Category Graphic Novels

Zen Pencils

 

Zen Pencils
By Gaving Aung Than
Andrews McMeel
Retail Price $14.99
Amazon Price: $12.78

Book Description: 

Zen Pencils is an exciting and unique new comic form that takes inspirational and famous quotations and adapts them into graphic stories. From icons like Confucius, Marie Curie, and Henry David Thoreau, to Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Calvin Coolidge, to contemporary notables like Ira Glass, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Neil Gaiman—their words are turned into sometimes heartwarming, sometimes sobering stories by cartoonist Gavin Aung Than. Be inspired, motivated, educated, and laugh as you read famous words as never before!

Gavin Aung Than, an Australian graphic designer turned cartoonist, started the weekly Zen Pencils blog in February 2012. He describes his motivation for launching Zen Pencils: “I was working in the boring corporate graphic design industry for eight years before finally quitting at the end of 2011 to pursue my passion for illustration and cartooning. At my old job, when my boss wasn’t looking, I would waste time reading Wikipedia pages, mainly biographies about people whose lives were a lot more interesting than mine. Their stories and quotes eventually inspired me to leave my job to focus on what I really wanted to do. The idea of taking these inspiring quotes, combining them with my love of drawing and sharing them with others led to the creation of Zen Pencils.”

Review

This book by Gaving Aung Than was nothing short of inspirational….and genius!  He takes our favorite quotes and brings them to life with his graphic art and packaged it all in an easy to handle volume.  This was such a clever idea and it is very well done.  He did a fantastic job in picking the quotes he illustrates and presents us with timeless truths to visualize and ponder.  I was very impressed.

Reviewed by J.Rose

 

 

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    The Hockey Saint

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    The Hockey Saint
    by Howard Shapiro
    Animal Media Group
    Retail Price $13.05
    Amazon Price: $10.82

    Book Description: 

    The much anticipated sequel to the award winning “The Stereotypical Freaks” taking place two years after “Freaks” ends. Twenty-one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world’s best hockey player, but he wasn’t prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title. Tom Leonard is an average college sophomore… just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable. Through a chance meeting, these two strike up an unlikely friendship. Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn’t as perfect up close as he seems from afar. With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, will Tom be able to help him before it’s too late? “The Hockey Saint” is Volume 2 in the “Forever Friends” Trilogy

    Review

    Howard Shapiro is a new (to me anyway!) YA author that I feel is a rising star in this graphic novel genre.  The story is compelling and with great takeaway value, especially for the early high school set who are on the brink of high school, being faced with hard decisions of their own.  While the illustrations are excellent, so is the writing. As Shapiro deals with topics such as dealing with poor choices, pressure, and making life decisions,  he captures the emotions and feelings of his characters in such a way that you feel as if you know them well.  I highly recommend it.

    ~Reviewed by David H.

     

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      Sisters

      Sisters
      By Raina Telgemeier
      Graphix
      Retail Price $10.99
      Amazon Price: $6.29

      Book Description: 

      The companion to Raina Telgemeier’s #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling and Eisner Award-winning graphic memoir, SMILE.

      Raina can’t wait to be a big sister. But once Amara is born, things aren’t quite how she expected them to be. Amara is cute, but she’s also a cranky, grouchy baby, and mostly prefers to play by herself. Their relationship doesn’t improve much over the years, but when a baby brother enters the picture and later, something doesn’t seem right between their parents, they realize they must figure out how to get along. They are sisters, after all.

      Raina uses her signature humor and charm in both present-day narrative and perfectly placed flashbacks to tell the story of her relationship with her sister, which unfolds during the course of a road trip from their home in San Francisco to a family reunion in Colorado.

      Review

       

      Raina Telgemeier is not only a fantastic author, but her illustrations are just as good as her prose.  She knows how to engage those in the middle school years by using both humor and sensitivity.  This book was a hoot and well liked by both my son and daughter alike.

      ~Reviewed by Rosie B.

       

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