Guest Reviewer: Stacy A. ; March book 3

MARCH: BOOK THREE by John Lewis
February 2, 2017


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Co-author Andrew Aydin
Illustrator Nate Powell

I don’t read a lot of graphic novels – in fact, it feels like I start every one of my reviews this way!

This book is part of a series of biographical graphic novels written by John Lewis about his life and career. Book Three starts in the early 1960’s.

What brought this book to my attention was the awards. It won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Then at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference last month, the following awards were announced:

The Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, which recognizes an African American author of a book for kids

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young-adult literature

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

The YALSA Award for excellence in young-adult nonfiction

This was record setting – no other book has ever won 4 awards from ALA. So I wanted to read it. Luckily, my library had a copy on the shelf.

From the publisher:

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one ofthe key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.
By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: “One Man, One Vote.”

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening … even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

I loved this book. I must admit I pretty much cried my way through it, it is not an easy read. But what a story! Congressman Lewis has has lived an amazing life, and continues his work for civil rights to this day.

The illustrations by Nate Powell are all in black & white, and are viscerally stunning. Bombings, speeches, and arrests are somehow brought to life but the violence is never over the top or gratuitous. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement, not to mention President Johnson and Robert Kennedy, are easily recognized.

This book is a testament to what civil disobedience can accomplish, and feels very timely right now. This is a truly inspirational read, and I highly recommend it.

2/17 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

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MARCH: BOOK THREE by John Lewis. Top Shelf Productions; First Edition edition (August 2, 2016). ISBN 978-1501115677. 320p.

NYT Top 10 Graphic Books Best Sellers 12/18: GN Paperbacks

New York Times paperback graphic novel best sellers from 12/18. O.M.G. It’s a Raina Telgemeier EXTRAVAGANZA! The titles link to books in the PBCLS catalog. Check ’em out!

1 GHOSTS, by Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Two sisters discover that their quiet coastal town is haunted by ghosts, but are they something to fear, or embrace?

2 BABY-SITTERS CLUB GRAPHIX: BOX SET, by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) This collection contains the first four volumes of the all–color adaptation of the popular book series.

3 DRAMA, by Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Callie becomes the stage manager for her middle school’s production of “Moon Over Mississippi.”

4 THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 1, by Robert Kirkman and others. (Image Comics) This collected edition reprints the first 48 issues of “The Walking Dead.”

5 THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 3, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image Comics) This large collected edition includes issues 97 through 144, where Rick and his group of survivors make contact with other communities.

6 THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 2, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image Comics) In this collected edition, of issues 49-96, Rick and his group of survivors try to stay alive — with zombies, and some humans, against them.

7 SMILE, by Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Raina experiences braces, boy troubles and other plagues of the sixth grade.

8 SISTERS, by Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Raina is stuck in the back seat between her younger brother and sister for a weeklong road trip in this family memoir.

9 MARCH TRILOGY, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. (Top Shelf Productions) All three volumes of Representative John Lewis’s memoir of the civil rights movement are collected here.

10 THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB GRAPHIX: KRISTY’S GREAT IDEA, by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Four friends start a babysitting business in this all-color adaptation of the first book in the series.

Graphic Novel Best Sellers 12/4/16

These are the New York Times Manga Best Sellers for the week of December 4, 2016. As always, the links will take you to the Palm Beach County Library System web catalog.

1
DANTDM: TRAYAURUS AND THE ENCHANTED CRYSTAL, by Dan Middleton, Doreen Mulryan and Mike Love. (HarperCollins) Dr. Trayaurus and Dan must prevent five powerful crystals from falling into the hands of their arch–nemesis, Denton.

2
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. (DC Comics) This critically acclaimed story from 1988 offers a possible origin for the Joker.

3
FIGHT CLUB 2, by Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart. (Dark Horse) In this sequel to Palahniuk’s 1996 novel, Tyler Durden re-emerges to create mayhem once again.

4
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2016, edited by Roz Chast and Bill Kartalopoulos. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) This collection features contributions from Chris Ware, Cece Bell and others.

5
HILO BOOK 2: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, by Judd Winick. (Random House) Bizarre creatures are appearing all over town, and only Hilo, DJ and Gina can send them back to where they came from.

6
ROLLING BLACKOUTS: DISPATCHES FROM TURKEY, SYRIA AND IRAQ, by Sarah Glidden. (Drawn & Quarterly) The author travels with a team of journalists as they interview civilians and refugees from various war zones.

7
NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES: ALAMO ALL–STARS, by Nathan Hale. (Abrams) The Texas Revolution is the latest subject in this nonfiction series.

8
SNOW WHITE, by Matt Phelan. (Candlewick) The story of Snow White is reimagined here as a noir tale set in Manhattan during the Great Depression.

9
MOEBIUS LIBRARY: THE WORLD OF EDENA, by Jean (Moebius) Giraud. (Dark Horse) Two interstellar repairmen investigate a space station where the crew has completely vanished.

10
ANGEL CATBIRD, VOL. 1, by Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas. (Dark Horse) When a scientist holding an experimental serum is hit by a car, his body mutates and takes on the physical characteristics of both a cat and an owl.

Drawn to Comics October 2016

Drawn to Comics presents October’s Horror List:

Eerie

Eerie, Volume 1
David Lapham
2016-04 – Dark Horse Books

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Uncle Creepy’s been hogging all the glory in Dark Horse’s revival of Warren’s classic magazines, but here comes Cousin Eerie to nudge him out of the spotlight The terrifying treasury of sinister sci-fi and fearsome fantasy is finally collected in this handsome paperback volume, amassing the inimitable talents of David Lapham, Mike Allred, Jonathan Case, Kelley Jones, and many more.

 

Nameless

Nameless
Grant Morrison
2016-03 – Image Comics

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NAMELESS tells the story of a down-at-heel occult hustler known only as “Nameless” who is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists as part of a desperate mission to save the world. A massive asteroid named Xibalba – the “Place of Fear” in Mayan mythology – is on collision course with the planet Earth and if that wasn’t trouble enough, the asteroid has an enormous magical symbol carved into its side and is revealed to be a fragment of our solar system’s lost fifth planet, Marduk, destroyed 65 million years ago at the end of an epic cosmic war between the inhabitants of Marduk and immensely-powerful, life-hating, extra-dimensional “gods.” One of those beings is still alive, imprisoned on Xibalba, dreaming of its ultimate revenge on all that exists. When Nameless and his team-mates inadvertently unleash this malignant soul-destroying intelligence, the stage is set for a nightmarish, nihilistic journey to the outer reaches of human terror.

 

Outcast

Outcast
Robert Kirkman
2015-02 – Image Comics

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Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his lifeand now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way couldbring about the end of life on Earth as we know it!

 

Wytches

Wytches, Volume 1
Scott Snyder
2015-07 – Image Comics

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Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before.

When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry.

 

Southern Cross

Southern Cross, Volume 1
Becky Cloonan
2016-01 – Image Comics

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Now boarding: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to Titan. Alex Braith is tracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though and they lead her down a path of intrigue, betrayal, and galactic horror.

 

Check the PBCLS catalog for more horror comics!

Top 10 Graphic Novels August 2016

The top ten best-selling graphic novels of August 2016 were:
As always, linked titles are available from PBCLS.

  1. STAR WARS DARTH VADER TP VOL 03 MARVEL
  2. BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC DC original edition
  3. BLACK PANTHER TP BOOK 01 NATION UNDER OUR FEET MARVEL
  4. SPIDER-MAN DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 ISNT IT BROMANTIC MARVEL
  5. STAR WARS TP VOL 03 REBEL JAIL MARVEL
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NYT Top 10 Graphic Books Best Sellers 05/29: GN Hardcovers

New York Times hardcover graphic novel best sellers from 05/29/16. The titles link to books in the PBCLS catalog. Check ’em out!

BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. (DC Comics) This critically acclaimed story from 1988 offers a possible origin for the Joker.

2 THE COMPLETE PEANUTS: 1999–2000,by Charles M. Schulz. (Fantagraphics.) This volume includes the final year of the newspaper comic strip with a foreword written by President Obama. Check out other Peanuts comics in the PBCLS catalog.

3 WALT DISNEY’S DONALD DUCK: TERROR OF THE BEAGLE BOYS, by Carl Barks. (Fantagraphics.) The adventures of Donald, Uncle Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, and Louie continue here.

4 DC COMICS: SECRET HERO SOCIETY, VOL. 1, by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen. (Scholastic.) Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are reimagined here as middle-school students who attend an academy and investigate its suspicious faculty members.

5 PATIENCE, by Daniel Clowes. (Fantagraphics.) A man steals a time machine to prevent the unsolved murder of his wife.

6 EVERYTHING IS TEETH, by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner. (Pantheon.) In this memoir, the author details her childhood fascination with sharks, sparked by family trips to Australia.

7 NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES: ALAMO ALL–STARS, by Nathan Hale. (Abrams.) The Texas Revolution is the latest subject in this nonfiction series. Check out the series here.

8 THE WHITE DONKEY: TERMINAL LANCE, by Maximilian Uriarte. (Little, Brown.) This book follows a Marine recruit as he searches for meaning during his military service in Iraq.

9 MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS, by Chester Brown. (Drawn & Quarterly.) Nine stories from the Bible are retold to examine its representations of prostitution.

10 THE RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN NOTEBOOKS, by Igort. (Simon & Schuster.) Survival stories from the Ukraine famine in 1932 and an investigative account of the murder of a Russian journalist are told here.

Drawn to Comics May 2016

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opens this weekend! Some of us may be lucky enough to see it tonight but, for those of us who have to wait, we can prep and catch up on the history of Civil War via the comics.

 

Marvel Civil WarCivil War
By Millar, Mark
Illustrator McNiven, Steve
2008-11 – Marvel Comics Group

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A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse As the war claims its first victims, no one is safe as teams, friendships and families begin to fall apart. Contains materials originally published in magazine form as Civil War #1-7, Marvel Spotlight: Civil war, and Civil War script book.

 

Marvel Road to Civil War

The Road to Civil War
By Bendis, Brian Michael
Author Straczynski, J. Michael
Illustrator Maleev, Alex
2007-03 – Marvel Comics Group

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Ripped from the pages of New Avengers, the Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev present an explosive hidden story of Marvel’s secret past, the secret history of Marvel’s most secret team – how they came together and how they are ripped apart. Plus: Spidey’s got a new lease on life, new powers and a new costume, courtesy of his new best friend Tony Stark. So what could possibly go wrong? With clouds quickly building on the horizon, the bonds that Spider-Man now forges may very well determine his capacity to withstand a coming storm. The Marvel Universe is about to split down the middle, and the line is drawn here! You will be asked: whose side are you on? Collects New Avengers: Illuminati; Amazing Spider-Man #529-531; Fantastic Four #536 & 537.

 

Marvel Civil War Captain America Iron Man

Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man
By Brubaker, Ed
Author Knauf, Charles
Author Knauf, Daniel
2016-03 – Marvel Comics

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Captain America has fallen into a clash with his government and his friends, and the people close to him are paying the price. Sharon Carter’s life is torn apart as her superiors use her divided loyalties against her. The Winter Soldier comes face-to-face with Cap, but which side will he choose? Then, get inside Tony Stark’s mind, and learn why he feels that only he can lead the charge for superhuman registration In the midst of the war, Captain America and Iron Man meet secretly. COLLECTING: CAPTAIN AMERICA 22-24, WINTER SOLDIER: WINTER KILLS, IRON MAN 13-14, IRON MAN/CAPTAIN AMERICA: CASUALTIES OF WAR, CIVIL WAR: THE CONFESSION.

 

Marvel Civil War Black Panther

Civil War: Black Panther
By Hudlin, Reginald
Illustrator Eaton, Scot
2016-03 – Marvel Comics

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The Royal Couple, King T’Challa and Queen Ororo, embark on a diplomatic tour that will have them spanning the globe – and beyond! Stops include Latveria (Dr. Doom), the Moon (Black Bolt and the Inhumans), Atlantis (Namor the Sub-Mariner) and the Civil War-ravaged United States, for a meeting with none other than the point man for the U.S. government’s implementation of the Superhuman Registration Act: Tony Stark, T’Challa’s former Avengers teammate. Will the Black Panther and Storm decide to get off the sidelines of the Civil War and get involved? Collects Black Panther #19-25.

 

Marvel Civil War Punisher War Journal

Civil War: Punisher War Journal
By Fraction, Matt
Illustrator Olivetti, Ariel
2016-04 – Marvel Comics

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The Punisher is back – with a vengeance. And he’s taking no prisoners…literally With Civil War in full-throttle mode, Frank Castle is feeling the heat. His safe houses have been raided and his munitions seized, and he’s square in the crosshairs of a Marvel Universe big gun who always gets his man. Until now, this wasn’t Frank’s war. But when spandex-clad baddies start carrying badges – well, let’s just say that’s something the Punisher can’t abide. Frank Castle doesn’t play well with super heroes, and they don’t play well with him.

 

If you’re looking for more Civil War, check our catalog or your local library!