hank Morgan, a 19th-century jack-of-all-trades, is mysteriously transported to 6th century England. Instead of being impressed by the Arthurian pomp and ceremony, the Protestant Yankee is offended by the superstition, filth, cruelty, and antidemocratic oppression.  Source: Publishers Weekly, Jan 13, 2014

Oliver, Simon
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics

Sick of capes, utility belts, supercharged jets, and brooding in your comic books? Then tumble down the wormhole that is the Federal Bureau of Physics. The story is set in a world where earth's physics have gone haywire, and where special agent Hardy must solve the mystery of his famous physicist father's death while trying to keep both feet in earth's gravitational pull.  Source: Booklist, April 15, 2014