Graphic Novels & Comic Books Book Reviews (page 11)

TURPENTINE by Spring Warren
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"The journey eventually becomes tedious as Ned fails to establish an identity that satisfies both himself and the reader."
An effete easterner in western guise rambles across the 19th-century American landscape. Read full book review >
THE BLACK DIAMOND DETECTIVE AGENCY by Eddie Campbell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2007

"The veteran artist rises to a new challenge."
A visually stunning graphic narrative with all sorts of complicated plot twists. Read full book review >

SPENT by Joe Matt
by Joe Matt, illustrated by Joe Matt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2007

"Not for kids, though adult readers should take some pleasure knowing that they're better off than Matt, at least as depicted here."
The cartoonist tests the limits of pathetic self-absorption in a volume that should appeal to his cult following but is unlikely to expand it. Read full book review >
AYA by Marguerite Abouet
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 20, 2007

"A smart and sweetly comic glimpse of a time and place in Africa that get little attention in the West."
A young woman navigates shallow men, self-destructive friends and the newly erected class ladder in the prosperous city of Abidjan. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2006 by Harvey Pekar
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2006

"A worthy launch for what appears destined to become a valuable annual anthology."
The latest addition to the publisher's venerable "Best American" series not only provides an expansive survey of the contemporary graphic landscape, but serves as an effective introduction to an art long consigned to the cultural underground. Read full book review >

CHICKEN WITH PLUMS by Marjane Satrapi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2006

"A thin sliver of illustrated memoir that barely hits its stride before fading away."
Satrapi (Embroideries, 2005, etc.) recalls the tragic final days of her great-uncle, an Iranian musician who died of a broken heart after his wife destroyed his favorite instrument. Read full book review >
WILL EISNER’S NEW YORK by Will Eisner
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Incredible sights and bite-sized sagas of the city that never sleeps."
From skyscraper to subway, fat cats to the homeless, here's the Big Apple envisioned by one of America's top graphic-novelists—a town without pity but teeming with terrific tales. Read full book review >
JOKES AND THE UNCONSCIOUS by Daphne Gottlieb
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Spirited and often funny, but maddeningly discursive."
Gottlieb, a performance poet, and DiMassa, creator of the comic series Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist, join forces for this graphic novel about a young woman wrestling with both her father's death and her sexual identity. Read full book review >
AN ANTHOLOGY OF GRAPHIC FICTION, CARTOONS, AND TRUE STORIES by Ivan Brunetti
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Broad in scope if somewhat narrow in emotional pitch, this stands to be, along with Houghton Mifflin's The Best American Comics 2006 (also October), a definitive text on American comic art for a good while."
An ambitious compendium of graphic narratives, designed to showcase both the varied styles and emotional depth of the field. Read full book review >
SHENZHEN by Guy Delisle
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 5, 2006

"While never preaching, this volume makes a forceful case for creative license and personal liberty, as the artist discovers that there's no place like home."
A sharp eye for detail, self-deprecating humor and subtle, shadowy drawings highlight this engaging, ambitious graphic narrative. Read full book review >
ABANDON THE OLD IN TOKYO by Yoshihiro Tatsumi
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

"Fans of the contemporary graphic narrative won't find this volume of Tatsumi's work dated in the slightest."
The artist's second volume of stories to be published in the US, originally published in Japan in 1970, shows that the graphic visionary was decades ahead of his time. Read full book review >
GET A LIFE by Philippe Dupuy
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2006

"A genial and funny snapshot of the Left Bank lifestyle."
Oh, to be young, successful and neurotic. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >