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)
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley
Lucy Knisley, a celebrated graphic memoirist, has a new book out—Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride. But before I dive into that, I want to catch up on her backlist. I’m especially excited for the recipes!
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley and Jane Yolen
Before I was a comics fan, I was a huge fairy tales geek. I’ve loved the genre ever since I took college courses on fairy tales, folk tales, and myths. Jane Yolen, the co-creator of Castle Waiting, is one of the best fairy-tale scholars and retellers out there—and I’m thrilled to see my two passions converge in this book.
Outbox (Comics Finished)
This is my father-in-law’s favorite comics series, and he lent the first few volumes to me when I first started reading comics. In honor of Father’s Day, I finally cracked it open—and it’s great! I was doubly excited, then, to learn that Jeph Jacques will be at Book Riot Live in November. I can’t wait to meet him and get these books signed!
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure, by Ryan North and William Shakespeare
This is not a graphic novel, although it does feature illustrations from more than a hundred of the best artists in the biz. However, we here at Panels love Ryan North, the writer behind Squirrel Girl, so this book totally counts. I also happen to have a massive crush on North’s over-the-top sense of humor, and I giggled my way through each path. I haven’t read every single outcome of this book—I’m taking my time and enjoying each one—but so far, each ending has not disappointed! I recommend this to anyone who loves Shakespeare and also fun.
In the Queue (What I’m Reading Next)
In the Shadow of No Towers by Art Spiegelman
This is another, albeit quite different, recommendation from my father-in-law. Spiegelman, the author of Maus, explores the horror and pain of the September 11 attacks—and he also captures the political turmoil around the U.S. government’s response. It will be a heavy read, but so necessary.
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
I have a confession to make: I still haven’t read American Born Chinese by my own fellow Panelteer Gene Luen Yang. I find myself doing this all to often: I hear rave reviews of a book, I buy it for myself, I eagerly anticipate reading it… and then I wait. Why? Because I am so sure I will love the book, I want to hold off until the perfect moment when I most need a good readt. You only get to read a book for the first time once. And I think it’s finally time!