#BookBingoNW2018: Graphic novels for a blackout!

One solid Summer Book Bingo blackout strategy is to stockpile quickly-read comic books that could be applied to one of a number of different squares. This strategy gives you multiple choices of where to place a title when you need to fill a certain area of bingo card real estate. Plus you’ve got options if you need to move a title to a new square. The comics below are applicable to at least three squares on your bingo card. Of course any of these titles could instead apply to the graphic novel or recommended by a librarian square.

Your Black Friend and Other Strangers by Ben Passmore
Passmore has been producing funny, exceptional work for years, so it’s wonderful to see this collection of his comics essays, autobiography, fiction, and reportage. Don’t miss this short animation of the title story. Could apply to by an author of color; award-winning author; poetry or essays; memoir or biography; fiction.

Power & Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology
Fifteen original comics about queer witches of color, created by seventeen women, demigirls, and bigender creators of color. This outstanding anthology is a great way to read some of the most exciting voices in contemporary comics. Could apply to by an author of color; LGBTQIA author or character; fiction; award-winning author.

In Between by Mita Mahato
If you’ve never read poetry comics, this book is a good candidate for the outside your bubble square. Mahato’s beautiful, cut-paper work is engaging and experimental. This is the kind of book that expands what is possible in comics. Could also apply to by an author of color; local author; poetry or essays; award-winning author.  

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin and Jenn St-Onge
A chance encounter at bingo reunites former teen sweethearts Hazel and Mari, decades after their families forced them apart. Will these now grandmothers have a second chance at love? This sweet, beautifully drawn romance definitely made me tear up a bit. Could apply to by an author of color; LGBTQIA author or character; award-winning author; fiction; made you cry or laugh out loud.

The Backstagers Volume One: Rebels without Applause by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
My kid demanded I read this one and would surely recommend you do as well. These supernatural adventures of a backstage theater crew at an all-boys high school are so much fun, but I really love the joyful way Tynion and Sygh depict a range of queer identities and masculinities. Could apply to suggested by a young person; LGBTQIA author or character; award-winning author; fiction; first in a series.

Run for It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought for Their Freedom by Marcelo D’Salete
D’Salete offers a stark account of the brutality of slavery via four stories, based on historical documents, of enslaved Africans fighting for their freedom from Brazilian sugarcane plantations. Could apply to by an author of color; written by an author from another country; history; fiction.

Rock Steady: Brilliant Advice from My Bipolar Life by Ellen Forney
A Peak Pick! I haven’t read a lot of self-help, so this one is outside your bubble for me. If you’ve read any of Forney’s previous how-to comics, you know her talent for giving well-researched, straight-forward, accessible advice. Could also apply to local author; award-winning author; LGBTQIA author or character.

El Deafo by Cece Bell
This book is universally loved and recommended by young people everywhere. It’s a touching, informative, and hilarious memoir of young friendship and Bell’s experience navigating the world with a highly visible hearing aid strapped to her chest. Could apply to award-winning author; author (or character) has a disability; memoir or biography; suggested by a young person.

My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
In this tender family drama, stay at home dad Yaichi opens his door to find Mike, the widowed husband of Yaichi’s estranged twin brother Ryoji. Mike has traveled from Canada to Tokyo to connect with Ryoji’s past and he soon develops a relationship with Yaichi’s family, despite Yaichi’s initial hesitation. Could apply to by an author of color; written by an author from another country; LGBTQIA author or character; award-winning author.

I Am Alfonso Jones by Tony Medina, Stacey Robinson, & John Jennings
After unarmed, fifteen year old Alfonso is killed by a police officer, he finds himself on a never-ending ghost train with other victims of police violence. Meanwhile, Alfonso’s friends, family, and community deal with the aftermath of his senseless death. This powerful young adult comic is a heartrending look at a range of social justice issues. Could apply to by an author of color; award-winning author; fiction.

Leaf by Daishu Ma
This visually stunning, wordless comic is a unique exploration of the juxtaposition between the urban and the natural. Could apply to by an author of color; about the environment; written by an author from another country; award-winning author.

Black Panther: World of Wakanda by Roxane Gay, Yona Harvey, Alitha E. Martinez, and Afua Richardson. If you’re a fan of Gay’s fiction, memoir, or essays, but haven’t read her comics, you’re in for a treat. Gay, with poet Harvey, and artists Martinez and Richardson, creates a women centered superhero tale with a bonus bit of romance. Could apply to by an author of color; a SAL speaker (past or upcoming); award-winning author; fiction; LGBTQIA author or character.

See also Mychal’s picks for Marvel comics and graphic novels for your #BookBingoNW2018 and summer reading pleasure.

For more ideas for books to meet your Summer Book Bingo challenge, follow our Shelf Talk #BookBingoNW2018 series or check the hashtag #BookBingoNW2018 on social media. Need a Book Bingo card? Print one out here or pick one up at your Library. Book bingo is presented in partnership with Seattle Arts & Lectures.

~ posted by Richard V.

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