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Discover the World(s) of Graphic Novels

This week’s #FridayReads feature graphic novels that will help you escape to a two-dimensional world.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things that Happened by Allie Brosh

What do forbidden cakes, time travel, nudity, helper dogs, and adulting have in common?  They’re all topics that Allie Brosh covers in her graphic memoir, Hyperbole and a Half.  Brosh, who’s blog is one of the funniest on the web, offers a slew of human emotions for readers to connect with complete with full color essays.  For example, Brosh offers a dramatic reenactment of a childhood rogue tooth that prevented her from going to a party: 

Get ready to laugh out loud because you’re definitely in for a treat when you pick up Hyperbole and a Half

My Favorite Thing is Monsters by Emil Ferris

Travel back to 1960s Chicago with ten year old Karen Reyes, a young girl who loves monsters so much she sees herself as a werewolf.  In My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Emil Ferris utilizes a graphic diary format to tell Karen’s story as well as the stories of those around her, including her brother, Deeze, her mother, and the upstairs neighbor, Holocaust survivor Anka Silverberg who was mysteriously murdered.  Combining family drama, historical fiction, and a psychological thriller, Ferris deftly illustrates that the world is full of monsters, both real and imagined.      

The One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

Isabel Greenberg, author of The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, stuns readers with her new graphic novel, The One Hundred Nights of Hero.  In her new oversized graphic novel, Greenberg utilizes a number of stories to create a powerful, magical, and character-driven narrative.  Starting with ancient gods who meddle in the lives of humans, Greenberg follows the stories of two lovers who try to connect while touching on betrayal, loyalty, madness, and faith.  With beautiful, raw drawings, Greenberg takes readers through multiple worlds of folklore, adding layers of meaning to an already powerful story.     



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