#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, July 12 Edition

Goldie Vance, vol. 4 by Hope Larson and Jackie Ball and Illustrated by Elle Power
Boom! Studios
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
ISBN: 978-1684151400

There are mysterious power outages in St. Pascal, Florida and the town is awash with ghost rumors.16-year-old part-time valet and persistent amateur detective Goldie Vance determines that the power outages occur when the Peanut Butter Boys’ hit song hits the radio airwaves. Goldie attributes this troubling coincidence to Ms. Villain, an LA music manager who is in town for a major show and appears to have stolen the heart of Goldie’s girl Diane by offering her an industry job. Goldie’s detective work and her mission to catch Ms. Villain has a deeply personal motive.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, July 5 Edition

A Quick and Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan Jimerson
Limerence Press
Publication Date: June 12, 2018
ISBN: 978-1620104996

Archie, a genderqueer comic artist, and their good friend Tristan, a cisgender male writer, team up to help both cisgender and non-binary people better approach and understand non-gendered pronouns. In the first section, Tristan and Archie explain how to use gender neutral pronouns and how to most respectfully determine which pronouns a person goes by. In the second section, Tristan speaks directly to those who are gender non-conforming. Based on their own personal experience, they explain how to best navigate some of the challenges gender non-conforming people will most likely face.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, June 14 Edition

The Unstoppable Wasp vol. 2: Agents of G.I.R.L by Jeremy Whitley, Elisa Charretier, Veronic Fish, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt
Marvel Comics
Publication Date: 3/13/18
ISBN: 978-1302906474

Nadia’s best and only friend from the Red Room, Ying, literally has a time bomb in head. It is up to Nadia and the other genius female teenage scientists of New York, recently recruited by Nadia for G.I.R. L. Labs, to figure out how to disarm and remove the bomb before it kills Ying and possibly everyone else in the room. Meanwhile, Ying and Nadia’s “mother,” their main captor from the Red Room, does not like that her two young genius assassin protégées have escaped, and she will do whatever it takes to get them back. Continue reading #GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, June 14 Edition

#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, June 9 Edition

Casa Nostra by Chris Sarracini and Nick Kilislian
Udon Entertainment
Publication Date: December 26, 2017
ISBN: 978-1772940558

In 1933, Claire owns a safe house which offers mobsters a place to hide from the authorities. In return, she asks only for payment and for the men to follow her rules. By her side are her three friends: Sharleen, the daughter of a field medic who performs plastic surgery for criminals; Annabelle, Claire’s adopted daughter; and Rosa who spent five years in prison for a crime she won’t discuss. When the Syndicate orders Claire to take in Rizzo, Al Capone’s golden boy who is wanted for a series of brutal murders, she must skillfully navigate a man’s world in order to get revenge and save innocent women from Rizzo’s sadistic killing spree.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, May 31 Edition

Sweet Blue Flowers, vols. 1-3 by Takako Shimura
VIZ Media
Publication Dates & ISBNs:
Vol. 1 – September 9, 2017 – 978-1421592985
Vol. 2 – December 19, 2017 – 978-1421592992
Vol. 3 – March 20, 2018 – 978-1421593005

Estranged childhood best friends, Akira and Fumi run into each other on their first day of high school, and at first, it seems just like old times with Akira helping the timid Fumi face her social anxieties. Yet, high school is more complicated than elementary school, and relationships prove to be confusing for both of them. When Fumi begins dating the most popular girl at her school, Akira struggles with what it means for two girls to like each other “in that way” and how she can continue to support her friend.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, May 24 Edition

Last Pick by Jason Walz
First Second
Publication Date: October 9, 2018
ISBN: 9781626728912

Twin teens Sam and Wyatt try to survive on Earth after all able-bodied people ages 16-65 are captured and taken by aliens. The twins’ mission – find their abducted parents by obtaining alien communication hardware they can use to track their parents’ off-world location. When their parents’ location appears to be near their hometown, at Fort Knox, Sam smells a trap. She sacrifices herself to the alien “scoopers” to save her brother, Wyatt. Wyatt then connects with a rebel human group before this first volume

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#GGN Nominees Round Up, May 17 Edition

Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Illustrated by Jenn St. Onge and Joy San
Image Comics
Publication Date: February 20, 2018
ISBN: 978-1534307506

In 1963, teenager Hazel met new girl in town, Mari, while playing bingo with her grandmother. The next day at school, the two sit with each other and quickly become the best of friends. When they finally admit their feelings for each other, they are torn apart by families and a society that is not accepting. Almost 50 years later, after marriages, children and even grandchildren, Hazel and Mari reconnect at another bingo night and realize that those feelings have never gone away. Although the times have changed, are they willing to tear their families apart in order to finally be together and happy?

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, May 12 Edition

Silver Spoon, vol. 1 by Hiromu Arakawa
Yen Press
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
ISBN: 978-0316416191

Yuugo Hachiken has always been great at academics. It surprises everyone when he decides to enroll in Ooezo Agricultural High School instead of a regular high school. Yuugo’s plan is to coast through high school, since an agricultural school must be easier than a regular academic school, right? Wrong! Instead of doing math problems, and reciting poetry, Yuugo’s waking up at 5AM to do chores, raise animals, and learn to ride a horse. All the other students have been doing farm work their entire lives, and Yuugo is playing catch up. Can this city boy adapt to farm life, and survive high school?

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, May 3 Edition

Birding is My Favorite Video Game by Rosemary Mosco
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: April 17, 2018
ISBN: 978-1449489120

Panels from the webcomic Bird and Moon have been compiled to create this entertaining environmental science anthology. Divided into five thematic sections, the comics explore various topics including newts, fake bees, flora of the New England woods, and pygmy owls. The book brings a light touch to complex concepts like natural selection and climate change.

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#GGN2019 Nominees Round Up, April 26 Edition

Is This Guy for Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman by Box Brown
First Second
Publication Date: February 6, 2018
ISBN: 978-1626723160

This cultural biography documents comedian Andy Kaufman’s life, from his early childhood fascinations with Elvis and professional wrestling to his untimely death. Andy’s obsession with verisimilitude launched him into a career as a professional Elvis impersonator before he became better known as “that guy on Taxi” and somewhat well-known for a professional wrestling career.

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