The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon

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Category: Graphic Novels, Standalone
Rating: 4/5
Author: Glyn Dillon

There’s danger in writing a review for a book that is so unlike anything I’ve ever read, but one that managed to secure a spot in my heart. This graphic novel centres around Nao Brown, a ‘hafu’, half Japanese half English girl in her mid twenties, treading a knife-edged balance of normalcy, whilst trying to keep her illustration career afloat, and struggling to put forth a brave front while silently suffering from uncontrollable morbid, violent, obsessive thoughts.

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The 100 Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg

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Rating: 4.5/5
Author: Isabel Greenberg

The One Hundred Nights of Hero is a fascinating, beautifully drawn and gorgeous rendered retelling of the Arabian Nights, with a central lesbian couple. The idea of stories within stories, sisterhood and what it means to be a woman, enthused in myth and magic, makes for a fascinating read to curl up with on a lazy afternoon. Reading this book is like wrapping yourself in tapestry of tales each with a unique setting and strong message.  Continue reading

Graphic Novel Author Spotlight: Adrian Tomine

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATrust Adrian Tomine to tell a story, emotionally rich, razor sharp in its observation of flawed relationships and brutally honest in its depiction of far-from-perfect social misfits and their messed-up lives. His drawings are simple in structure and style, but I felt it was really effective in conveying the depth of the story. Reading his graphic novels feels like watching an art film or something to that effect.

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