Comic Crush Saturday: May 18, 2019
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!
Featured Book of the Week
An all-new original graphic novel by the author of The New York Times-bestselling series Dear Dumb Diary. Dog Man author Dav Pilkey says: "Jim Benton is a comic genius and a brilliant cartoonist!" When Clyde the bear decides to ditch his safe and peaceful life in Cubville and head off for the mean streets of Grizzly City he learns, with the help of a reformed juvenile delinquent butterfly, the Bad Life isn't always so great, and there's something to be said for helping your friends and family even though that really does kind of stink a little.
Clydeby Jim Benton
on March 5th, 2019
Genres: Humor, Middle Grade, Young Adult
An all-new original graphic novel by the author of The New York Times-bestselling series Dear Dumb Diary.
Dog Man author Dav Pilkey says: "Jim Benton is a comic genius and a brilliant cartoonist!"
When Clyde the bear decides to ditch his safe and peaceful life in Cubville and head off for the mean streets of Grizzly City he learns, with the help of a reformed juvenile delinquent butterfly, the Bad Life isn't always so great, and there's something to be said for helping your friends and family even though that really does kind of stink a little.
I laughed. I aww’d. Clyde wants so badly to be bad but when he’s humbled by a sweet butterfly, he starts to examine his worldview.
We are living in a time when rebellion should be celebrated. Sometimes rebellion can come across as aggressive or angry, especially for parents of young adults and youth. Clyde tells the audience he’s “bad to the bone. Actually, deeper than the bone. I’m bad down to my red blood cells, man.” But does that mean he’s unloveable? Or that he can’t give love back?
Clyde explores being “unlikeable” alongside humor, bright art, and a reformed juvenile delinquent butterfly named Mellisa Sue!
I would buy this for every kid (and grown up!) in my life!
What We Can’t Wait For
We will read anything by Tillie but this one just sounds SO RIGHT for the current world.
Are You Listening?by Tillie Walden
Published by: First Second
on September 10, 2019
Are You Listening? is an intimate and emotionally soaring story about friendship, grief, and healing from Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden.
Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou.
This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak—and a startling revelation about sexual assault—culminating in an exquisite example of human connection.
This magical realistic adventure from the celebrated creator of Spinning and On a Sunbeam will stay with readers long after the final gorgeously illustrated page.
Best News of the Week
One of my local schools is won an Eisner grant! So cool!
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Congratulations to Cesar Chavez Middle School right here in Hayward! School librarian Rachel Podpaly won the 2019 Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant for her project, “English Learners and Graphic Novels: Enhancing a Middle School Library Graphic Novel Collection to Ignite Newcomer Immigrant Youth Literacy.” Great work, Rachel! And go Hayward public schools! #graphicnovels #comicsinthelibrary #cesarchavezmiddleschool #madeinhayward #haywardca #middleschoollibrarian
Some of my fav creators started teasing collabs – turns out Marvel is doing it big for their 80th birthday!
We are so blessed to have Kevin Wada in our lives to draw Angel like this. Bless.
DID SOMEONE SAY R.L. STINE COMIC BOOK? And Boom! Studios! Dream mashup.
If you haven’t been paying attention, @RL_Stine has a new series from @boomstudios hitting comic book stores on the 28th of August!— Big Bang Comics (@TheBigBang_) May 12, 2019
Art by @kickingshoes and a cover by @TotinoTedesco! pic.twitter.com/js8N5QJeyR
ICYMI at YallWest. I am so grateful comics were added to YW!