Graphic Novel Reviews #1

Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person
by Dami Lee

Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 7th 2018 by Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

Dami Lee’s debut collects memoir-ish comic strips about a woman trying to figure out where she fits. Lee documents her experiences as a Korean in America for the first time, trying to navigate a foreign culture and language. Flipping it about, she also writes and draws about trying to adapt to Korea again once she and her parents return. Her realization that she is too American for Korea and too Korean for America has her in a quandry and make her easy to relate to as I believe many of us find ourselves in a liminal space, not belonging to the culture of our birth or to the culture we currently live in.

I did not like the collection as much as I hoped I would simply because the humour didn’t really work for me. The strips were a bit too simplistic in tone and execution. There is a lot of room for growth and I feel like Lee is an artist to keep an eye on as she grows and collects experiences that will affect the richness of her art and writing.

 

Woman World
by Aminder Dhaliwal

Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Drawn and Quarterly
Source: Raincoast Books

Woman World was sent to me entirely by chance but as soon as I read the back, I knew it was meant for me. The story focuses on a future where men have died out. They are extinct. The only ones left are women.

Dhaliwal takes on serious topics with humour and wit. The irreverence underlines the profundity of her observations at times and simply makes you laugh out loud at others. The graphic novel looks at feminism and the female body in interesting ways. What is most wonderful is the way Dhaliwal writes the multiple ways of being female when you are not being pushed into too narrow boxes.

Plus, did I mention, the book is funny? I feel like this is a title people need to pick up and experience for themselves. No matter who you are, some part of it is going to appeal to you.

Pride Month – LGBTQ+ Parents

Pride Month – LGBTQ+ Parents

It’s Pride Month! To celebrate, I’m going to be sharing some fantastic LGBTQ+ books over the next few weeks. Today we’re going to start with a handful of great books featuring children growing up with LGBTQ+ parents/caregivers. In particular, I’m looking for books that aren’t primarily about having two mums or two dads, but that feature […]

Review: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Review: A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

HBO’s Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children’s picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence – the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon’s life is […]

I’m a Librarian (A Tinyville Town Book)

I’m a Librarian (A Tinyville Town Book)

In the interest of full disclosure, I am a librarian, so I am perhaps the teensiest bit biased when it comes to books about librarians. But hear me out – I’m a Librarian really is a fantastic board book, and I’m not the only one who thinks so. In fact, the American Library Association’s GLBT Roundtable […]

The Backstagers Volume 1: Rebels Without Applause

The Backstagers Volume 1: Rebels Without Applause

If you would like to read a balanced and well-written review of James Tynion IV’s, Rian Sygh’s, and Walter Baiamonte’s The Backstagers Vol. 1: Rebels Without Applause, here is Yuriy’s excellent post. This one, on the other hand, is primarily gushing. Because I loved Rebels Without Applause. The volume opens with Jory, who has endured his first […]

Review: Goldie Vance

Review: Goldie Vance

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills and connections to solve the […]

Presented with Pride : LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

Presented with Pride : LGBTQ+ Books for Teens

The Vancouver Public Library recently updated their Presented with Pride for Teens brochure, which now includes annotations of over 25 LGTBQ+ books for young adults, including contemporary fiction, memoirs, short stories, nonfiction and graphic novels! You can find the book list in its entirety on the library’s website. Here are just a few of the […]

What Makes a Baby?

What Makes a Baby?

What Makes a Baby? Oh, the million-dollar question that can give adults everywhere anxiety attacks – “where do babies come from?” Many picture books on the subject of reproduction talk about sex, which is a very important topic to discuss with children, but which isn’t always a factor in the baby-making process. Babies are the […]

Freckleface Strawberry, or, Finding Diversity in Unusual Places

Freckleface Strawberry, or, Finding Diversity in Unusual Places

Finding diversity in early readers, particularly when it comes to popular, commercially-successful series, can unfortunately be a real struggle for many teachers, librarians and caregivers. Books featuring trains, dinosaurs, aliens, superheroes and animals are a dime a dozen, but finding stories that reflect the diversity of our communities can be challenging. I discovered a great […]