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New & Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Non-Fiction

This batch features one person's experience living with bipolar I disorder, the mission of Chef José Andrés and the World Central Kitchen, a look into the overlooked footprint that Black punks have on the underground music scene, the memoir of horror legend Stuart Gordon, and Paco Roca's touching homage to his mother and a bittersweet depiction of life in post-war Spain.



(W) Keezy Young (A/CA) Keezy Young

An autobiographical comic about one person's experience living with bipolar I disorder. From mania to depression to the balance beam of the everyday, Sunflowers explores the human complexity of an often misunderstood disorder with honesty and vulnerability.


Why this caught my eye:

If you've never checked out Young's book Taproot it's definitely worth picking up. You can check out previews of Sunflowers and order the book directly from the publisher here.



(W) Jose Andres, Steve Orlando (A) Alberto Ponticelli (CA) Mike Mignola

Fires. Hurricanes. Volcanoes. Floods. Earthquakes. Food is hope. Join Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen for the incredible story of how their mission began and expanded across the globe, serving millions of meals in the most dangerous conditions to bring comfort and hope, one plate at a time. This limited direct market edition variant features cover art by Mike Mignola.


Why this caught my eye:

You can check out some preview pages (and the regular cover version of the book) on the TKO website.



(W) Raeghan Buchanan (A/CA) Raeghan Buchanan

Rushed back to print in a second edition with a spine for easy shelving!

Delve into the largely overlooked footprint that Black punks have on the underground music scene in a new archival publication brought to you by Raeghan Buchanan and Silver Sprocket.

The Secret History of Black Punk: Record Zero by Buchanan is an illustrated roll-call for punk, post-punk, hardcore, no-wave, and experimental bands from ground zero ‘til now. A starting point for anyone curious, another reference for those who devour all genre-related things, or a cool artifact for anyone in the know.

This book is part of an ongoing series that covers musicians like Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Poly Styrene, Don Letts, Minority Threat, and many others. From LA to London, from the early 1900s till today, Buchanan examines and presents narratives to show how Black musicians shape (and are shaped by) the world we live in.

"Equal parts comic, zine, and liner notes for a killer mix tape." – The Comics Journal DEC231731

Why this caught my eye:

Check out preview pages and order direct from the publisher here.



(W) Stuart Gordon

In this engaging candid memoir, horror legend Stuart Gordon gives a vivid account of his remarkable journey, from a student manning the barricades during the civil unrest of the 1960s, via an infamous stint as an experimental theater maverick, to ultimately becoming an iconic figure in cult cinema. While he'd started his professional career as a theater director, Gordon's first love was cinema, and in 1985 he shocked the world with his wickedly witty debut feature Re-Animator. The film established Gordon as the pre-eminent cinematic interpreter of legendary horror author H.P. Lovecraft, a writer many had previously regarded as largely unfilmable. In these pages, Gordon recalls a wealth of anecdotes, revealing what it was like to direct acclaimed actors such as Anthony Perkins, Dennis Hopper, Oliver Reed, Edward J. Olmos, Lance Henriksen and William H. Macy. Stuart Gordon's memoir is authentically funny, disarmingly honest, and unexpectedly touching, a compelling glimpse into the life of a director happiest in Hollywood's hinterlands, pushing the limits of what the mainstream would accept.


Why this caught my eye:

It's not a comic, but I loves me some Stuart Gordon.



(W) Paco Roca (A/CA) Paco Roca

The celebrated Spanish cartoonist’s most ambitious work yet is a touching homage to his mother and a bittersweet depiction of life in post-war Spain.

It all starts with a photograph: an ordinary scene of a young woman and her family picnicking at a Valencian beach in 1947. Now in her twilight years, Antonia cherishes this photo dearly; it holds the memories of her upbringing, her family — the key to her Eden. Taking off from this routine family outing, cartoonist Paco Roca paints a heartfelt portrait of his mother’s formative years. This delicate portrayal of a humble family is at once an intimate biographical story and a broader reflection of the hardscrabble existence many faced in post-war Spain. Antonia and her family soldier through constant hunger, the shady dealings of the black market, traumas of war and parental abuse, and the oppressive atmosphere wrought by the Catholic church and Franco’s authoritarian regime — and yet, they find oases of joy and wonder in cinema, imagination, and small acts of kindness.

Roca is known the world over for his quietly powerful graphic novels, from Twists of Fate to The House, and this latest masterwork may just be his magnum opus. In Return to Eden, Roca manages to charge quotidian life with rare poignancy, in all its daily struggles and daydreams, and readers will come away deeply affected. DEC231465

Why this caught my eye:

I'm generally fascinated with Spain's civil war/post-war history, and Roca's art looks great.


That's it for this batch, we'll check out some drama on the next round!

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