A comic book recommendation: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson

A critic review (source National Post arts) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2zFWP8l.
This curation is the highlight of Nicholson’s storytelling, and it builds a momentum that buoys our current decade with the hope of even more awesome superwomen to come.
Book description from Google Books:
A woman’s place is saving the universe.   Think comic books can’t feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you’ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who’ve populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. With vintage art, publication details, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women’s roles in comics, and spotlights on iconic favorites like Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen proves that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, they’ve always been there.
The book is rated 4.04/5 at goodreads.com, from 178 ratings. See 57 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2iQPBX4.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2zCweZx.

A comic book recommendation: Real Friends by Shannon Hale

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2iGpm5h.
These detailed memories of elementary school will ring hilariously true to adult readers who grew up with lace Madonna gloves, Michael Jackson, phones with cords, and dreams of being either Wonder Woman or a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.
Book description from Google Books:
“Fresh and funny.” —New York Times Book ReviewNewbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it’s worth the journey.When best friends are not forever . . . Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?Parents Magazine Best Graphic Novel of 2017
The book is rated 4.10/5 at goodreads.com, from 5013 ratings. See 928 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2hebY8j.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2hcYd9K.

A comic book recommendation: Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deities by Hamish Steele

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2h6PHJl.
Steele’s gods sometimes look like Simpsons characters, but he also captures real grandeur, as a boat packed with animal-headed gods sweeps through the cosmos. This take on ancient Egypt is educational as well as hilarious.
Book description from Google Books:
The most important myth in Ancient Egypt is faithfully retold in glorious color! Horus, son of Isis, vows bloody revenge on his Uncle Set for the murder and usurpation of his Pharaoh father. Based on elements from various versions of the famous Osiris myth, Hamish Steele has resurrected this fantastic story in all its symbolic and humorous glory. Pantheon contains: incest, decapitation, suspicious salad, fighting hippos, flying cows, a boat race, resurrections, lots of scorpions and a golden willy. Hamish Steele is a freelance animation director and illustrator from London. He graduated from Kingston University with First Class Honors in 2013 and since then has worked for the BBC, Frederator Studios, Blink!Ink, BOOM! Studios, Random House and Nickelodeon and Big Finish.Pantheon is his first graphic novel.
The book is rated 4.29/5 at goodreads.com, from 199 ratings. See 62 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2h78rsj.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2ixfE5r.

A comic book recommendation: Rise of the Dungeon Master: Gary Gygax and the Creation of D&D by David Kushner

A critic review (source National Post arts) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2iy1twU.
Koren Shadmi’s art and the pacing of Rise of the Dungeon Master combine to create a palpable tension; reading it, you can almost feel these guys on the verge of discovering something big.
Book description from amazon.com:
Rise of the Dungeon Master tells, in graphic form, the story of Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, one of the most influential games ever made. Like the game itself, the narrative casts the reader into the adventure from a first person point of view, taking on the roles of the different characters in the story.Gygax was the son of immigrants who grew up in Lake Geneva, WI, in the 1950s. An imaginative misfit, he escaped into a virtual world based on science fiction novels, military history and strategic games like chess. In the mid-1970s, he co-created the wildly popular Dungeons & Dragons game. Starting out in the basement of his home, he was soon struggling to keep up with the demand. Gygax was a purist, in the sense that he was adamant that players use their imaginations and that the rules of the game remain flexible. A creative mind with no real knowledge of business, he made some strategic errors and had a falling out with the game’s co-creator, his close friend and partner, David Arneson. By the late 1970s the game had become so popular among kids that parents started to worry — so much so that a mom’s group was formed to alert parents to the dangers of role play and fantasy. The backlash only fueled the fires of the young fans who continued to play the game, escaping into imaginary worlds. Before long, D&D conventions were set up around the country and the game inspired everything from movies to the first video games. With D&D, Gygax created the kind of role playing fantasy that would fuel the multibillion dollar video game industry, and become a foundation of contemporary geek culture.
The book is rated 3.52/5 at goodreads.com, from 276 ratings. See 66 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2iy1zog.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2h8ox52.

A comic book recommendation: The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History by Hope Nicholson

A critic review (source National Post arts) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2zFWP8l.
This curation is the highlight of Nicholson’s storytelling, and it builds a momentum that buoys our current decade with the hope of even more awesome superwomen to come.
Book description from amazon.com:
A woman’s place is saving the universe. Think comic books can’t feature strong female protagonists? Think again! In The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen you’ll meet the most fascinating exemplars of the powerful, compelling, entertaining, and heroic female characters who’ve populated comic books from the very beginning. This spectacular sisterhood includes costumed crimebusters like Miss Fury, super-spies like Tiffany Sinn, sci-fi pioneers like Gale Allen, and even kid troublemakers like Little Lulu. With vintage art, publication details, a decade-by-decade survey of industry trends and women’s roles in comics, and spotlights on iconic favorites like Wonder Woman and Ms. Marvel, The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen proves that not only do strong female protagonists belong in comics, they’ve always been there.
The book is rated 4.03/5 at goodreads.com, from 177 ratings. See 57 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2iQPBX4.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2zCweZx.

A comic book recommendation: Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2hbZJsG.
The result is a sharp critique of medieval social strictures, with stunning battle scenes, monsters and blood. My nephew devoured all 134 pages of it.
Book description from Google Books:
In his first graphic novel, National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson turns to Arthurian lore, with captivating art by Andrea Offermann bringing the classic legend to life. Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur’s court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women: Lady Laudine, the beautiful widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette. In a stunning visual interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chr�tien de Troyes, readers are — at first glance — transported into a classic Arthurian romance complete with errant knights, plundering giants, and fire-breathing dragons. A closer look, however, reveals a world rich with unspoken emotion. Striking, evocative art by Andrea Offermann sheds light upon the inner lives of medieval women and the consequences Yvain’s oblivious actions have upon Laudine and Lunette. Renowned author M. T. Anderson embraces a new form with a sophisticated graphic novel that challenges Yvain’s role as hero, delves into the honesty and anguish of love, and asks just how fundamentally the true self can really change.
The book is rated 3.36/5 at goodreads.com, from 500 ratings. See 148 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2harj9Z.
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A comic book recommendation: The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship by Philip Pullman

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2h8kGFa.
Will the clever and daring John Blake have more adventures in the future? My hunch, and my hope, is that he will. Meanwhile, no prizes for guessing what my nieces and nephews will be getting from me on their next birthdays.
Book description from Google Books:
A thrilling graphic novel adventure from Philip Pullman, one of the greatest storytellers of our time! Trapped in the mists of time by a terrible research experiment gone wrong, John Blake and his mysterious ship are doomed to sail between the centuries, searching for a way home. In the ocean of the modern day, John and the crew rescue a shipwrecked young girl his own age, Serena, and promise to help. But returning Serena to her own time means traveling to the one place where the ship is in most danger of destruction. The all-powerful Dahlberg Corporation has an ambitious leader with plans far greater and more terrible than anyone has realized, and he is hot on their trail. For only John, Serena, and the crew know Dahlberg’s true intentions, and only they have the power to stop him from bending the world to his will . . .
The book is rated 3.61/5 at goodreads.com, from 331 ratings. See 88 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2h5YzPF.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2iyaTZd.

A comic book recommendation: Real Friends by Shannon Hale

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2iGpm5h.
These detailed memories of elementary school will ring hilariously true to adult readers who grew up with lace Madonna gloves, Michael Jackson, phones with cords, and dreams of being either Wonder Woman or a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader.
Book description from Google Books:
“Fresh and funny.” —New York Times Book ReviewNewbery Honor author Shannon Hale and New York Times bestselling illustrator LeUyen Pham join forces in this graphic memoir about how hard it is to find your real friends—and why it’s worth the journey.When best friends are not forever . . . Shannon and Adrienne have been best friends ever since they were little. But one day, Adrienne starts hanging out with Jen, the most popular girl in class and the leader of a circle of friends called The Group. Everyone in The Group wants to be Jen’s #1, and some girls would do anything to stay on top . . . even if it means bullying others.Now every day is like a roller coaster for Shannon. Will she and Adrienne stay friends? Can she stand up for herself? And is she in The Group—or out?Parents Magazine Best Graphic Novel of 2017
The book is rated 4.10/5 at goodreads.com, from 4816 ratings. See 891 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2hebY8j.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2hcYd9K.

A comic book recommendation: Yvain: The Knight of the Lion by M.T. Anderson

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/2hbZJsG.
The result is a sharp critique of medieval social strictures, with stunning battle scenes, monsters and blood. My nephew devoured all 134 pages of it.
Book description from Google Books:
In his first graphic novel, National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson turns to Arthurian lore, with captivating art by Andrea Offermann bringing the classic legend to life. Eager for glory and heedless of others, Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur’s court and defeats a local lord in battle, unknowingly intertwining his future with the lives of two compelling women: Lady Laudine, the beautiful widow of the fallen lord, and her sly maid Lunette. In a stunning visual interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chr�tien de Troyes, readers are — at first glance — transported into a classic Arthurian romance complete with errant knights, plundering giants, and fire-breathing dragons. A closer look, however, reveals a world rich with unspoken emotion. Striking, evocative art by Andrea Offermann sheds light upon the inner lives of medieval women and the consequences Yvain’s oblivious actions have upon Laudine and Lunette. Renowned author M. T. Anderson embraces a new form with a sophisticated graphic novel that challenges Yvain’s role as hero, delves into the honesty and anguish of love, and asks just how fundamentally the true self can really change.
The book is rated 3.36/5 at goodreads.com, from 500 ratings. See 148 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2harj9Z.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2hc052u.

A comic book recommendation: Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deities by Hamish Steele

A critic review (source Guardian) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2h6PHJl.
Steele’s gods sometimes look like Simpsons characters, but he also captures real grandeur, as a boat packed with animal-headed gods sweeps through the cosmos. This take on ancient Egypt is educational as well as hilarious.
Book description from Google Books:
The most important myth in Ancient Egypt is faithfully retold in glorious color! Horus, son of Isis, vows bloody revenge on his Uncle Set for the murder and usurpation of his Pharaoh father. Based on elements from various versions of the famous Osiris myth, Hamish Steele has resurrected this fantastic story in all its symbolic and humorous glory. Pantheon contains: incest, decapitation, suspicious salad, fighting hippos, flying cows, a boat race, resurrections, lots of scorpions and a golden willy. Hamish Steele is a freelance animation director and illustrator from London. He graduated from Kingston University with First Class Honors in 2013 and since then has worked for the BBC, Frederator Studios, Blink!Ink, BOOM! Studios, Random House and Nickelodeon and Big Finish.Pantheon is his first graphic novel.
The book is rated 4.31/5 at goodreads.com, from 185 ratings. See 61 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2h78rsj.
Buy it or see reader reviews on amazon.com at: http://amzn.to/2ixfE5r.