Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Today is October 2, which happens to be the fateful day on which Peanuts was first published in nine newspapers, 62 years ago. You can no longer say that this blog hasn't taught you anything.

Trivia aside, it seems like a good day to share with you some of the graphic novels that have recently become a part of our collection:

The Color of Earth, by Kim Dong Hwa -- First in a graphic novel trilogy, The Color of Earth charts a young girl's journey through adolescence as she grows up alongside her single mother in the rolling fields of rural Korea. Elegant illustrations accompany this historical, heartfelt coming-of-age tale that can appeal to both younger and older readers alike.

Orcs: Forged for War, written by Stan Nicholls and illustrated by Joe Flood -- Based in the mythos established by Stan Nicholls' Orcs novels, the story turns conventional fantasy on its ear by portraying the classically bloodthirsty orcs as a calloused and persecuted people. An orcish warband fights for their freedom in a narrative comprised of unapologetic gore and violence, with enough intelligent dialogue and storytelling to satisfy readers looking for more cerebral fare.

Ball Peen Hammer, written by Adam Rapp and illustrated by George O'Connor -- This darkly unsettling comic follows four people as they maintain tattered lives amidst the ruins of a post-apocalyptic world. They struggle, they hide, and they commit unspeakable atrocities, all in the name of fragile survival. A harrowing tale with breathtaking art, for those who can stomach it.

There are plenty more graphic delights where these came from, so ask for lists on this most auspicious of days, Peanuts Day.

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