Generally comic book collections or original graphic novels are purchased by the Library from a book distributor. The titles offered by these companies typically include materials from major publishing companies. But many wonderful titles are produced by smaller presses or individuals, and funded through crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter. Many of these titles, after their initial Kickstarter printing, are picked up and reprinted by a larger publisher such as Boom! Studios or Image Comics.
The Library purchases materials from these publishers as a way to diversify the collection and support independent and oft-marginalized creators. Many of the stories told in these books unfortunately aren’t found at larger presses. Take a look at these recently crowd-funded comics and graphic novels in The Seattle Public Library collection, and maybe even try making some of your own (if you’re in 4th-7th grade!) at the 4-part Create Your Own Comic series at the Southwest Branch, beginning March 9th; registration is required.
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St-Onge
This original graphic novel tells the decades-spanning romance of two teen African American women, Hazel and Mari, who meet through their church bingo hall in the early 1960s. After being forced apart by their unaccepting families, marrying men, and living separate lives, they are brought back together after half a century, once again in a church bingo hall. Now in their mid-60s, with their affections still strong and fewer obstacles in their way, can these two women finally find happiness in each other?
Cucumber Quest vol. 1 The Doughnut Kingdom, vol. 2 The Ripple Kingdom by D.G. Gigi
Originally published as a webcomic, Cucumber Quests follows Cucumber, a young bunny magician, and his much more heroic sister Almond, on their quest to locate and acquire the magical Dream Sword in attempts to defeat evil Queen Cordelia’s Nightmare Knight in order to save the seven realms of Dreamside. Each volume, representing their time spent in one of the seven realms, is full of humor, adventure, and bunny hijinks.
Fresh Romance vol. 1 edited by Janelle Asselin
This anthology of romance comics seeks to revive what was once a thriving American comic book genre. With stories of clandestine queer high school romance, Regency-era marital drama, and misanthropic coffee-shop matchmaking, what’s not to love?
Lucky Penny by Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota
Lucky Penny is a slice of life story that follows Penny Brighton, a young person with, as it turns out, really bad luck, who just wants to become a reasonably functional adult. After losing her job and apartment on the same day, we follow Penny’s life into storage units, laundromats, and community centers, as she tries find a place to live, a job, and maybe even someone to love? Is it really all just bad luck, or does Penny just make questionable choices?
~ posted by Mychal L.