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Review: One Dirty Tree

Noah Van Sciver‘s graphic memoir exploring his life as a child juxtaposed with his turning 30. It’s a fascinating look into his family life including his Mormon upbringing.

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Review: Superman Isn’t Jewish (But I Am… Kinda)

Superman Isn't Jewish (But I Am… Kinda)

When it comes to representation, children look for it in some of the most interesting of places.  I remember growing up watching Saturday morning cartoons and being able to identify with Tonto in the Lone Ranger cartoon. It wasn’t because I felt I was the good best friend or the sidekick to anyone but just because he was Brown like me. I look back at how I first tried to identify with characters that look like me and see now just how marginalized society saw us even in fictional worlds. This affected my upbringing, as I realized then that I would never really be seen for all I could possibly be.

Fast forward to today. Those same children my age and the prevailing generations that came after felt this same pain until recently. The world has never monolith or monochromatic and entertainment has recently recognized that. Comics, books, tv shows and movies have “normalized” what the masses have been yearning for. In Jimmy Bemon ’s Superman Isn’t Jewish (But I Am… Kinda), one such creator explores his identity through the prism of superheroes.

We are taken to Nice, France 1984, where a young boy, Benjamin, gets his first lesson Jewish identity from his father, who regals him with the ranks of famous people who just so happen to be Jewish, including Superman. This was a badge of honor. From the time his father let him know that Superman was Jewish, his appreciation for his faith and culture became that much more emboldened. He also in due course found out how being Jewish also made him different. And, like every kid, he just wants to fit in. He soon finds a friend, in Momo, who like Benjamin, hates to be ostracized because of his culture, so he adapted an Arabic identity versus his true nationality of Portuguese. The graphic novel follows Benjamin through his life as he explores his identity.

Overall, Superman Isn’t Jewish (But I Am… Kinda) is an impressive graphic memoir that explores self, religion, and pop culture. The story by Bemon is heartfelt, humorous, and relatable. The art by Emilie Boudet transports the reader to a different world. Altogether, it’s a story which gives readers affirmation that being different is a superpower.

Story: Jimmy Bemon Art: Emilie Boudet
Translation: Nanette McGuinness
Story: 10 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Kabul Disco Vol. 2 How I Managed Not to Get Addicted to Opium in Afghanistan

Kabul Disco Vol. 2: How I Managed Not to Get Addicted to Opium in Afghanistan

When it comes to epic books which can change the way you read, there is only a few in the great literary canon that can do that. Those of us who voraciously read books are constantly in search of that same feeling, every time we pick one up. If you’re lucky enough, you may get that feeling a few more times, and each time it gets better. I remember the first book that I felt spoke to me. It was Holler If You Hear Me by Nathan McCall, which was an autobiography of how it is to grow up with the hardships with being a man of color.

I would go on to find that feeling a few more times, with not only nonfiction books but also fiction books. One of those books being the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini which is about a man who goes back home to war laden Iran to rescue his friend’s son. The book gave a view of that part of the world which is only known to most readers, when it came to their geopolitical issues. In Nicholas Wild’s Kabul Disco, we get a much in depth look at Afghanistan, and it’s one which is more interesting than the new media would paint it as.

It’s 2005. Nicolas Wild is a French cartoonist. He’s broke and about to be homeless. He’s a man without a plan. That is until destiny shows up in his inbox: a paid job… In Afghanistan! Kabul Disco explores the differences between the Afghan cultures around him and his own, as he and his fellow expat friends crash Asura celebrations, avoid the afterlife, and muse on the differences between Christian Easter egg hunts and Islamic penance.

In the graphic novel we meet Nicholas, a young French cartoonist, who gets a job in Kabul, Afghanistan, out of all places, which pushes him out of his comfort zone and expands his horizon. As he gets back in country, he soon finds his job has him covering the recent news rash about the nation’s war on opium or what looks to be one. The government looks to be active against the drug trade, which looks to be dangerous for anyone who has a dissenting opinion on the matter including Nicholas and his co-workers. Meanwhile, outside of work, he lives with a local family where he quickly finds out how the different sexes dined separately, the joys and struggles of being an expatriate, political protests, the inherent kindness of strangers, and the major differences between Islamic and Catholic customs. As Nicholas and his co-workers investigate deeper into the opium crisis, they soon find out the roots of how opium became so powerful and how it was affecting the election the country was having.

Overall, the graphic novel is a relevant and charming travel memoir that gives readers worldwide a view of a country most really knows about. The story by Wild is comical, touching, and illuminating. The art by Wild is unique and extraordinary. Altogether, it’s a graphic novel which will at the very least take readers away for a few hours to a place which only becomes more fascinating with Wild’s adventures.

Story: Nicholas Wild Art: Nicholas Wild
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Your First Look at Plate Tectonics: An Illustrated Memoir

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Plate Tectonics: An Illustrated Memoir, an original graphic novel that depicts a modern approach to life, romance, and motherhood after divorce from the popular French cartoonist and illustrator, Margaux Motin, arriving in stores June 2019.

At age thirty-five, Margaux’s life is full of upheaval and unexpected twists and turns. She’s divorced, raising a child on her own, and trying to get back on her feet in today’s fast-paced world. Thankfully, she’s got her family, friends, and daughter to tell her exactly what they think at every turn. And when romance eventually returns it takes on the most unexpected shape . . . in that of her best friend! Could her life possibly get more complicated?!

Plate Tectonics: An Illustrated Memoir will be available for sale on June 26, 2019 at local comic book shops, and July 2, 2019 at bookstores.

Plate Tectonics cover

Review: I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation

Have you ever wondered what it was like to work in animation? To be a part of the Animation Guild? To look for a job, what the benefits are, and what are the negatives? Natalie Nourigat has all of that and more in her “how-to” graphic memoir, I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation.

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Plate Tectonics: An Illustrated Memoir is an Original Graphic Novel from Margaux Motin and BOOM! Studios in June 2019

BOOM! Studios has announced Plate Tectonics: An Illustrated Memoir, an original graphic novel meditation on being a single mother in the modern world from cartoonist Margaux Motin. Life is full of little earthquakes. When the dust settles, how do you rebuild?

Plate Tectonics, arriving in stores June 2019, follows Margaux through one of the most transformative periods of her life as she navigates her own heartbreak and subsequent hope with unabashed wit and charm.

At age thirty-five, Margaux’s life is full of upheaval and unexpected twists and turns. She’s divorced, raising a child on her own, and trying to get back on her feet in today’s fast-paced world. When romance eventually returns it takes on the most unexpected shape . . . in that of her best friend! Could things possibly get more complicated?!

Review: The Art of the Graphic Memoir: Tell Your Story, Change Your Life

Ever thought about creating a graphic memoir? Creator Tom Hart‘s new book The Art of the Graphic Memoir has more than 30 exercises and examples to take you through the process in how to exactly do that.

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a comic creator yourself, this is one you want to check out.

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Review: Honor Girl

When it comes to infatuation it’s a feeling that brings both misery and joy in the same breath. It may be a one-way street and you may never be able to express the way you feel about the person. On the other end, the mere sight or mention of the person, may give you butterflies, which is enough to make your day. This is what makes asking someone out such a treacherous battleground to enter. Your feelings may get hurt.

All of that makes adolescence so trying for so many teenagers. That “awkward teenage phase” may last far past into adulthood. We usually have crushes as long as we draw breath. There’s nothing like the first one. Those are the ones we will always remember. In Maggie Thrash’s memoir Honor Girl, she talks about her first crush, an older woman.

We meet Maggie, as she has to spend her summer at Camp Bellflower for the summer, deep in the Appalachia.  There she meets other girls and one very familiar face form afar catches her eye, Erin, someone who is a few years older. One day, an unencumbered encounter between the two, leaves Maggie in knots over her. As the rest of camp goes, she gets closer to her friends and finds who she really is. By book’s end, not all is conquered but not all is lost.

Overall, it’s an engaging, funny, and true to life story which speaks to young women coming of age. The story as told by Thrash is entertaining and heartfelt. The art by Thrash is beautiful. It’s a graphic memoir that speaks to legions of LGBTQ children. It reminds them and lets them know that they’re not alone.

Story: Maggie Thrash Art: Maggie Thrash
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.3 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home

Belonging is the fascinating graphic memoir by Nora Krug and published by Scribner. It examine’s Krug’s examination of her family’s history and that of Germany during World War II. Reckoning with history and home, it’s a story that reverberates to today.

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Review: Lost Soul, Be At Peace

Depression is one of those issues that are usually dealt with at arm’s length. This is because, like so many things, isn’t understood by the vast majority. It’s considered taboo to discuss in ways. It’s a condition that so many people have experience with or know someone who does, yet we shy away from it. What most people don’t know is that people who do suffer from it, is that never really goes away.

Like most ailments, it’s a daily struggle where one bad day can make that malady even worse. One of the hardest parts of depression is what happens after depression. Its rarely ever explored or even dealt with in art. This is why Maggie Thrash’s second memoir, Lost Soul, Be At Peace is a welcome entry into the art form. We get to see the protagonist before and after her battle with depression.

We meet Maggie, a year and a half after a life altering event affected her life. Unfortunately, for Maggie, she feels invisible in her own home, as her father is a workaholic and her mother are more concerned with being a socialite and she is in a deep depression, one that consumes her every waking hour. Her only solace is her cat, Tommi, who disappears one day which leads Maggie to look for him and makes her realize a few things about herself. By book’s end, Maggie comes to some realizations, becomes closer to her parents and eventually embracing who she is now.

The graphic memoir is an engaging story that is at times personal and heartbreaking and at other times it’s downright funny. The story by Thrash is vulnerable, funny, and heartfelt. The art by Thrash is breathtaking. Altogether, it’s an excellent graphic memoir that both deals directly with the issue of depression and tells this story so well.

Story: Maggie Thrash Art: Maggie Thrash
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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