The McElroys successfully translate their Adventure Zone exploits to a comic book in Here There Be Gerblins  

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Some of the most popular podcasts today are about murder or tabletop roleplaying games. While it’s not the only show of its type, The Adventure Zone has grown a large and enthusiastic audience, large enough to (hopefully) support a published graphic novel. The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins (First Second) is…

Pénélope Bagieu celebrates history’s rebellious women with Brazen biographies

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Cartoonist Pénélope Bagieu is developing quite the reputation as a graphic biographer. After telling the story of Mama Cass in last year’s rich, graceful California Dreamin’, she returns to nonfiction with an expansive collection of biographical shorts: Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked The World (First Second). Bagieu…

Return to the psychedelic Spill Zone in this exclusive preview of volume 2

First Second’s Spill Zone is one of the year’s most pleasant graphic novel surprises, introducing an exciting, heartfelt, and visually striking sci-fi concept from writer Scott Westerfeld, artist Alex Puvilland, and colorist Hilary Sycamore. Westerfeld is best known as a novelist, but he’s crafted a story that takes…

A killer explains his philosophy in this The Hunting Accident exclusive

The last few weeks have been great for historical graphic novels. IDW’s Calamity Jane: The Calamitous Life Of Martha Jane Cannary, 1852-1903 is a lushly illustrated account of Calamity Jane’s life by Christian Perrissin and Mathieu Blanchin, and Fantagraphics’ Johnny Appleseed contrasts the story of John Chapman’s…

For a striking sci-fi mystery, take a trip to the Spill Zone

As the graphic novel market continues to grow, the medium is increasingly popular for established novelists who want to add a visual component to their stories. Writer Scott Westerfeld has already dabbled in comics with graphic novel spin-offs to his best-selling Uglies YA book series, but Spill Zone (First Second) is…

The art is as evocative as the message in Black History In Its Own Words

Black History Month is coming to a close, so it’s a good time for readers to grab a copy of Ronald Wimberly’s Black History In Its Own Words (Image) and gain a resource that can be used to continue exploring black history all year round. Composed of 40 portraits (including Wimberly’s self-portrait for the foreword) of…

Discover the story behind Mama Cass in this California Dreamin’ exclusive

Cass Elliot, best known to the world as Mama Cass of the pop rock group The Mamas And The Papas, was an anomaly in the pop music world of the ’60s and ’70s. She had a smooth, powerful voice and loads of charisma, but her plus-sized appearance set her apart from the rest of the pop starlets of the time, which was both…

Creep yourself out with the spooky comic book Touching Evil

Comic book horror tends to fall into one of two general categories: gore or psychological. It’s tough to do jump scares in comics, but in the last few years creators have become increasingly good at building anticipation and unleashing fear in measured, careful bites. Touching Evil Volume 1: Curse Escapes (Beardo…

First Second exclusive: The Nameless City saga continues in The Stone Heart

Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire’s The Nameless City is one of 2016’s most promising new graphic novels, telling a political, heartfelt, and thrilling story about a young man, Kai, discovering himself as he learns about his new home. Constantly changing names because it’s constantly being overtaken by outside…