Inbox/Outbox: May 6, 2016

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)

paul up northPaul Up North by Michel Rabagliati (Conundrum Press, May 10)

Conundrum is a Canadian publisher, and I’m a huge fan of pretty much everything they do. They’re not as well known in the U.S. as Fantagraphics or Drawn & Quarterly, but they should be—the quality of what they publish is incredible. I was thrilled to get the latest book in Michel Rabagliati’s Paul series in the mail; if you’re at all a fan of graphic novels or memoirs, you really need to look up his work.

Everything Is Teeth by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner (Pantheon Books)

I’m always interested when a prose author jumps to comics because of the differences in the mediums and the challenge of writing for the comics form (it’s VERY difficult). I’m definitely interested in this taking a close look at this graphic memoir.

Outbox (Comics Finished)

inheritanceInheritance by Ryan Young, Yumiki Hong, and Kinman Chan (Stela)

I’ve really been enjoying browsing Stela’s selection of comics over the past month or two; I especially appreciate they have an easy-to-find section of completed comics that I can binge on. The breathtaking art is what drew me to Inheritance, a fantasy story about a man protecting a young girl.

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew (Pantheon Books)

I first heard about The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye when Preeti and Paul chose it for the Oh, Comics! book of the month for April, and MAN. I am so glad I learned about it because this book is a genuine masterpiece. Sonny Liew takes the art of a fictional cartoonist working in Singapore and juxtaposes it against Singaporean history. It’s so beautifully done; it really is a masterpiece. This is a book I think should be a go-to gift.

In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)

bakuman-5Bakuman, Vol. 5 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata (VIZ Media)

I’m contininuing to slowly read this series about two high school aged kids who decide they want to be manga creators. I’ll admit that the sexism in this series sometimes gets to me, but the glimpse at how manga is created, and the fact that I am invested in the characters, makes it still worth reading.

How about you? What comics did you read this week?