"Oh, this? It's laced with drugs." So begins the infamous comic that inspired this year's popular anime Devilman Crybaby, assembled in English for the first time! Dated it may be, and riddled with scenes that range from horrifying to insensitive. But a beating heart pulses beneath the absurd surface of this story: Akira Fudo fights demons to keep his friends and family safe, but a greater evil still may lurk within the heart of man. Witness the tale that traumatized all your favorite artists when they were children.
Thi Bui’s graphic memoir is a visceral exploration of her family’s history and tumultuous immigrant journey from Vietnam to the United States. The stark brushwork and gossamer ink-washed sequences evoke intense feelings as well as the dreamlike quality of remembering things veiled in uncertainty and unresolved questions. Such is the tone of Bui’s narration as she recounts generations of her family’s complex relationships impacted by their survival through colonization, war, and revolution. Her voice is both investigative and intimate, providing a humanizing lens into the manifold experiences of Vietnamese/Vietnamese-Americans that challenges stereotypical war narratives.
Winner of the first Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in comics, M.F.K. is a desert fantasy adventure story that follows Abbie, a deaf girl possessing a feared power, who embarks on a journey to scatter her mother’s ashes in their homeland. Things are quickly complicated by sandstorms, violent rogues, and unexpected friendships. Magruder’s vibrant worldbuilding is matched by an equally engaging cast of characters, whose personal growth anchors readers as greater machinations in the world are gradually revealed, sweeping Abbie and her companion, Jaime, into its wake.