Comic Crush Saturday & Giveaway: December 26th, 2020

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Comic Crush Saturday & Giveaway: December 26th, 2020

Welcome to Comic Crush Saturday, our bi-weekly feature focused on the graphic elements of the book world. Comics became a huge part of my life a few years ago when I started reviewing them (and comic related TV shows) on Forever Young Adult. I’ve maintained a pulllist through my local comic shop, Isotope Comics, and even got Kelly to start one ;). You’ll find mini-reviews, what we’ve read recently, and more so check it out!

2020 Favorite Graphic Novels

As meh as I have felt about my reading year, I do think this is the best year for graphic novels. I read a huge variety of graphic novels and I loved nearly all of them so much it was hard to make this list!

  • Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder: A gorgeous memoir that every library needs.
  • Harleen by Stjepan Šejić: This is dark and delicious.
  • Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds & Danica Novgorodoff: A beautiful adaptation of an important novel.
  • The Fire Never Goes Out by Noelle Stevenson: I am here for all the GN memoirs this year. I saw myself all over this one.
  • Darth Vader, both the Greg Pak & Raffaele Ienco and Charles Soule & Giuseppe Camuncoli runs: What I love about these runs is they take place in different parts of the universe (Pak’s after ROTS and Soule’s after TESB).
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen: Stunning. Beautiful. Unputdownable.
  • Displacement by Kiku Hughes: Simply incredible. Gorgeous art and a clear personal connection that deepens the story.
  • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson: An amazing commentary on immigration and social change.
  • Suncatcher by José Pimienta: Fans of Coco will love this one!
  • Beast Boy by Kami Garcia & Gabriel Picolo: DC fans are always seeking new Teen Titans stories. Kami Garcia really gets these characters and their team dynamic. These individual books give you a solid sense of the characters but gives you an updated story on them. I can’t wait to see when they come together. The art is just STUNNING.
  • Almost American Girl by Robin Ha: This is one of my fav reads this year PERIOD and one of the few non-fiction YAs we got this year.
  • Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang: Part memoir, part biography, Dragon Hoops is equally Gene’s story and the story of the Dragons, the basketball team at the high school he taught at.
  • Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn & Nicole Goux: Sarah Kuhn is a beloved writer around these parts so this was an auto-buy for me. Couple that that with the gorgeous art by Nicole Goux and this book is a win-win for me.
  • They Called Us the Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, & Harmony Becker: A heartbreaking look at the Japanese Internment told through the eyes of a child (and later an adult). There’s something for everyone here. This made me love Takei even more.
  • The Oracle Code by Marieke Nijkamp & Manuel Preitano: I can’t say enough about Barbara’s story and the gorgeous artwork. I loved it.

What We Can’t Wait For

I loved the first Cardboard Kingdom. It’s not just a full cast of kids but also creators! This cover is beautiful.

Best News of the Week

I put all of the High Republic on my pull/preorder.

The only Hawkeye I care about!

Ok, I also care about this.

Savanna’s art is just some of my favorite. I can’t wait for this.

(I miss you)

So exciting to see additional publishers focused on graphic novels.

We can FINALLY hear about it – and I can’t wait! I love Molly’s work.

If you need holiday gift ideas…

So excited for Ryan’s new comic!

I can’t believe it’s finally almost here!

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