Happy Holidays, everyone! In keeping with the spirit of the season, here are a few gift suggestions– great graphic novels for any age group, by a few of my good friends!
Definitely Nat: The Nat Enough Collection #1-3 Boxed Set by Maria Scrivan
Making friends isn’t easy, but losing them is even harder!
Natalie is navigating her way through the minefields of middle school. Between best friends and boyfriends and ex-friends, Natalie doesn’t think she measures up to others. But when she meets new friends, will Natalie be able to focus on who she is, rather than who she isn’t and discover that she’s more than enough, just the way she is?
This three-book box set by New York Timesbestselling creator Maria Scrivan includes Nat Enough, Forget Me Nat, and Absolutely Nat.
Batman is lost on Fortnite Island from the popular video game, and trapped in it’s recurring time loop battle royale, where everything, including his memory, is reset every 22 minutes. Can even the world’s greatest detective solve the mystery of Fortnite Island?
Olympians Boxed Set Books 1-6 by George O’Connor
In OLYMPIANS, O’Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama fantasy adventures, with monsters, romance, and not a few huge explosions. O’Connor’s vibrant, kinetic art brings ancient tales to undeniable life, in a perfect fusion of super-hero aesthetics and ancient Greek mythology.
Collectors will adore this packaged set, with lots of new artwork and a free poster featuring the complete Olympians family tree.
The Red Hook, Vol.1: New Brooklyn by Dean Haspiel
Winner of the Ringo Award for Best Webcomic 2017, this book collects the first volume of THE RED HOOK, a super-thief who is bequeathed the Omni-fist of Altruism and transformed into a hero against his will a year after a sentient Brooklyn’s heart is broken and physically secedes from America.
A romantic, unreliable narrator leads us through his interplanetary coming-of-age story, as an older Moonshadow recounts his strange mixed-species birth in outer space, his escape from a deep-space zoo, and his struggles to survive in a war-torn universe.
With gorgeous watercolor artwork by Jon J Muth, this influential, timeless “fairy tale for adults” also includes the Farewell Moonshadow illustrated novella that gives fans a look at Moon’s life after his tumultuous, space-faring teens and misadventures with the miscreant Ira. Digitally restored and including all original cover work, this volume also includes illustrations by Kent Williams and George Pratt and lettering by Kevin Nowlan. A sci-fi fantasy that Ray Bradbury called, “Beautiful, original, haunting,” and DeMatteis himself calls “Dickens’ David Copperfield meets Siddhartha in space.”
The hilarious first book in an all-new illustrated middle-grade series starring young inventor Rube Goldberg
On the first day of middle school, Principal Kim announces that the school is going to throw a Contraption Convention—the perfect opportunity for young inventor Rube Goldberg to show off his inventions and get out of his summer-long funk!
But after a fight with his friends Peal and Boob about where his priorities really lie, Rube’s Con Con entry gets off to a rocky start—and then strange incidents begin to throw the town into disarray. Boob is convinced it’s a ghost causing all of this chaos. Between Con Con, the ghostly mystery, and a new rival, Rube has his work cut out for him. But with the help of his friends, he might just get things back on track, get on top of his burgeoning anxieties, and come up with something brilliant before it’s time to face the judging table.
My Pencil and Me by Sara Varon
Sara Varon’s My Pencil and Me is a playful picture book that’s perfect for young artists, writers, and makers—especially if they struggle with confidence or writer’s block.
Sara loves to draw and tell stories, but sometimes it can be difficult to get started. What if she doesn’t have any good ideas or her drawings turn out terrible?!
Lucky for Sara, she has a friend who is always by her side—her pencil. With a little help from Pencil, Sara learns it’s okay if her story isn’t perfect, as long as she’s using her imagination and having fun.
Four fresh stories to celebrate the one and only Ginger Meggs!
Celebrating 100 years of the iconic character and Aussie legend Ginger Meggs, these four brand new and original stories are written by Tristan Bancks, the great-great nephew of creator Jimmy Bancks, and illustrated in full colour by the current Ginger Meggs comic-strip cartoonist, Jason Chatfield.
Kids and grown-ups alike will revel in the rambunctious adventures and comical capers of the ginger kid who never gets old.
Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Ernest Shackleton was one of the last great Antarctic explorers, and he led one of the most ambitious Antarctic expeditions ever undertaken. This is his story, and the story of the dozens of men who threw in their lot with him – many of whom nearly died in the unimaginably harsh conditions of the journey. It’s an astonishing feat – and was unprecedented at the time – that all the men in the expedition survived.
Shackleton’s expedition marked the end of a period of romantic exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic, and this is as much a book about the encroaching modern world as it is about travel. But Nick Bertozzi has documented this remarkable journey with such wit and fiendish attention to detail that it’s impossible not to get caught up in the drama of the voyage. Shackleton is a phenomenal accompaniment to Bertozzi’s earlier graphic novel about great explorers, Lewis & Clark.
Laika by Nick Abadzis
Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth’s first space traveler. This graphic novel follows her journey.
Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, once a political prisoner, now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet Union’s space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika’s health and life. This intense triangle is rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, and Old Yeller.
Abadzis gives life to a pivotal moment in modern history, casting light on the hidden moments of deep humanity behind history.
Junior explorers Bella and Marcus join famed explorer Fabien Cousteau and his research team as they embark on an ocean journey off the coast of South Africa, where the world’s largest concentrations of great white sharks are found. Their mission is to investigate a sighting of a massive white shark, and tag it so they can track and protect it. Along the way, they’ll encounter whales, seals, dolphins, penguins, and a colorful array of other marine life. They’ll also enter a shark cage and come face to face with these powerful creatures.
Dramatic, graphic illustrations and a compelling story help young readers discover tons of facts about sharks and other marine creatures. Children will also learn the many damaging myths about sharks, why they are so misunderstood, and what is being done to protect them from further exploitation and possible extinction.
With new never before published story content and bonus sketchbook material, this volume is not to be missed! When Martin Magus comes into possession of a bewitched ring, he discovers that he now has the power to summon MEGAGHOST! A giant supernatural robot sworn to defend the world against the creepy things that go SMASH in the night. Written by Gabe Soria and illustrated by Eisner Award-winning artist Gideon Kendall, MEGAGHOST is an action-packed, arcane adventure that mixes Saturday morning cartoon thrills with supernatural chills!
Punk Taco by Adam and Makana Wallenta
Winner of the 2019 RINGO AWARD for “Best Kids Comic or Graphic Novel”
Winner of the 2019 KIDS COMICS AWARD for “Keeping it Unreal. Best Sci-Fi or Fantasy Book”
Punk Taco is series of a whimsical sci-fi action-adventure graphic novels about a lovable sentient space-taco and his inter-galactic band of misfits who rock out across the galaxy spreading peace and love though their music and art.
In this volume of the World Citizen Comics series, Ian Rosenberg and Mike Cavallaro create a practical framework for appreciating where our free speech protections have come from and how they may develop in the future.
Freedom of speech is fiercely defended in America and has been since the First Amendment was written. But how does it work, and what laws shape it? Drawing on parallels between ten seminal Supreme Court cases and current events, Free Speech Handbook lays out the fundamentals of First Amendment law in an accessible and engaging way.
Nico Bravo series by Mike Cavallaro
Nico Bravo and the Hound of Hades, the first book in this playful series, finds Nico struggling with a peculiar customer at the magical merchandise shop he helps run. A descendant from none other than the legendary monster-hunter Beowulf himself, hopes to equip himself with the tools necessary to defeat Cerberus, guardian of the underworld. Young readers will revisit famous monsters and explore familiar myths in fun and surprising new ways in these wacky graphic novels for kids by award-winning author-illustrator Mike Cavallaro.