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New Graphic Novels

Looking for a good graphic novel? Try these recent selections from The Ferguson Library collection. 


Mizuki, Shigeru
Showa 1944-1953: a History of Japan

Weaving his personal story into his account of Japan's final push to win the war or die trying, Mizuki offers readers a glimpse of the desperation felt by the soldiers, the harsh conditions they lived in, and the struggles they encountered upon returning home.  Source: Booklist, March 01, 2015


Stok, Barbara

Covers the most famous period in the life of Vincent van Gogh, February 1888 to May 1890, when he lived in the Provençal town, Arles. During this time he painted many of his greatest pictures and, unfortunately, descended into mental illness.  Source:  Booklist, April 15, 2015


Patton, Michael F.
The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy

With amiable pre-Socratic philosopher Heraclitus as a guide, this primer presents a lively romp through the philosophical canon from ancient times to the present day.  Fun facts and engaging illustrations of heavy concepts abound, explained with wit and grace.  Source:  Library Journal, April 24, 2015


Miller, Frank
Ronin: the Deluxe Edition

This darkly kaleidoscopic 1983-84 tale was groundbreaking in many ways, not least in its manga influences.  Brutal and dazzling, the story is set in a dystopian New York City where a battle occurs between a swordsman and the demon that killed his master.  Source: Library Journal, March 15, 2015 

Huppen, Hermann
Station 16

In snow-crusted Siberia, a four-man army patrol responds to an emergency call from a long-abandoned research facility in a former nuclear-test zone.  A snowstorm hits, and a man with a bleeding eye staggers toward the dumbfounded four.  Source: Booklist, March 01, 2015

Luna, Jonathan
Alex & Ada

Alex is a lonely twentysomething who uses mental implants to set his alarm, make coffee, and interact with the world. He is clearly depressed, and on his birthday, his grandmother buys him a lifelike, state-of-the-art female robot companion, whom he names Ada.  Source: Booklist, Dec 15, 2014

Feiffer, Jules
Kill My Mother

Feiffer combines his long-honed skills to draw us into a  menacing world where streets are black with soot and rain, and base motives  are served on the rocks in bars unsafe to enter.  Fast-moving and funny, Kill My Mother is a trip to Hammett-Chandler-Cain Land.  Source: From the Publisher

Cunningham, Darryl
The Age of Selfishness

Ayn Rand nearly ruined the global economy and still may through the acolytes she attracted with her free-market-economics romances, The Fountainhead  and Atlas Shrugged.  Her most important disciple was Alan Greenspan,  chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank.  Source: Booklist, April 15, 2015