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October 12, 2017
Teenreads kicked off October in one of the best ways imaginable: heading to New York Comic Con, a celebration of all things bookish, nerdy and just plain awesome. Between editorial coordinator...
October 17, 2016
The Alternative Press Expo in San Jose, California, took place on a beautiful day where the golden light was like something out of a Maxfield Parrish painting. On October 8 and 9, 2016, The San Jose...
October 5, 2016
For the final event in our Roz Chast: Cartoon Memoirs program series, we lift our eyes up to gaze across the Atlantic at the ever-lively and inventive world of French cartooning. What does the...
July 19, 2016
What do hip-hop culture and comic books have in common? Join Ed Piskor, New York Times best-selling, award-winning cartoonist on hursday, August 4th at 6:30 pm as he discusses his 40-...
July 6, 2016
Join leading comics publisher Francoise Mouly for a conversation about the wondrous possibilities for artistic and emotional expression that comics and visual narratives allow. Art editor...

Reviews

Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale - Graphic Novel

Sid, Axl and Ivan volunteer to make a late-night fast-food run for the high school theater crew, and when they return, they find copies of themselves onstage. As they look closer, they begin to realize that the world around them isn’t quite right. Turns out, when they went to the taco place across town, they actually crossed into an alien dimension that’s eerily similar to their world. Now the group will have to use their wits, their truck and even their windshield scraper to escape! But they may be too late. They may now be copies themselves...

New Kid by Jerry Craft - Graphic Novel

Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds --- and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?

Click by Kayla Miller - Graphic Novel

Olive “clicks” with everyone in the fifth grade --- until one day she doesn’t. When a school variety show leaves Olive stranded without an act to join, she begins to panic, wondering why all her friends have already formed their own groups...without her. With the performance drawing closer by the minute, will Olive be able to find her own place in the show before the curtain comes up?

With their father away in the military and their mother working overtime to support the family, the March sisters have to rely on one another to make it from day to day. Whether they're arguing over the bathroom, struggling with homework, fighting off bullies, understanding their crushes, or battling leukemia, there's one thing the four sisters keep questioning --- will everything turn out okay? Follow modern young women, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy as they discover themselves and follow their dreams.

Wires and Nerve, Volume 2: Gone Rogue Written by Marissa Meyer and illustrated by Stephen Gilpin. - Graphic Novel

Iko --- an audacious android and best friend to the Lunar Queen Cinder --- has been tasked with hunting down Alpha Lysander Steele, the leader of a rogue band of bioengineered wolf-soldiers who threaten to undo the tenuous peace agreement between Earth and Luna. Unless Cinder can reverse the mutations that were forced on them years before, Steele and his soldiers plan to satisfy their monstrous appetites with a massacre of the innocent people of Earth.

The Giver (Graphic Novel) (Giver Quartet) written by Lois Lowry with illustrations by P. Craig Russell - Graphic Novel

In this new graphic novel edition of THE GIVER, readers experience the haunting story of 12-year-old Jonas and his seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment, through the brilliant art of P. Craig Russell that truly brings THE GIVER to life. Witness Jonas's assignment as the Receiver of Memory, watch as he begins to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community, and follow the explosion of color into his world like never before.

Bloom written by Kevin Panetta with illustrations by Savanna Ganucheau - Graphic Novel/Contemporary Romance

Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band --- if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom...that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice written by Jason Viola with illustrations by Zack Giallongo - Graphic Novel

Do you have what it takes to live in one of the harshest places in the world? What if you had just a couple years to gain the knowledge you'll need to survive on your own? Join two curious polar bear cubs as they play, hunt and navigate life in the Arctic. With each season, they learn polar bear biology and behavior, as well as strategies and skills that will help them thrive in a landscape that is rapidly changing beyond their control. Living with super insulated bodies in a world that's melting? For polar bears, keeping cool is the name of the game!

A Story About Cancer With a Happy Ending written by India Desjardins with illustrations by Marianne Ferrer - Graphic Novel

A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time she's got to live. As she walks, she thinks about her journey up to this point...the terrible decor in the hospital, wearing a headscarf, the horrible treatments, but also being with her friends, family and her new boyfriend Victor. This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. It's about life, love and especially, hope.

In Book Two of this alt-history adventure, Peter, Helen and the rest of Carnegie's "Specials" would like nothing more than to return to normalcy along with the rest of the country --- especially after defeating their enemies in Book One. But the anarchists have other plans. Luigi Galleani and the Zeno cabal reach out from Europe, across the Atlantic, to wreak havoc, divide the enemy, build an army and capture plans for the world's deadliest weapon. If they are to be stopped, the tiny group of heroes from Jekyll will need to find new resolve, new resources and new allies --- and do it all before Nikola Tesla's most terrible creation is unleashed.

At the beginning of the 1900s, 1/6th of the world’s wealth vacationed in and around the tiny Georgia island of Jekyll. Captains of Industry like Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Morgan and Carnegie all called the Jekyll area home. Using this place of grandeur and elegance as a backdrop, an alternate history is explored between the World Wars. A time of great social, political, and technological upheaval. A time of ingenuity and anarchy. A time for some of the most brilliant, and horrible, minds of the 20th century to confront each other. And a time of great new heroes and fantastic new machines.

Buffy Summers is just like any other student...except for the part where she's also a secret vampire slayer. In every generation, one girl is granted great strength to stand against the forces of darkness. Of course, power doesn't matter when it comes to eating lunch alone, getting picked on by the popular kids or having too much homework. Luckily, Buffy finds her way with a can-do attitude, a weird Watcher and new besties --- who might just have powers of their own. But will any of it be enough to turn the tide when an army of villainous vampires invade town? Can Buffy save herself, let alone the world?

Zenobia written by Morten Durr with illustrations by Lars Horneman - Graphic Novel

Zenobia was once a great warrior queen of Syria whose reign reached from Egypt to Turkey. When things feel overwhelming for Amina, her mother reminds her to think of Zenobia and be strong. Amina is a Syrian girl caught up in a war that reaches her village. To escape the war she boards a small boat crammed with other refugees. The boat is rickety and the turbulent seas send Amina overboard. In the dark water Amina remembers playing hide and seek with her mother and the journey she had to undertake with her uncle to escape. And she thinks of the brave warrior Zenobia.

Lexi Philips is a confident, talented girl just entering middle school when a misunderstanding during a volleyball match leads to the loss of her friends, and to them relentlessly bullying her via social media. The torment inflicted on Lexi by these mean girls reduces her to a ghost of herself. She believes the posts saying she is ugly, or fat, or skinny, and unworthy of love...until her parents urge her to look to herself for strength and not allow bullies to define her. Lexi finds the power within herself to overcome cyberbullying. And in a twist of karmic fate, the tables turn on her tormenters on social media.

Sophia tells the heart-wrenching story of her parents’ divorce. She was just 11 years old, happy and enjoying life with her mom, dad and little brother when unexpectedly, one night, a violent argument disrupted her sleep and shattered her life. The next morning, her parents told her the dreaded news --- they were getting divorced. Her dad was moving to California, while Sophia and her brother would stay with their mom. First, she blamed herself. But then, she remembered a note a teacher once wrote on her report card, and was inspired to focus on bringing both parents back into her life.