In Inbox/Outbox, we document the rhythm of readers’ lives by sharing comics we acquired, the comics we finished, and the next comics we plan to read each week.
Inbox (Comics Acquired)
The Best American Comics 2015, ed. Jonathan Lethem, Bill Kartalpoulous (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 6)
It’s that time of year again! The Best American Comics series is one of my favorite way to discover new-to-me artists, writers, and comics. As many of the entries in this series are excerpts, it’s awesome to find a comic you’re utterly intrigued by, and then go and track down the graphic novel, memoir, or collection it came from. I love revisiting these collections again and again, so you can bet I’m looking forward to taking a deep dive into the 2015 edition.
The Last Man: The Stranger (Book 1) – Bastien Vives, Michel Sanlaville, and Balak (First Second)
I’ve heard great things about this series from my fellow Panelteers, so I’m excited to actually have them to read. There are three books out so far, with the fourth one releasing in February 2016, so it’s easy enough to get caught up. The premise features a fantasy realm of magic and spells, a set of games, and a mysterious stranger. I’m convinced!
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Sacred Heart – Liz Suburbia (Fantagraphics)
I hadn’t heard of Liz Suburbia before I saw the Sacred Heart paperback, but wow is she now on my radar! This graphic novel collects her webcomic into one beautifully bound story that deals with issues of teenage consent, love, loss, and coming of age. I was riveted with every moment I spent with this; it made me examine my own teen years more deeply while also thoroughly entertaining me.
Krishna: A Journey Within – Abhishek Singh (Image Comics)
This was a reread for me, so I could get ready to listen to our podcast episode all about this comic, but wow. Every time I even glance at the art from this comic, I am utterly and completely blown away. It’s the story of the Hindu deity Krishna, but the artwork in this is so truly stunning, any page or panel is worthy of framing.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Zahra’s Paradise – Amir and Khalil (First Second)
I’ve discovered I have a weakness for collected webcomics. I love the risks that webcomic artists take and the diversity present in the breadth of webcomics. I also love taking a deep, long dive into a story, and webcomics are often huge and comprehensive. It wasn’t really a surprise for me to discover that Zahra’s Paradise, a graphic novel about a woman looking for her son who has been taken by the Iranian secret police, was a collected webcomic.
Asterios Polyp – David Mazzuchelli (Pantheon)
I have zero library renewals left on Asterios Polyp, so that means I have to get to it this week. Which is good, because I’ve so badly been wanting to read this comic that has been described as a coming-of-age story about a 50-year-old. If nothing else, I want to see how that’s done.