Book Review: Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh


Author: Allie Brosh Title: Hyperbole and a Half  Publication Info: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013. ISBN: 9781451666175 Summary/Review: The deliberately crudely-illustrated comics from Allie Brosh’s classic Hyperbole and a Half blog are collected here in book form.  Brosh’s writing and drawing based on her life is both hilarious and poignant.   Her works on depression and motivation…

Book Review: Doctor Who. Volume 2, Tesseract by Tony Lee


Author: Tony Lee Title: Doctor Who. Volume 2, Tesseract Publication Info: IDW Publishing (2010) ISBN: 9781600107566 Summary/Review: The Tenth Doctor’s adventures from Fugitive continue with his new companions Emily and Matt heading on divergent paths.  Emily becomes a stronger character driven to action while Matt consumed by jealousy is drawn to evil.  There’s also a 5D spaceship, Martha Jones and…

Book Review: A People’s History of American Empire by Howard Zinn


Author: Howard Zinn, Paul Buhle, & Mike Konopacki Title: A People’s History of American Empire Publication Info: ISBN: 0805077790 Summary/Review: When I was a kid I inherited my uncle’s Mad magazine collection which had some comic books mixed in including a three-part series about the Civil War.  This was a hagiographic history where all the…

Book Review: Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie


Around The World For a Good Book selection for: Côte d’Ivoire Author: Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie Title: Aya Publication Info: Drawn and Quarterly (2007)https://othemts.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php ISBN: 1894937902 Summary/Review: This beautifully illustrated graphic novel is set in Yop City, a working class neighborhood in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire in the 1970’s when the nation was prosperous and…

Book Review: Rex Libris: I, Librarian


Author: James Turner Title: Rex Libris: I, Librarian Publication Info: San Jose, Calif. : SLG Pub., [2007] ISBN: 9781593620622 Summary/Review: Rex Libris is a tough-as-nail librarian now several eons old fighting to protect knowledge and make sure books are returned on time, even when they’re held by intergalactic space creatures.  This comic book/graphic novel is…

Book Review: Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichom


Pride of Baghdad (2006) by Brian K. Vaughn and Niko Henrichom is a graphic novel based on a true story of four lions escaping the Baghdad Zoo after an American bombing raid. Unfortunately the premise is better than the execution. Mind you, the illustration for this book are gorgeous in their detail, even in the…

Book Review: Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return


Marjane Satrapi returns with another harrowing, introspective, and funny graphic memoir in Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return (2004). Picking up where Persepolis left off, one can forget any preconceived notions of the difficulties of adolescence. Sure Marji is facing mood swings, sudden changes in her body and unpopularity among her peers. She’s also…

Book Review: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood


I’ve never much liked comic books and only recently have begun reading graphic novels so I have some preconceived notions of the genre being dominated by male author/illustrators creating fantasy worlds of violence and unrealistically busty women. So I find it ironic now that I’ve read Fun Home and Persepolis: The Story of  a Childhood…

Book Review: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel


Here is another venture into the graphic novel for me, or as the case, the graphic memoir. Alison Bechdel writer and illustrator of the classic comic Dykes to Watch Out For writes about her life and her relationship with her father in Fun Home (2006). Bechdel’s father was a high school English teacher, a director…

Book Review: Two Graphic Novels


I decided to take a break from my usual reading patterns and explore two intriguing phenomena.  The first is graphic novels which my public library now has an entire section devoted to and I’ve heard a lot of buzz about their art and creativity.  The second is steampunk, a genre of science fiction based on…