#BookBingoNW2017: Maximize your Blackout strategy with comic books

Comic books are one of your greatest strategic resources in scoring a blackout on your Summer Book Bingo card. Don’t feel like you should limit comics to the Graphic novel square. There’s a comic for any square, many of which are quick reads (helpful for that Finish in a day square).

Here are comic book suggestions for a few Book Bingo squares. Many comics could apply to multiple squares, so I’ve included optional placements in parentheses.

Washington state author

Washington is a cartoonist-rich state. Check out The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song by Frank Young and David Lasky, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me by Ellen Forney, How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden (also Set in another country), or Living in the Now by Tatiana Gill (alternative squares for all four: Biography or memoir or About art or an artist).

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Banned

The CBLDFd’s list of Banned & Challenged Comics contains many groundbreaking works, including the much lauded Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman (also A SAL speaker, Biography or memoir, or perhaps You’ve been meaning to read). Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse (also LGBTQIA author or character) tells the story of a white man coming to terms with his sexuality and confronting his casual racism in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. Winner of both a Caldecot Honor and a Printz Honor, This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki (also By an author of color or Young adult) tops the list of ALA’s Most Challenged Books of 2016.

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LGBTQIA author or character

You might be familiar with Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (also Banned) but have you read The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For? It’s a brilliant collection of Alison Bechdel’s (also A SAL speaker) long running syndicated comic strip. Qu33r: New Comics from 33 Creators (also Collection of essays or short stories) provides a nice overview of some new and some established names in queer comics. Now would be a great time to begin, or get caught up on, Takako Shimura’s thoughtful portrayal of transgender young people in the epic Wandering Son (also By an author of color, Set in another country, or Young adult).

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Choose a book by its cover

Here are some great books with great covers: How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis (also Collection of essays or short stories or Science nonfiction or science fiction), The Children of Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez (also By an author of color or Set in another country), Nat Turner by Kyle Baker (also By an author of color or Biography or memoir), Diary of A Teenage Girl: An Account in Words and Pictures by Phoebe Gloeckner (also Adapted into a movie or Banned), and My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris (also LGBTQIA author or character). I’d also suggest visiting the comics section at your local library branch to pick a few titles based on the covers alone.

Join The Seattle Public Library and Seattle Arts & Lectures for our 3rd annual Summer Book Bingo for adults! Follow us throughout the summer for reading suggestions based on each category.

— posted by Richard V.

 

 

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