Okko: The Cycle of Water (a French graphic novel)

Graphic novels have gained both popular and critical attention over the last two decades.  Titles like The Watchmen, Maus, Sin City, Persepolis and Stitches: A Memoir have changed our expectations of  the comic book format – moving us increasingly farther away from good vs. evil storylines and characters defined as either superheroes or super villains. The artwork is more sophisticated, the plots weightier and the … Continue reading Okko: The Cycle of Water (a French graphic novel)

Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush by Luis Alberto Urrea, Artwork by Christopher Cardinale (review copy)

Tucked away in a far corner of  BEA was Cinco Puntos Press – an independent publisher based in El Paso, Texas.  They would have been easy to miss if it weren’t for the cover of this book, which sucked me into their booth even though I had to elbow my way past a few other attendees to get at it.  I glanced through the artwork … Continue reading Mr. Mendoza’s Paintbrush by Luis Alberto Urrea, Artwork by Christopher Cardinale (review copy)

It’s Monday! What am I reading? The J. Crew Catalog!

First, here’s the link back to J. Kaye’s meme. Second, I’m obsessed with the J. Crew Catalog.  And what does that have to do with books?  I’m so glad you asked! About my obsession…  It started a few months ago.  Not with the first family’s fashion sense, but when Domino Magazine (moment of silence) featured the home of J. Crew’s creative director.  There was something … Continue reading It’s Monday! What am I reading? The J. Crew Catalog!