Graphic Novels & Manga – NEW BOOKS

Incidents In The Night by David B. 

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L.A. Times Book Prize Finalist (Graphic Novel/Comics) 2013

Eisner Award Nomination (Best U.S. Edition of International Material)

In Incidents in the Night David B. sets out to explore the uncharted territories of overflowing and dusty shelves of Paris’ legendary book shops. His journey quickly turns into an obsessive vision quest in pursuit of a mysterious nineteenth-century journal: Incidents In the Night. Mountains of books become sites of archeological digs as the author excavates layers of myth, fact and fiction in search of the elusive thread that links them all. Along the way he stumbles on fanatical Bonapartists, occult conspiracies and the angel of death.

David B. is one of France’s finest cartoonists and one of the co-founders of the legendary L’Association collective. He is the author a many books: The Armed Garden and Noctural Conspiracies, among many others. Epileptic was was awarded Angoulême International Comics Festival Prize for Scenario and the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist.

“One of 10 Best Comics and Graphic Novels of the year.”—TIME

“In its obsession with bookstores and libraries, in its nested dreams and tale-tellings, in its straight-faced conflation of history and impossibility, and in the tone of pulpy detective yarns that pervades its final third, Incidents owes more than a bit to Jorge Luis Borges’s short stories.”—Douglas Wolk, Washington Post

 

Get Over It by Corinne Mucha 

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Most autobiographical comic books about past or present relationships are about the cute, funny bits of the daily interactions of the couple; when it ends, the breakup part is glossed over, as it is so dramatic and painful to portray in a comic. Corinne has put herself into this book, sharing her trauma after breaking up with her first love. It is reflective, bittersweet and authentic. I relate to her grieving process, her inner turmoil, her fear of not being happy and loved again. It’s the book I would have loved to read years ago, when I was going through my own breakup; maybe it would have helped me to heal sooner, knowing that someone as awesome and creative as Corinne had survived and created something beautiful about it. -Beatriz Torres

Everyone should read this after a breakup. You will probably want to read it once a week for awhile. – Nicole

 

A Body Beneath by Michael DeForge

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A Body Beneath collects issues two through five of Michael DeForge’s multi-award winning anthology Lose. DeForge’s singular vision reveals the menace in the mundane, the humor in the horrific. He has crafted a phantasmagoria of stories that feature a spider-infested pet horse head, post-apocalyptic dogs dealing with existential angst, the romantic undertones of a hired hit, and more.

Winner of the 2013 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Series

Winner of the 2013 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist

Michael DeForge was born in Ottawa, Ontario. He currently lives and works in Toronto as a cartoonist, commercial illustrator, and as an effects, props, and character designer for the hit Cartoon Network program Adventure Time.

Ant Colony by Michael DeForge

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A colony of black ants serves as a vehicle to examine the human condition in this stunningly accomplished graphic novel. As the denizens go about their ant-like activities—the males seek food, service the queen (depicted as a grotesque colossus), and wage war on a nearby red-ant colony, while the infertile females tend to the children—they fret, bicker, and gossip in a recognizably human fashion. A cataclysmic clash with the red ants results in the destruction of both colonies, with the fate of their civilization resting on a handful of survivors—a homosexual couple, a youngster imbued with strange powers of prophecy from inhaling earthworm particles, a cowardly cop who dodged the battle, and a baby red ant. The story’s conflation of the peculiar and the prosaic is reflected in DeForge’s artwork, which offsets a disturbingly bizarre drawing style, reminiscent of Mark Beyer but even more idiosyncratic, with straight-on camera angles and a nearly unvarying nine-panel grid. A quietly unsettling, masterfully realized work that marks DeForge—who has a handful of comic books and a stint as a designer on the Adventure Time animated series to his credit—as a leading figure in the alternative-comics scene. –Gordon Flagg from BOOKLIST

“With an unusual style that is equal parts adorable, grotesque, psychedelic, and earthy, DeForge tells an epic story . . . the hallucinatory imagery works wonderfully with the emotional honestly of the writing to make Ant Colony an outstanding spectacle with personality and depth.” —AV Club

“Every so often a book comes along that knocks you flat on your ass and makes you wonder where the hell you’ve been and why you haven’t seen anything like it sooner. Ant Colony is exactly that kind of book . . . an intensely charismatic, thoughtful, evocative little world that DeForge has filled with memorable characters, burning philosophical questions, and moments of true humanity that shine through the stylized thoraxes and angled antennae of his kooky creations. The year may be young, but I am confident when I say that this may just be the best graphic novel of 2014.” —Nerdist

What did you eat yesterday? by Fumi Yoshinaga 

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From award-winning author Fumi Yoshinaga comes a casual romance between two middle-aged men and the many meals they share together.
A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals! -From the publisher

Over the past decade few female comic artists have been as beloved or as recognized for their work internationally as Fumi Yoshinaga. Born in Tokyo, Japan in 1971, Yoshinaga is a graduate of Tokyo’s prestigious Keio University. A lifelong comic artist and story teller, she made her perfessional debut in 1994 with her short series, The Moon and the Sandals, serialized in Houbunsha’s monthly Boys Love anthology Hanaoto. Since her debut Yoshinaga has penned more than a dozen, with a good number of them having been adapted into motion pictures and animated TV series. Her work on Antique Bakery sent her into international fame and she has since been nominated in the United States for the Eisner Award for her titles – Flowers of Life and Ooku. In 2009 Yoshinaga was recognized with the James Tiptree Award for her literary contributions covering the topics of gender in speculative fiction in her title Ooku. Ouku also received the Osamu Tezuka Award and the Shogakukan Manga Award.

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