Year’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011 NJ Library Association Conference, June 2012 Karla Ivarson, Ocean County Library David Lisa, Camden County Library Tyler Rousseau, Monroe Township Public LibraryJuvenileBenjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Phillipe Courdray ISBN 1935179128 The Walking Dead Vol. 14: No Way Out by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard ISBNJuvenile 1607063921Ever wonder what Kramer would have been like if he were a bear and his friends were a The Walking Dead Vol. 15: We Find Ourselves by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard ISBN 1607064405penguin, fish and rabbit? Young Adult Robert Kirkman’s zombie story continues. The crew struggles to survive and must contend Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus Vol. 1 by Jack Kirby ISBN with their own demons as well as the monsters that surround them. Vol. 14 & 15 came out in 1401232418 2011. Ages Four and Up Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, the way it was meant to be experienced: Wandering Son by Shimura Takako ISBN 1606994166 in chronological order. New Gods. Forever People. Mister Miracle. Young Adult Manga Series Jimmy Olson. Kirby was at the height of his popularity and prowess. Young Nitori finds great friendship with Takatsuki upon transferring to 5th grade in a new school, even before realizing that each secretly wishes to have been born the other gender. Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 2 by Roger Langridge, Chris Samnee ISBN 0785141227 Ages Four and Up Adult Thor has come to Earth and is befriended by museum curator Jane Foster. If ever a graphic novel could be considered charming, this is Any Empire by Nate Powell ISBN 1603090770it. Volume 2 of 2. This beloved comic book was canceled by Marvel. Adult Three ‘friends’ must reconsider their romanticized views of violence whenSons of Liberty by Alexander Lagos ISBN 0375856684 a rash of turtle mutilations happen in their privileged suburban town.Juvenile/YAHaving acquired super strength, speed and agility as unwilling test subjects in Ben Franklinsevil son’s scientific experiments, freemen Graham and Brody rarely find occasion to use theirpowers…until unrest over Britains new taxes on the colonies stirs.Young Adult The Death-Ray by Daniel Clowes ISBN 1770460519 Adult Daniel Clowes, creator of Eightball and Ghost World, released two popular graphic novelsBatman: The Dark Mirror by Scott Snyder, Jock & Francesco Francavilla ISBN 140123206X during 2011. The Death-Ray is very much a Clowes book, filled with pathos and pop artYoung Adult prowess.An Amazon Best Book of 2011 and a New York Times #1 bestseller. In this story, Dick Grayson,previously Robin, is now the Dark Knight. Can he handle the responsibility of being The Mr. Wonderful: A Love Story by Daniel Clowes ISBN 0307378136Batman? Adult A Love Story. A blind date leads to something more, in the inimitable Clowes fashion. Winner of the Eisner Award. Level UP by Gene Luen Yang ISBN 1596432357 Green River Killer: A True Detective Story by Jeff Jensen & Jonathan Case ISBN 1595825606 Young Adult Adult Dennis loves video games and his parents love the idea of him going to Jeff Jensen, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, penned this mystery which Stephen King medical school…but does Dennis have to give up his own dreams in order himself praised as “compelling, stay-up-late reading. Great, creepy stuff.” to appease his parents?
Year’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011 NJ Library Association Conference, June 2012 Karla Ivarson, Ocean County Library David Lisa, Camden County Library Tyler Rousseau, Monroe Township Public LibraryHabibi by Craig Thompson ISBN 0375424148AdultDodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and bythe love that grows btween them.Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod ISBN 189183083XAdultKagan McLeod is an avid fan of Martial Arts movies and has brought that love to the creationof an epic tale of Kung Fu, Immortals and Zombies.Onward to Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki ISBN 1770460411AdultA semi-autobiographical account of foolish pride and senseless deaths of Japan’s army duringthe final weeks of World War II. Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Khalil ISBN 1596436425 Adult A son never returns home from protesting the 2009 election in Iran and no one will tell his family where he is being held or if he is even alive. This work of fiction is based on the real life experiences of those incarcerated during the recent revolution in Iran.Other titles of Note:Juvenile/Young AdultStickman Odyssey by Christopher FordYoung Adult/AdultEmpire State: a Love Story (or Not) by Jason ShigaAdultBig Questions by Anders NilsenFeynman by Ottaviani and MyrickFreeway by Mark KalesnikoHark a Vagrant by Kate BeatonPinocchio by WinshlussVietnamerica by GB Tran