Love in Vain: Robert Johnson 1911-1938, the Graphic Novel - J. M. DuPont, Mezzo, Ivanka Hahnenberger

Staff Pick

As the foreword says, if you’re a lover of the blues then this book is for you! But let's also include lovers of music in general, or even music legends specifically, because that's exactly what Robert Johnson was: living a rough and wild life, hard drinking, hard playing, with uncanny and wild abilities on the guitar, and dead by the (now famous) age of 27. Love in Vain is a dense and magical narrative, hypnotic in pacing and delirious in the world it details. Mezzo's fierce black inking and thick lines give the images a heavy realness that, like Johnson's hard-played music, forces itself into your psyche. This is a compelling and jarring read with a narrative finale which carries with it a historical and cultural punch to the stomach.

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By J. M. DuPont, Mezzo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780571328833
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Faber & Faber Social - November 29th, 2016

The Spire - Simon Spurrier, Jeff Stokely, Andre May

Staff Pick

Political drama, fantasy adventure and a noir-ish mystery all at once, The Spire is an exciting new genre-blending comic that isn't afraid to be a little weird. The Spire is a giant tower city, a self-contained world within itself where humans and 'skews', supernatural creatures, live side by side but not in harmony. The city is rife with socio-economic, racial and political tensions that are only intensified by a brutal serial killer terrorizing humans and skews alike. If you're looking for a fun, fantastical world that's a little off-beat, this is perfect.

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By Simon Spurrier, Jeff Stokely (Illustrator), Andre May (With)
ISBN: 9781608869138
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: BOOM! Studios - December 20th, 2016

Mooncop - Tom Gauld

Staff Pick

This is a book to read and re-read.In Tom Gauld’s Mooncop space may be the final frontier but the moon certainly isn’t. In fact the prospects on the lunar colony are so dismal that the inhabitants are literally packing up shop and returning to Earth. As you can imagine this leaves our hero Mooncop with not a lot to do. But, like the ancient lineage of heroes before him, he persists! He goes about his day, fulfilling his responsibilities as best he can, while the agents of progress not so much close in around him as just up and leave. This is a quietly hilarious story about a man who didn’t mean to be left behind but who keeps clocking in at work anyway because hey, what else are you going to do? If you’re looking to have a laugh at the absurdity of it all, then Mooncop, with its perfect artwork to match, is for you. 

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ISBN: 9781770462540
Availability: Backordered
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 20th, 2016