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  • Writer's pictureTrusty Henchman

Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Non-Fiction

This batch of non-fiction features a spotlight on the achievements of Marie Curie, America's first woman detective Kate Warne, revolutionary painter Diego Rivera, the crumbling sanity of an art student, and a giant compilation of Limerance Press' guides to sexual wellness!



(W) Frances Andreasen Osterfelt, Anja Cetti Andersen (A/CA) Anna Blaszczyk

Marie Curie's exceptional life and groundbreaking research changed the world, expanding scientific understanding and creating new opportunities for women, as explored in this lavishly illustrated graphic biography endorsed by the Curie Estate. Curie's unique drive-against all odds-to understand Nature's ways and laws led to groundbreaking discoveries, which revolutionized medical theory and practice. She was the first female Nobel Prize winner and, to date, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two categories; first physics and later in chemistry.

Authorized by the Curie Estate, Marie Curie: A Quest For Light presents a special collaboration between author Frances Andreasen sterfelt, the internationally acclaimed Danish astrophysicist Anja Cetti Andersen, and features delightful illustration by artist Anna Blaszczyk. Together they have made Curie's fascinating story accessible to young readers.


Why this caught my eye:

What art samples I've been able to find look pretty fantastic, and this sounds like it would be a solid book to stock in any non-fiction collection for schools or libraries.



(W) Jeff Jenson (A/CA) George Schall

Everyone knows the tragic assassination of Abraham Lincoln, but what about the foiled attempt in his first year of presidency?

In 1861, America's greatest detective saved the life of her country's greatest president... this is her true story.

At a time when the American experiment was at a crossroads, and the man tasked with healing the nation was under constant threat, only one detective was armed with the extraordinary cleverness and versatility to thwart the attempt on his life.

Her name was Kate Warne - America's first woman detective.

Eisner Award-winning writer Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, HBO's Watchmen) and acclaimed artist George Schall (Made In Korea, Chasing Echoes) present the stunning story of the one detective who forever changed the course of American history, perfect for fans of Pulp and Velvet.


Why this caught my eye:

I really enjoyed Jensen's writing on Green River Killer and I love the subject matter of this project, so it feels like a solid mix of crime and non-fiction.



(W) Francisco De La Mora (A) Jose Luis Pescador

Diego Rivera was a revolutionary painter in more ways than one. Attending art school at 11, by his twenties he was counted among the most influential figures of the Parisian art scene of the early 20th century. Rivera's murals, both in his native Mexico and the United States, reflect the contradictory turbulence of his character and times. He met Lenin in Paris, Stalin in Moscow, and offered refuge to Trotsky during his Mexican exile. Meanwhile, his work was commissioned by giants of capitalism: Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller. Rivera's indefatigable industry was matched by his zest for life, accumulating hundreds of lovers and four wives-including Frida Kahlo, whose formidable partnership is also one of the great love stories of art history. This tells the story of the extraordinary life and times of an artist for whom myth and reality fused.


Why this caught my eye:

SelfMadeHero books have always turned out to be solid quality packages for me, and I'm woefully ignorant on Rivera so this looks like a great intro.



(W) Clio Isadora (A/CA) Clio Isadora

Pickles Yin is a final year student at a prestigious art school struggling to live up to her own expectations of how to navigate the transition from education to career. Surrounded by nepotism and wealthy peers, her friend Radish suggests an alternative method to achieve success that results in crumbling teeth and deteriorating mental health. A semi-autobiographical comic about being struggling to finish the final year at a prestigious art school, Clio's debut full length work is a worthy successor to her acclaimed self-published zine, Is It Vague in Other Dimensions?


Why this caught my eye:

What better way to distract yourself from the stresses of 2021 than by reading about someone else's deteriorating mental health? Also, Isadora won me over pretty quickly with this single panel.



(W) Archie Bongiovanni, Tristan Jimerson, Jules Zuckerberg, Mady G, A. Andrews (A) Tristan Jimerson (CA) Luke Howard

For the first time, our best-selling and critically acclaimed guides to sexual wellness are available in a Quick & Easy bundle! This collection includes all four Quick & Easy Guide comics to date: A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns, Queer & Trans Identities, Sex & Disability, and Consent, all in one colorfully designed box. A conscious and charming gift for any loved one, and a must-have for your own bookshelf.

A Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns

Archie, a snarky genderqueer artist, is tired of people not understanding gender-neutral pronouns. Tristan, a cisgender dude, is looking for an easy way to introduce gender neutral pronouns to his increasingly diverse workplace. The longtime best friends team up in this short and fun comic guide that explains what pronouns are, why they matter, and how to use them. They also include what to do if you make a mistake, and some tips-and-tricks for those who identify outside of the binary to keep themselves safe in this binary-centric world. A quick and easy resource for people who use they/them pronouns, and people who want to learn more!

A Quick & Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

In this quick and easy guide to queer and trans identities, cartoonists Mady G and Jules Zuckerberg guide you through the basics of the LGBTQ+ world! Covering essential topics like sexuality, gender identity, coming out, and navigating relationships, this guide explains the spectrum of human experience through informative comics, interviews, worksheets, and imaginative examples. A great starting point for anyone curious about queer and trans life, and helpful for those already on their own journeys!

A Quick & Easy Guide to Sex & Disability

All different kinds of bods want to connect with other bods, but lots of them get left out of the conversation when it comes to S-E-X. As explained by disabled cartoonist A. Andrews, this easy-to-read guide covers the basics of disability sexuality, common myths about disabled bodies, communication tips, and practical suggestions for having the best sexual experience possible. Whether you yourself are disabled, you love someone who is, or you just want to know more, consider this your handy starter kit to understanding disability sexuality, and your path to achieving accessible (and fulfilling) sex.

A Quick & Easy Guide to Consent

How do you tell someone you want to do stuff with them? How do you ask if they want to do stuff with you? How do you know what stuff you want to do with each other? Enter Sergeant Yes Means Yes from the Consent Cavalry, a beacon of clarity in a fuzzy minefield of questions. Sarge drops in on a diverse range of folks deciding whether to engage in sexual activity in this short and fun comic guide to communicating what you want, don't want, and how you want it!


Why this caught my eye:

All of the individual guides were great to stock in our store and are perfect gifts to hand out. I kinda also think they should always be stocked by schools and libraries, so having one mega compilation is a great idea, and well priced at the $40 mark.


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

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