Friday, July 1, 2016

What Are You Reading? June 2016 Edition

June Total: 18
Year to date: 152

The Weapon of a Jedi - A Luke Skywalker Adventure   Fry, Jason

A Dangerous Engine: Benjamin Franklin, from Scientist to Diplomat       Dash, Joan
The Inker's Shadow     Say, Allen

Hicksville           Horrocks, Dylan
Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More        DeConnick, Kelly Sue
Spera: Ascension of the Starless, Vol.1   Tierney, Josh

Picture Books
The Other Dog  L'Engle, Madeleine
Happy Birthday, Bunny!             Scanlon, Liz Garton
Shooting at the Stars   Hendrix, John
Dizzy   Winter, Jonah
Little Blue Truck            Schertle, Alice
Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent     Child, Lauren
Buddy and Earl  Fergus, Maureen
Worst of Friends: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and the True Story of an American Feud      Jurmain, Suzanne
The Pickle Patch Bathtub           Kennedy, Fran
Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great           Shea, Bob
Manny's Cows: The Niagara Falls Tale Becker, Suzy
Henry's Hand    MacDonald, Ross

Quick Takes
If you are interested in comics as a storytelling medium, read "Hicksville" by Dylan Horrocks. It deserves to be discussed alongside Scott McCloud's "Understanding Comics" and any of the giants of the graphic novel format, from "A Contract with God" through "Maus" and "Watchmen". The story follows the biographer of an up-and-coming American comics titan who ventures to his subject's hometown: Hicksville, New Zealand. But Hicksville is not what it seems and the biographer's carefully planned narrative begins to veer off track. The story, which is deeply about comics as both an art and an industry, is told through comics nested within comics in the main narrative. A moving ode to sequential art and the global history of comics as both form and genre. Wistful without being melancholy; thought provoking and beautifully executed. Seriously, I can't praise it enough, just go and read it if you haven't already.

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