Tess’ New Graphic Novel Highlights
There’s a whole slew of brilliant new series, but I had to make room for the incredible ‘Panther‘ by Brecht Evens despite it being slightly older. Seemingly a children’s book, this graphic novel has a dark and twisted underbelly painted in Evens’ colourful explosion of graphic art.
Also making the list is one of Drawn & Quarterly’s newer publications – ‘Night Bus‘ by underground Chinese cartoonist Zuo Ma. It’s an amazing amalgam of ideas. It’s 400 pages of magical realist mahyem with moments of sincerity that reminded me of Tillie Walden and beasts of magical nightmares reminiscent of Akira’s final battle.
‘Ashes, Ashes‘ I have been waiting for – and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. With Magnetic Press’ signature rounded edged hard covers, this is an chunky apocalyptic action adventure, complete with axe-wielding maniacs and showdowns in front of the Eiffel Tower. If you’re a ‘Y and the Last Man’ fan, check this out.
To round it out we’ve got ‘We Served The People‘ by Emei Burell, a grpahic memoir of her mother’s life in mid-century Communist China. She pulls off the minimalistic art style with, well, style, and captures the essence of her mother’s struggle and achievements. For fans of ‘Heimat’ and ‘Maus’.
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