Books by Alexis Siegel

THE RED MAZE by Mark Siegel
Released: May 7, 2019

"More dazzling exploits in an exotic (though in this case somehow familiar) locale. (appendix of sample and fan art) (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
In their continuing quest to kindle the giant beacons that will save their worlds from eco-catastrophe, sand dancer Oona Lee and friends travel to Moon Yatta, an industrialized superpower that is being taken over by a corrupt demagogue. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"The adventure continues, growing grander of scale and if possible even more lavish in visual detail. (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
Sisters reunite to lead the charge against a disembodied, mind-controlling evil in this second episode of the 5 Worlds series following The Sand Warrior (2017). Read full book review >
Released: May 2, 2017

"A headlong, if visually busy, opener for what promises to be a rare adventure. (Graphic science fiction. 10-13)"
A sudden attack on the world of Mon Domani and its inhabited moons drives a young dancer, a street urchin, and an illegal android together. Read full book review >
BOURBON ISLAND 1730 by Appollo
Released: Nov. 1, 2008

A quiet yet still somewhat swashbuckling tale of 18th-century piracy and colonial tension on a small French Island. Young Raphael arrives on the island with ornithologist Chevalier Despentes in hopes of finding the Bourbon Island dodo, despite its rumored extinction. Unbeknownst to Raphael and Despentes, the island is in the midst of a coup d'état engineered by pirates (known on the island as "Maroons") to overthrow the governor and free their leader, Buzzard. When the two groups meet, conflict ensues, and Raphael—who has always dreamed of becoming a pirate—finds himself at the center of the clash. With historically based subject matter and simple pen-and-ink illustrations, this graphic novel is more reminiscent of Scott Chantler's subtle Northwest Passage (2007) than a splashy Cap'n Jack Sparrow epic. With its population of symbolically selected anthropomorphized animals, it evokes such landmark works as Spiegelman's Maus. Readers expecting the madcap silliness of Lewis Trondheim's earlier A.L.I.E.E.E.N. (2006) and others may be disappointed, though history buffs will likely find this enjoyable. Discursive endnotes act as helpful historical anchors to connect the reader to this time. (Graphic fiction. 16 & up; adult)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2008

Three episodes—two of which were originally published in English separately in 2003—feature the diminutive, grey-skinned bloodsucker, his human friend Michael and a haunted-houseful of spectacularly lurid ghouls and creepies. In the first, lonely Little Vampire meets Michael after going to his school at night, sitting at his desk and doing his homework. In the second Michael receives kung fu lessons from an eldritch instructor in hopes of ridding himself of a bully. The third, titled "The Canine Defenders Club," has the two buddies, with help from Little Vampire's gruff, scarlet pooch Phantomato, breaking into a cosmetics-testing laboratory to rescue three captive dogs. All three tales progress in small, brightly colored panels packed with brisk action, sight gags and dialogue in miniscule type. Fans of Emmanuel Guibert's Sardine in Outer Space series, which is illustrated by Sfar, will find his solo outings just as appealingly off-the-wall. Libraries that bought the first two chapters (which were issued by a different publisher) will need this as a value-added replacement. (Graphic novel. 9-11) Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2007

"No glorified comic book, this graphic novel aspires to fine art."
Mummies and fathers complicate a love story that spans centuries in this gorgeously illustrated fable. Read full book review >
SARDINE IN OUTER SPACE 3 by Emmanuel Guibert
Released: April 1, 2007

Doughty young Sardine and her cohorts continue to vanquish hilariously dopey Supermuscleman, mad scientist Doc Krok and other villains in nine more or less independent new adventures that range from helping out a crowd of cartoon characters angrily protesting because they're so lamely drawn ("Hey! You could at least draw me some pants!") to rescuing acres of stolen French fries and herds of wild "Burgeegies" in the mouthwatering kingdom of Yummy. Presented in colorful, crowded cartoon panels and well-endowed with both self-referential comments ("Comics are cool but we only get 10 pages per story . . . A movie's longer, so we'd have more time to kick Supermuscleman's butt") and characters with names like Emailia and Fetcher Bone, this expert mix of action, gross humor and clever side remarks will, despite the lack of a cohesive plot line, draw carloads of Captain Underpants graduates. (Graphic fantasy. 8-11)Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2006

An award-winning graphic novel grapples with the unthinkable. Deogratias, a Hutu youth barely out of his teens, now appears as a shambling wreck in ragged clothes, drinking steadily and barking like a dog. But a series of seamless flashbacks reveals a younger, happier Deogratias, remarkable only for his mundanity. Despite poverty, prostitution and racial condescension, his friends enjoy a lively multiethnic culture; Deogratias romances a Tutsi girl while secretly yearning for her mulatto half-sister. Meanwhile, a steady background drumbeat of ethnic hatred builds to a horrific crescendo in the genocide of 1994, when 800,000 Rwandans are butchered by their neighbors. Neither hero nor villain, Deogratias tries to spare himself and his loved ones, trapped in a shocking spiral of violence, betrayal and madness. While Stassen's simple layout and spare images may appear static at first, the uncluttered art, reminiscent of jewel-toned woodcuts, serves to underscore the erupting brutality. Only a few of the panels depict the actual massacre; still, the ghastly subject matter, sexual themes and coarse language, along with the elliptical narrative structure, restrict this title to a mature audience. Nonetheless, the importance of the story and the heartbreaking beauty of its presentation make it an essential purchase. (Graphic novel. YA)Read full book review >
by Joëlle Jolivet, illustrated by Joëlle Jolivet, translated by Alexis Siegel, adapted by Alexis Siegel
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

This outsized companion to Zoo-ology (2003) follows the same format, presenting hundreds of thick-lined, accurately drawn figures, buildings and objects neatly packed together on a series of poster-like topical spreads. Linking with the previous title, Jolivet gives "Animals" an entry, but moves well beyond with pages devoted to "Tools," "Buildings," "Construction Equipment," "Fruits and Vegetables," "Musical Instruments," "Houses" and so on; each item has an inconspicuous label, supplemented by a later fact or two in a closing appendix. The spread of "Historical Costumes" shows a Eurocentric bias—particularly as it's followed by an array of "Costumes of the World" that could be more accurately labeled "Costumes of the Third World"—and some frank views of the "Human Body" will discomfit unwary adult viewers; still, children can look forward to hours of discovery from this splendid visual resource. (Picture book. 5-9)Read full book review >