Graphic Novels 2019

Posted on November 15, 2019. Filed under: Fiction, Information, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , , |

In 1954, Fredrick Wertham published “Seduction of the Innocent.” He claimed violence and suggested homosexuality in comics were corrupting America’s youth. In response, thinking it was better to self regulate than have the US government force regulation, the industry created the Comic Book Code. The Comic Book Code prohibited violence, banned horror monsters such as zombies, and condemned anything the 1950s considered sexual abnormalities. Over time, the rules became less severe and comics were seen as a way to introduce and acknowledge serious topics. By 2011, the Comic Book Code was abandoned in favor of a ratings system.

If you are interested in graphic novels, check out some of these books we have at the Oakton library. These graphic novels do not strictly adhere to the Comic Book Code, which is a good thing.

I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir
by Malaka Gharib; coloring by Toby Leigh

I Was Their American Dream is at once a coming-of-age story and a reminder of the thousands of immigrants who come to America in search for a better life for themselves and their children. The daughter of parents with unfulfilled dreams themselves, Malaka navigated her childhood chasing her parents’ ideals, learning to code-switch between her family’s Filipino and Egyptian customs, adapting to white culture to fit in, crushing on skater boys, and trying to understand the tension between holding onto cultural values and trying to be an all-American kid. Malaka Gharib’s triumphant graphic memoir brings to life her teenage antics and illuminates earnest questions about identity and culture, while providing thoughtful insight into the lives of modern immigrants and the generation of millennial children they raised. Malaka’s story is a heartfelt tribute to the American immigrants who have invested their future in the promise of the American dream” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Babylon Burning: A Graphic History of the Making of the Modern Middle East
by Toufic El Rassi

“The United States has a long and troubling history of military and political intervention in the Middle East. This involvement has led to terrible consequences for the people of the region. Much of the area’s conflict and instability has origins in this past—a past little—discussed in the West. Babylon Burning documents some of the key events of US and western intervention in the Middle East and other parts of the world. Through the medium of the graphic novel, this often esoteric history is made more accessible to a wider number of people. Using words and pictures, the author exposes the misuse and abuse of power. This book is a challenge to American foreign policy and those who promote its expansionist history and agenda” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

They Called Us Enemy
by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott; art by Harmony Becker

“They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.

What does it mean to be American? Who gets to decide? When the world is against you, what can one person do? To answer these questions, George Takei joins co-writers Justin Eisinger & Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker for the journey of a lifetime” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Speak: The Graphic Novel
by Laurie Halse Anderson; artwork by Emily Carroll

“From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless—an outcast—because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. Through her work on an art project, she is finally able to face what really happened that night: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

 

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
by Thi Bui

“This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parent—the endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through. With haunting, poetic writing and breathtaking art, she examines the strength of family, the importance of identity, and the meaning of home” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang

“Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride—or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia—the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion! Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances—one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

 

Bernie
by Ted Rall

“Ted Rall’s graphic novel Bernie explores the personal and political development of Bernie Sanders, a man who looks set to shake up the 2016 US presidential campaign and redefine the left wing of the Democratic Party. America’s answer to Jeremy Corbyn, Sanders—a self-identified socialist—has been relentlessly marginalized and ridiculed by the national political power brokers and the media that supports them. But who is this man? And what accounts for his sudden rise in popularity?” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-posted by Kevin Purtell

 

 

 


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