Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga - December 6, 2017

Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga
 

Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Welcome to our Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga Insider newsletter!

We'll have fresh recommendations for you each month: from superhero comics, to creator-owned series, manga, and original graphic novels.

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The Black Beetle in Kara Böcek
by Francesco Francavilla

Masked American hero The Black Beetle ventures to the Middle East incognito (as Tom Sawyer) to fight Nazis in pursuit of a mysterious object of terrible power - a weapon of unknown origin, older than the pyramids, which could fuel the Thousand Year Reich of Hitler's dreams.

Cartoon County: My Father and His Friends in the Golden Age of Make-Believe
by Cullen Murphy

For a period of about fifty years, right in the middle of the American Century, many of the the nation's top comic-strip cartoonists, gag cartoonists, and magazine illustrators lived within a stone's throw of one another in the southwestern corner of Connecticut - a bit of bohemia in the middle of those men in their gray flannel suits. Cullen Murphy's father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the wildly popular comic strips Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt, and was at the heart of this artistic milieu.

H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound & Other Stories
by Gou Tanabe

A pair of decadent young men pursue the abhorrent thrill of grave robbing...a German submarine's crew is driven mad by the call of an underwater temple...an explorer in the Arabian desert discovers a hideous city older than mankind. This moody and evocative manga gets back to the dark foundations of the Cthulhu Mythos, adapting three of H.P. Lovecraft's original stories that first shaped the outlines of cosmic horror!

Head Games: The Graphic Novel
by Craig McDonald (writer) and Kevin Singles (illustrator)

It's 1957, and aging novelist Hector Lassiter thought that his adventures were long behind him. But then he receives a treasure worth killing for: the skull of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa. With his partners in crime, brooding poet Bud Fiske and hard-as-nails beauty Alicia Vicente, Hector must make a mad dash across the American southwest. If the trio can survive long enough to sell the skull to the highest bidder, they'll score big. But in the meantime, Hector must dodge bullets from deranged fraternity members, aging soldiers of fortune, vicious warlords, and crooked feds.

How to Be Perfectly Unhappy
by Matthew Inman

The Eisner Award-winning creator of The Oatmeal explores the surprising benefits of forgetting about "happiness," and embracing instead the meaningful activities that keep us busy and interested and fascinated.

The Magical Twins
Alejandro Jodorowsky (writer) and Georges Bess (illustrator)

When the King is taken prisoner by Tartarath, the 'Dark Master', twins Prince Aram and Princess Mara, set out to rescue their father and save the kingdom. But when the use of magic is forbidden, the twins have to find new ways to prove themselves worthy of restoring the throne.

Nick Cave: Mercy on Me
by Nick Cave: Mercy on Me

Reinhard Kleist employs a cast of characters drawn from Cave's music and writing to tell the story of a formidable artist and influencer, and paints an expressive and enthralling portrait of Cave's childhood in Australia; his early years fronting The Birthday Party; the sublime highs of his success with The Bad Seeds; and the crippling lows of his battle with heroin.

Taproot: A Story About a Gardener and a Ghost
by Keezy Young

Blue is having a hard time moving on. He's in love with his best friend. He's also dead. Luckily, Hamal can see ghosts, leaving Blue free to haunt him to his heart's content. But something eerie is happening in town, leaving the local afterlife unsettled, and when Blue realizes Hamal's strange ability may be putting him in danger, Blue has to find a way to protect him, even if it means...leaving him.

A Thousand Coloured Castles
by Gareth Brookes

The surreal lives side by side with the everyday in this graphic novel about life with Charles Bonnet syndrome, a condition in which a person with partial or severe blindness has complex, often bizarre hallucinations. Gareth Brookes's rich, artistic crayon drawings pull the reader into Myriam's vibrant and unnerving world, showing the frustration and fear that arise as a result of this unique condition - and the moments of unexpected beauty.