Seattle Picks: Graphic Novels and Comics

La Perdida
La Perdida By Abel, Jessica Graphic Novel - 2006 741.5973 Ab34P 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Carla, an idealistic young American woman, travels to Mexico in search of her heritage, where she finds the path to self-discovery more complicated than she expected.

Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman Volume 1, Blood By Azzarello, Brian Graphic Novel - 2012 YA 741.5973 Az91W01 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Amazonian princess Diana’s world turns upside down when dark secrets are revealed about her lineage, which is further complicated by the sinister machinations of a vindictive Hera, Queen of the Gods.

Are You My Mother?
Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama By Bechdel, Alison Graphic Novel - 2012 741.5973 B3872B 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 26 copies

Annotation:Lesbian cartoonist Bechdel examines her fraught relationship with her aloof mother, as well as her life in therapy, in this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Fun Home.

Paying for It
Paying for It A Comic-strip Memoir About Being A John By Brown, Chester Graphic Novel - 2011 741.5971 B8125P 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 15 copies

Annotation:After ending a dissatisfying relationship, Chester Brown decided henceforth he would only pay for sex. He meticulously details his encounters with sex workers and his friends’ mixed reactions to his decision in this controversial account.

The Tooth
The Tooth By Bunn, Cullen Book - 2011 741.5973 B884T 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A strange, mystical hero is brought back to life to continue his battle with evil in this absurd retro story complete with fake ads and design from the heyday of 1970s and '80s comic books.

X'ed Out
X'ed Out By Burns, Charles Graphic Novel - 2010 741.5973 B9372X 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 7 copies

Annotation:If David Lynch directed a film of Tintin’s adventures, it might look something like this comic, in which our hapless hero Doug stumbles through a confusing and nightmarish landscape. First in a series.

Unterzakhn By Corman, Leela Graphic Novel - 2012 741.5973 C8138U 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:On the crowded streets of New York’s Lower East Side circa 1910, twin sisters Esther and Fanya learn the mysteries, joys and tragedies of life in a bustling Jewish immigrant community.

Demon Knights
Demon Knights Volume 1, Seven Against the Dark By Cornell, Paul Graphic Novel - 2012 YA 741.5973 C8153D01 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:An unlikely alliance of heroes and villains join together to defend a town from a siege of demonic forces in this alternate history of medieval Europe.

Marbles Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me : A Graphic Memoir By Forney, Ellen Book - 2012 741.5973 F769F 2012 In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 10 on 10 copies

Annotation:In a raw, intense memoir, Forney details her personal struggles with bipolar disorder while exploring the history of mood disorders, their treatment and their impact on the lives of famous artists.

Calling Dr. Laura
Calling Dr. Laura A Graphic Memoir By Georges, Nicole J. Graphic Novel - 2013 741.5973 G295G 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:Nicole Georges always believed that her father died when she was two, until a psychic informs her that her father is alive. Unlike the psychic’s other predictions, this one turned out to be true.

Suicide Squad
Suicide Squad Volume 1, Kicked in the Teeth By Glass, Adam Graphic Novel - 2012 YA 741.5973 G4632S01 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 9 on 3 copies

Annotation:A motley crew of super-villains attempts to escape lengthy prison sentences by going on reckless suicide missions as part of a government black ops group.

Palomar The Heartbreak Soup Stories By Hernandez, Gilbert Graphic Novel - 2003 741.5973 H4304P 2003 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 2 copies

Annotation:The mythical South American town of Palomar is home to a number of strong-willed women, from Chelo, the sheriff, to Luba, proprietress of the local bathhouse.

LOCAS The Maggie and Hopey Stories: A Love and Rockets Book By Hernandez, Jaime Graphic Novel - 2004 741.5973 H4305L 2004 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 7 on 2 copies

Annotation:Best friends and sometimes lovers Hopey and Maggie carry on their tumultuous relationship amidst the punk clubs, barrios and professional wrestling circuit of Los Angeles.

Hicksville A Comic Book By Horrocks, Dylan Graphic Novel - 2010 741.5973 H786H 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:When Leonard Batts, a journalist writing a biography of world-famous cartoonist Dick Burger, travels to Hicksville, Burger’s remote New Zealand hometown, he discovers a community of avid comics fans and the dark secret behind Burger’s extraordinary success.

Green River Killer
Green River Killer A True Detective Story By Jensen, Jeff Graphic Novel - 2011 364.15232 J4535G 2011 In-library use only at this time in some locations Holds: 2 on 7 copies

Annotation:The hunt for one of the most notorious serial killers in U.S. history is told from the perspective of a detective who worked on the case for over 20 years.

Artichoke Tales
Artichoke Tales By Kelso, Megan Graphic Novel - 2010 741.5973 K2997A 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:In a fictional land where humans have artichoke leaves for hair, the North and South have reached an uneasy peace after decades of civil war. However, three generations of a family divided by the conflict are still confronting its consequences.

Batman Death by Design By Kidd, Chip Graphic Novel - 2012 YA 741.5973 K537B 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this art deco/noir take on Batman, a mysterious costumed figure appears at the same time a string of catastrophes strikes the newest Wayne Industries project.

Animal Man
Animal Man Volume 1, The Hunt By Lemire, Jeff Graphic Novel - 2012 741.5973 L5435A01 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Buddy Baker must balance his identity as Animal Man, a B-list superhero who possesses strange supernatural powers, with being a good husband and father.

The Silence of Our Friends
The Silence of Our Friends By Long, Mark Graphic Novel - 2012 741.5973 L8527S 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:As the civil rights movement heats up in Houston, two families – one white, one black – come together to fight for black college students wrongly accused of murdering a white policeman. Based on a true story.

Identity Crisis
Identity Crisis By Meltzer, Brad Graphic Novel - 2005 YA 741.5973 M496i 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 0 copies

Annotation:After Sue Dibney, the wife of the irrepressible Elongated Man, is murdered, the rest of the Justice League uncovers dark secrets within the group while trying to find Sue’s killer.

Justice League Dark
Justice League Dark Volume 1, In the Dark By Milligan, Peter Graphic Novel - 2012 YA 741.5973 M6214J01 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:When a powerful witch goes mad and unleashes hell on Earth, it’s up to the outcasts of the Justice League, those who work in magic and shadows, to save the world from the mystic terrors let loose.

Watchmen By Moore, Alan Graphic Novel - 1987

Annotation:When one of their former colleagues is murdered, a band of retired superheroes reunite to investigate his death and stumble upon a plot with vast consequences for a world teetering on the brink of nuclear war.

Flex Mentallo
Flex Mentallo Man of Muscle Mystery By Morrison, Grant Book - 2012 741.5973 M8344F 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:The Man of Mystery Muscle returns to discover that his one-time friend, The Fact, holds the key to some disturbing happenings that threaten reality itself.

Footnotes in Gaza
Footnotes in Gaza By Sacco, Joe Book - 2009 956.04 Sa141F 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:In 1956, 111 Palestinians were killed by Israeli soldiers in the town of Rafah. Fifty years later, reporter Sacco traveled to Rafah to expose the causes of this little-known incident and document its aftermath.

Persepolis By Satrapi, Marjane Book - 2003 955.054 Sa835P 2003 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 23 copies

Annotation:The little rebellions of adolescence have much deeper consequences for young Marjane, as she grows up under the strict religious regime of the Ayatollah’s Iran.

The Savage Sword of Conan
The Savage Sword of Conan Volume 10 Graphic Novel - 2011 741.5973 Sa932V10 2011 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:The continuing adventures of Conan the Barbarian include his battle with an army of undead warriors and the return of his arch-nemesis, the ruthless King Konar.

Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing Volume 1, Raise Them Bones By Snyder, Scott Graphic Novel - 2012 YA 741.5973 Sn928S01 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:After a terrible accident, scientist Alec Holland is transformed into the Swamp Thing, a creature with mystic connections to the “Green” and a penchant for encounters with supernatural horrors.

Maus A Survivor's Tale By Spiegelman, Art Book - 1997 YA 940.5318 Sp43M 1997 Available in some locations

Annotation:The burdens of history and filial responsibility are intertwined in this moving account of a Jewish Holocaust survivor’s wartime experiences and his difficult relationship with his adult son, a cartoonist.

Habibi By Thompson, Craig Graphic Novel - 2011 741.5973 T3723H 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 21 copies

Annotation:Child slaves Dodola and Zam struggle to preserve their love in a world full of lust, corruption and cruelty. Arabesque illustrations of Islamic tales mirror their story and the power of religion in a fantastical world.

The Hypo
The Hypo By Van Sciver, Noah Graphic Novel - 2012 741.5973 L6381V 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Before Abraham Lincoln became a national hero, he was a penniless, lovelorn and depressed state legislator in Illinois. Through densely cross-hatched illustrations, Van Sciver evokes Lincoln’s melancholy moods during this dark period in his life.

Jimmy Corrigan
Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth By Ware, Chris Book - 2000 741.5973 W22J 2000 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:Jimmy Corrigan, a shy and awkward 36-year-old who retreats from reality through his active fantasy life, journeys to the city to meet the father he never knew as a child.

The Carter Family
The Carter Family Don't Forget This Song : [a Graphic Novel By Young, Frank Graphic Novel - 2012 781.64209 C2455Y 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:In vivid hues and authentic dialect, this graphic biography recounts the humble origins and steady rise to fame of the Carter Family, country music’s first superstar group. Includes a CD of rare radio recordings.

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