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Upcoming Comics Spotlight: Non-Fiction

This batch features a new Slave Labor Graphics project, a memoir about growing up with ADHD, a new installment for Oni's 'Quick & Easy Guide' series, the newest chapter of Nagata Kabi's diary books, and NBM's look at Alfred Hitchcock.

 

SEVENOAKS GN

(W) Kevin Sacco (A/CA) Kevin Sacco


In the summer of 1966, aspiring artist Kevin Sacco learns that his family is moving from New York City to London-and that he will be attending Sevenoaks, a traditional boarding school in the English countryside. At first considered a "Yank" outsider with limited academic or sports acumen, Sacco gradually comes to experience and understand this life of rugby, cold showers, new friendships and discipline. Letters between Sacco and his best friend in New York serve to compare his cloistered life at Sevenoaks to the life that he would be living back home: a life touched by drugs, anti-war sentiments, and racial unrest.

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Why this caught my eye:

The solicit sound interesting, but I'm also interested in seeing Slave Labor Graphics do well as the last I recall hearing about them they were having financial difficulties. I figured they closed their doors or at least went into hibernation once Covid hit, so good to see them active.

EDIT: I say all that and I forgot they put out The Book of Maggor Thoom Kickstarter a couple months back. So yay!

 

BUTTON PUSHER GN

(W) Tyler Page (A) Tyler Page

A graphic memoir about Tyler, a child who is diagnosed with ADHD and has to discover for himself how to best manage it.


Tyler's brain is different. Unlike his friends, he has a hard time paying attention in class. He acts out in goofy, over-the-top ways. Sometimes, he even does dangerous things-like cut up a bus seat with a pocketknife or hang out of an attic window.


To the adults in his life, Tyler seems like a troublemaker. But he knows that he's not. Tyler is curious and creative. He's the best artist in his grade, and when he can focus, he gets great grades. He doesn't want to cause trouble, but sometimes he just feels like he can't control himself.


In Button Pusher, cartoonist Tyler Page delves into his childhood experiences and explores what it means to grow up with ADHD. From diagnosis to treatment and beyond, Tyler's story is raw and enlightening, inviting you to see the world from a new perspective.

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Why this caught my eye:

More books exploring ADHD getting into the hands of people is just a must.

 

A QUICK & EASY GUIDE TO ASEXUALITY SC VOL 01

(W) Molly Muldoon (A/CA) William Hernandez


Asexuality is often called the "invisible orientation." You don't learn about it in school, and you don't hear "ace" on television. So it's kinda hard to be ace in a society so steeped in sex that no one knows you exist. Too many young people grow up believing that their lack of sexual desire means they are broken, so writer Molly Muldoon and cartoonist Will Hernandez--both in the ace community--are here to shed light on society's misconceptions of asexuality and what being ace is really like. This book is for anyone who wants to learn about asexuality, and for ace people themselves to validate their experiences.

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Why this caught my eye:

The Oni guide book series have all been great and they're all books that should be consistently stocked in libraries and schools.

 

MY WANDERING WARRIOR EXISTENCE GN

(W/A) Nagata Kabi


Nagata Kabi's groundbreaking autobiographical work has captivated audiences around the globe, starting with the viral online comic about identity that would become the graphic novel My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness. Readers from all backgrounds have been moved by the author's ability to capture complex emotions through her art and text, giving insight into feelings they may have struggled to articulate themselves. Nagata Kabi's memoirs, including the Eisner-nominated My Solo Exchange Diary and new release My Alcoholic Escape From Reality, have explored themes of physical and mental illness, sex and sexuality, family, and independence. Follow the newest installment of this trailblazing series with My Wandering Warrior Existence, Nagata Kabi's exploration of longing for love and marriage.

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Why this caught my eye:

The original book was a bit too depressing for me, but thought I would share for those that it clicked with more.

 

ALFRED HITCHCOCK MASTER OF SUSPENSE HC

(W) Noel Simsolo (A) Dominique Hé


In 1960, the film Psycho traumatized viewers around the world. Never before had the angst or the suspense been so well presented in cinema. But where does the talent of this Alfred Hitchcock come from, the one now nicknamed the "Master of Suspense"? To find out, we must first go back to his youth, in England, during the first half of the 20th century. Having grown up in a Catholic family - a religious originality that will be felt in a large part of his cinema - "Hitch" is an atypical Englishman who, very early on, has a taste for telling stories. The temptation to work for the cinema will not be long in coming, first as a graphic designer at Islington Studios in London where his visual talent will lead him to make his debut behind the camera, as an assistant and then as a full director. It is also here that he will meet Alma Reville, his assistant and wife who will accompany him throughout his storied career, including the jump to the big time in Hollywood. Discover the life of undoubtedly one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The story of a colorful, demanding and quite simply extraordinary artist.

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Why this caught my eye:

This review caught my eye and I'm interested in seeing more of Dominique Hé's artwork.

 

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

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