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Supermarket
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Follow the perspective of a savvy 16 year old in a future world who finds duplicity and irony in most human survival skills. Her ethical commentary is darkly humorous and graphics are well done showing a kind of free flowing effective technique. The colorful images keep the reader entranced.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
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This volume is the first of a series containing two episodes of a continuing story, Pterror Over Paris and The Eifel Tower Demon. Set in 1911, the main character is Adele Blanc-Sec a strong woman who will resort to extreme measures to locate a pterodactyl loose in the environs of Paris. The illustrations are compelling showing careful details reflecting architecture, fashions and language of the period.
Tammy Pierce Is Unlovable
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This small colorful book is based upon a 1980’s high school teenager’s diary found in a gas station bathroom. The main character Tammy is not popular, not smart, not attractive and fighting a war with her body and society. There are no perfect solutions to her search for love and understanding and it humorously reminds us of having obnoxious younger siblings also changing in the locker room.
The Discworld Graphic Novels
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Here is a colorful exploration of the humor-filled Discworld series including The Colour of Magic and The Light Fantastic. The profoundly inept wizard wannabe Rincewind escorts the tourist TwoFlower through a series of odd encounters while taking pictures, a lost spell of great importance and the indomitable luggage along.
YtHAQ:  The Forsaken World
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Two high caliber French talents the artist Adrien Floch and writer Christophe Arleston have collaborated in creating an excellent graphic sci-fi adventure that begins with a spaceship crash on a planet inhabited by diverse animal-like cultures. Imaginary cities and eco-zones are finely rendered with interesting characters wrapped into this fast moving heroic fantasy.
Skim
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The main character is a Canadian Asian tenth grade girl who is navigating awkwardly through her social world while holding on to a wry perspective on life and the people around her. She is witnessing the post-divorce attitudes of her parents, Wiccan and Goth AA groups and teen suicide and relationships. Her English teacher is a role model who leaves. This glimpse into free-flowing scenes of her life and abstract graphical interpretations of what it means to feel different and sixteen are poignant and true.
Clyde Fans. Book 1
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This beautifully drawn book in sepia tones shows the small quiet world of a fan dealer and salesman in historic Canada. Philosophical thoughts of presenting yourself and product to strangers while traveling by train to rural small towns in the mid- 1950’s brings close a lost period of history taking us along too.
Asterios Polyp
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This astoundingly illustrated and touching story stars a fifty year old professor of architecture who navigates life as a critic. Unfortunately this attitude overflows into his relationships, one of which is with his invisible twin brother. His life holds scenes that remain meaningful after the book has been closed
Daniel X Alien Hunter
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This graphic novel was written by the popular author of The Dangerous Days of Daniel X. In it a fifteen year old alien hunter is going down the list that his parents left of alien outlaws and trying to eliminate Number 7. The connective intelligence of ants is explored as well as friendship even if the friends are all imaginary reconstructions. The art is fanciful using effervescent colors.
Abe Sapien
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On his first solo adventure without Hellboy, Abe travels to an island off the coast of France to recover an item from a shipwreck; a Lipu dagger from the body of Vrooman the Dutch warlock killed in 1884. Giant eel attacks are just the beginning of his troubles caused by curses awakened in the watery ocean depths.
Exit Wounds
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This beautifully drawn story is set in modern-day Tel Aviv. It’s about a young man driving a cab who lives with his aged Aunt and Uncle. A mysterious girl proceeds to tell him that an unidentified body from a bomb blast may have been his estranged father. Fragility of love and loss is gently explored as they find a more complex resolution than would seem possible. Moran a talented female artist and writer, was former editor of the Israeli version of MAD magazine.
Andromeda stories
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As an artist of manga Takemiya has won awards and also teaches about it at a Kyoto University. Her fluid style offers an enjoyable depiction of a science fiction series written by Mitsuse about the kingdoms of Cosmoralia and Ayodoya and the falling of an evil star. A mysterious female warrior aids the Princess and Prince along with an elderly healer in the forest. After the birth of twin heirs the story accelerates into an amazing adventure.
Angel: After The Fall, Volume 1
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Dramatic graphics in a dark yet vivid set of frames give this series an arresting tone. The unique style of mixing color and solid lines with fuzzier more muted and surreal backgrounds gives vampires and monster fighting an extra intensity. Buffy fans will appreciate this development in the plot threads.
Why I Hate Saturn
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For women who have sisters this book is a humorously dark account of two wildly differing personalities of two sisters Anne and Laura. The first is a writer with a caustic and somewhat alcoholic view of being a single adult in New York. Laura her sister is a vegetarian environmentalist neat freak who believes she is from the planet Saturn and has a spacesuit to prove it. Enter into this scenario a bit of madness and crazy relationships as well as a flamethrower and you have a great premise for a story.
The Power of Habit
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Why do we do the things we do? According to Charles Duhigg, the answer is habit. Duhigg delves deep into a fascinating world of cues, routines and rewards. With wit, interesting stories and well written prose, Duhigg sheds the light of a journalist into a sea of developing science.
One Soul
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Imagine a simultaneously drawn parallel of eighteen lives shown in different cultures, genders and places in time. The author has carefully shown pivotal periods of change in each of these lives following from birth to advanced age with intricate beautiful capturing done in his black and white illustrations illuminating the souls of these participants.
Rex Libris: I, Librarian
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For librarians and library users this is a funny look at the Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library which is an incredible time capsule of ancient and modern texts saved from pernicious overdue fines by this dedicated immortal with bottle glasses and an arsenal of high tech weapons. He is accompanied by a bird with world domination fantasies. Some of his fellow librarians have mysterious powers which are helpful when the barbarians invade the stacks.
My Friend Dahmer
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Derf Backderf is an award winning political cartoonist. He was also a childhood friend of one of America's most notorious serial killers. Join the author as he tries to unravel, explain but never excuse the events that turned a man into a monster.

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