This month our adult fiction display celebrates the adult graphic novel. While there is no shortage of action-packed titles with mature themes (like the Walking Dead and Game of Thrones in graphic novel form), the genre is surprisingly eclectic. If you haven’t picked up a “comic book” since you were a kid, the range of themes and diversity of visual styles may surprise you.
Thoreau : a sublime life, Maximilien Le Roy
This graphic novel biography relates the forward looking inspirational life of the great author, philosopher and pioneering ecologist.
Something new : tales from a makeshift bride by Lucy Knisley
“The quirky and the mundane sparkle in this new installment of graphic memoirs from Knisley (Age of License; Displacement). When her on-again, off-again boyfriend John turns into a keeper and then proposes, the besotted couple design their own version of “weddingzilla” that turns into a complicated and thoughtful yet rewarding adventure.” -Library Journal Review
Fight Club 2 by Chuck Palahniuk
New York Times bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk and acclaimed artist Cameron Stewart have collaborated for one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events of 2015–the return of Tyler Durden. The first rule of Fight Club 2 might be not to talk about it, but Fight Club 2 is generating international headlines and will introduce a new generation of readers to Project Mayhem.
Cousin Joseph : a graphic novel by Jules Feiffer
With the New York Times bestseller Kill My Mother, legendary cartoonist Jules Feiffer began an epic saga of American noir fiction. With Cousin Joseph, a prequel that introduces us to bare-knuckled Detective Sam Hannigan, head of the Bay City’s Red Squad and patriarch of the Hannigan family featured in Kill My Mother, Feiffer brings us the second installment in this highly anticipated graphic trilogy.
The art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew
“An early candidate for the various best-of lists for 2016, this superlative achievement from Liew (The Shadow Hero) tells the story not only of Singaporean artist and comics creator Charlie Chan Hock Chye, but of Singapore itself…Liew’s inclusion of fabricated newspaper clippings, old sketches, and mixed media works-and even an occasional photo collage purporting to show us first-hand evidence of Charlie’s life-is riveting…Make no mistake: this multilayered book is a masterpiece.” -Publishers Weekly