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 Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow and David Ostow (Soho Teen)
This excellent-looking YA novel appears to be a mix between prose and comics, about a teenager who is recruited to work on a reality show for a summer, and discovers that she does, in fact, believe in ghosts. Reality TV isn’t exactly my thing, but ghost stories certainly are, and I am all about this spooky cover.
Hawkeye Omnibus – Matt Fraction, David Aja, Annie Wu, and others
This is one of those comics where I don’t care if you’re into Marvel comics or not. I don’t care whether you’ve never read a comic. This is an amazing story, a work of art and literature, and I love it so hard. (For book market people, looking for this at book stores, go talk to your local comic shop if you want this THIS week instead if in early November, which is when it hits the book market.)
Outbox (Comics Finished)
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh (Touchstone)
I’ve heard so much about this book, to the point I was putting off reading it because it had been so hyped. I finally sat down with it, though, and OH. MY. GOD. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard at a book. Brosh sense of humor is so spot-on and self-deprecating, and her drawings are simple but shockingly effective. This is one I’ll be giving to everyone this Christmas.
Diary of a Teenage Girl by Phoebe Glockner (North Atlantic Books)
WOW. This book was something. I could have read it in one sitting, based on pacing and the way it’s written, but the subject matter is difficult enough to where I took it slow. The mix of comic and prose works really well for this, which is written in a diary format (hence the title). It’s become a modern classic, and for good reason: it’s raw, unfiltered, and disturbingly, brutally honest.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
Horimiya, Vol. 1 by HERO and Daisuke Hagiwara (Yen Press, October 27)
This YA manga appears to be about two very different kids in high school who form an unlikely and unexpected relationship. I love reading simple stories like this, and I feel like this might be a great place for those of you who aren’t as familiar with manga to start.
Race to Incarcerate by Sabrina Jones and Marc Mauer (The New Press)
I always find it easier to read about dense, difficult subjects in graphic form, and the history of the U.S. prison system, and why we have such a huge percentage of our population in jail, seems like a good choice for that. I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to this comic, because I know parts of it will be difficult, but I know it’ll be an important read.
How about you? What comics did you read this week?