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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, September 26 Edition

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The Blue Road: A Fable of Migration by Wayde Compton and April de la Noche Milne
Arsenal Pulp Press
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
ISBN: 978-1551527772

Lacuna is a girl without a family or a home. She lives alone in a swamp made of ink, but with the help of Polaris, a will-o’-the-wisp, she decides to travel to the Northern Kingdom, in the hopes of finding other people. The only way to get there, though, is to travel the strange and dangerous Blue Road. Along the way, Lacuna must overcome trials, including a Thicket of Tickets and a stubborn guard at the Rainbow Border. At the end of her journey, she reaches a city that will test her ability to survive and her ingenuity in the face of adversity.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, September 19 Edition

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Ronin Island, vol. 1 by Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis
Boom! Studios
Publication Date: December 10, 2019
ISBN: 978-1684154593

In Feudal times, on an island off the China Sea, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese refugees live harmoniously together after the great wind that left their lands and families devastated. Japanese Kenishi, the descendant of a great samurai, is graduating from his warrior training along with his chief rival, Hana, a Korean orphan. Though Kenishi and Hana are at odds when it comes to just about everything, they must learn how to work together when an emissary of the new Shogun demands fealty from the island and support in fighting an even greater threat to both the peaceful island as well as the entire mainland.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, September 12 Edition

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Lumberjanes, vol. 11: Time After Crime by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Ayme Sotuyo
Boom! Studios
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
ISBN: 978-1684153251

After the adventures of Parent’s Day, Molly realizes that the summer will soon come to an end, and she will have to return home to judgmental and unaccepting parents without the support of her fellow Lumberjanes. Trying to find any way to stay just a little longer, Molly thinks that Jo’s new device will locate the source of the camp’s time anomalies, and maybe the key to making summer last just a little longer. Locating a mysterious voice in the forest, Molly strikes a deal to make her dreams a reality. However, when camp suddenly turns into an apocalyptic-like treehouse world, Molly realizes she may have accidentally made everything worse instead.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, September 5 Edition

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Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey Vol. 1 by Akiko Higashimura
Seven Seas Entertainment
Publication Date: May 21, 2019
ISBN: 978-1642750690

An autobiographical tale of the author’s journey to becoming a full-fledged mangaka. Akiko dreams of becoming a popular mangaka, maybe before she even finishes high school! Although Akiko thinks very highly of her current skill level, her new teacher shows her that she has a long way to go and a lot to learn before she can reach her goal. Will it be a straight path to success or will she have to rethink her plans as she finds her way?

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, August 29 Edition

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Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare, vol. 2 by Yuhki Kamatani
Seven Seas

Publication Date: July 23, 2019
ISBN: 978-1642750614  

Having finally come to terms with his sexuality, Tasuku starts visiting the drop-in-center more often and begins feeling more at home there. Through insults and prying questions, Misora Shuji (who also frequents the drop-in-center) wrangles into an unlikely friendship with Tasuku. Misora enjoys dressing in girls clothing, wigs and makeup. Not sure what this means for Misora’s gender identity, he lashes out at others as he wrestles with figuring out if he just enjoys dressing up as a girl or if he identifies as female. Tasuku, who understands Misora’s struggles is kind to him and they soon become friends. However, during one evening festival where Misora is encouraged by Tasuku to dress in girl’s clothes, Misora is inappropriately touched and lashes out at Tasuku, calling him names and revealing secrets Tasuku would rather keep private. Misora stops visiting the drop-in-center altogether, while the classmate Tasuku is crushing on just might have found out Tasuku’s secret.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, August 22 Edition

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They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, and Steven Scott, illustrated by Harmony Becker
Top Shelf Productions
Publication Date: July 16, 2019
ISBN: 978-1603094504

Before he was Sulu on the starship Enterprise, boldly going where no one has gone before, George Takei was a little boy struggling to understand why his family was packing up to go live in a horse stable. In 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the detainment of every person of Japanese descent on the West Coast and imprisoned 120,000 people in camps for years under armed guard. Takei and his family were sent to the Santa Anita Racetrack, then to Camp Rohwer in Arkansas, and finally the notorious Tule Lake camp for “disloyals.” Readers see history in clear, concise, compelling context and follow Takei on his journey from childhood ignorance to righteous anger and awareness to a life of dedicated activism.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, August 15 Edition

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Daytime Shooting Star, vol. 1 by Mika Yamamori
Viz Media
Publication Date: July 2019
978-1974706679

When Suzume’s parents move to Bangladesh for work, she is sent to live with her uncle in Tokyo. Having grown up in a small town where she knows everyone, Suzume is overwhelmed by the crowds and frustrated that no one can help give her directions to her uncle’s home. Then, like one other time in her life, she sees a daytime shooting star and faints. She is helped by a handsome young man who turns out to be her uncle’s friend… and her homeroom teacher Mr. Shishio. As Suzume struggles to make new friends, Mr. Shishio provides advice and guidance, and she develops a crush on him. She also befriends Mamura, a cute, well-liked but shy boy in her class, which causes jealousy among her classmates.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, August 8 Edition

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Lumberjanes, vol. 10: Parents Day by Shannon Watters, Kat Leyh, and Ayme Sotuyo
Boom! Studios
Publication Date: December 11, 2018
ISBN: 978-1684152780

It’s Parent’s Day at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, and the Lumberjanes are ready to tell their parents all about their camp adventures—but maybe leave out the supernatural stuff, just in case. Camp leader, Rosie, has a supernatural creature-free scavenger hunt planned for their campers and their families. However, a local trickster creature has other plans. The Lumberjanes must figure out how to foil the trickster’s plans, keep their families safe, and somehow try not to let their parents figure out the stranger side of camp in the process.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, August 1 Edition

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Faith: Dreamside by Jody Houser
Valiant Entertainment
Publication Date: March 12, 2019
ISBN: 978-1682152973

Faith Herbert is dealing with a massive problem; her superhero alter ego, Zepher, has wrongfully been accused of murder. Falling into her alias as Summer Smith, she hides at her newspaper job and tries to keep a low profile. Then Monica Jim (AKA Animalia) comes to Faith for help. She has ghosts not only haunting her but bound and determined to take her to the Deathside plane of existence. Once Monica is captured, Faith enlists the assistance of paranormal scientist Doctor Mirage to bring Monica back from the Deathside.

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, July 25 Edition

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Cosmoknights, vol. 1 by Hannah Templer
Penguin Random House/Topshelf Publishing
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
ISBN:  978-1603094542

Pan’s life isn’t anything to brag about. She works in her dad’s shop, hangs out with her best friend, Tara (who happens to be a princess), and occasionally stares up at the stars, wondering about other worlds. Then, one day, Pan’s whole world turns upside down when Tara runs away off-planet to escape an arranged marriage. And when a pair of space-knights land on Pan’s doorstep, finally SHE has the chance to see the world—and the darker side of some of her world’s traditions. Also, maybe, just maybe, Pan will have the chance to make some changes…