Webcomics and Digital Comics

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Lieske, Daniel. The Wormworld Saga. 25 Dec. 2010 – present. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. Accessed from http://www.wormworldsaga.com

Summary: Follow a young boy named Jonas Berg, as he enters an alternate reality, Wormworld, a magical and mysterious place. There are five chapters available online and creator Daniel Lieske, is currently working on the sixth chapter.

Appeal Factors:

  • Adventure/fantasy stories
  • Episodic
  • Is planned to be a trilogy
  • Can view in multiple languages
  • May appeal to fans of The Hobbit, Harry Potter, The Neverending Story, and The Chronicles of Narnia series 
  • Vertical page layout
  • Medium amount of words per panel

Potential Readers:

  • Appeals to a wide range of audiences

Visual Style:

  • Detailed and intricate digital artwork
  • Vivid and beautiful color palettes
  • Vertical page layout
  • Some panels overlap

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational and expressive
  • Text is placed in white and blue speech bubbles
  • Some sound effects happen outside the panels
  • Sound effects are not placed in speech bubbles
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Text is all capital letters

Awards: 

  • The Wormworld Saga App won the Publishing Innovation Award for Comics and Graphic Novel apps, 2012.

Additional Information: 

  • “The graphic novel is plotted out as a trilogy, and the first part we just entered will consist of something between 15 and 20 chapters. All in all, the whole saga will be something between 45 and 60 chapters.” Newsarama.com 

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Tamaki, Jillian. SuperMutant Magic Academy. 2010 – present. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. Accessed from http://mutantmagic.com

Summary: The SuperMutant Magic Academy webcomic is about school drama, teen angst, and insecurities among the super mutants at this prep academy.

Appeal Factors:

  • Fantasy/magic/comedy/drama
  • Humorous and witty (both in text and in the drawings)
  • Dialogue is expressive
  • Each one of these comics is a standalone strip
  • Most of the comic strips consist of six panels
  • Most of the sketches are black-and-white, but some do have color to them
  • Medium amount of words per panel

Potential Readers:

  • More suited for an older teen and/or adult audience (some of the webcomics do contain foul language and sexual innuendoes)

Visual Style: 

  • Most of the comic strips consist of six panels
  • Most of the sketches are black-and-white, but some do have color to them

Textual Style:

  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Text is in different shaped speech bubbles
  • Dialogues is expressive

Awards: 

  • “SMMA won an Ignatz for best webcomic at SPX 2012, received an honorable mention in The Best American Comics 2010 anthology, and appeared on the long-list for Slate’s first Cartoonist Studio Prize.” SuperMutant Magic Academy

Additional Information:

  • Jillian Tamaki, the creator of the SuperMutant Magic Academy talks about how the webcomic got started on the webcomic’s official website. She says,”SuperMutant Magic Academy is a webcomic that I started in 2010 on a whim. I had been asked to contribute a comic to Marvel’s Strange Tales II anthology and, despite having no real knowledge of the superhero genre, had a lot of fun. What I did read as a kid was a lot of Archie comics and strips like Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side, For Better or For Worse (the usual suspects). So I suppose SMMA is kind of a blend of all those things. I think of it as a diary of sorts too.” SuperMutant Magic Academy
  • “Drawn & Quarterly will be publishing a book collecting the online strips plus new material in Spring 2015.”                             SuperMutant Magic Academy

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Kerschl, Karl.The Abominable Charles Christopher. 20 June 2007 – present. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. Accessed from http://abominable.cc

Summary: This webcomic follows Charles Christopher, a young sasquatch and the adventures he goes on in the forest and the characters he meets along the way.

Appeal Factors:

  • Grey-toned artwork
  • Anthropomorphic characters
  • Stories are engaging and simplistic
  • Realistic and detailed artwork
  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel
  • Every Wednesday, a new webcomic is uploaded to The Abominable Charles Christopher Website.

Potential Readers:

Appeals to a wide range of audiences

Visual Style: 

  • Realistic and detailed artwork
  • Grey-toned artwork
  • Panels vary in size and length

Textual Style:

  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel
  • Some panels are completely wordless

Awards: 

  • Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding WebComic Creator/Creative Team, 2010
  • Nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic, 2010
  • Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic Winner, 2011

Additional Information:

  • This comic has been translated into various languages.  

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Munroe, Randall. XKCD: A Webcomic of Romance, Sarcasm, Math, and Language. 25 Sept. 2005 – present. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. Accessed from http://xkcd.com

Summary: This webcomic features stick-figures and minimalist sketches, surrounding the themes of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.

Appeal Factors:

  • Romance, sarcasm, math, and language
  • Occasional pop culture references
  • Humorous
  • Stick-figures
  • Minimalistic sketches
  • Most of the sketches are black-and-white, but some do have color to them (e.g., Metamaterials and Philosophy)
  • Each one of these comics is a standalone strip
  • Varying lengths of comic strips (most are a couple panels long)
  • Heavy on the amount of words per panel

Potential Readers:

  • More suited for an older teen and/or adult audience (some of the webcomics do contain foul language)

Visual Style: 

  • Stick-figures
  • Minimalistic sketches
  • Humorous
  • Most of the sketches are black-and-white, but some do have color to them (e.g., Metamaterials and Philosophy)

Textual Style:

  • Humorous
  • Each one of these comics is a standalone strip
  • Varying lengths of comic strips (most are a couple panels long)
  • Heavy on the amount of words per panel

Awards:

  • Web Cartoonists’ Choice Awards for Outstanding Single Panel Comic Winner, 2008
  • Weblog Awards Best Comic Strip Winner, 2007 and 2008
  • Randall Munroe- Hugo Award Nomination for Best Fan Artist , 2011 and 2012.
  • Randall Munroe- Hugo Award Nomination for Best Graphic Story “Time,” 2014.

Additional Information: 

  • Randall Munroe, the creator of xkcd talks about how the webcomic got started on the webcomic’s official website. He says, “I was going through old math/sketching graph paper notebooks and didn’t want to lose some of the work in them, so I started scanning pages. I took the more comic-y ones and put them up on a server I was testing out, and got a bunch of readers when BoingBoing linked to me. I started drawing more seriously, gained a lot more readers, started selling t-shirts on the site, and am currently shipping t-shirts and drawing this comic full-time. It’s immensely fun and I really appreciate y’all’s support.”  xkcd Official Website

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Beaton, Kate. Hark! A Vagrant. 2006-2013. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. Accessed from http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php

Summary: Kate Beaton’s, Hark! A Vagrant webcomic strip presents history and literary works in a humorous and interesting way. There are topics ranging from literature (e.g., Jane Austen and Sherlock and Holmes), Superheroes (e.g., Wonder Woman and Spiderman), historical figures (e.g., Henry VIII and Napoleon), and so much more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Historical and literary references
  • Humorous and witty (both in text and in the drawings)
  • Each one of these comics is a standalone strip
  • Varying lengths of comic strips (most are three to ten panels long)
  • Heavy on the amount of words per panel

Potential Readers:

  • More suited for an older teen and/or adult audience (some of the webcomics do contain foul language and sexual innuendoes)

Visual Style: 

  • Blend of simple drawings and expressive facial expressions
  • Grey-toned illustrations
  • Humorous and witty (both in text and in the drawings)

Textual Style:

  • Each one of these comics is a standalone strip
  • Varying lengths of comic strips (most are three to 10 panels long)
  • Humorous and witty (both in text and in the drawings)
  • Heavy on the amount of words per panel

Awards: 

  • Doug Wright Award for Best Emerging Talent, 2009
  • Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work, 2011
  • Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work, 2012
  • Harvey Award Special Award for Humor in Comics, 2012
  • Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist, 2012

Additional Information: 

  • Referenced on Webcomics Worth Wreading 
  • “[Beaton’s comics] are witty reinventions of literary and historical figures navigating modern times . . . A high-minded version of The Far Side that is at once of-the-moment and timeless.” DEBORAH VANKIN, Los Angeles Times
  • Kate Beaton is funny. Her hugely successful webcomic, Hark! A Vagrant!, which delights in imagining how great works of literature would look if their characters evinced contemporary sensibilities, and in imputing modern motivations to the sometimes puzzling behavior of famous historical figures? Funny.” NPR

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Alden, Sam. Haunter. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. Accessed from http://www.hauntercomic.com

Summary: This beautifully illustrated webcomic tells the story of a hunter who wakes up and finds himself in a vivid, colorful, and trippy place.

Appeal Factors

  • Is an ongoing webcomic (right now there is only part 1 and part 2)
  • Action/horror
  • Completely wordless
  • Vivid and detailed watercolored artwork

Potential Readers:

  • May appeal more to teens and older adults

Visual Style: 

  • Vivid and detailed watercolored artwork
  • Multi-colored color palette

Textual Style:

  • Completely wordless
  • Panels are various sizes
  • Most of the panels are side by side, with white space in between them

Awards:

  • Nominated for an Ignatz Award Outstanding Online Comic for “Haunter,” 2013
  • Ignatz Award Promising New Talent Winner for “Hawaii 1997” and “Haunter,” 2013

Additional Information:

  • Haunter Part 2 can be found on the Study Group Comic Books Website
  • Sam Alden, said in an interview on Music Miner that, “My comic Haunter came as a direct result of listening to a lot of my friend David Kanaga’s music. David has an enviable ability to take fairly experimental techniques and apply them to pop music, and it often ends up very jungly and multicolored. Haunter was an attempt to capture something of that energy on paper. It [sic] takes place in this candy-colored jungle, and I tried to make a lot of very abstracted shapes and forms read as foliage and undergrowth, and then tie it into a simple, compelling narrative: a hunter is chasing a pig. The challenge of translating the non visual or the non narrative into something inherently visual and narrative is always really fun to attempt.” Music Miner

Manga and Other International Comics

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Tsukirino, Yumi, and Chisato Seki. Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll, Volume 1. VIZ Kids ed. San Francisco, California : VIZ Media, 2011. Print.

Summary:  Follow Cinnamoroll and her friends Chiffon, Cappuccino, Espresso, Mocha, and little Milk, as they visit a haunted house, uncover a mysterious map, take a trip to the beach, and so much more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Fantasy/magical/adventure/comedy stories
  • Stories about a haunted house, different seasons, birthdays, and more.
  • Manga character series created by Sanrio (this particular volume is first in the series)
  • Characters that are puppies
  • Humorous-funny
  • Contents page, in full color (found on page 6)
  • Meet the characters, in full color (on pages 2-5)
  • Has an opening color sequence on pages 7-16
  • Reads from right to left
  • Black-and-white and grey-toned artwork
  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel
  • 159 pages, short stories

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 8 – 12 years, but may appeal to all ages

Visual Style: 

  • Black-and-white and grey-toned artwork (black is used for lettering, as well as, for outlining the panels and characters)
  • Simple art style
  • Drawings are cutesy and childlike
  • Each of the characters has a different physics features, such as Chiffon has a fluffy tail and ears, Cinnamoroll has a curly spiral tail (looks like a cinnamon roll), Mocha wears bows with flowers, etc.

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational, humorous, and cutesy
  • Reads from right to left
  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel
  • There is a guide at the back of this volume that states, “You’re Reading in the Wrong Direction! This is the END of this graphic novel!” It is nice that they put instructions in the back to let you know which way to read it.

Awards: 

  • No notable awards for this specific volume.

Additional Information: 

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Takaya, Natsuki. Fruits Basket. Volume 1. Los Angeles, CA : Tokyopop, 2004. Print.

Summary: Fruits Basket, Volume 1, is a romance story that revolves around an orphan girl named Tohru Honda and the Chinese Zodiac.

Appeal Factors:

  • Shōjo manga series (manga more marketed or intended for girls)
  • Character-driven series (this particular volume is the first in the 23 volume series)
  • Might appeal to fans of romantic and comedy-drama stories
  • Fantasy/magic/secrecy
  • Humorous (slapstick)
  • Art style (rounder faces and larger eyes)
  • Reads from right to left
  • Black-and-white artwork
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • 216 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age range: 13 – 17 years

Visual Style: 

  • Art style (rounder faces and larger eyes)
  • Cartoonish
  • Simple artwork
  • Black-and-white artwork
  • Humorous (slapstick)

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational and melodramatic at times
  • Reads right to left
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Some of the words in the panels are hard to read, due to the text being really tiny.

Awards:

  • Kodansha Manga Award in the Shōjo Manga Category, 2001
  • Animage Anime Grand Prix Award Winner for Fruits Basket, 2001
  • America Anime Awards Best Manga Award Winner, 2007

Additional Information: 

  • Fruits Basket. Volume 1, has been translated from Japanese.
  • There are twenty-three volumes in the Fruits Basket series
  • Fruits Basket. Volume 1, and other volumes in the series is referenced in Michael Pawuk’s 2007, Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More (listed under Chapter 7 Contemporary Life: Romance).

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Abouet, Marguerite, Clément Oubrerie, and Dag Dascher. Aya: of Yop City. Montréal, Canada : Drawn & Quarterly, 2008. Print.

Summary: In the second graphic novel in the Aya series, the story surrounds Aya’s group of friends, in particular Aya’s friend and the paternity of her new baby.

Appeal Factors:

  • Part of a series (this particular graphic novel is the sequel to Aya)
  • 1970’s Ivory Coast setting
  • A list of character names and illustrations can be found after the title page
  • Might appeal to fans of romantic comedy stories.
  • Might appeals to fans of soap operas and melodramas.
  • Slice of life story
  • Humorous tone
  • Good pacing
  • Includes a “Glossary,” “Recipes,” “Interview with Marquerite Abouet” and “Wardrobe Instructions,” which can be found at the back of the graphic novel.
  • Full color (vibrant and warm color palette)
  • 112 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommend Age Range: 16 years and older

Visual Style: 

  • Full color (vibrant and warm color palette)
  • Expressive
  • Detailed background scenes
  • Good pacing
  • Each panel is divided by white space
  • Every panel has been hand-drawn
  • Every speech bubbles has been hand-drawn (they vary in size and shape).

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue has a humorous tone
  • Dialogue is conversational, melodramatic, and vernacular
  • Text is located in white, hand-drawn speech bubbles

Awards: The first book in the Aya series titled Aya has won numerous awards including:

  • Winner of the Best First Album award at the Angouleme International Comics Festival
  • Winner of the Children’s Africana Book Award, 2008
  • Winner of the Glyph Award
  • Nominated for the Quill Award
  • Nominated for the Eisner Award- Best U.S. Edition of International Material, 2008
  • “Included on “best of” lists from The Washington Post, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal.”-Drawn & Quarterly 
  • “On the YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels list.”-Drawn & Quarterly 

Additional Information: 

  • Aya: of Yop City has been translated from French.
  • Aya: of Yop City  Aya de Yopougon” was made into an animated film. It was released on July 17, 2013 in France. Here is the link to a preview on the animated film on The Mmofra Foundation Blog.

Comics For Older Teens and Adults

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Yang, Gene Luen, and Lark Pien. American born Chinese. New York: First Second, 2006. Print.

Summary: In American Born Chinese, three stories are interwoven together to make one. The first story is about the Monkey King (Chinese Fable), the second is about Jin Wang, the title character and the struggles he is having trying to fit in at school, and the third is about Danny and his cousin Chin-Kee.

Appeal Factors:  

  • Cultural Heritage/Cultural Identity (American Culture and Chinese Culture)
  • Multiple-story graphic novel
  • One of the stories in this graphic novel is a retelling of the Chinese fable or myth the Monkey King
  • Anthropomorphic- the monkey
  • Coming of age story/self-acceptance   
  • Might appeal to fans of the fantasy genre
  • Humorous
  • Full color illustrations
  • 233 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 12 – 17 years

Visual Style: 

  • Each character’s narrative has their own Chinese characters (stamped in red) that is shown on each page of their story 
  • Simple artwork
  • Cartoonish and modern anime
  • Different panel sizes
  • Stereotypes

Textual Style:

  • Dialogues is humorous, conversational, and expressive.
  • Drama (Culture and Stereotypes)
  • Various narrative styles (can be a bit confusing)
  • Lots of white space around the panels

Awards: 

  • National Book Award for Young People’s Literature Finalist, 2006
  • Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature Winner, 2007
  • Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album  New
  • Harvey Awards for Best Colorist Winner, 2007
  • American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, 2007
  • Chinese American Libraries Association Best Book Awards, 2006 and  2007
  • The Reuben Award for Best Comic Book, 2007
  • School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
  • Publishers Weekly Comics Week Best Comic of the Year
  • NPR Holiday Pick
  • Booklist Top Ten Graphic Novel for Youth
  • Time Magazine Top Ten Comic of the Year
  • San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of the Year
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens/Top Ten List, 2007
  • Amazon.com Best Graphic Novel/Comic of the Year

Additional Information: 

  • “Like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and Laurence Yep’s Dragonwings, this novel explores the impact of the American dream on those outside the dominant culture in a finely wrought story that is an effective combination of humor and drama.” –School Library Journal, Starred Review
  • Fans of American Born Chinese might also like Gene Luen Yang’s 2011, graphic novel Level Up 
  • Fans of American Born Chinese might also like the read-alikes  Drama by Raina Telgemeier, One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry, Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim, Dragonwings by Laurence Yep, and  The Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

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Brosgol, Vera. Anya’s Ghost. New York: First Second, 2011. Print. 

Summary: This extremely expressive graphic novel tells the story of Anya, who one day accidentally falls into a well and meets an unlikely friend, a ghost named Emily. Anya’s ghost is not only a ghost story, but also a coming-of-age story, as Anya deals with insecurities, relationships, school, and more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Immigrant families/family relationships
  • Fitting in/angst/social issues
  • Might appeal to readers of fantasy, horror, thriller, mystery, and/or crime stories
  • Ghosts/supernatural elements/creepy
  • Gritty and darkly humorous
  • Neil Gaiman endorsement on the front cover
  • Lots of panels per page
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Isn’t text heavy
  • 224 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 12 – 17 years

Visual Style: 

  • Darkly humorous
  • Mostly monochromatic, has a limited palette of colors (black, white, and purple tones) 
  • Expressive illustrations

Textual Style:

  • Text is all capital letters
  • Text is conversational, expressive, and dramatic at times.
  • Different panel compositions
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Isn’t text heavy
  • Some panels are completely wordless (e.g., on pages 43 and 101).

Awards: 

  • Eisner Award Winner for Best Publication for Young Adults (ages 12-17)
  • Harvey Award for Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers
  • A 2011 Kirkus Best Teen Book of the Year
  • A School Library Journal Best Fiction Book of 2011
  • A Horn Book Best Fiction Book of 2011
  • American Library Association Notable Children’s Books
  • American Library Association Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adults,
  • YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens,
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon Award

Additional Information: 

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Lemire, Jeff. Essex County (Vol 3): The Country Nurse. Marietta, Georgia : Top Shelf Productions, 2008. Print.

Summary: The Essex County (Vol 3): The Country Nurse  graphic novel is the final installment in the Essex Country trilogy. Each installment is centered around the  title character or characters. In the last title, we follow the life of Anne Quenneville, the town’s traveling nurse.

Appeal Factors:

  • Volume 3 of the Essex County trilogy
  • Orphans/farm life
  • Black-and-white illustrations
  • Sparse dialogue and illustrations
  • Reads fast, 127 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 16-18 years and older

Visual Style: 

  • Minimalistic
  • Expressive and detailed
  • Sparse illustrations
  • Some panels hardly have any illustrations
  • Jagged, loose, and shaky line art style
  • Black-and-white illustrations

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is simple and sparse
  • Some panels are completely wordless (e.g., on pages 5, 21, 30, 41, and 91).

Awards: 

  • Named one of the year’s Top 10 Graphic Novels by Booklist 
  • Jeff Lemire was nominated for a Harvey Award in 2008 for Best New Talent for Essex County Vol 1: Tales From the Farm.
  • Jeff won the Schuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Cartoonist in 2009 and 2013.
  • Winner of the Doug Wright Award for Canadian Cartooning’s Best Emerging Talent
  • Winner of the American Library Association’s/YASLA Alex Award
  • Essex County in 2010, was named as one of the five Essential Canadian Novels of the Decade.
  • Jeff has been nominated for multiple Eisner Awards, Harvey Awards, and Schuster Awards.

Additional Information: 

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Modan, Rutu. The Property. New York: Drawn & Quarterly, 2013. Print.

Summary:  A moving and beautifully illustrated story that chronicles the time spent between a grandmother (Regina Segal) and her granddaughter (Mica), traveling  from Israel to Warsaw, Poland to claim property lost to her family during WWII.

Appeal Factors:

  • Family secrets/hidden family connections/search for family property
  • Multi-generational story
  • Complex relationship story/loss of love/loss of family
  • Post WWII story
  • Travel/Poland
  • Detailed endpapers
  • Good pacing
  • Full color
  • 222 pages, this graphic novel is not split into chapters, but rather  is split by days (takes place over seven days).

Potential Readers:

  • Graphic novel meant more for adults

Visual Style: 

  • Expressive-emotive
  • Realism-clear lines
  • Full color-delicate or subtle color palette. The only things in the story that are in bright colors are the end papers (beautiful landscapes), sound effect speech bubbles, clothing,  candles (e.g., on the front cover and on pages 191-207), and the flowering trees in the “Wistula river, May 1939” scene on pages 56 and 57.
  • The drawing style is similar to the art style in The Adventures of Tintin by Hergé.

Textual Style:

  • Simple dialogue and witty at times
  • Sometimes the thought bubbles go outside of the panel (e.g., on pages 72 and on page 111).
  • The sound effect speech bubble’s in this particular graphic novel, lack punctuation such as, “Bang” (page 180) or “Slam” (page 146). These particular speech bubbles have a jagged outline, yellow background, as well as, large, red, and bold lettering (text is all caps).

Awards: 

  • One of Amazon.com’s Best Graphic Novels of 2013
  • Rutu Modan, won an “Award of Excellence” at the 2014 International Comics Festival in Angouleme, France.

Additional Information: 

  • Fans of The Property might also like Rutu Modan’s 2007, graphic novel Exit Wounds.
  • Fans of The Property might also enjoy Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.
  • “My comic book of the year, by a mile, is Rutu Modan’s The Property… in which Mica Segal, a young Israeli woman, travels to Warsaw with her irascible grandmother to help her reclaim the apartment building she and her family were forced to give up in 1940…This, believe me, has everything you could possibly want in a comic: great pictures, a multilayered story, mystery, sharp wit.”—The Guardian’s Graphic Books of the Year

Comics For Kids and Younger Teens

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Holm, Jennifer L., and Matthew Holm.Extreme Babymouse. New York: Random House, 2013. Print.

Summary: Join Babymouse as she hits the slopes and learns how to snowboard in the 17th graphic novel in the Babymouse Series.

Appeal Factors:

  • Adventure/snowboarding story
  • Humorous (narrator is sarcastic and informative)
  • Part of a series (this is the 17th graphic novel in the Babymouse series).
  • Simple black-and-white illustrations, with ascents of pink
  • Multitude of different hand-drawn panel layouts
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Short read, 91 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 7 – 10 years

Visual Style: 

  • Multitude of different hand-drawn panel layouts
  • Some of the panels bleed to the edge of the page
  • Detailed and imaginative
  • Simple black-and-white illustrations, with ascents of pink. Speech bubbles and panels are heavily outlined in black.

Textual Style:

  • Babymouse’s dialogue is expressive and humorous. Narrator’s speech is informative and sarcastic.
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Some vocabulary is advanced
  • Some panels bleed onto the next page

Awards: The series has won numerous awards including:

  • Children’s Choices Awards
  • Gryphon Award Winner, 2006
  • ALA Notable Children’s Book Winner, 2006
  • New York Book Show Awards Winner, 2006

Additional Information: 

  • Fans of Extreme Babymouse might enjoy reading other graphic novels in the Babymouse series. 
  • Fans of Babymouse might also enjoy Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm’s other graphic novel series Squish. 
  • “Cute, smart, sassy Babymouse is fun and funny, and this book, like its predecessors, will draw reluctant readers as well as Babymouse fans.” Booklist
  • “Nobody puts Baby mouse in the corner!” The Horn Book Magazine, Starred Review

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Runton, Andy. Owly, Vol. 5: Tiny Tales. Marietta, Georgia : Top Shelf Productions, 2008. Print.

Summary: This is the fifth volume in the Owly series. This particular  collection features mini-stories that are no longer in print or previously unpublished. Some of the stories in this collection are “Splashin’ Around,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,'” “Bee Nice,” and more.

Appeal Factors:

  • The fifth volume in the Owly series
  • Humorous animal stories
  • Stories about swimming, kite flying, planting flowers, and more.
  • Collection of mini-stories
  • Mostly wordless
  • 172 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 5 – 11 years

Visual Style: 

  • Simple black-and-white illustrations
  • Cartoonist/animated
  • Minimalist
  • Expressive
  • Few panels per page

Textual Style:

  • Thoughts and symbols are portrayed in speech or thought bubbles
  • Mostly wordless, except for some words, such as “Shiver” (page 75) and “Crack” (page 59), and a few others.
  • Some thought bubbles contain “Exclamation Points” (page 101), “Questions Marks” or “Directional Arrows” (page 68).

Awards:  The Owly series has won multiple awards including:

  • Creative Loafing ATL Best Graphic Novelist, 2010
  • Georgia Center For The Book- 25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read!, 2010
  • Eisner Award Best Publication for a Younger Audience Winner, 2006
  • Ignatz Award Best Series Winner, 2006
  • Ignatz Award Promising New Talent Winner, 2005
  • Eisner Award Best Publication for a Younger Audience Nominee, 2005
  • Harvey Award  Best New Talent Winner, 2005
  • Harvey Award Best New Series Nominee, 2005
  • Harvey Award Best Graphic Novel Nominee, 2005
  • Howard E. Day Memorial Prize for “The Way Home” Mini, 2004

Additional Information:

  • There is a bonus section in the back of this graphic novel on “How to Draw Owly!” and lists the titles of “More Owly Books!”.
  • Fans of Owly, Vol. 5: Tiny Tales might enjoy reading other graphic novels in the Owly series.
  • You can find free Owly Comics and Owly Short Stories on Andy Runton Official Website
  • This series is referenced in Nathan Herald’s 2011, Graphic Novels for Young Readers: A Genre Guide for Ages 4-14 (listed under Chapter 4 Fantasy: Parallel World/Reality Shift) and in Michael Pawuk’s 2007, Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More (listed under Chapter 8 Humor: Funny Animals).

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Telgemeier, Raina. Smile. New York: Graphix, 2010. Print.

Summary: This autobiographical graphic novel, explores the life of Raina Telgemeier and her experiences in middle and high school, dental drama, relationships and more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Autobiographical graphic novel
  • Might appeal to people who have had braces, headgear, retainers, dental drama, dental problems, and more.
  • Relationships with family, friends, and peers
  • Realistic and emotional story
  • Cultural references: Super Mario Brothers, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, New Kids on the Block, Ducktales, The New Mickey Mouse Club, acid-washed denim, hair scrunchies, and more. 
  • Humorous
  • Full color
  • 224 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 8 – 12 years

Visual Style: 

  • Full color (nice and vibrant color palette)
  • Cartoonish, very detailed
  • Realistic and expressive character portrayals
  • Occasional full page bleed that runs to the edge of the page (e.g., on pages 64, 74, and 91).
  • Occasional full page bleed that runs onto the other page (e.g., on pages 66 and 67).

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is humorous and expressive
  • Text is all capital letters

Awards: 

  • Eisner Award Winner for Best Publication for a Teen Audience
  • Maine Student Book Award Winner, 2012
  • Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist, 2012
  • 
ALA Notable Children’s Book, 2011
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Honor, 2011
  • 
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Winner, 2011
  • Kirkus Best Book for Teens, 2010
  • New York Times Editors’ Choice, 2010
  • Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2011 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens
  • Association for Library Service to Children Notable Children’s Book for Middle Readers, 2011
  • Intermediate Young Reader’s Choice Award Winner, 2013
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award Winner, 2013

Additional Information:

About the Author- “Raina Telgemeier grew up in San Francisco and moved to New York City, where she earned an illustration degree at the School of Visual Arts. Smile, her critically acclaimed graphic memoir based on her childhood, was a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens, and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Raina also adapted and illustrated The Baby-sitters Club graphic novels, which were selected for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list and Booklist’s Top 10 Graphic Novels for Youth list. Raina’s most recent book is Drama. Raina lives in Astoria, New York, with her husband and fellow comics artist, Dave Roman. To learn more,visit her online at www.goRaina.com” Author biography from Scholastic’s website 

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Soo, Kean. Jellaby. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, 2008. Print.

Summary:  Jellaby, Is a graphic novel about Portia Bennett, a shy girl who recently moved to a new neighborhood and is trying to adjust to her new life. One night Portia, decides to venture into the woods and finds a friendly purple monster, she names Jellaby. Follow Portia and her classmate Jason, as they try to figure out where Jellaby came from in the first graphic novel in the series.

Appeal Factors: 

  • Might appeal to adventure, mystery, and fantasy fans
  • Purple Monsters/friendship stories
  • Might appeal to fans of Calvin & Hobbes
  • Might appeal to fans who like mostly single color comics or graphic novels, such as Babymouse, Squish, andLunch Lady. 
  • Colored illustrations-Mostly monochromatic (color palette- mostly pinks and purples with hints of other colors-green and orange).
  • 143 pages, reads fast.
  • Fairly short chapters, few words per panel.

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 10 and up

Visual Style: 

  • Clean lines
  • Simplistic
  • Expressive
  • Colored illustrations-Mostly monochromatic (color palette- mostly pinks and purples with hints of other colors-green and orange)

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational
  • Fairly short chapters, few words per panel.
  • Some panels are completely wordless-lots of empty space

Awards: 

  • Nomination for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic 2006
  • Winner of a Schuster Award for Best Comic for Kids 2009

Additional Information: 

  • Fans of Jellaby might enjoy Jellaby, Vol. 2: Monster in the City
  • About the Author-“Born in England and raised in Hong Kong, Kean Soo settled in Canada, where he planned to embark on a career in electrical engineering. However, he discovered that he’d rather draw comics instead. Kean began posting his comics on the internet in 2002, and later became an assistant editor and regular contributor to the all-ages FLiGHT anthologies. His online work has been nominated for several awards, including an Eisner Award nomination for Jellaby. Kean likes carrots, but not nearly as much as he likes tuna sandwiches, usually with lots and lots of wasabi mayonnaise.” Capstone Kids Website
  • A book trailer can be found at the Capstone Kids Website

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Baltazar, Art, and Franco Accornero. Tiny Titans: The Treehouse and Beyond! New York ” DC Comics, 2011. Print. 

Summary: Follow the Tiny Titans around, as they take a trip to Atlantis, meet their “Opposite Earth Titans,” and more.

Appeal Factors:

  • This series reimagines familiar DC Superheroes or Sidekicks (Robin, Superboy, Wonder Girl, Raven, and more).
  • Action and Adventure stories
  • Superheroes/children/school
  • Part of  the Tiny Titan series 
  • Fans of the Cartoon Network television show’s Teen Titans or Teen Titans Go! graphic novel series might enjoy this particular title or series.
  • Some DC Universe and pop culture references are thrown in (Superman, Lagoon Boy, Batman, Sidekicks, Batpoles, Alfred, Batcave, Gotham City, and more).
  • Hilarious- some silly jokes and visual gags
  • Full color-cartoony art
  • 144 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 7 – 10 years

Visual Style: 

  • Full color
  • Cartoony art
  • A couple of panels included realistic photos

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational and sarcastic at times
  • Two-page stories
  • The paper texture reminds me of a coloring book
  • Some speech bubbles and illustrations go outside the panels.

Awards:  

  • Eisner Award Best Publication for Kids Winner, 2009
  • Eisner Award Best Publication for Kids Winner, 2011

Additional Information:  

  • This particular book features Tiny Titans issues #33-38.
  • Fans of Tiny Titans: The Treehouse and Beyond! might enjoy reading other graphic novels in the Tiny Titans Series.
  • This series is referenced in Nathan Herald’s 2011, Graphic Novels for Young Readers: A Genre Guide for Ages 4-14 (listed under Chapter 1 Action and Adventure: Superheroes).
  • About the Author– “Bronx, New York born writer and artist Franco Aureliani has been drawing comics since he could hold a crayon. Currently residing in upstate New York with his wife, Ivette and son, Nicolas, spends most of his days in his Batcave-like studio where he produces DC’s TINY TITANS comics. In 1995, Franco founded Blindwolf Studios, an independent art studio where he and fellow creators can create children’s comics. Franco is the creator, artist and writer of Weirdsville, L’il Creeps, and Eagle All Star, as well as the co-creator and writer of Patrick the Wolf Boy. When he’s not writing and drawing, Franco also teaches high school art.” –Barnes & Noble

 

Nonfiction and Autobiographical Comics

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Ottaviani, Jim. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas. New York : First Second, 2013. Print.

Summary:  Primates tells us the true story of three primatologists; Dian Fossey (gorillas), Birute Galdikas (orangutans), and Jane Goodall (chimpanzees) and how anthropologist Louis Leakey, set out to recruit them all.

Appeal Factors:

  • Nonfiction/Historical Fiction/Scientists
  • Bibliography can be found at the end (author notes, recommended readings, and more).
  • Full color illustrations
  • Humorous (visually and verbally)
  • Panels with minimal text
  • 144 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 12 – 18 years

Visual Style: 

  • Full color illustrations
  • Lots of jump-cuts
  • Comic-book style

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational and expressive
  • Narrative
  • Uses different fonts and/or typeface to narrate for each primatologist’s story (Dian Fossey, Beirut Galdikas, and Jane Goodall).
  • The narration text boxes are color-coded (signifying that a different narrator or person is speaking)
  • Sometimes the font seems illegible
  • Panels with minimal text

Awards: 

  • Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Master List

Additional Information:

  • About the Author:Jim Ottaviani has written nonfiction, science-oriented comics since 1997, notably the number one New York Times bestseller, Feynman and Fallout which was nominated for an Ignatz Award, He has worked as a nuclear engineer, caddy, programmer, and reference librarian. Primates is his first collaboration with artist Maris Wicks. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.” Macmillan
  • “Presented as dedicated, iconoclastic, and profoundly in awe of the creatures around them, Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas are inspiring figures, and Ottaviani does a first-rate job of dangling enough tantalizing tidbits to pique readers’ interest in the topic.” –Booklist 

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Knisley, Lucy. Relish: My Life in the Kitchen. New York: First Second, 2013. Print.

Summary: Lucy Knisley presents readers with a beautifully illustrated and humorous graphic novel memoir about her love for cuisine, cooking, and detailed food memories.

Appeal Factors:

  • Food-focused memoir about growing up, family, cooking, and cuisine
  • Recipes can be found at the end of each chapter, which are illustrated, simple, and annotated
  • Full color, hand-drawn illustrations
  • Dialogue is expressive and humorous
  • Moderate to heavy amount of words per panel
  • 176 pages, short chapters

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 15-18 years

Visual Style: 

  • Drawings are bright, colorful, detailed, and precise
  • Cartoonish style
  • Representational
  • Hand-drawn illustrations
  • Engaging

Textual Style:

  • Episodic format
  • Tone-cheerful and enthusiastic
  • Short chapters
  • Language is uncluttered
  • Characters are lively
  • Dialogue is expressive and humorous
  • Narrative
  • Moderate to heavy amount of words per panel
  • Some text is located in speech bubbles located in the panels, while other text can be found written outside of speech bubbles above the panels.

Awards:

  • ALA Alex Awards Winner (Adult for Young Adults)
  • Apple iBooks Best of the Year
  • An NPR Best Book of 2013
  • Publishers Weekly Best Children’s Book of 2013

Additional Information:  

  • Fans of this particular graphic novel might also like Lucy’s Knisley’s  2008, graphic novel titled French Milk.
  • Fans of this particular graphic novel might also like Bon Appetit! The Delicious Life of Julia Child  by Jessie Hartland.
  • A book trailer for Relish can be found on YouTube
  • Lucy Knisley was born in New York City, raised in Rhinebeck, NY, and educated in Chicago, She has come home to roost in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, where she can be closer to her mom’s cooking. Her comics about life, food, travel and her adventures have gained her a devoted audience on the Internet, and she is now doing food comics for the magazine Saveur, who just sent her to Africa. Lucy’s first book, French Milk, is a travelogue about a trip to Paris. Relish is her most recent work.” Macmillan 
  • Lucy has two new books coming out. The first titled, An Age of License, “is the tale of Lucy’s trip through Europe, where she apparently has all sorts of adventures, meditates on the meaning of life and finds love. It’s due out this fall and will be about 200 pages, black and white with some color.” Comic Book Resources
  • The second book titled, Displacement, “Lucy takes her grandparents on a cruise, meditates on the meaning of life… This graphic novel will also be black and white with some color.” Comics Book Resources

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Larson, Hope, and Madeleine Engle. Madelaine L’Engles A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2012. Print.

Summary: Hope Larson, takes the classic story of Madelaine L’Engles A Wrinkle in Time and creates a unique and vivid illustrated graphic novel adaptation of the award-winning children’s book.

Appeal Factors:

  • Literary adaptation
  • Might appeal to fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy stories
  • Might appeal to fans of the 1962 classic, A Wrinkle in Time.
  • Black, white, and blue illustrations
  • Most of the dialogue comes directly from Madelaine L’Engles original Wrinkle in Time.
  • Small panels, heavy on the dialogue
  • 400 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 10 – 15 years

Visual Style: 

  • Illustrations are simplistic, whimsical, and expressive.
  • Cartoonish style
  • Panels use very little color (semi-monochrome- black, white, and blue tones used for highlighting or shading).

Textual Style:

  • Most of the dialogue comes directly from Madelaine L’Engles original Wrinkle in Time.
  • Conversational
  • Prose-heavy
  • Small panels, heavy on the dialogue

Awards:

  • #2 New York Times Graphic Books List Bestseller
  • Eisner Award Nominee
  • Eisner Award Best Publication for Teens Winner, 2013
  • A Junior Library Guild Selection
  • A California Library Association Best Graphic Novel of 2012
  • A BN.com Best Graphic Novel of 2012
  • CCBC Choice (Univ. of Wi)
  • Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award Maser List

Additional Information: 

  • A book trailer for A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel can be found on Macmillan’s Website
  • “This adaptation is fabulous for presenting a fresh vision to those familiar with the original, but it’s so true to the story’s soul that even those who’ve never read it will come away with a genuine understanding of L’Engle’s ideas and heart.”    Booklist, Starred Review 
  • Fans of the space and time themes or literary classics might enjoy reading The Time Machine Graphic Novel by H. G. Wells, Lewis Helfand (Adapted by), and Rajesh Nagulakonda (Illustrator).

Superheroes

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Kane, Bob, and Bill Finger. Batman: The Dark Knight Archives, Vol. 2. New York: DC Comics, 1995. Print.

Summary: This fascinating volume features, Catwoman, the Penguin, the Joker and introduces readers to the Batmobile.

Appeal Factors:

  • DC Archive Editions
  • Superheroes and Sidekicks-Batman and Robin
  • Action/Adventure/mystery stories
  • The first appearance of the Batmobile is on page 16
  • Clear arch types
  • Literary references (Humpty Dumpty, Cyclops, one- eyed giant, the bean stalk from Jack and the Beanstalk).
  • Simple stories
  • Full color- Pop arty style (flashy and bright primary color palette)
  • There is a “Forward” page at the beginning of this book and a biographies page found at the back of the book.
  • 222 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Might be more suited for teens and adults

Visual Style: 

  • Glossy paper
  • Vintage/retro
  • Full color-Pop art style(flashy and bright primary color palette).
  • Lots of white space at the top and bottom of the pages.
  • Panels or interior splash panels take place in the middle of the pages (e.g., on pages 117 and 170).

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational and melodramatic
  • Lots of speech bubbles and words per panel
  • Some of the text is very hard to read
  • Text is all capital letters
  • Some of the text can be found in yellow or tan square or rectangular speech bubbles (e.g., on pages 16 and 83).
  • Some panels had panel numbers (located in the left corner). These numbers might signify, which order to read the panels in (e.g., on pages 35 and 37).

Awards:

  • No notable awards for this specific collection.

Additional Information:

  • Batman: The Dark Knight Archives, Vol. 2. collection includes “The early adventures of Batman, The Dark Knight! From the pages of Batman #5-8!” -From the back cover of Batman: The Dark Knight Archives, Vol. 2
  • The Batmobile makes it’s the first appearance in this particular volume on page 16.
  • The Penguin, Catwoman, and the Joker also make appearances in this particular comic’s volume.
  • Is referenced in Michael Pawuk’s 2007, Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More (listed under Chapter 1 Super-Heroes: Super-Hero Icons).

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Morrison, Grant, Cameron Stewart, and Andy Clarke. Batman & Robin, Vol. 2 : Batman vs. Robin. New York:  DC Comics, 2011. Print. 

Summary:  In Batman & Robin, Vol. 2 : Batman vs. Robin the new Batman and Robin, are on a mission to figure out the mystery behind Bruce Wayne’s death and attempts to revive him.

Appeal Factors:

  • DC Comics
  • Batwoman and Knight & Squire make an appearance in this particular volume
  • Flying Batmobile
  • Action/adventure/mystery stories
  • Full color artwork-darker tones
  • Extra features in the back of the comic; “Rogues’ Gallery” (Batman and Robin logos and issue covers) and New Characters” (artwork and descriptions)
  • Literary references (Mary Poppins chimney sweeps, such as on pages 31-33)
  • Medium amount of words per panel, some panels are completely wordless (e.g., on page 106 and 128)
  • 168 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Might be more suited for teens and adults

Visual Style: 

  • Full color artwork -darker tones
  • Detailed and vivid artwork
  • Grim
  • Noir
  • Each story arc, in this particular volume, was done by a different artist (first story “Blackest Knight” artwork by Cameron Stewart and the second story “Batman vs. Robin” artwork by Andy Clarke).
  • Lots of full page bleeds that runs to the edge of the page (e.g., pages 80 and 122).
  • Some pages have illustrations that bleed into one another. Thick black panels act as a divider between the two pages, such as on pages 48-49 and on pages 56-57.
  • Some pages have illustrations that bleed into one another, where there is no panel division on one side of the page (e.g., on pages 34 and 35).
  • On pages 146 and 147 there is a double splash panel.

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational
  • Red musical notes and song lyrics can be found in some of the speech bubbles (representing people singing, such as on page 17)
  • Text is all capital letters
  • Medium amount of words per panel, some panels are completely wordless (e.g., on page 106 and 128)

Awards:

  • Grant Morrison, “In the last 5 years, his books have won multiple major industry awards, including The Eisner Award for best series three times for ALL STAR SUPERMAN and best limited series SEVEN SOLDIERS. Morrison has also won several Harvey Awards including Best Writer in 2009, a Scream Award, and attained Lifetime Achievement status at the British Eagle Awards. In 2011, he received five awards from Kapow! Stan Lee to Eagle’s including Best Writer at each, and Best Comic for Batman and Robin.” –Grant Morrison’s Offical Website 

Additional Information: 

  • Grant Morrison, “was the first comic book writer to be included as one of Entertainment Weekly’s top 100 creative people in America.” Grant Morrison’s Offical Website 
  • Morrison in 2008, “wrote the two top selling DC Comics titles FINAL CRISIS, and BATMAN. The controversial BATMAN R.I.P. storyline which has revolutionised the character was caught in a worldwide press storm with reports of Grant ‘killing Batman’ in every major newspaper and on TV. In 2013, he completed a seven year run on the BATMAN franchise having created the best-selling BATMAN & ROBIN. In 2009, he brought Bruce Wayne back into comic continuity in the series, BATMAN: THE RETURN OF BRUCE WAYNE, and wrapped up the saga in BATMAN INCORPORATED: LEVIATHAN.” –Grant Morrison’s Offical Website 

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Lee, Stan, and Steve Ditko. Marvel Masterworks Presents the Amazing Spider-Man: Reprinting The Amazing Spider-Man Nos. 1-10 & Amazing Fantasy No. 15. New York, N.Y. : Marvel Comics, 2001. Print.

Summary: This particular collection contains the first appearances of some of Spider-Man’s menacing enemies; The Sandman, Chameleon, Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, The Vulture, The Lizard, Electro, and more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Marvel Masterworks
  • Introduction to the collection by Stan Lee (co-creator of the Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, X-Men, and many more).
  • Afterword by Peter Sanderson (comic book historian and critic).
  • Superheroes-Spiderman
  • Action-Adventure stories
  • First appearances of The Sandman, Chameleon, Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, The Vulture, The Lizard, Electro, and more.
  • Clear arc types
  • Full color-pop art style (flashy and bright primary color palette).
  • Might be more suited for teens and adults

Potential Readers:

  • Might be more suited for teens and adults

Visual Style: 

  • Glossy paper
  • Full color-Pop art style(flashy and bright primary color palette).
  • Vintage/retro
  • Lots of white space at the top and bottom of the pages.
  • Panels or interior splash panels take place in the middle of the pages (e.g., on pages 133 and 177).

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational and melodramatic
  • Lots of speech bubbles and words per panel. Some of the text is very hard to read
  • Text is all capital letters
  • Some of the text can be found in yellow or pink square or rectangular speech bubbles (e.g., on pages 11, 19, 129, and 179).
  • Some panels had panel numbers (located in the left corner). These numbers might signify, which order to read the panels in (page 35 and 37).

Awards: 

  • Alley Award: Best Short Story—”Origin of Spider-Man” by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Amazing Fantasy #15, 1962
  • Alley Award: Best Comic: Adventure Hero title—The Amazing Spider-Man, 1963
  • Alley Award: Top Hero—Spider-Man, 1963
  • Alley Award: Best Adventure Hero Comic Book—The Amazing Spider-Man, 1964
  • Alley Award: Best Giant Comic – The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1, 1964
  • Alley Award: Best Hero—Spider-Man, 1964
  • Alley Award: Best Adventure Hero Comic Book—The Amazing Spider-Man, 1965
  • Alley Award: Best Hero—Spider-Man, 1965

Additional Information: 

  • Is referenced in Michael Pawuk’s 2007, Graphic Novels: A Genre Guide to Comic Books, Manga, and More (listed under Chapter 1 Super-Heroes: Super-Hero Icons).
  • Marvel Masterworks presents the Amazing Spider-Man: reprinting The Amazing Spider-Man Nos. 1-10 & Amazing Fantasy No. 15 consists of Amazing Fantasy #15 & Amazing Spider-Man #1-10 (1962–1964).

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McKeever, Sean, and Patrick Scherberger.Spider-Man in Vulture Hunt!. Spotlight library bound ed. Edina, Minnesota : Spotlight, 2007. Print.

Summary: In this new retelling of Spider-Man, we get to meet some of his meanest villains such as; The Vulture and Kraven the Hunter. We are also introduced to the new photographer for the Daily Bugle, Andy Anderson.

Appeal Factors:

  • Marvel Age
  • Dialogue is expressive
  • Illustrations are active and action-packed
  • Full color artwork
  • 24 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Might appeal more to kids, but for all ages

Visual Style: 

  • Glossy paper
  • Illustrations are active and action-packed
  • Full color artwork
  • Some pages have illustrations that bleed into one another. Thick white panels act as a divider between the two pages (e.g., on pages 16 and 17).
  • Some pages have illustrations that bleed into one another,  where there is no panel division on one side of the page (e.g., on pages 10 and 11).

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is expressive
  • Some of the text in the multi-colored blue square speech bubbles is hard to read.

Awards:

  • No notable awards for this specific title.

Additional Information: 

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Benson, Amber, Christopher Golden, Daniel Brereton, Andi Watson , and Doug Petrie. Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus, Volume 6. Milwaukie, Oregon : Dark Horse Books, 2009. Print.

Summary: This particular volume delves more into the relationship of Willow and Tara,  Buffy and Angel working together to fight new enemies, and story lines revolving around Dawn.

Appeal Factors:

  • Action/fantasy/magic/horror
  • Supernatural Heroes-Buffy Summers, Vampire Slayer
  • Episodic
  • Might appeal to fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.
  • Might appeal to fans of vampire movies, books, and television shows.
  • Contains stories set during Season 4 and Season 5 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series
  • Lots of action-packed fight scenes
  • Humorous
  • Full color-anime style
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • 393 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Recommended Age Range: 14 – 17 years and older

Visual Style: 

  • Full color-anime style
  • Cinematic
  • Minimalist/simplistic style
  • Some panels scenes are gory
  • The characters barely resemble those from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series.

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is conversational and expressive
  • Each character has their own text when narrating (some of the text is hard to read, such as on page 301)
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Text is all capital letters
  • Sound effects are in large, bright, and bold colored lettering (e.g., on pages 120 and 156).

Awards: 

  • No notable awards for this specific collection.

Additional Information: 

 

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Schulz, Charles M., and Alec Baldwin. The Complete Peanuts: Dailies & Sundays 1977 to 1978 (Vol. 14). Seattle, WA :  Fantagraphics Books, 2010. Print.

Summary: This collection, contains all of the Peanuts Comic Strips (Dailies & Sundays) published in the newspapers, from January 1977 to December 1978. This particular collection, begins with a foreword by Alec Baldwin and features a number of sports and holiday comic strips, an introduction of new characters (Eudora), a reappearance by Linus’s crush Truffles, and so much more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Themes or holidays (e.g. sports related, Valentines Day, etc.).
  • Some of the comics referenced in this collection are classic nursery rhymes and novels (e.g. Alice in Wonderland” and Humpty Dumpty).
  • May appeal to fans of the Calvin and Hobbes Comic Strips.
  • Index of comic titles, names, events, and more
  • Foreword by Alec Baldwin
  • A variety of character personalities-familiar characters (Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy van Pelt, etc.).
  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Black-and-white illustrations
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • 325 pages

Potential Readers:

  • May appeal to readers of all ages

Visual Style:

  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Black-and-white illustrations
  • Minimalism
  • Panels that include a title are longer lengthwise and introduce the comic
  • Standard panels are square or rectangular

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue (conversational, witty, sarcastic)
  • Difference in font size, depending upon what is being expressed or shown
  • Almost all of the font is capitalized
  • Medium amount of words per panel

Awards:

  • Eisner Award Winner, Best Archival Collection/Project, 2005
  • Eisner Award Winner, Best Publication Design, 2005
  • Harvey Award Winner, Special Award for Excellence in Presentation, 2005
  • Eisner Award Winner, Best Archival Collection/Project Strips, 2007
  • Harvey Award Winner, Best Domestic Reprint Project, 2005, 2007, and 2009

Additional Information:

  • “Named one of the top 10 “Comics Archives and Anthologies of the Decade” (2000-2009) by Omnivoracious (Amazon.com) – See more at: Fantagraphics.”
  • About The Complete Peanuts: Dailies & Sundays 1977 to 1978 (Vol. 14): “As the 1970s wind down, the last two recurring Peanuts characters have fallen into place: Snoopy’s brother Spike and the youngest Van Pelt sibling, Rerun. But that doesn’t mean Schulz’s creativity has diminished; in fact, this volume features an amazing profusion of hilariously distinctive new one- (or two-) shot characters!” Amazon
  • About the creator and cartoonist of the Peanuts Comic Strip:  “Charles Schulz, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on November 6, 1922, launched his comic strip Peanuts in 1950. Featuring hero Charlie Brown, over the years the strip would run in more than 2000 newspapers and in many languages. Peanuts also expanded into TV specials like the Emmy-winning A Charlie Brown Christmas as well as books and a huge merchandise collection.” Biography Online

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Davis, Jim. Garfield Takes the Cake. New York : Ballantine Books, 2003. Print. 

Summary: Garfield is back in this new colorized version. This collection of comics strips features Garfield’s grandpa, his escape from the city pound, and banters with reoccurring character Arlene.

Appeal Factors:

  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Humorous scenarios (witty and sarcastic)
  • Might appeal to people who like cats or animals in general.
  • Stereotypical (cats being portrayed as lazy, nerdy guy can’t get a date, etc.)
  • Familiar characters (Garfield, Jon Arbuckle, Nermal, and Odie)
  • Full color
  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel
  • 96 pages

Potential Readers:

  • May appeal to readers of all ages

Visual Style:

  • The original was in black-and-white and is now in full color.
  • Sound effects and actions are all in capital letters (e.g., on page 31)
  • Panel style changes on pages 24 and 72
  • When Garfield sings, the text changes color (e.g., on pages 81 and 71)
  • The sound effect on page 51 is not represented in a panel. It is located in the gutter, between two small panels.

Textual Style:

  • Sound effects are symbolized with colored font and varying font sizes (e.g., on page 77).
  • On page 51 the word “POW” is being shown to represent static (it has lightening bolts coming out of it, it’s multi-colored, and the text is all capital letters).
  • Page 70 the word “BAP!” is in the gutter, between two panels
  • Banter between characters
  • Dialogue (conversational, expressive, and sarcastic)
  • Text is all capital letters
  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel

Awards: The Garfield Comic Strip has won numerous awards, but not specifically for this title. The awards won for the comic strip include:

  • National Cartoonist Society Award for Best Humor Strip, 1981
  • National Cartoonist Society Award for Best Humor Strip, 1985
  • Elzie Seger Award, 1985
  • Reuben Award for overall excellence in cartooning, 1989

Additional Information: 

  • “Today, “GARFIELD” is read in over 2400 newspapers by 200 million people. Guinness World Records , named “GARFIELD” “The Most Widely Syndicated Comic Strip in the World.” Scholastic Website 
  • About the creator of the Garfield Comics StripJim Davis,”noticed there were a lot of comic strips about dogs but none about cats. Jim created a new character – a fat, lasagna-loving cat named Garfield. On June 19, 1978, the comic strip first appeared in 41 newspapers in U.S. cities like Boston, Chicago and Dallas. Today, more than 2,600 newspapers print Garfield worldwide. Garfield has been become more than just a comic strip. There are Garfield movies, a television show and lots of merchandise, like T-shirts, books and posters. With this success, Jim Davis has won many awards and is founder and president of Paws Inc., a studio that manages Garfield worldwide.” Indiana Historical Society

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Johnston, Lynn Franks. The Big 5-0: A For Better or For Worse Collection. Kansas City, Mo.: Andrews McMeel, 2000. Print.

Summary: This particular For Better of Worse Comic Strips collection follows the dad John Patterson, turning 50, daughter Elizabeth’s senior year in high school, and much more.

Appeal Factors: 

  • Female cartoonist
  • Slice of life/Realistic family life/drama/conflicts (everyday life, school, holidays, etc.)
  • Pictorial (Canadian wit and humor)
  • Might appeal to fans of The Family Circus.
  • Black-and-white and grey-toned illustrations
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • 127 pages

Potential Readers:

  • More suited for teens and adults

Visual Style: 

  • Realistic family style
  • Pictorial (Canadian wit and humor)
  • Expressive facial gestures and facial expressions, especially in the character eyes (e.g., on pages 80 and 99).
  • Black-and-white and grey-toned illustrations
  • Relational (everyday life, school, holidays, etc).

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue (conversational, informative, and expressive)
  • Simple
  • Medium amount of words per panel
  • Text is all capital letters

Awards:  

  • No notable awards for this specific title, but in 1999, “For Better or For Worse won an award for Best Syndicated Strip or Panel (United Feature Syndicate).” Harvey Awards
  • Lynn Johnston, has won numerous awards including, the Reuben Award for the Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the NCS, 1986 (she was the first female and Canadian to win this award). She won the Reuben Award for Best Syndicated Strip from the NCS in 1992 and was Nominated in the Best Comic Strip category, 2002.

Additional Information:

  • “Newspaper cartoon surveys continuously rate For Better or For Worse in the top five popular comics, and more often it reaches Number One, even out-rating “Peanuts”, by Charles Schulz.” The Cartoonists Website 
  • “For Better or For Worse” now appears in over 2000 papers in Canada, the United States and 20 other countries. It is translated into eight languages. There are more than 30 books currently in print. For a list of all of Lynn’s published works, see our illustrated bibliography.” For Better of For Worse Online Website 

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Larson, Gary. The Far Side Gallery 2. Kansas City: Andrews, McMeel & Parker, 1986. Print.

Summary: The Far Side Gallery 2 is the second collection of The Far Side Comics Strips. It includes a foreword by Stephen King and cartoons from the “Valley of the Far Side,” “It Came From the Far Side,” and “Bride of the Far Side.”

Appeal Factors:

  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Humorous scenarios (witty and sarcastic)
  • Humorous-satirical and surrealistic drawings
  • Punny/silly
  • Introduction by Stephen King
  • Historical and political figures, as well as, literary references- both in the text and in the satirical drawings (e.g., Alfred Einstein, Humpty Dumpty, Dracula, Isaac Newton, Frankenstein, The Brady Bunch, Tarzan, and more).
  • Black-and-white illustrations
  • Few words per panel, is a single panel comic
  • 192 pages

Potential Readers:

  • A comic strip more suited for adults

Visual Style: 

  • Abstract
  • Humorous-satirical and surrealistic drawings
  • Punny/Silly
  • Black-and-white illustrations

Textual Style:

  • The majority of the dialogue is in quotes
  • The dialogue is (persuasive, simple, satirical)
  • Few words per panel, is a single panel comic

Awards: 

  • No notable awards for this specific collection.
  • Gary Larson, has won multiple awards for The Far Side Comic Strip including, the National Cartoonist Society Newspaper Panel Cartoon in 1985 and 1988. He also won the Reuben Award in 1990 and 1994.

Additional Information: 

  • About the author: “The Far Side was syndicated in more than 1,900 daily newspapers from 1980 to 1995, when Gary Larson retired. During its run, the cartoon spawned 22 books from AMP, which were translated into a total of 17 different languages. For his work with The Far Side, Larson was awarded the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist from the National Cartoonists Society in 1991 and 1994. The group also named The Far Side Best Syndicated Panel in both 1985 and 1987.” Amazon
  • The Far Side thrived for fourteen years until Larson retired from daily panels on January 1, 1995. At that time, the panel was appearing in more than 1,900 daily and Sunday newspapers worldwide. Quite a number of “Far Side” books were produced which topped best seller lists. Larson also received many awards including the Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, and the Max & Moritz Price for Best International Comic Strip/Panel.” Pun of the Day 

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Keane, Bil. The Family Circus: Daily and Sunday Comic 1960-61. San Diego, California : IDW Pub., 2009. Print. 

Summary: This particular volume, contains all of the The Family Circus Dailies & Sundays published from February 29,1960 to December 31, 1961. This particular volume, begins with an introduction by Christopher Keane and even contains some full color comics toward the end of the collection.

Appeal Factors:

  • Introduction by Christopher Keane
  • About the author, Bil Keane information in the back of the book.
  • Realistic family style
  • Humorous and cute comic strip
  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Might appeal to fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. 
  • Might appeal to fans of the For Better or For Worse Comic Strip.
  • From page 26 to 217, black-and-white illustrations. From page 218 to 234, full color illustrations.
  • The text appears below the circular panels.
  • Few to moderate amount of words below the circular panels
  • 240 pages

Potential Readers:

  • May appeal to readers of all ages

Visual Style: 

  • From page 26 to 217, black-and-white illustrations. From page 218 to 234, full color illustrations.
  • Humorous and cute comic strip
  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)

Textual Style:

  • The text appears below the circular panels
  • The majority of the dialogue is in quotes and is either conversational or expressive.
  • Few to moderate amount of words below the circular panels

Awards: 

  • No notable awards for this specific volume.
  • Bil Keane “has been a four-time recipient of the National Cartoonists Society’s Award for Best Newspaper Panel of the year, as well as earning that prestigious organization’s highest honor, the Reuben Award, in 1982.” The Library of American Comics

Additional Information: 

  • About The Family Circus: Daily and Sunday Comic 1960-61: “Drawing inspiration from his own family’s antics, Bil Keane brought the charming adventures of Billy, Dolly, Jeffy & PJ to life where they have been beloved by millions of readers ever since. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Family Circus, this initial book collects the first two years of daily and Sunday strips, starting from the very beginning.”      The Library of American Comics

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Peters, Mike. Mother Goose & Grimm’s Night of the Living Vacuum. New York : Topper Books, 1991. Print.

Summary: This particular collection, contains black-and-white illustrations and sixteen full color comic strips. Follow Grimmy and Attila the cat, as they try to escape from an attacking vacuum.

Appeal Factors:

  • Adventurous/humorous comic strips
  • Punny/silly
  • Eccentric characters (a dog named Grimmy, his caretaker a goose named Mother Goose, his sidekick a cat named Attila, and more)
  • Might appeal to people who like dogs or animals in general.
  • Literary, historical, and pop culture references (Indiana Jones, Frankenstein, Michelangelo, Abraham Lincoln, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Candy Land, Ted Koppel, and more).
  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Mixture of black-and-white illustrations and sixteen pages of full color.
  • Different panel sizes
  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel
  • 159 pages

Potential Readers:

  • May appeal to readers of all ages

Visual Style: 

  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Punny/Silly
  • Mixture of black-and-white illustrations and sixteen pages of full color.
  • Different panel sizes

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is informative, expressive, and conversational.
  • Few to moderate amount of words per panel
  • Text is all capital letters

Awards: 

  • No notable awards for this specific volume.
  • Mike Peter’s has won various awards including: “the Sigma Delta Chi Distinguished Award for political cartooning (1975), ACLU-Ohio Award (1980), Pulitzer Prize (1981), Distinguished Alumni Award, Washington University (1981), Headliner Award (1983, 1988, 1993), WICI Headliner (1983, 1990), NCS Award for Editorial Cartooning (1983, 1984), NCS nomination for Cartoonist of the Year (1985), the Ohio Governor’s Award (1985), National Planned Parenthood “Maggie” (1985, 2000), Esquire’s Top 40 Achievers (1988), WICI Man of the Year (1988), Humane Society Man of the Year (1990), Cox Newspapers Citation (1988, 1990), the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year (1992), Best of Cox – Editorial Cartooning (2001, 2003, 2004).” Mike Peter’s Official Website 
  • The Mother Goose and Grimm comic strip is still “distributed daily and on Sundays by King Features Syndicate, Mother Goose and Grimm appears in more than 500 newspapers (across the land), boasts a readership of 100 million everyday and consistently ranks high in nationwide newspaper surveys.” Comics Kingdom  

Additional Information: 

  • “The Comic Strip Mother Goose & Grimm appears in over 800 newspapers worldwide and consistently places in the top 10 most popular ratings. Licensees distribute Grimmy products all over the world, and the Grimmy TV show continues to air in several countries. Mother Goose & Grimm is included in the Toon Lagoon theme park at Universal Studios that opened in July 1999.” Mike Peter’s Official Website 
  • “His cartoons are shown in numerous galleries across the country including the Chuck Jones Showrooms, the permanent collection of the Milton Caniff Library at Ohio State University, the Charles Schulz Museum and the Library of Congress (Washington D.C.).” Mike Peter’s Official Website 

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Collins, Max Allan, and Dick Locher. The Dick Tracy Casebook: Favorite Adventures, 1931-1990. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 1990. Print.

Summary: The Dick Tracy Casebook  is made-up of seven favorite adventures, one from each decade (1931-1990). This particular collection, begins with an introduction by Dick Locher and ends with an afterword by Max Allan Collins. Some of the comic strip stories included are, “The 1930s: The Hotel Murders,” “The 1950s: Crewy Lou,” “The 1970s: Big Boy’s Open Contract,” and more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Action/adventured/crime packed stories
  • May appeal to fans who like detective stories or forensic science mystery and thrillers.
  • Introduction by Dick Locher
  • Each comic strip adventure begins with a forward by that particular comic strip writer and illustrator (Chester Gould or Max Allen Collins and Rick Fletcher).
  • An afterword by Max Allan Collins
  • Black-and-white illustrations
  • The drawings are very surreal (reminds me of the crime or film noir genre)
  • Lots of words per panel
  • 273 pages

Potential Readers:

  • Might be more suited for teens and adults

Visual Style: 

  • Black-and-white illustrations
  • Lots of white space surrounding all sides of the panels
  • Drawings are violent and action packed
  • The drawings are very surreal (reminds me of the crime or film noir genre)

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is dramatic, cinematic, and conversational.
  • Lots of words per panel
  • Text is all capital letters

Awards:

  • No notable awards for this specific collection, but “Dick Tracy is one of the longest-running comic strips in history, having run continuously since 1931.” Den of Geek! Online 
  • Chester Gould, has won multiple awards including: National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award, 1959 and 1977, Special Edgar Award Mystery Writers of America, 1980, and the Harvey Award Winner Best Syndicated Strip or Panel, 2013.
  • Was the first adventure strip to win the Harvey Award.

Additional Information: 

  • “On October 4, 1931, “Dick Tracy” first appeared in the Detroit Mirror, one of the Tribune owned papers, then in the New York Daily News, then the Chicago Tribune, and on and on, taking the country by storm. So popular was the strip that it appeared on the front page of the New York Daily News for 45 consecutive years, and it was seen in 27 foreign papers.” Dick Tracy Museum 

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Trudeau, G. B. Talk to the Hand. Kansas City, Missouri: Andrews McMeel, 2004. Print.

Summary: Talk to the Hand is a collection of Doonesbury Comic Strips. Some of the topics covered in this collection are about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s government race, the War in Iraq, and much more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Continuity strip (G.B. Trudeau, the creator of the Doonesbury Comics Strip,”is putting production of his daily “Doonesbury” comic strip on long-term hiatus beginning Feb. 24… Trudeau will continue producing his Sunday strip…” Boston.com).
  • Bill O’Reilly endorsement on the front cover
  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Political/Social Commentary
  • Might appeal to fans of the Bloom County Comic Strip
  • Both the drawings and text are satirical
  • A mixture of black-and-white illustrations and full color
  • Moderate amount of words per panel
  • 152 pages

Potential Readers:

  • A comic strip more suited for adults

Visual Style: 

  • A mixture of black-and-white illustrations and full color
  • Black-and-white illustrations on paper that is the consistency of a coloring book
  • Full color illustrations are on glossy paper
  • Drawings are satirical

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is satirical
  • Humorous and Political/Social Commentary
  • Moderate amount of words per panel
  • Text is all capital letters

Awards: 

  • No notable awards for this specific collection.
  • Garry Trudeau won a Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, 1975.
  • The Doonesbury Comic Strip was also a Nominated Finalist in 1990, 2004, and 2005 and a Reuben Award, 1995

Additional Information:

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Watterson, Bill. The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury. Kansas City, Missouri : Andrews and McMeel, 1992. Print.  

Summary:  This collection contains selections of Calvin and Hobbes Comics Strips. Some of the things that happen in the comic strips are Calvin and Hobbes go tobogganing, sledding, and have water balloon fights.

Appeal Factors:

  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Imaginary friend and sidekick (Hobbes, a stuffed tiger)
  • Humorous both in the text and drawings (Calvin is a trickster and likes to pull pranks and Hobbes is witty)
  • May appeal to fans of adventure stories.
  • May appeal to fans of childhood and friendship stories.
  • May appeal to fans of the Peanuts Comic Strips.
  • A mixture of black-and-white illustrations and full color.
  • Few to medium amount of words per panel. Some panels are completely wordless.
  • 256 pages

Potential Readers:

  • May appeal to readers of all ages

Visual Style: 

  • A mixture of black-and-white illustrations and full color.
  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Humorous both in the text and drawings (Calvin is a trickster and likes to pull pranks).
  • Simple and expressive illustrations

Textual Style:

  • Few to medium amount of words per panel. Some panels are completely wordless (e.g., on pages 102 and 133).
  • Humorous both in the text and drawings (Calvin is a trickster and likes to pull pranks and Hobbes is witty).

Awards: No notable awards for this volume, but Bill Watterson has won countless awards including:

  • Reuben Award Cartoonist of the Year, 1986 and 1988
  • National Cartoonists Society’s, Newspaper Comic Strips Humor Comic Strip Award, 1988
  • Harvey Award, Special Award for Humor, for Calvin and Hobbes, 1989 
  • Harvey Award, Best Syndicated Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Max & Moritz Prize, Best Comic Strip, for Calvin and Hobbes, 1990
  • “Calvin and Hobbes’ creator Bill Watterson won the 2014 Grand Prix, the top prize at the 41st annual Festival International de la Bande Desinée in Angoulême, France.” Publisher’s Weekly 

Additional Information: 

  • “This treasury collection contains a never-before-published, full-color section, as well as all the cartoons appearing in Revenge of the Baby-Sat and Scientific Progress Goes “Boink.”Barnes & Nobles

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Breathed, Berke. The Bloom County Library : Volume One, 1980-1982. San Diego, California : IDW Pub., 2009. Print.

Summary: The Bloom County Library : Volume One collection contains the Bloom County Comic Strips from 1980-1982. This particular collection, begins with an introduction by Berkeley Breathed and includes numerous pop culture and political figure references, such as the wedding of Princes Charles and Diana Spencer, Marie Osmond,  Dan Rather, Carl Sagan, James Watt, Star Trek, and many more.

Appeal Factors:

  • Pictorial (American wit and humor)
  • Political/Social Commentary
  • Might appeal to fans of the Doonesbury Comic Strip
  • Pop culture and political figure references
  • Familiar characters (Opus the penguin, Bill the Cat, Milo Bloom, Michael Binkley, Cuter John, Steve Dallas, and more)
  • Some of the material in this collection had never been published before until now.
  • Moderate to lots of words per panel

Potential Readers:

  • A comic strip more suited for adults

Visual Style: 

  • A mixture of black-and-white illustrations and full color
  • Black-and-white illustrations on thick and heavy paper
  • Drawings are satirical and detailed
  • Sparse side editorial notes from Berkeley Breathed (e.g., on pages 155 and 219).

Textual Style:

  • Dialogue is satirical
  • Moderate to lots of words per panel
  • Humorous and Political/Social Commentary
  • Text is all capital letters

Awards: 

  • No notable awards for this specific collection.
  • Berkley Breathed won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987

Additional Information: 

  • “Berkley Breathed’s Bloom County was one of the most popular and critically acclaimed newspaper strips of all time. Bloom County ran from December 8th, 1980 to August 6th, 1989 and was published in an astounding 1200 newspapers on a daily basis. The huge popularity of Bloom County spawned a merchandizing bonanza, as well as two spin-off strips, Outland and Opus.” Barnes & Noble