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What was once a niche has now become a popular and amazing genre. Greenwich Library loves Graphic Novels and now there are more than ever to choose from. Below is a sample of our new additions.


Click for availability and more information Best American Comics 2013,edited and with an introduction by Jeff Smith
 
The latest installment of this annual collection showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors. Editor Jeff Smith, creator of the classic comic Bone, has culled the best stories from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics, and web comics to create this collection. A review in Paste Magazine states that "Remember, nerds, that this book is an introduction to comics as much as a recognition of the best in the field. It's as if the Grammys were a mixtape you give to a friend who'd never heard music. That's a tough job, and, as ever, it's unsurprising that some worthy folks were missed." It is a tough job but Smith knows his stuff and, at the very least, this serves as an excellent introduction for folks that are just getting acquainted with the world of Graphic Novels. 


Click for availability and more information The Case of Charles Dexter Ward: a graphic novel, adapted from the original novel by H.P. Lovecraft; text adapted and illustrated by I.N.J. Culbard
 
With creepy, spooky art, and sinister, suspenseful text, I. N. J. Culbard brings new life and death to H. P. Lovecraft's psychological mystery of forbidden knowledge and pursuits. Young Charles Dexter Ward is fascinated by the history of Joseph Curwen, his wizard ancestor of the 17th century. Curwen was notorious for haunting graveyards, practicing alchemy, and never aging. Ward can't help his fixation: He himself looks just like Curwen. In an attempt to duplicate his ancestor's cabbalistic feats, he resurrects the fearsome Curwen . . . and then the true horror begins!

This review from The Comic Journal is insightful and provides some history behind Lovecraft's novel that this graphic work is based upon. 


Click for availability and more information Co-Mix: a retrospective of comics, graphics, and scraps, by Art Spiegelman
 
In an art career that now spans six decades, Art Spiegelman has been a groundbreaking and influential figure with a global impact. His Pulitzer Prize-winning holocaust memoir Maus established the graphic novel as a legitimate form and inspired countless cartoonists while his shorter works have enormously expanded the expressive range of comics. Co-Mix: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps is a comprehensive career overview of the output of this legendary cartoonist, showing for the first time the full range of a half-century of relentless experimentation. Starting from Spiegelman's earliest self-published comics and lavishly reproducing graphics from a host of publications both obscure and famous, Co-Mix provides a guided tour of an artist who has continually reinvented not just comics but also made a mark in book and magazine design, bubble gum cards, lithography, modern dance, and most recently stained glass. By showing all facets of Spiegelman's career, the book demonstrates how he has persistently cross-pollinated the worlds of comics, commercial design, and fine arts. Essays by acclaimed film critic J. Hoberman and MoMA curator and Dean of the Yale University School of Art Robert Storr bookend Co-Mix, offering eloquent meditations on an artist whose work has been genre-defining. 


Click for availability and more information The Graphic Canon, volume 3: from Heart of Darkness to Hemingway to Infinite Jest, edited by Russ Kick
 
Volume 3 of this series brings to life the literature of the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st, including a Sherlock Holmes mystery, an H.G. Wells story, an illustrated guide to the Beat writers, a one-act play from Zora Neale Hurston, a disturbing meditation on Naked Lunch, Rilke's soul-stirring Letters to a Young Poet, Anaïs Nin's diaries, the visions of Black Elk, the heroin classic The Man With the Golden Arm (published four years before William Burroughs' Junky), and the postmodernism of Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Kathy Acker, Raymond Carver, and Donald Barthelme. The towering works of modernism are here--T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Waste Land," Yeats's "The Second Coming" done as a magazine spread, Heart of Darkness, stories from Kafka, The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf, James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, and his short story "Araby" from Dubliners, rare early work from Faulkner and Hemingway (by artists who have drawn for Marvel), and poems by Gertrude Stein and Edna St. Vincent Millay. You'll also find original comic versions of short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, Flannery O'Connor, and Saki (manga style), plus adaptations of Lolita (and everyone said it couldn't be done!), The Age of Innocence, Siddhartha and Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Last Exit to Brooklyn, J.G. Ballard's Crash, and photo-dioramas for Animal Farm and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Feast your eyes on new full-page illustrations for 1984, Brave New World, Waiting for Godot, One Hundred Years of Solitude,The Bell Jar, On the Road, Lord of the Flies, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and three Borges stories. Robert Crumb's rarely seen adaptation of Nausea captures Sartre's existential dread. Dame Darcy illustrates Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece, Blood Meridian, universally considered one of the most brutal novels ever written and long regarded as unfilmable by Hollywood. Tara Seibel, the only female artist involved with the Harvey Pekar Project, turns in a series of illustrations for The Great Gatsby. And then there's the moment we've been waiting for: the first graphic adaptation from Kurt Vonnegut's masterwork, Slaughterhouse-Five.

This is a  seriously ambitious undertaking and Publisher's Weekly has called this collection "the most beautiful book of 2013."  This is definitely worth taking a look at.


Click for availability and more information The Great War: July 1, 1916 : the first day of the Battle of the Somme: an illustrated panorama, by Joe Sacco
 
A 24-foot-long black-and-white drawing printed on heavyweight accordian-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe hardcover slipcase that describes the battle on the first day of World War I, which saw 20,000 British soldiers killed and another 40,000 injured, on the banks of the French river as they mounted a joint offensive against the German army. This is insanely detailed and a wonder to behold.

Read a Guardian (UK) interview with Sacco where he talks about the book here


Click for availability and more information Hand Drying in America, by Ben Katchor
 
Katchor, a master at twisting mundane commodities into surreal objects of social significance, now takes on the many ways our property influences and reflects cultural values. Here are window-ledge pillows designed expressly for people-watching and a forest of artificial trees for sufferers of hay fever. The Brotherhood of Immaculate Consumption deals with the matter of products that outlive their owners; a school of dance is based upon the choreographic motion of paying with cash; high-visibility construction vests are marketed to lonely people as a method of getting noticed. Katchor reveals a world similar to our own,lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality, but also slightly, fabulously askew. Frequently bizarre, Hand-Drying in America ensures that you will never look at a building, a bar of soap, or an ATM the same way.

NPR Review

Los Angeles Review of Books Review 


Click for availability and more information Harlan Ellison's 7 Against Chaos, Story and art by Harlan Ellison & Paul Chadwick
 
In a distant future, Earth is in grave danger: The fabric of reality itself in unraveling, leading to catastrophic natural disasters, displaced souls appearing from bygone eras, and sudden, shocking cases of spontaneous combustion. The only hope for Earth's survival is a force of seven warriors, each with his or her special abilities. But can these alien Seven Samurai learn to get along in time to find the source of the gathering chaos and save all of reality?

Ellison is a well regarded and prolific science fiction writer and known ans one of the pioneers of "new wave sci-fi".  Chadwick is best known for his comic book series "Concrete". The Geeks of Doom blog calls this collaboration "a match made in the cosmos" and describes this book as "Difficult to classify, hopeless to process in a single reading, and impossible to put down."


Click for availability and more information Red Handed: the fine art of strange crimes , by Matt Kindt
 
Welcome to the city of Red Wheelbarrow, where the world's greatest detective has yet to meet the crime he can't solve--every criminal in Red Wheelbarrow is caught and convicted thanks to Detective Gould's brilliant mind and cutting-edge spy technology. But lately there has been a rash of crimes so eccentric and random that even Detective Gould is stumped. Will he discover the connection between the compulsive chair thief, the novelist who uses purloined street signs to write her magnum opus, and the photographer who secretly documents peoples' most anguished personal moments? Or will Detective Gould finally meet his match?

NPR Review 


Click for availability and more information The Simon & Kirby Library: Science Fiction , by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
 
This collection spans more than 20 years, beginning with the first stories Joe Simon and Jack Kirby ever produced together (beginning in June 1940)--their ten-issue run of Blue Bolt adventures. Then the Cold War years will be represented by Race For the Moon, featuring pencils by Kirby and inked artwork by comic book legends Reed Crandall, Angelo Torres, and Al Williamson. This includes an introduction by Dave Gibbons, the award-winning co-creator and illustrator of Watchmen. Read more about the history of Simon and Kirby in this post from the Los Angeles Times "Hero Complex" blog. Also, here is an informative review from the Pop Matters blog.

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What can we say, we love Graphic Novels here at Greenwich Library. We have so many excellent ones it was hard to narrow down. These books run the gamut from silly to serious, from fiction to memoir and more. It's hard to imagine the time and concentration it takes to put these books together. They are a marvel and deserve more than a passing look. Stop by and take a few home.


Click for availability and more information The Best American Comics 2012 , edited by Francoise Mouly
 
A collection of the best graphic pieces published in 2012, compiled by art editor for The New Yorker, Françoise Mouly. Showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors--culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics and the Web. This year with a sampler of comics for kids.

  

Click for availability and more information The Carter Family: Don't Forget this Song , by Frank M. Young and David Lasky
 
This graphic novel that tells the story of the Carter Family, the first superstar group of country music, who made hundreds of recordings and sold millions of records. Many of their songs have influenced countless musicians and remain timeless country standards. It's also a moving account that reveals the family's rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music. Illustrated with exacting detail and written in the Southern dialect of the time, its dynamic narrative is pure Americana. It is also a story of success and failure, of poverty and wealth, of racism and tolerance, of creativity and business, and of the power of music and love.

 

Click for availability and more information Drama, by Raina Telgemeier
 
Callie loves theater. And while she would totally try out for her middle school's production of Moon Over Mississippi, she's a terrible singer. Instead she's the set designer for the stage crew and this year she's determined to create a set worthy of Broadway on a middle-school budget. But how can she, when she doesn't know much about carpentry, ticket sales are down, and the crew members are having trouble working together? Not to mention the onstage and offstage drama that occurs once the actors are chosen, and when two cute brothers enter the picture, things get even crazier!

 
 

Click for availability and more information Drawn Together, by Aline & R. Crumb
 
Who could have imagined that in 1972, when Aline Kominsky, a Long Island escapee and bodaciously talented artist, broke her foot one rainy fall day, it would result in the most unique collaboration in comics history? Laid up in her house, she was persuaded by R. Crumb, her nerdy, neurotic boyfriend, to pass the time drawing together a "two-man" comic. The result is a jaw-dropping yet tender account, not only of the joys and challenges of a legendary marriage but also of the obstacles faced by struggling female artists. The couple recall their success at shocking America with Weirdo Magazine, the life-altering birth of their precocious daughter Sophie, and their astonishing move to the safe haven of France.

 

Click for availability and more information A Game for Swallows : to die, to leave, to return, by Zeina Abirached
 
When Zeina was born, the civil war in Lebanon had been going on for six years, so it's just a normal part of life for her and her parents and little brother. The city of Beirut is cut in two, separated by bricks and sandbags and threatened by snipers and shelling. East Beirut is for Christians, and West Beirut is for Muslims. When Zeina's parents don't return one afternoon from a visit to the other half of the city and the bombing grows ever closer, the neighbors in her apartment house create a world indoors for Zeina and her brother where it's comfy and safe, where they can share cooking lessons and games and gossip. Together they try to make it through a dramatic day in the one place they hoped they would always be safe--home.

 

Click for availability and more information The Hive, by Charles Burns
 
Much has happened since we last saw Doug, the Tintin-like hero from X'ed Out. Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered, an incident that may have involved his disturbed and now-absent girlfriend, Sarah, and her menacing ex-boyfriend. Doug warily seeks answers in a nightmarish alternate world that is a distorted mirror of our own, where he is a lowly employee that carts supplies around the Hive. This is the second part of Charles Burns's trilogy.


Click for availability and more information The Hypo : the melancholic young Lincoln , by Noah Van Sciver
 
The debut graphic novel follows the young Abraham Lincoln as he loses everything, long before becoming our most beloved president. Lincoln is a rising Whig in the state's legislature as he arrives in Springfield, IL to practice law. With all of his possessions under his arms in two saddlebags, he is quickly given a place to stay by a womanizing young bachelor who becomes his friend and close confidant. Lincoln builds a life and begins friendships with the town's top lawyers and politicians. He attends elegant dances and meets an independent-minded young woman from a high-society Kentucky family, and after a brisk courtship, becomes engaged. But, as time passes and uncertainty creeps in, young Lincoln is forced to battle a dark cloud of depression brought on by a chain of defeats and failures culminating into a nervous breakdown that threatens his life and sanity. This cloud of dark depression Lincoln calls "The Hypo." Dense crosshatching and an attention to detail help bring together this completely original telling of a man driven by an irrepressible desire to pull himself up by his bootstraps, overcome all obstacles, and become the person he strives to be. All the while, unknowingly laying the foundation of character he would use as one of America's greatest presidents.


Click for availability and more information Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, & me : a graphic memoir, byEllen Forney
 
An artist describes her bipolar disorder diagnosis and her struggles with mental stability while discussing other artists and creative people throughout history who were also labeled as "crazy" including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sylvia Plath.


Click for availability and more information Sailor Twain: or, the Mermaid in the Hudson , by Mark Siegel
 
One hundred years ago. On the foggy Hudson River, a riverboat captain rescues an injured mermaid from the waters of the busiest port in the United States. A wildly popular--and notoriously reclusive--author makes a public debut. A French nobleman seeks a remedy for a curse. As three lives twine together and race to an unexpected collision, the mystery of the Mermaid of the Hudson deepens. A mysterious and beguiling love story with elements of Poe, Twain, Hemingway, and Greek mythology, drawn in moody black-and-white charcoal, Sailor Twain is a study in romance, atmosphere, and suspense.


Click for availability and more information The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo : the graphic novel book 1,  adapted by Denise Mina
 
The first book of the graphic-novel adaptation Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is adapted by mystery writer Denise Mina.


Click for availability and more information Wizzywig : Portrait of a Serial Hacker, by Ed Piskor
 
Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle goes from a geeky child scammer to a federal fugitive and legend in the world of phone phreaks, hackers, and scammers. A tale of a master manipulator reminds us of how much power can rest in the hands of a kid with a keyboard.

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