Cynthia Clark Harvey's List of Graphic Novel Must-Reads (Before You Check Out This Year's Bestsellers)
Don't let the title worry you after reading the previous entry. The title in this memoir refers to voyeurism in its modern non-pornographic "reality" TV sense.
Bell, who has had work selected for the 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011 Best American Comics anthologies, brings an extreme level of self-contemplation and self-exposure to her work. This book, an illustrated diary of four years in Bell's life, made me squirm in recognition more than once. "August 12th -- 'Back home I started to read my old journals and was suddenly struck by the overwhelming banality of my life.'"
Yep, yep, uh-huh, uh-huh. I'm now a junkie of Bell's 'semi-autobigraphical' comic "Lucky." Making me one of her voyeurs, I guess.
2. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol; First Second
Anya's Ghost--Vera Brosgol, First Second
Found in the teen section of Phoenix Public Library, this book is pure enjoyment, and there isn't anyone over the age of 12 who couldn't enjoy it. It's a quick-moving story with distinctly drawn characters.
Brosgol, a Russian immigrant to the United States, charmingly riffs on how to avoid acting "fobby" (fresh off the boat) in the cutthroat world of high school. Add to these a new best friend who happens to be a snarky teenage ghost girl, a murder mystery, and young romance. This is Brosgol's first book and it's a winner. I'm looking forward to more from her.