stuff I dug on this past week

“This graphic novel by writer Mat Johnson and artist Warren Pleece is a historical thriller set during the Harlem Renaissance of early last century. Our protagonist, Zane Pinchback, is a young journalist, a black man who, pale enough to pass for white, sometimes leaves New York to go undercover in the Deep South and investigate and document lynchings. So: He’s an intrepid young journalist, one lucky enough (so far) to have escaped violent situations without coming athwart a noose himself. This story’s about what happens when Pinchback tries to uncover the tangle of death-stained secrets that have landed his older brother in jail for a murder he didn’t commit, way down in the crackery sticks of Mississippi.

Pinchback’s character was inspired by real-life “incognegro” (and former head of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) Walter White, and this lends credibility to an idea that might seem too outlandish”

Austin Book Review


Could definitely use more negroes, but worth breezing through.


and then

Really amazing books, especially if you would like to know more about the Bosnia-Serb conflict in Eastern Bosnia. Sometimes I want to kick him in the balls as a journalist, but the artwork is superb and there’s still lots of useful facts and incredibly compelling anecdotes. Definitely worth it.


yes! Alessandro Nivola can get it. matter of fact, it’s his.



“As dictatorship crumbles in Latin America, a mysterious Chilean man turns up in a seaside town in Uruguay. As she investigates the stranger’s past, a lawyer learns that he is a biochemical engineer who secretly worked for Pinochet and uncovers a dark secret that involves her family”

BAM writeup


“Not so much a memoir as a valuable historical document, Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda, written and illustrated by Stassen, provides a beautiful but harrowing reading experience. It follows the grin fate of a boy trapped in the midst of the Rwandan genocide, putting the violence into narrow focus by showing its devastating effects on just one young life. The lust, saturated beauty of Stassen’s artwork provides a stark contrast with the brutal world he’s recording.”





really REALLY great!




“This touching, compassionate, ultimately humorous story explores the heart of a failing writer who’s coming off a doomed romance and searching for hope. Unfortunately, the first place his search takes him is the bottom of a bottle as he careens from one off-kilter encounter to another in search of himself.”

The New York Times


Blankets is an ambitious work, to say the least. Though there is really no shortage of autobiographical graphic novels available now, Thompson’s painful, funny, sometimes surreal story is second to none. Beginning with Thompson in his youth and continuing through his maturity toward adulthood, the novel chronicles the irreversible emotional scars left by his devoutly Christian parents, his love/hate relationship with his younger brother (which are among the most humorous and touching passages to be found anywhere), his first love, and the gradual decline and eventual loss of his faith.”


“The starkly told story of a crucial figure in Canada’s history–yet one whom most Americans have probably never heard of. It’s a credit to Brown’s plainspoken artistry and flair for narrative that it’s a page-turner till the end.”–The Boston Phoenix




‘A quietly moving graphic novel explores a teen girl’s experience with friends, suicide, cliques and love. Both overweight and of mixed ethnicities, Kimberly Keiko Cameron-also known as “Skim” because “she’s not”-is slowly moving through high school with her best friend Lisa. Both sharply witty and incisive, the two girls dabble in various forms of self-expression and exploration, like dressing with Gothic flair and trying Wicca. The two girls come to an impasse when Lisa gets an unexpected chance to join the popular clique. Coupled with her tumultuous friendship, Skim also harbors a crush on a female teacher, which leads her to begin to question herself and her desires.”

Kirkus Reviews



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