1. Just a mini-list of some adult graphic novels I have been looking forward to reading. There are tons more intriguing titles in this collection, including graphic adaptations of novels like Game of Thrones and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, action adventures about zombies and other supernatural creatures, semi-autobiographical works like Onward Towards our Noble Deaths, and classics of the genre like Sandman and Fables. Interested in a specialized recommendation for a title from this collection? TBPL patrons can email lprinselaar@tbpl.ca for more information. As always, click on the book title to place your TBPL hold. **A key reminder for readers new to the graphic novel/comic sphere: remember that “graphic novel” is often used as a description for graphic books of all kinds (memoir, non-fiction, etc) and not only fiction**

    Petty Theft by Pascal Girard translated by Helge Dascher: Canadian author!! A hilarious romantic comedy about kleptomania and booklovers.

    Pascal is in a bad place. He’s out of work, he and his longtime girlfriend have just broken up, and when he goes out for a run to ease his frazzled nerves, he falls and injures his back so badly that he’s strictly forbidden from running. What’s an endorphin-loving cartoonist to do? In a bid to distract himself, Pascal throws himself into his other pleasure: reading. And while at the bookstore one day, he spies a young woman picking up his own book. But then she darts out of the shop without paying. Bemused, he decides to figure out why she did it.

    Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples: SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults. The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.”

    Can’t We Talk about Something more Pleasant? by Roz Chast: In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents. The themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; managing logistics; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care. An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can.

    Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel: From the best-selling author of Fun Home, Time magazine’s No. 1 Book of the Year, a brilliantly told graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It’s a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

    Marbles: mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me: a graphic memoir by Ellen Forney  Cartoonist Ellen Forney explores the relationship between “crazy” and “creative” in this graphic memoir of her bipolar disorder, woven with stories of famous bipolar artists and writers.

    Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions and creativity. Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, she finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders. She also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of various treatments and medications, and what studies tell us about the conundrum of attempting to “cure” an otherwise brilliant mind.

    Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney’s memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist’s work, as she shares her own story through bold black-and-white images and evocative prose.

    Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire, coloured by Jose Villarubia: Canadian author!! A cross between Bambi and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, SWEET TOOTH tells the story of Gus, a rare new breed of human/animal hybrid children, has been raised in isolation following an inexplicable pandemic that struck a decade earlier. Now, with the death of his father he’s left to fend for himself … until he meets a hulking drifter named Jepperd who promises to help him. Jepperd and Gus set out on a post-apocalyptic journey into the devastated American landscape to find ‘The Preserve’ a refuge for hybrids.

    All descriptions via GoodReads.com

  2. Click through to BookRiot for a great interview: A. S. King’s story of the future: an interview about feminism, books, and hope. Then come back here to place your TBPL holds on her books - you will definitely want to hear more from this writer!

    Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future

    Please Ignore Vera Dietz

    The Dust of 100 Dogs

    Everybody Sees the Ants

    Ask the Passengers

    Reality Boy

  3. Click through to io9 to read about artist Evan Dahm’s Kickstarter project to illustrate The Wizard of Oz and see more gorgeous drawings. I am definitely in - love the detail in the green-tinted googles in this illustration! Even Toto’s got a pair.

  4. strongstuff:

    "gotham library" the first of my pieces for "modern vintage", my 2-man show with dave perillo at gallery 1988 east, opening on december 6, 2013.

    I came across a set of Gotham Library cards on io9.com and wanted to share. Couldn’t find them on the artist’s page, but this library poster might actually be even better. Love the parallel between the books on one side and the tall buildings on the other. Click here to visit the artist Tom Whalen’s website.

  5. I am an occasional reader of the BookRiot website and devout listener of their podcast, so I’ve been hearing about their latest project for a while now: Panels, a “comics site and community” that “is a celebration of comics, the people who make them, and the people who love them.” They launched earlier this month and I just wandered over to read my first article: Graphic Novels, Graphic Schmovels: They’re All Just Comics.  As it turns out, I agree with absolutely everything about this article.

    It’s a funny thing, using those terms as a librarian. On the one hand, graphic novels does have a gravitas that comics does not, at least for people who are unfamiliar with the term. It is easier to convince a wary parent who is anti-comic that graphic novels are worth reading than to educate them about the reality of comics. On the other, as Brenna Clarke Grey says, graphic novel is often inaccurate and confusing, leading to somewhat heated discussions with cataloguing departments about where something like Lucy Knisley’s Relish ought to live in the library collection (hint: NOT in the cooking section where I first found it!!).

    Toronto Public Library has found one potential solution and re-named their graphic novels section simply “graphic books" as seen on this list of their collections. Elegant, simple, and far more inclusive. There are still some issues with it though, especially from my librarian perspective (and this is a behind-the-curtain? between the covers? look at the things we have to think about): there aren’t any spine label stickers reading ‘graphic books’ to slap on the titles in our collection, so even if we changed it in the catalogue the actual books themselves would still be labeled in the old way. I’d rather keep things simple and just call them all comics if we are making a change - from the Garfield strips still found in the non-fiction 741.5 section of Dewey where comics lived prior to the creation of graphic novel sections to the memoirs and other non-fiction scattered throughout the collection. Unfortunately, that discussion may be ongoing to at least a few more years.

    Click here to visit Panels yourself, or here to read their “about us”.

  6. americanlibraryassoc:



    We see you, Nashville Public Library.  Oh, we see you.

    100% charming (which is more than can be said for the source material).

    If you haven’t watched this “All About the Books, No Trouble” video from Nashville Public yet, stop everything and hit play. If you have watched it already, won’t you join me in watching again and singing along?

    Absolutely adorable.

    (via yalsa-ttt)

  7. worstcats:

    Let’s face it this cat is ugly. It’s all glistening and foldy, which are two things I don’t like cats to be.

    okay admittedly this has nothing to do with books, reading, or libraries, but it’s too funny not to share. i have to admit that i agree with the poster; foldy dogs are fine but foldy cats are not.

  8. Conversion by Katherine Howe:

    This book was so good and covers so many different genres and concepts: historical fiction, suspense, mystery, contemporary; female agency, body horror, witchcraft, religion, superstition, power balances in romantic and platonic relationships, the supernatural, mental illness, social pressures…. and on and on, all without feeling overstuffed. Despite the 400+ pages, I flew through this in a single night - you won’t want to put it down either. Read the book description below and then click on the book title to place your TBPL hold!

    It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
    First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
    Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .
    Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s.

    Description via GoodReads.com

  9. At first I thought, oh, this is kinda long. Maybe I won’t watch it all. Nope, watched it all! Cosplay is great, variety of characters is awesome, and the Groot dance homage at the end caps it off.

    h/t to io9 for the link!

  10. cheshirelibrary:

    The Entirety of Harry Potter in One (long) Illustration

    [via Electric Literature]

    Harry Potter fans who want to relive the story without rereading the entire series should check out this gorgeous illustration by Lucy Knisley. Knisley places the entire story, from staircase to victory, into this beautiful comic.

    Click here to see the whole thing giant size!

    Oooh so cool!

    (via cmclibraryteen)