Books of the Year 2015: Comics & Graphic Novels
El Deafo by Cece Bell
A moving graphic momoir about growing up deaf, wanting to fit in and finding a best friend. Cece's alter-ego, 'El Deafo', is the all hearing, all flying problem solver who can make friends but can't keep them. Presented as a narrative cartoon, it treads lightly but packs a punch.
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef by Eric Colossal
A culinary hero is born! Rutabaga the adventure chef falls in with a bunch of dragon slayers, intent on finding fame and treasure. But all he wants to do is find the choicest ingredients in the land. This witty and clever new series would make a good alternative for fans of Phoenix comics, but also Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates, etc. And if you're a budding chef and fantasy fan, meet your new favourite hero. Let's get cooking! Read Mark's review.
Pablo & Jane and the Hot Air Contraption by José Domingo
A remarkable blend of comic book action and Where's Wally style search and find. It was a pleasure to have José in the shop recently, his drawing skills captivating the audience. Check this out for something a bit different!
Unicorn On a Roll by Dana Simpson
Think charming Calvin and Hobbes style humour, but with a nerdy girl and an incredibly vain unicorn. When Phoebe met the unicorn, she was granted one wish. She wished for the unicorn to be her friend forever. Uh oh, thinks the unicorn... Phoebe and Unicorn and Unicorn On a Roll (the Heavenly Nostrils chronicles) are delighful collections. Read one or two pages and find yourself hooked.
Asterix and the Missing Scroll by R. Goscinny & A. Uderzo
The Gauls (& Goscinny) are back, by Toutatis! Julius Caesar has written a history of his campaigns in Gaul, but leaving out all the bits where the Romans got whooped by the potion drinking Gauls of Armorica. Surely the truth will out! We also have the amazing new Asterix: the Pop-up, a feat of paper engineering that showcases all our favourite parts of a typical Asterix story: the village squabble, the journey to sea, the fight against the Romans and of course the feast at the end with village bard Cacophonix gagged and tied to a tree.
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