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).
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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