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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Non-Fiction

This batch features the newest work of Gabrielle Bell, a story of struggling with anxiety and depression, a memoir from one of the first Black female cartoonists to be published in the New Yorker, one of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen who few even remember, and a psychedelic journey through the human brain.



(W) Gabrielle Bell (A) Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle concludes that she is a failure in life, so she might as well do what she likes for the rest of it. She spends hours at cafes covertly drawing and eavesdropping on her fellow layabouts and shirkers every day. Occasionally she gets caught, and sometimes, she makes friends. Being a failure can be a lot of fun. Gabrielle Bell is comics' most infamous diarist and the creator of The Voyeurs and Everything is Flammable.


Why this caught my eye:

If you get the chance hunt down some of Bell's work, I've always enjoyed her style.



(W) Debbie Tung (A) Debbie Tung

Everything Is OK is the story of Debbie Tung's struggle with anxiety and her experience with depression. She shares what it's like navigating life, overthinking every possible worst-case scenario, and constantly feeling like all hope is lost. The book explores her journey to understanding the importance of mental health in her day-to-day life and how she learns to embrace the highs and lows when things feel out of control. In this graphic memoir, Debbie aims to provide positive and comforting messages to anyone who is facing similar difficulties or is just trying to get through a tough time in life.


Why this caught my eye:

The more books that deal with anxiety and depression that we can get into kids' hands, the better. Also this pic kinda sold me.



(W) Liz Montague (A) Liz Montague

A heartfelt and funny graphic novel memoir from one of the first Black female cartoonists to be published in the New Yorker, when she was just 22 years old. When Liz Montague was a senior in college, she wrote to the New Yorker, asking them why they didn't publish more inclusive comics. The New Yorker wrote back asking if she could recommend any. She responded: yes, me. Those initial cartoons in the New Yorker led to this memoir of Liz's youth, from the age of five through college she navigated life in her predominantly white New Jersey town, overcame severe dyslexia through art, and found the confidence to pursue her passion.


Why this caught my eye:

There aren't many graphic novels that touch on living with severe dyslexia, and that's just one of many good reasons to have this stocked in libraries and the such.



(W) Tom Humberstone (A) Tom Humberstone

One of the greatest tennis players the world has ever seen was a woman few even remember. A championship player by the age of fifteen in a Europe overshadowed by impending war, Suzanne Lenglen broke records for ticket sales and match winning streaks, scandalized and entranced the public with her playing outfits, and became a pioneer, making friends and enemies throughout restrictive tennis society in the trailblazing jazz age. With stunning art and an astute eye, Suzanne explores how she battled bias in sporting journalism and her own divisive personality, to forge a new path and to change sport forever.


Why this caught my eye:

Preview pages caught my eye and I love having more comic biographies that spotlight overlooked people.



(W) Hana Ros (A) Matteo Farinella

Neurocomic is a psychedelic journey through the human brain that explores how we feel, remember, and dream by way of graphic novel. Examining the differences between brain, mind, and soul as well as how different mental illnesses and substances impact our brain activity, it ventures from deserted islands and neuron forests to memory caves and castles of deception. Using a mythical brigade of characters like guitar-playing sea slugs, giant toads, and sea monsters to tell the story, Hana Ros creates a "down the rabbit hole" atmosphere that takes the reader on a trip that feels at times psychedelic, although the art is done entirely in black and white. JUL221767

Why this caught my eye:

I like the sound of the presentation, sounds sort of like an 'Understanding Comics' but for neurosciences. You can check out some previews here.


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

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