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LIBRARY MULE OF CORDOBA HC

(W) Wilfrid Lupano (A/CA) Leonard Chemineau


Here's the story of what happens when saving the world's knowledge from destruction depends on the worst mule in history!


The Caliphate of Al-Andalus, Spain, 976. The Caliphate has been blessed with a period of peace, culture, and science for nearly sixty years. The Caliph Abd al-Rahman III and his son al-Hakam II made Cordoba the Western capital of learning. But al-Hakam II dies young, and his son is only ten years old.


One of his viziers, Amir, seizes the opportunity to take power. Radical clergymen, in exchange for their support of the illegitimate pretender, want to see the 400,000 books in Cordoba's library burn!


The night before the biggest bonfire ever, the head librarian, a chubby eunuch named Tarid, gathers up all the books he can and loads them onto the back of a passing mule. He takes off in the hopes of saving what he can of universal knowledge.


Joined by a young copyist and a former apprentice who went on to become a thief and vagabond, Tarid and his lazy, over-burdened "bibliomule" set out on a madcap adventure: crossing nearly all of Spain with Berber mercenaries in hot pursuit!

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Why this caught my eye:

Loving Chemineau's art, check out some preview pages here.

 

GROMMETS 1 (OF 7) 

(W) Rick Remender, Brian Posehn (A) Moreno Dinisio (A/CA) Brett Parson


MINISERIES PREMIERETwo best-friend outcasts navigate the Sacramento suburbs of 1984, where they find a home in skateboard culture and punk rock. On one side of the coin, GROMMETS is an authentic look at 80s skate culture, a snapshot of the generation that turned skating into a worldwide phenomenon. On the other, it's a heartfelt coming-of-age story that follows two friends from troubled homes as they navigate their damage in an era when no one cared.

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Why this caught my eye:

Loved Parson's Tank Girl work and always down to see his current projects. Check out more of his art here.

 

A SMART AND COURAGEOUS CHILD GN

(W) Miki Yamamoto


Winner of the 24th Manga Division Excellence Award at the 2020 Japan Media Arts Festival. Every young couple has high hopes for their unborn child, and Sara and Kouta Takano are no different. But only days away from giving birth, Sara learns about the tragedy of Malala Yousafzai's attempted assassination at the hands of the Taliban, and her pure and innocent belief in the future is shaken. If such a smart and courageous child can be hurt so badly by the world, how can she keep her own baby safe? With Sara now in a state of shock, will the young couple be able to bridge the widening gap between them, or will it tear their family apart? The reality of this world, as seen through the eyes of an author that has spent years illustrating the women and their lives.

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Why this caught my eye:

Check out some of Miki Yamamoto's artwork here.

 

KHIEM GN

(W) Yasmine Morissette Phan (A) Djibril Morissette Phan


ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER MONTH


All their lives, Yasmine and Djibril Morissette Phan have heard of their mother's old country, Vietnam. But it was more a far distant land with lots of folklore more than a real place in their minds.


Too often, immigrants bring fragments of their culture with them, pass them on to their seeds, but the reality remains sketchy to those descendants. Yasmine and Djibril decided to reconnect with their mother's ancestral home and confront themselves with the realities of Vietnam.


What they found will leave them change forever. Khiem is a poignant story about the past, the present and the future. About generations. About reconnecting with your own roots.


A dramatic departure from his work on Black Widow, Alpha Flight, Glitterbomb or History of Science-Fiction, Djibril Morissette Phan delivers a raw and emotional volume unlike anything you've ever read.

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Why this caught my eye:

Preview pages are looking pretty great. Check out more of Phan's artwork here.

 

MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS GN VOL 02

(W) Emil Ferris (A/CA) Emil Ferris


Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late '60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters Book Two is the eagerly awaited conclusion to one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of the past decade. Presented as the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes as she tries to solve the murder of her upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold. In Book Two, dark mysteries past and present continue to abound in the tumultuous and violent Chicago summer of 1968. Young Karen attends the Yippie-organized Festival of Life in Grant Park and finds herself swept up in a police stomping. Privately, she continues to investigate Anka's recent death and discovers one last cassette tape that sheds light upon Anka's heroic activities in Nazi Germany. She wrestles with her own sexual identity, the death of her mother, and the secrets she suspects her brother Deez of hiding. Ferris's exhilarating cast of characters experience revelations and epiphanies that both resolve and deepen the mysteries visited upon them earlier. Visually, the story is told in Ferris's inimitable style that breathtakingly and seamlessly combines panel-to-panel storytelling and cartoon montages filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster mag iconography.

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Why this caught my eye:

I just don't like to think that it's already been 7+ years since the release of the first volume..... Just....go buy the first one and you'll know why to buy this, it won all the awards for a reason.


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