Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Comics and Graphic Novels

Seattle Reads recently celebrated Vietnamese American cartoonist Thi Bui’s comics memoir The Best We Could Do. Bui is one of many, many great Asian American and Pacific Islander American cartoonists. In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, librarians at The Seattle Public list created a list of work  from some of these brilliant cartoonists. Below are a few selections.

Blame This on the Boogie by Rina Ayuyang

Vibrant, kinetic colored pencil drawings gorgeously illustrate Ayuyang’s memoir full of touching and hilarious stories of Filipino American culture, Pittsburgh, music, dance, motherhood, and pop-culture fandom. Continue reading “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Comics and Graphic Novels”

Avengers Spoiler Alert: Andy Serkis is playing WHO?

Ms. Marvel, White Wolf, Mantis, Drax, Falcon, Peter Dinklage as Pip the Troll!… Just when you thought the burgeoning cast of characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe couldn’t get any more crowded, Hollywood Insider has gained access to leaked scripts for an as-yet-untitled Avengers movie due out in April 2020 that reveal a veritable avalanche of new characters, and a stunning new merger of beloved comics franchises. Continue reading “Avengers Spoiler Alert: Andy Serkis is playing WHO?”

Columbia Branch Staff’s Favorites

The Columbia Branch staff put up a popular Staff Picks display throughout July to celebrate this year’s Summer Reading Program. Here are some of the books the Columbia Branch staff loved:

Find "Blankets" in the SPL catalog.Blankets by Craig Thompson
This graphic novel tells a story of coming of age, first love and early adulthood. Thompson captures those timeless themes perfectly in a comic strip form that has won resounding acclaim from both critics and general readers. Continue reading “Columbia Branch Staff’s Favorites”

Crime Comics: Fiction and Non-Fiction

Crime comics were big in the 1940s and 50s, but when adoption of the Comics Code Authority in 1954 limited the types and severity of crime cartoonists could depict, their popularity waned. In recent decades crime comics have gained in popularity and stature as several talented creators have worked to resurrect and reinvent the genre, both in fiction and non-fiction forms. Continue reading “Crime Comics: Fiction and Non-Fiction”

Kim Dong Hwa’s Beautiful Color Trilogy

“My beloved has arrived, but rather than greeting him, 
All I can do is bite the corner of my apron with a blank expression…

My heart has longed for him as hugely and openly as a full moon 
But instead I narrow my eyes, and my glance to him 
Is sharp and narrow as the crescent moon.”

These fine lines set up, from the very beginning, a poetic tone for the beautiful color trilogy and immediately draw readers into the story created by Korean manhwa (graphic novel) artist, Kim Dong Hwa. Continue reading “Kim Dong Hwa’s Beautiful Color Trilogy”