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The graphic novel that got me into graphic novels. This book will tinge your day with a creepiness that is hard to shake. --Carolyn
"Gene Luen Yang has become one of the most celebrated artists in the graphic novel scene today. American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award. His latest release, Boxers and Saints, has also been nominated for the National Book Award. It’s a stunning piece of work. It tells the story of the Boxer Rebellion from the perspective of two young people from both sides of the conflict. I knew very little about about the Boxer Revolution prior to reading this book and I found it to be a fascinating and exciting adventure/quest story that also touches on the complicated relationship most cultures have in dealing with religion and its meaning to us personally and to our way of life. This book should join Maus on reading lists for historical graphic novels and will really widen your perspective and knowledge of this important event in Chinese history." --Shappy
“Ghost World is a great summer read. It’s all about two teenage girls, during the summer after their graduation from high school. Neither knows what she’ll be doing the next year. I love the way Clowes writes from the perspective of a teenage girl, he has said he funneled a lot of himself as a teen into the main character, Enid. This must be the 10th time I’ve read Ghost World. It’s almost 20 years old, but still feels really fresh to me. I think I like it because it deals with nostalgia in a really cool way. It’s this little window into a 90?s subculture that is impossible to recreate, from a shop devoted entirely to zines to Enid’s search for a childhood record that era is long gone with the invention of the internet. And of course, it is hauntingly rendered by Mr. Clowes in an ever present delightfully creepy shade of blue.” --Shappy
“Danny has been sent by his family to find out what’s happened to his older brother, Luke. Luke left home for a job teaching the inhabitants of a distant island English so they could work at ClockWorld- the new MEGA theme park opening on the island. It’s been two years since Luke left and Danny is determined to get him to come back to America, but Luke has changed. This graphic novel is unlike any I’ve ever read. It’s experimental, incredibly smart, both familiar and new- you have to look at it." --Alex