Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Top 5 bestselling paperback graphic novels, Sept. 25 - Oct. 02 (according to NY Times)

List by NY Times

Onehunga Community Library celebrating Comic Book Month 2011 We've been celebrating Comic Book Month throughout September with superhero storytimes, cos play, art workshops, creating your own comic books, mask making and trivia challenges. The feedback I've heard - from staff and participants - is that it has been all kinds of crazy-good! Don't take my word for it, if you have a few spare minutes, take time to check out Onehunga Library's Cosplay 2011 YouTube clip. Their celebration of all things comic book is fantastic :)

I'm working an another couple of Comic Book Month posts so keep an eye out for those. Until then, enjoy this quick list that that highlights a few popular paperback graphic novel titles that are on the New York Times Best Sellers list at the moment.



More graphic novel goodness:
  • Thor. Wolves of the north [graphic novel] / writers, Michael Carey, Alan Davis, Peter Milligan - Collects tales of Thor as he battles demon hordes set loose by Hela, visits Midgard's ancient Egypt, and discovers that time does not heal all wounds.
  • Cowboys & aliens [graphic novel] / writers, Fred Van Lente & Andrew Foley - In 1873 Arizona, the continuous battle between a Native American tribe and white settlers is halted when an alien spaceship lands in the desert with plans to conquer Earth.
  • The kite runner graphic novel [graphic novel] / Khaled Hosseini - "Winter, 1975: Afghanistan, a country on the verge of an internal coup. Twelve year old Amir is desperate to win the approval of his father, one of the richest merchants in Kabul. He's failed to do so through academia or brawn but the one area they connect is the annual kite fighting tournament. Since its publication in 2003, nearly 7 million readers have discovered The Kite Runner. Through Khaled Hosseini's brilliant writing, a previously unknown part of the world was brought to vivid life for readers. Now, in this beautifully illustrated graphic novel adaptation, Hosseini brings his compelling story to a new generation of readers" -- Publisher's description.
  • Smile [graphic novel] / Raina Telgemeier - From sixth grade through tenth, Raina copes with a variety of dental problems that affect her appearance and how she feels about herself. Ages 14+ Winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens - 2011
  • The adventures of Ook and Gluk : Kung-fu cavemen from the future [graphic novel] / by George Beard and Harold Hutchins - Friends Ook and Gluk are always getting into trouble with their village chief until they pass through a portal into a future run by the chief's descendant, where they learn kung fu so they can return to the past and free their people.


  • The walking dead. Volume 12, Life among them [graphic novel] / Robert Kirkman, creator, writer ; Charlie Adlard, penciler, artist
    "The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibilty. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled, no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living."--P. [4] of cover. "Originally published in single magazine form as The walking dead #67-72."--T.p. verso.



    Maus : a survivor's tale [graphic novel] / Art Spiegelman
    Now in paperback, "the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust" (Wall Street Journal). "The power of Spiegelman's story lies in the fine detail of the story and the fact that it is related in comic-strip form".--San Francisco Examiner. New York Times 1991 "Editor's Choice".



    The walking dead. Volume 13, Too far gone [graphic novel] / Robert Kirkman creator, writer ; Charlie Adlard, penciller, inker
    "The world we knew is gone. The world of commerce and frivolous necessity has been replaced by a world of survival and responsibilty. An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months society has crumbled, no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally start living."--P. [4] of cover. Originally published in single magazine format as "The walking dead #73-78".



    The Griff : a graphic novel [graphic novel] / Christopher Moore and Ian Corson with Jennyson Rosero
    An absurdly entertaining graphic novel about alien invasion—in the grand tradition of Cowboys and Aliens, but considerably more ridiculous—The Griff is vintage Chris Moore…with pictures! Get ready for thrills, chills, and a chain-smoking professional squirrel, in this high-octane tale of the infestation of Earth by extraterrestrial interlopers and the motley crew of humans who save the world...sort of.



    Amulet. Book four, the last council / [graphic novel] / written and illustrated by Kazu Kibuishi
    Emily and her friends think they'll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn't right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is escorted to the Academy where she's expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered--a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.

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