#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). Continue reading “#BookBingoNW2017: Maximize your Blackout strategy with comic books”

Comic book memoirs and family secrets

Several talented cartoonists have used comics memoir (also called graphic memoir) to chronicle their family stories. Alison Bechdel has rightly received much acclaim for her books Fun Home and Are You My Mother? which closely examine her relationships with her father and mother respectively. Below are several more comics which deftly explore complex familial relationships.

YNN3 cover imageYou’ll Never Know Trilogy by C. Tyler

Over the course of the You’ll Never Know Trilogy, Tyler explores her relationship with her father by examining his traumatic World War II experiences and how they shaped her childhood. Tyler also details her present day relationship with her parents and the challenges she faces in raising her own daughter. Lush watercolors and innovative design frequently give the books the feel of a personal artifact or family album. Continue reading “Comic book memoirs and family secrets”