My Other Book is a Graphic Novel: 2019 in Comics

“Realistic” Fiction

Ouran High School Host Club vol 1 (Bisco Hitori, Viz Media, 2005)

Hard to really say–I’ve known of these initial stories for so long that any sense of newness to them is long gone—pleasant, but very, very familiar.

Monster: The Perfect Edition vol 1 (Naoki Urasawa & Takeshi Nagasaki, Viz Media, 2014)

Monster is a legendary thriller and while I don’t think just this volume really speaks as to why, it was a good dip into the twists and turns to come.

Lucky Penny (Yuko Ota & Ananth Hirsh, Oni Press, 2016)

A great little tale that seems so so ordinary until there’s suddenly basically an anime fight scene. A tale of dorks in love and the obstacles they face; just nice and wholesome. 

Josie and the Pussycats vol 1 ( Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio and Audrey Mok, Archie Comics, 2016)

The book reads like a Saturday Morning Cartoon, which for me kept me from really feeling the emotional beats and the surrounding events were just too absurd. I always want to love Josie and the Pussycats stories, but it seems the only one for me remains the live action movie.

Cavity (Michelle Theodore, ShortBox, 2019)

ShortBox piece about a girl with a cavity. Hit maybe a tad too close to home with my own experience, where I ignored some dental damage till it was quite painful.

Minötaar (Lissa Treiman, ShortBox, 2019) 🌟

My favorite of the ShortBox comics I got–a tale of two roommates trying to furnish an apartment and having to handle their mismatched expectations in an Ikea that’s as haunting as it is perfectly normal.

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