Graphic Novel Wrap Up #1

Hey y’all!! Starr and I decided to randomly do a graphic novel readathon this past weekend. I managed to read 6 different graphic works over Friday and Saturday. Here is what I was able to get through.

Saga: Book One
2014, Image Comics

Saga Book 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Illustrated by Fiona Staples – This wildly popular graphic novel series is about Alana and Marco who are from warring planets but fall in love and have a baby. They are being hunted across the galaxy and their daughter is the one telling the story. Book one contains volumes 1-3 of the series. The first two volumes were a reread for me. But this is so action packed, beautifully drawn, and engrossing that I definitely would recommend this graphic novel series.

Mooncakes
2019, Oni Press

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker, Illustrated by Wendy Xu – Mooncakes is a graphic novel that follows Nova and Tam and it is so good. Nova and Tam are in a relationship and Tam is transgender. The story is a mystery story where they are trying to defeat something, but the main focus is the relationship of Nova with Tam and Nova with her grandmothers. Super super cute.

Ghosts
2016, Graphix

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier – Catrina and her family move from their hometown to Northern California so that her sister who has cystic fibrosis can be closer to better medical care and for improved air quality. While there they meet the neighbor boy who takes them on a ghost tour where they learn about all the ghost that are around. This focuses on Dia de los Muertos, Mexican tradition, and also how to deal with a sister who has a chronic medical condition. Phenomenal and I definitely recommend.

Roller Girl
2015, Dial Books

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson – This was such a delightful middle grade graphic novel. Astrid and her best friend, Nicole are growing a part. After attending a roller derby match, Astrid is ready for her and Nicole to take on roller derby camp. Nicole is not interested and wants to go to dance camp. The story goes from there. 6th grade is hard, believe me my son is going through it now, and I thought this was an excellent depiction of how big a change everything around that age. I loved it and will definitely put it in my book recommendation arsenal.

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel
Releases October 13, 2020, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Long Way Down: The Graphic Novel by Jason Reynolds, Illustrated by Danica Novgorodoff – This was a great graphic novel adaptation of one of my favorite books ever. I thought the art style fit the story and brought it to life. While I still prefer the novel version, this graphic version isn’t to be missed. ***Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for an advanced copy.****

Fence, Vol. 1
2018, Boom Box!

Fence, Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat, Illustrated by Johanna the Mad – This was so much fun! The story was good, but it was the characters that gave me so much joy. They were all so great and while I was left feeling a little unfulfilled with this first volume, I will definitely be continuing the series.

I really enjoyed dedicating a whole weekend to one type of novel or genre. I can’t wait to do it again.

What are some of your favorite graphic novels or manga? Let’s chat in the comments.

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Tasha

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