It was another light comics week for me, although I did read a truly fantastic and just-published graphic novel, which I highly recommend!
Top Comics of the Week
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
This was just an utter delight. I loved the art, I loved the story, and I loved its affirmation and celebration of trans identity. You can read my full review here.
I also read We All Wish For Deadly Force by Leela Corman and Ma by Matt Huynh. These were both serious comics: Ma is about a young family’s experience in Malaysia’s Pulau Bidong refugee camps, after fleeing Vietnam during the war. We All Wish For Deadly Force is a collection of short comics, both fiction and nonfiction, many of which deal with the death of Corman’s young daughter. They both had gorgeous art and were by turns heartbreaking and hopefully. I didn’t love either of them as much as The Prince and the Dressmaker.
Kim & Kim, Volume 1: This Glamours High-Flying Rock Star Life by Magdalene Visaggio and Eva Cabrera
This was one of the very first comics recommended to me last January, when I fell hard for Saga and tumbled head-first into a love affair with comics in general. So many people have told me how fantastic it is. Plus, there’s this description from Comixology: “Kim & Kim is a bright, happy, punk rock sci-fi adventure that is queer as shit.” I really have no excuse for waiting so long to read it. So far I’ve only read the forward, and I gotta say: it gave me shivers.
The World of Webcomics
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (ongoing)
This might be my current favorite ongoing webcomic. What a delight! It’s about Eric Bittle, hockey player and baker extraordinaire at a small liberal arts college in New England. It sounds boring; boring it is not. It has all the best things: hockey bros who aren’t assholes, pies + sports, realistic college friendships, and one of the sweetest, funniest coming out scenes I’ve read in years.
150 Days by Knight JJ (completed)
It took me a little while to sink into this wordless comic, but once I did, it was absolutely beautiful. In fact, I ended up reading it twice. It’s a sweet, quiet story about a prince who gets lost in the Arabian dessert and the stranger who helps him find his way home.
Displacement by Lucy Knisley
I will read anything Lucy Knisley writes. I love the way she blends the humorous with the serious and her ability to write about her own life earnestly but also with self-refection. This book is about taking a cruise with her aging grandparents, and her role as a caregiver. It looks like it falls a bit more on the serious side than the last travel memoir I read of hers (An Age of License), but I love a good serious comic, so I’m looking forward to it.
That’s it for me. What comics did you enjoy this week?