Last year, one of my favorite reading months was Graphic Novels/Comics February, the brainchild of Debi. She commented on my State of the TBR post asking if I would forego the TBR during February so I could participate and the answer is: OF COURSE. I wouldn’t miss this month for anything! I loved reading different types of comics/graphic novels the entire month. I’ve been thinking about what I want to put on hold at the library since I don’t think I have any unread comics hanging around the house. Those are read almost as soon as they are purchased!
It’s time to start thinking about my library requests for Graphic Novels/Comics February since they can take a while to come in.
Locke & Key Volumes 2 & 3 by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez – I really want to start buying these, but they are so expensive! I don’t think I can justify it on my current budget, so library it is. I remembered sometime in 2013 that I really like ghost stories – even if they really freak me out. I also very much like Joe Hill and the art by Gabriel Rodriguez, so I’ve been meaning to continue this story pretty much since I read Volume 1.
Julio’s Day by Gilbert Hernandez – I read a few year-end best comics list and this was high on the AV Club’s list and the Comics Alliance list. It begins in the year 1900 and ends in 2000, with each page representing one year in Julio’s life.
Same Difference by Derek Kirk Kim – Co-author of The Eternal Smile with Gene Luen Yang, Same Difference is his first comic and one that is considered a classic now 10 years after its publication.
Sunny by Taiyo Matsumoto – In the epic Comics Alliance article on the best comics in 2013, they give Sunny the superlative “The Best Comic About Actual Human Beings With Actual Human Feelings God Dammit” and that just appealed to me.
Prime Baby, Boxers, & Saints by Gene Luen Yang – Prime Baby is Gene Luen Yang’s NYT comic strip about Thaddeus and his new baby sister, aliens, and math. Boxers and Saints, a two-volume series about the Boxer Rebellion. I already have a copy of Boxers and I don’t think I’m going to be able to wait until February to read it!
Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong – I think it was Melissa of The Feminist Texican Reads that made me put Super Graphic on my wishlist right away. I can’t wait to read this!
Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Faith Erin Hicks and Prudence Shen – I loved loved loved Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks last February, so I’m very much looking forward to reading this one.
A Matter of Life by Jeffery Brown – Well, when NPR compares you to Blankets by Craig Thompson, I sit up and listen.
French Milk by Lucy Knisley – I adored Relish by Lucy Knisley this year and I must read more.
Castle Waiting Vol. 2 by Linda Medley – I was thinking that this list is filled with too many dudes, so I went looking for comics penned by women and then I remembered that the Castle Waiting series exists! I read it so long ago. Remember when I read a comic a week? I should do that again.
Jane, The Fox & Me by Fanny Britt and Isabelle Arsenault – This sounds lovely and it’s also a translation! Just look at that cover. Beautiful.
I happy with this list. There are a lot of favorite authors I’ve been meaning to return to, a couple translations, several writers of color. I wish it were easier to find women on these best-of comics list. It was hard to find a list that included women other than Marjane Satrapi and Alison Bechdel. Obviously those two women are immensely important in comics and they should be on every list, but it was so hard to find new-to-me comics written by women and when I did find them, the library did not have a copy of the book. Once I’ve read my way through my TBR it’s going to be time to seriously think about the books I’d like to have on my shelves permanently and I would like to have a whole section devoted to women in comics. So, what should I buy? I’d love to hear your suggestions for women in comics I MUST be reading!