Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2023) Featured Review of Crumbs by Danie Stirling

Crumbs by Danie Stirling
Etch/Clarion Books
Publication Date: July 19, 2022
ISBN: 9780358467793

Every time Ray enters the magical Marigold’s Bakery she orders a Romance. As a Seer, she’s seeking something with a taste of the unknown. On a day when Romance is sold out, Marigold’s nephew Laurie invites Ray out to hear him play guitar as an alternative unknown experience and their relationship blooms. But Ray is starting an internship and on the verge of becoming part of the Grand Council of Sorcerers, a job that requires leaving all of the rest of her life behind. Will she be forced to choose between her new romance and her dream job, a choice even her Seer’s ability can’t help her make?

Bright pastel colors and expressive character faces draw readers into Crumbs. Character representation across a spectrum of colors and sexual orientations will make a vareity of readers feel at home. A fan favorite on WEBTOON, this graphic novel lets lovers of the webcomic hold the magic of Ray and Laurie in their hands and will find a whole new audience of readers looking for fantastic characters, a little magic, and a little romance.

Readers of sweet romance like Heartstopper by Alice Oseman and Bloom by Kevin Panetta will find similar feelings here. Those who like a bit of magic like in The Girl from the Sea

by Molly Knox Ostertag or Real Hero Shit by Kendra Wells will appreciate Crumbs.

—Cathy Outten

Other Nominated Titles:

  • Pixels of You by Ananth Hirsh, Yuko Ota, and J. R. Doyle (February 8, 2022)
  • Coven by Jennifer Dugan and Kit Seaton (September 6, 2022)
  • Fangirl: The Manga, vol. 2 by Rainbow Rowell 
  • Boys Run the Riot, vol. 4 by Ketio Gaku (January 18, 2022)
  • Sirius: Twin Stars by Ana C. Sanchez (November 22, 2022)
  • Radium Girls by Cy. (May 3, 2022)

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination. 

Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.

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