Grass, by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Staff Pick

In this poignant and harrowing account of Lee Ok-Sun--a former WWII "comfort woman"--Gendry-Kim protests and rolls back decades of efforts by the Japanese government to obscure the role these women played as sexual slaves to the Japanese military. With her delicate brushstrokes, the artist transports us from Ok-Sun's fraught youth to her post-war fight for justice and recognition, and her art is in constant conversation with her material--both rendered more powerful by her eschewing graphic depictions of wartime horror in favor of simple distillations of larger emotions and moments. The author inserts herself in the story as well, providing insight via reflections on her work that illuminate both individual traumas and one of the darkest parts of recent history. What results is a moving, important piece of work that will stay with you for a long time.

 

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By Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, Janet Hong (Translated by)
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770463622
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - August 27th, 2019

Who Killed Jimmy Olsen? by Matt Fraction

Staff Pick

With his bowtie and unerring ability to saunter into trouble, Superman's pal Jimmy Olsen has been a reliable stooge for nearly 80 years. This Eisner-award-winning series pulls off the impossible--reinventing the Daily Planet photographer for the 2020s. In hiding after an assassination attempt, Olsen manages to plug one of his spare body doubles instead of his own ginger hide, He then has to frantically work out who might have wanted to kill him. He also juggles marriage to an intergalactic jewel thief, a running prank war with Batman, AND a new career as a YouTube sensation. With an insane gag rate and a head-spinning plot that will tie your neck in knots,this reads like the Marx Brothers have taken over Metropolis. It's the most satisfying superhero comic in years.

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By Matt Fraction, Steve Leiber (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781779504623
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Published: DC Comics - October 27th, 2020

The Man Without Talent, by Yoshiharu Tsuge

Staff Pick

Readers may be surprised to learn that the eponymous protagonist of Tsuge'sThe Man Without Talent is actually quite talented. He begins as a struggling but capable cartoonist before embarking on several get-rich-quick schemes that rarely work out the way he intends. Borrowing from the Japanese autobiographical "I-novel" tradition, Tsuge's famous tale of depression, rejection, and the plight of the poor artist reflects what authors and other members of the working class have known and documented for decades. As a result, there is something in The Man Without Talent for anyone who has fought to pave a way through a world dominated by capital.

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By YOSHIHARU TSUGE, Ryan Holmberg (Translated by)
$24.95
ISBN: 9781681374437
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Published: New York Review Comics - January 28th, 2020

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