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Top 26 Graphic Novels, Comics & Manga:

June 2018

Wonders really do never cease. Who would ever have predicted that the great British actor Jim Broadbent would pen a graphic novel, and based on a Breugel painting? Dull Margaret drawn by Dix tops my June 2018 listing of graphic novels, comics, manga and more for your consideration and perhaps delectation.

I’d also strongly suggest you investigate these two documentary graphic novels demonstrating the power of cartoon journalism to take us closer and deeper into our real world.

The otherworldly, transformative dimensions of Frank are revisited in Jim Woodring’s latest key instalment….

And for nourishing sustenance in comics, these short stories are sure to satisfy…

Take a look ahead at what you may choose to read in the not-too-distant future and thanks for joining me here each month…

Broken Glory: The Final Years of Robert F. Kennedy
by Ed Sanders & Rick Veitch
Arcade Publishing

The publisher says:
Broken Glory is a graphic history told in epic verse of Bobby Kennedy’s life and times leading up to the fateful 1968 election campaign, with 100 illustrations by artist Rick Veitch. It encompasses the story of his convicted killer, Sirhan Sirhan, as well as Lyndon Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Richard Nixon, and Eugene McCarthy, and it recalls the major events that made 1968 a turning point in American history: the Tet offensive and battle of Hue, followed soon after by the My Lai massacre, the Memphis sanitation workers strike, the assassination of Martin Luther King, and the riots that ensued. Broken Glory’s hybrid mashup of graphic biography, epic poem, and conspiracy-theory reconstruction of the assassination gives it a fascinating novelty value. 376pgs B&W hardcover.

Burmese Moons
by Sophie Ansel & Sam Garcia

The publisher says:
In the jungle of Burma, the Zomi tribe lives modestly and peacefully. Thazama is a young, intrepid Zomi who loves hunting and playing games with his friend Moonpi. But the ensuing bloodbath of the 1988 Burmese revolution changes everything, making them hostages in their own country. Military forces impose strict rule over the people, demanding food and rations, men and women, many of whom will never return. Yet Thazama knows his destiny is to fight for freedom, and once initiated into adulthood he and Moonpi head for the great city of Mandalay, where Thazama continues on his road of no return on a harrowing journey through Southeast Asia, further and further from home. 208pgs colour hardcover.

Cosmo The Complete Merry Martian
by Sy Reit, Bob White & Terry Szenics
Archie Comic Publications

The publisher says:
Take a ride in a UFO with Cosmo the Merry Martian. For the first time ever, this classic interplanetary tale has been collected into one giant-size collection. Join Cosmo, Orbi, Astra and all their wacky friends as they explore the unknown and discover all-new life forms. What adventures will these Martian explorers find on Jupiter, or Venus, or even Earth? Put on your spacesuit and find out. Reprints all six issues of the original 1958-9 series. 244pgs colour paperback.

Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection
by Go Nagai
Seven Seas Entertainment LLC

The publisher says:
The classic story of the iconic character is in print for the first time in North America! The original story of one of the most iconic magical girls is finally in print! Experience the ultimate collection of both volumes of Go Nagai’s 1973 cult classic Cutie Honey in one complete oversized hardcover tome. 464pgs B&W paperback.



Dull Margaret
by Jim Broadbent & Dix

The publisher says:
Academy Award winning actor Jim Broadbent (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) and acclaimed Guardian cartoonist Dix (Roll Up! Roll Up!) team up to tell the story of one of the most singular characters ever depicted in graphic fiction: the inimitable Dull Margaret. Loosely inspired by Dulle Griet, a 16th-century painting by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Dull Margaret also draws inspiration from Goya’s witches and Daumier’s depictions of roving players to paint its own rich portrait of a damaged soul navigating an unsparing world. Anchored by a sharp, black humour, Dull Margaret is a wildly original graphic novel for the ages. 152pgs colour hardcover.

Dumb: Living Without A Voice
by Georgia Webber

The publisher says:
Part memoir, part medical cautionary tale, Dumb tells the story of how the author copes with the everyday challenges that come with voicelessness. Webber adroitly uses the comics medium to convey the hurdles she faced as well as the fear and dread that accompanied her journey to regain her life. She learns to lean on the support of her close friends, finds self-expression in creating comics, and comes to understand and appreciate how deeply her voice and identity are intertwined. 196pgs part-colour hardcover.

by Aaron Costain
Secret Acres

The publisher says:
Aaron Costain’s Entropy follows a golem with a surprisingly modern sensibility, and an even more modern sense of style, as he backtracks through millennia to understand his own creation. Entropy takes place at the intersection of the world’s cultures. Mythologies and religions cross-pollinate, bleed into one another, and form a new soul from synthesis - or they will if our epic hero can outrun man-eating giants, a vicious army of crows, a mute doppelgänger, an angel and one very manipulative, slave-driving cat. Entropy delivers an all-time adventure. 248pgs B&W paperback.

Escaping Wars and Waves:
Encounters with Syrian Refugees

by Olivier Kugler
Myriad Editions / Penn State University Press
£19.99 / $24.95

The publisher says:
Olivier Kugler’s compelling series of evocative drawings documents the experiences of Syrian refugees he met in Iraqi Kurdistan, Greece, France, Germany, Switzerland and England, mostly on assignment for Médecins Sans Frontières. Based on many interviews, and hundreds of reference photos, Kugler’s beautifully observed drawings of his interviewees bring to life their location - a room, a camp, on the road: the stretch of tents on Kos, opposite the stalls selling trinkets to tourists. His reporting of their stories is peppered with snatches of conversation and images of the objects that have become such a significant part of their lives: a toilet roll, the rolling tobacco pouch, the mobile phone. Through Kugler’s complicated, intense graphic reportage, we empathise with their experiences. Kugler’s intense graphic reportage drawings have been commissioned by Médecins Sans Frontières and published in The Guardian, Port, Le Monde Diplomatique and many other publications. A portfolio, ‘Waiting State’, published in Harpers, portraying Syrians Kugler met in Iraqi Kurdistan, was the overall winner of the Association of Illustrators World Illustration Awards in 2015. Drawings from Escaping War and Waves have been exhibited at Somerset House in London and the Fumetto International Comix Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland, as well as at the Helsinki Comics Festival and, most recently, at the Rich Mix Gallery in London. 80pgs colour hardcover.

Fab 4 Mania
by Carol Tyler

The publisher says:
Acclaimed cartoonist Carol Tyler (Soldier’s Heart) recreates the exhilaration of Beatlemania at its height in 1965 and the odyssey that leads her to the famous Beatles Chicago concert later that year. The book brims with rich period details, humor, insight, and beautiful drawings capturing the spirit of the time. It is also about the Beatles, of course, as seen through the eyes of a young, giddy teenager and a reflective, adult artist, and the joy the band gave and continues to give. 272pgs colour paperback.

Feast of Fields
by Sean Karemaker
Conundrum Books

The publisher says:
“Feast of Fields” is a reference to the picnics Karemaker took with his mother in the upper fields of his elementary school. It is a graphic biography of the artist’s mother who grew up in Denmark in an orphanage because her mother suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, and her father had left her and her siblings behind. The story weaves between her story in the past and the artist’s present. Karemaker constructs the graphic novel through a series of scrolls, densely illustrated, then cut up to make the pages of the book, creating a truly unique visual experience. 144pgs B&W paperback.

Full Colour
by various artists

The publisher says:
The Full Colour Anthology brings together the freshest voices in Scottish comics and collects their short-form work in one stunning volume. The Full Colour Project, created to foster diversity in comics and mentor young people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, comes to fruition with this collection of bold new comics. It aims to promote, nurture and amplify creative talent from young people living in Scotland who are often not represented in the industry, namely people from BAME backgrounds, and by doing so, to work towards changing the landscape of comics in the future, making it a more welcoming and inclusive industry. While some of these young people had never made comics before, their work proves that the future of Scottish comics is in good hands.  96pgs colour paperback.

Green Almonds: Letters from Palestine
by Anaële Hermans & Delphine Hermans
Lion Forge

The publisher says:
A graphic novel of two sisters and their correspondence from Palestine to Belgium. Green Almonds: Letters from Palestine is a personal look into a complex reality, through the prism of the experience of a young woman writing letters to her sister about her feelings and adventures in the occupied territories. 152pgs B&W paperback.


Hâsib & The Queen of Serpents: A Tale of A Thousand and One Nights
by David B.

The publisher says:
Heir to the wise Daniel, Hâsib is a young woodcutter promised to a great future. When his greedy companions abandon him in the middle of the forest, he meets the Queen of the serpents. She then tells her story, a fabulous adventure filled with gods and demons, princes and prophets. We find Prince Janshah madly in love with Shamsa, the bird woman of King Solomon. Love and perjury, epic battles and giant spiders ensue. From Kabul to Cairo, journeys intertwine with intrigues and spiritual quests while the fabulous nights follow one another. An enchanting and intricately designed interpretation of the story of Hâsib Karîm ad-Dîm, through which fragment of the giant tale David B. opens us the gates of the Thousand and One Nights. For mature readers. 96pgs colour hardcover.

Jinty Vol.1: Land of No Years & The Human Zoo
by Pat Mills, Malcolm Shaw & Guy Peeters
Rebellion / 2000AD

The publisher says:
A luxury treasury collection featuring stories from the bestselling British girl comics phenomenon - restored and remastered for the first time! While undergoing surgery on her lame leg, Cassy Shaw is transported into a dystopian future in which people with genetic defects are regarded as second class citizens.  Unable to accept such objectionable discrimination, Cassy attempts to rally her peers (the Gamma girls) into beating the Alpha girls in several sporting events. Can she win the Golden Girl award and prove herself an equal? Lost science-fiction tales of alternate realities, of the strange and uncanny! All starring the female lead characters of British 70s comics. 112pgs B&W paperback.

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Tempest #1 (of 6)
by Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill
Top Shelf / IDW

The publisher says:
After an epic twenty-year journey through the entirety of human culture, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill conclude both their legendary League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and their equally legendary comic-book careers with the series’ spectacular fourth and final volume, “The Tempest.” This six-issue miniseries is a celebration of everything comics were, are and could be. Opening simultaneously in the panic-stricken headquarters of British Military Intelligence, the fabled Ayesha’s lost African city of Kor and the domed citadel of ‘We’ on the devastated Earth of the year 2996, the dense and yet furiously-paced narrative hurtles like an express locomotive across the fictional globe. This is literally, and literarily, the story to end all stories. Here’s how it begins. This is literally, and literarily, the story to end all stories. Here’s how it begins. 32pgs colour comic-book.

Look Back and Laugh
by Liz Prince
Top Shelf / IDW

The publisher says:
Liz Prince invites you to spend a year walking in her (Converse) shoes!  Look Back and Laugh collects the 365 comic strips she drew to document every day of her life in 2016.  Follow Liz through such life-changing adventures as: buying a house, moving to a new state, getting married, crippling insomnia, and as always, lots of cats, cats, cats!  Full of humor, pathos, and insight, these comics reveal the ups and downs that make up the glamorous micro-celebrity life of a freelance cartoonist. 416pgs B&W paperback.

by Carole Maurel & Mariko Tamaki

The publisher says:
A disillusioned photographer has a chance encounter with her lost teenage self who has miraculously traveled into the future. Together, both women ultimately discover who they really are, finding the courage to live life by being true to themselves. Luisa’s sexuality is revealed to be a defining element of her identity, one which both of her selves must come to terms with. A time-traveling love story that turns coming-of-age conventions upside down, Luisa is a universal queer romance for the modern age. 272pgs colour paperback.

Moon Face
by Alejandro Jodorowsky & François Boucq

The publisher says:
The arrival of the mute Moon Face on the island of Damanuestra is the catalyst for revolution! A grandiose tale about power, strength and madness. Known as the “wave tamer,” a young boy turns the tiny island of Damanuestra upside down, threatening the oppressive political and religious hierarchies. Comic book legends Alejandro Jodorowsky and Francois Boucq (Bouncer) join forces once more in this uplifting and surreal satirical tale of strange magic and revolutionary freedom. 248pgs colour hardcover.

by Jim Woodring

The publisher says:
Beginning with Congress of the Animals and again in Fran, Jim Woodring’s beloved anthropomorph Frank has been subjected to hundreds of unbelievable adventures and yet nothing could prepare him for the transdimensional depredations of Poochytown, the latest and greatest installment in the ongoing saga. Utterly devoid of topicality, irony, or deliberate cynicism, the Frank stories are instead timeless cartoon sustenance, and Poochytown is the most opulent offering yet. This is a major new book from one of Fantagraphics’s most beloved authors. 104pgs B&W hardcover.

by Kate Gavino
Boom! Studios

The publisher says:
Marcine is fascinated with the Japanese theory of Sanpaku. It states that seeing the white around the iris of onefs eyes is a bad omen. But itfs everywhere Marcine looks.her grandmother has it, some of her classmates at Catholic school have it, JFK had it… even Marcine might suffer from this odd condition. It‘s believed that eating a strict macrobiotic diet and meditating is supposed to help, but no matter how much Marcine wants it to, these practices can‘t save her grandmother, or bring back pop star Selena, or make her life at school any easier…! From critically acclaimed cartoonist Kate Gavino (Last Night‘s Reading), Sanpaku gives voice to the insecurities that abound in teens of all cultures. 288pgs B&W hardcover.

Shit is Real
by Aisha Franz
Drawn & Quarterly

The publisher says:
After an unexpected breakup, a young woman named Selma experiences a series of reveries and emotional setbacks. Struggling to relate to her friends and accomplish even the simplest tasks like using a modern laundromat, she sinks deeper into depression. Aisha Franz is a master of portraying feminine loneliness and confusion while keeping her characters tough and real. Base human desires and functions alternate with dreamlike symbolism to create a tension-filled tale of the nightmare that is modern life. 288pgs B&W paperback.

The Curse of Charley Butters
by Zach Worton
Conundrum Press

The publisher says:
The collected trilogy of one man’s attempt at redemption through art. While filming a death metal music video sensitive soul Travis and his gang of misfits stumble upon an old cabin in the woods containing the archives of a disappeared artist named Charley Butters. The discovery sets in motion a chain of events which leads to the loss of everything he has known. Drunk and alone will Travis leave the life he knows to solve the mystery of what happened to Charley Butters. 344pgs B&W paperback.

The Great North Wood
by Tim Bird
Avery Hill Publishing

The publisher says:
Long ago the whole of Southern England was covered in forest. Over time, this woodland has been cut back, but small patches remain amidst the suburban sprawl of South-East London. The magic that once filled the ancient forest can still be felt. Memories of the Great North Wood are recorded in the place names - Forest Hill, Honour Oak. Stories are told of the bandits, outlaws and gypsies that once roamed the forest, and their presence can sometimes be sensed when the city is quiet. Tim Bird’s longest work to date continues his interest in psychogeography and how memories live in the landscape. 68pgs colour paperback.

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword
by Martin Rowson
Knockabout Comics

The publisher says:
Martin Rowson’s latest book tackles the state of the world through seven ‘silent’ (wordless) comics. In his iconic style he delves into modern woes such as the sorry state of politics and the mounting concerns of pollution and environmental decline, as well as the timeless anguishes of gluttony, despair and decay. In the course of his forty years in the business, Rowson’s satiric cartoons have appeared regularly in The Guardian, The Times, The Independent on Sunday, The Daily Mirror, The Spectator and The Morning Star, as well as many other publications. He won the Cartoon Art Trust’s Political Cartoonist of the Year Award in 2000 and 2004, the Political Cartoon Society’s Cartoon of the Year in 2003 and 2007, and was their Cartoonist of the Year in 2010. 72pgs B&W paperback.

The Strange
by Jérôme Ruillier
Drawn & Quarterly

The publisher says:
The Strange follows an unnamed, undocumented immigrant who tries to forge a new life in a Western country where he doesn’t speak the language. Jérôme Ruillier’s story is deftly told through myriad viewpoints, as each narrator recounts a situation in which they crossed paths with the newly-arrived foreigner. Told with beautiful simplicity, The Strange shows one person’s struggle to adapt while dealing with the often brutal and unforgiving attitudes of the employers, neighbors, and strangers who populate this new land. 160pgs part-colour paperback.

The Unknown Anti-War Comics!
edited by Craig Yoe
Yoe Books! / IDW

The publisher says:
An action-oriented medium, comics have long used wars—real and fictional—as narrative fodder. Now, discover the secret, surprising history of anti-war comics with this marvellously curated collection. A few comics portrayed the horrors of war, but no blatantly anti-war stories were known to exist—until now! Buried in rare comics published during the Cold War were powerful realistic, fantasy, and sci-fi stories that strongly condemned war and the bomb, boldly calling for peace. Exciting action stories compellingly relevant to the world today. 224pgs colour hardcover.

Udon Noodle Soup: LittleTales for Little Things
by Yani Hu
Fanfare presents Ponent Mon

The publisher says:
Two children are close neighbours and love playing together. Then one day they are separated when one of the families moves to the other side of the world. But the boy leaves her a present and a promise. 20 years later a flavor awakens her memories. A mother’s gift for knitting lays unappreciated until it is almost too late. As she grows older and raises a family, a woman holds on to her memories of a first love and a toothbrush. A hand-made present and a small lie lead to great upset. A soccer shirt is a poor substitute for the idol that should be wearing it.  Yani Hu whips up recipes of young love in its many forms in these five not-so-little stories from China told with innocence and a certain oriental twist. 120pgs colour hardcover.

Posted: March 29, 2018


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