The Arrival / by Shaun Tan
              Watchmen / by Alan Moore                                      A nameless man leaves his home and
              In a world where superheroes have                             family behind to embark on a journey
              been outlawed by the government, a                            that will take him to a new destination,
              small collection of underground                               a new life and an entirely new world in
              “Watchmen”, superheroes with human                            this wordless graphic novel. Amidst
              flaws and failings, attempt to rise above                     mythical creatures, bizarre gizmos and
              their situation and impact the world                          strange strangers, the man evokes the
              they live in. Originally published in se-                     ultimate immigrant experience as a for-
              rial form in the 1980‟s, Watchmen re-                         eigner undergoing a permanent trans-
mains among the most progressive and intellectually         formation as every step he takes brings another reminder
stimulating graphic novels. (YP FIC MOORE)                  that something new and unfamiliar awaits him. (YP FIC
Strangers In Paradise / by Terry Moore
Katchoo is a beautiful young woman                          Blankets: An Illustrated Novel / by Craig Thompson
living with her best friend, Francine,                      In rural Wisconsin, two brothers discover
until she meets David, a man deter-                         the challenges of growing up as they con-
mined to win her heart. As the love                         front broken friendships, first loves, disap-
triangle heats up, Katchoo discovers                        pointments and the duality of coming of
something about her past which                              age under the eye of sternly pious parents.
could upset everything even more.                           Mostly a self-styled memoir of Thompson‟s
Contemporary life models and emo-                           own childhood, this extensive book is
tional depth highlight this graphic                         among the most introspective and self-
novel series. (YP FIC MOORE)                                dissecting works of graphic fiction. (YP FIC THOMPSON)
The Quitter / written and illustrated by Harvey Pekar                 American Born Chinese / by Gene Luen
Comic legend Pekar is best known for his notable                      Yang; Coloring by Lark Pien
work in the celebrated American Splendor, chroni-                     Three interrelated and complementary stories
cling his life as a downtrodden file clerk in Cleveland.              introduce three young Chinese Americans
                   The Quitter is another autobiographi-              who attempt to integrate themselves into the
                   cal comic chronicling his youth and                culture. The strikingly simple illustrations and
                   early adulthood as an outcast Jew in
                   an increasingly African-american
                   neighborhood and his attempts and
                                                                      subtle text by Yang brilliantly illuminate a
                                                            world which is both arbitrary and casually familiar. (YP
                                                                                                                         GRAPHIC NOVELS,
                                                            FIC YANG)
                   ultimate failures at various endeavors
                   including a stint in the Navy and
                   higher education. (YP FIC PEKAR)
                                                            *An additional list of
Bone: Out From Boneville / by Jeff Smith
Three blobby creatures—Fone Bone, Phoney Bone &             Graphic Novel titles from
                                                                                                                         AND COMICS
Smiley Bone—have been run out of
their home of Boneville and are sepa-
rated from each other across a vast
                                                            all genres can be found on                                   GEARED
                                                            the rack near the reference
desert wasteland, all them attempting
to find their way to the farmstead.
Along the way, they must each battle                        desk. Ask a librarian to
                                                                                                                         TOWARDS ADULT
a collection of strange and adversarial
creatures, all of them embodying the
very ethos of power and evil. Very
                                                            help you find it.                                            AUDIENCES
much a cartoon Lord of the Rings,
this begins the epic first volume of the series. (YP FIC                 TEXAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
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                                                              Below is a selection of just a few graphic titles sug-                               Tamara Drewe / by Posy Simmonds
                                                              gested for more mature readers.                                                      In a graphic story which parallels Thomas
          GETTING ST
          GETTIN G STA                                                                                                                             Hardy‟s classic Far From the Madding
                                                              The Book of Genesis / by R. Crumb                                                    Crowd, Tamara Drewe is a new resident in
                                                                                                                                                   the modern-day English Hamlet of Stone-
                                          Volume 1, Issue 1

                                        New sle tt er Da te

                                                                          Legendary comic illustrator R. Crumb envisions the
                                                                          opening book of the Bible like no one before him                         field. Young, beautiful with a modest inheri-
                                                                          in this deeply original graphic interpretation. Sup-                     tance, Tamara is soon the talk of the town as
                                                                          posedly taking him 5 years to rigidly draw and         several male suitors, one an author, another a rock star and a
                                                                                                                                 third a local farmer attempt to woo the spunky Tamara. (FIC
Graphic Novels aren’t just comics about su-                               recreate some of the Bible‟s greatest stories,
                                                                          Crumb fashions and molds characters like Adam,
perheroes. They’re much more. Among fic-                                  Jacob and Noah out his own creative and humor-
                                                                                                                                 Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth / by Chris Ware
                                                              ous interpretation. (222.1105209 BIBLE)
tion and non-fiction titles, graphic novels                                                                                      36-year-old everyman Jimmy Corrigan lives a hapless life in
                                                                                                                                 Chicago as a lonely, emotionally-isolated man disenchanted
and adaptations can be found in nearly all                    Johnny Cash: I See A Darkness: A Graphic Novel / by Reinhard       with life until he suddenly hears from his long-absent father.
                                                              Kleist                                                             Interspersed throughout the book are
categories from adult fiction to science fic-                 From his impoverished beginning in rural Arkan-                    flashbacks to a century earlier when
                                                              sas to his success as a country crooner and delv-                  Jimmy‟s grandfather, James, who was
tion and from biography to Shakespeare.                       ing into his emotionally volatile life filled with                 abandoned by his own father at the 1893
                                                              bitter depression and demons of drugs and alco-                    Chicago World‟s Fair, dealt with his own
                                                              holism, the life of Johnny Cash is revealed in deft,               similar problems. (FIC WARE)

CATALOG HINTS                                                 artistic biography. German graphic novelist Kleist
                                                              vividly manifests the literal and visceral „man in
                                                              black‟ in his somber-toned visual renderings of one of music‟s
                                                                                                                                                Ooku: The Inner Chambers: Vol. 1 / by Fumi
                                                                                                                                                When a mysterious disease kills off 80 percent
                                                              greatest legends. (782.421642 KLEIST)
                                                                                                                                                of the males in feudal Japan, women have
So how can you find them? With the online                     Maus: A Survivor‟s Tale / by Art Spiegleman
                                                                                                                                                taken control of society with the remaining
                                                                                                                                                men carefully preserved as sperm donors in
catalog.                                                               Author and illustrator Art Spieglemann conducts                          the Ooku, secluded quarters in which male
                                                                       interviews with his father Vedak, a survivor of the                      geishas reside. Things suddenly change
                                                                       Holocaust, in this riveting narrative of a relationship
 While you can search by author or title for                                                                                                   when handsome Samurai warrior Yunoshi
                                                                       between father and son and the harrowing legacy of        enters the Ooku. This adult manga is very richly illustrated
  specific graphic titles, one of the best                             Jewish persecution in Hitler‟s Europe. (940.5318          and thoroughly original. (FIC YOSHINAG).
  ways to browse is by inputting the key-                              SPIEGELM)
  word “graphic novels” with the Word or                                                                                         Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic / by Allison Bechdel
  Phrase option to peruse a more general                      Waltz With Bashir: A Lebanon War Story / by Ari Folman &           Bechdel is the author of the long running
                                                              David Polonsky                                                     comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For and here
  selection of the collection.
                                                              In Beirut in September 1982, Israeli soldiers have                 she provides her own autobiography in
                                                              crossed into Lebanon and secured a small area                      graphic form. Even with a homemaker for a
 If you’d like, you can limit your results by                just north of the border. Multitudes of displaced                  mother and an English teacher for a father,
  selecting from the Power Search feature                     Palestinians in refugee camps quickly become                       Bechdel‟s life was far from uneventful; her
                                                              vulnerable targets for ruthless militia personnel                  father was a closeted homosexual who had
  “Item Category 1”. With this search                                                                                            several illicit affairs during Allison‟s childhood.
  method you can browse for graphic novels                    who proceed to murder men, women and chil-
                                                                                                                                 The family also owned a funeral home, the
                                                              dren in hideous fashion. Ari Folman, one of those Israeli sol-
  found in various sections of the library.                   diers has blocked out the memory of that night but now he
                                                                                                                                 “fun home”, which proved an outlet for many a joke. (B
                                                              graphically recounts it in vivid detail. (956.92044 FOLMAN)
 Though they can be found everywhere,                                                                                           The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity / by
  graphic novels for adult (as well as                        Logicomix: An Epic Search For Truth / by Apostolos K. Dox-                        Mike Carey; Illustrated by Peter Gross
  younger adult) audiences are most com-                      iades                                                                             Tom Taylor may have been his father‟s basis
                                                              This exceptional graphic novel concerns the philosophical life                    for his novel series “Tommy Taylor Boy-
  monly located in Young Persons (YP),                                    and legacy of Bertrand Russell. As he searches for                    Wizard”, but he‟s definitely not the real thing
  Adult Fiction (FIC) or the Adult Non-                                   absolute truth, Russell crosses paths with other                      even though all through his life he‟s gotten
  fiction Dewey Call Number 741.5 and its                                 legendary thinkers and tries to explain natural phe-                  the sort of odd recognition as a celebrity
  vicinity.                                                               nomenon through mathematics and logic. Not                            might. Only some fans of the series think he
                                                                          your average graphic novel, this is one of the few                    really is the real thing and seemingly will stop
                                                                          graphic works concerned with modern philoso-                          a nothing to get Tom to believe it. (YP FIC
If you need help, just ask the reference desk.                phy. (FIC DOXIADIS)                                                               CAREY)

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