The Best Graphic Novels of 2011

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The Best Graphic Novels of 2011 presentation at the 2012 New Jersey Library Association Annual Conference.

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The Best Graphic Novels of 2011

  1. 1. The Best Graphic Novels of 2011 NJLA Annual Conference Wed, June 5, 2012 Presented by:Tyler Rousseau- Monroe Township Public Library Karla Ivarson- Ocean County Library System David Lisa- Camden County Library System
  2. 2. Some of the Best.
  3. 3. Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking by Philippe Coudray Ever wonder what Kramer would have been like if he were a bear and his friends were a penguin, fish and rabbit? Philipe Coudray apparently did and this is what he came up with…
  4. 4. Level Up by Gene Yang Dennis loves video games and his parents love the idea of him going to medical school… But does Dennis have to give up his own dreams in order to appease his parents?
  5. 5. Onwards Towards our NobleDeaths by Shigeru Mizuki A semi- autobiographical account of foolish pride and senseless deaths of Japan‟s army during the final weeks of World War II
  6. 6. Any Empire by Nate Powell Three „friends‟ must reconsider their romanticized views of violence when a rash of turtle mutilations happen in their privileged suburban town.
  7. 7. Habibi by Craig Thompson Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them.
  8. 8. Wandering Son by ShimuraTakako Young Nitori and Takatsuki become friends even before discovering that each secretly wishes to have been born the other gender.
  9. 9. Sons of Liberty by AlexanderLagos Unwilling test subjects in Ben Franklins evil son‟s scientific experiments, Freeme n Graham and Brody rarely find occasion to use their powers...until unrest over Britains new taxes on the colonies stirs.
  10. 10. Zahra‟s Paradise by Amir &Khalil 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.
  11. 11. Infinite Kung Fu by KaganMcleod Kung Fu Immortals Zombies
  12. 12. Thor has come toEarth and isbefriended bymuseum curatorJane Foster. If ever agraphic novel couldbe consideredcharming, this is it.Volume 2 of 2. Thisbeloved comic bookwas canceled by
  13. 13. Jack Kirby‟s FourthWorld, the way itwas meant to beexperienced: inchronological order.New Gods. ForeverPeople. MisterMiracle. JimmyOlson. Kirby was atthe height of hispopularity andprowess.
  14. 14. DanielClowes, creator ofEightball and GhostWorld, releasedtwo popular graphicnovels during 2011.The Death-Ray isvery much aClowes book, filledwith pathos andpop art prowess.
  15. 15. Clowes‟ other graphic novel this yearwas Mister Wonderful: A Love Story. Ablind date leads to something more, inthe inimitable Clowes fashion. Winner ofthe Eisner Award.
  16. 16. An Amazon Best Book of 2011 and a New York Times #1 bestseller. In this story, Dick Grayson, previou sly Robin, is now the Dark Knight. Can he handle the responsibility of being The Batman?
  17. 17. Jeff Jensen, senior writer for Entertainment Weekly, penned this mystery which Stephen King himself praised as “compelling, stay -up-late reading. Great, creepy
  18. 18. Robert Kirkman‟s zombie story continues. The crew struggles to survive and must contend with their own demons as well as the monsters that surround them. Vol. 14 & 15 came out in 2011.
  19. 19. The AMC TV series is a bona fide hit and part of the fun that fans will have is finding the differences between the TV series and the comic book series which spawned it.
  20. 20. Questions?Comments?
  21. 21. Credits Entertainment Weekly © Entertainment WeeklyThe Walking Dead © Robert Kirkman & Tony Moore. Published by Image Comics TonyMooreIllustration.com Green River Killer © Dark Horse Comics Batman: The Black Mirror © DC Comics Mister Wonderful: A Love Story © Pantheon Books The Death-Ray © Drawn & Quarterly (Open book shots by Stuart Geddes of The Melbourne City Guide) Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Omnibus © DC Comics Thor: The Mighty Avenger © Marvel Comics Infinite Kung Fu © Top Shelf Zahara’s Paradise © First Second The Sons of Liberty © Random House Wandering Son © Fantagraphics Books Habibi © Pantheon Books Any Empire © Top Shelf Onwards Toward Our Noble Deaths © Drawn & Quarterly Level Up © First Second Benjamin Bearin Fuzzy Thinking © Toon Books All book, DVD and magazine covers are copyright of the respective owners and are used for demonstration and promotional purposes only.
  22. 22. Thanks!• Karla Ivarson (kivarson@gmail.com)• David Lisa (davidlisa@davidlisa.com))• Tyler Rousseau (tyler.rousseau@gmail.com)

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