PROFESSOR’S DAUGHTER. This beautiful new graphic novel is,
technically, about an ancient Egyptian mummy who falls in love with
the daughter of the professor who discovered his tomb. Underneath all
that fun stuff, however, is a story about father/son conflicts,
fighting against the norm in society, and the difficulty of keeping a
relationship alive. Excellent work by two of our favourite French
creators, Joan Sfar and Emmanuel Guibert.
GARAGE BAND. One of our favourite graphic novels of the year, GARAGE
BAND is about nothing and everything. Four teens decide they’re going
to start a band. Over the course of a summer, they share their dreams
and practice on their parent’s garages. Honest and realistic, the
boys are, of course, unsuccessful, but that’s not the point. The
point is, it offered them something that they didn’t have before;
hopes and dreams. A lovely, meditative work by one of the most
exciting creators to come out of Europe in a long, long time.
CIVIL WAR. The big superhero event of the year, Marvel’s huge 7 issue
mini-series event is fun, mindless action-movie stuff, beautifully
illustrated by Canadian Steve McNiven. Civil War centers around what
would happen to Marvel superheroes if they were required by law to
register and train with the government, rather than act as
vigilantes. Of course, not all agree with this new policy, and sides
are drawn. There’s even a not-so-subtle knock at the Bush
administration’s political policies and erosion of civil rights,
(beneath all the explosions).
HOUDINI: THE HANDCUFF KING. The first graphic novel to come out of
James Sturm’s wonderful new CENTRE FOR CARTOON STUDIES, this
innovative biography of the iconic escape artist is a brilliant
example of what can be achieved with graphic novel: well told stories
about interesting people. .
TOWN OF EVENING CALM, COUNTRY OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS. This emotionally
devastating new manga tackles the somewhat taboo topics of survivor’s
guilt and generational genocide in two moving short stories centering
around the after-effects of the bombing on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Illustrated in a breezy, deceptively simple shojou manga style, this
important book will have you in tears by its end.
PLAIN JANES. The first book in DC comics new Minx line (a line of
titles created by and for teenage girls). Written by YA novelist
Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof, The Queen of Cool) and illustrated by
indy comics star, Jim Rugg, THE PLAIN JANES centers around a group of
outcast teens who band together to form a guerrilla art society.
FRANK MILLER’S 300. As predicted in our last mailing, 300, the movie
and the comic, did in fact blow the socks off of everyone. And thanks
to the box office success of the film adaptation, every boy on the
planet is now running around in red Speedos and screaming (in slow
motion) at the top of their lungs.
Thanks for reading,
(The Beguiling Bookstore)