STAFF PICKS :: THE REASON FOR DRAGONS HC:: JULY 24, 2013

July 19, 2013 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

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seth_smlSETH’S PICK :: THE REASON FOR DRAGONS HC: I’ve been anticipating this new Archaia book since first hearing about it. ┬áChris Northrop and Jeff Stokely (of Boom’s┬áexcellent sci-fi/western Six Gun Gorilla) tell┬áthe story of a teenage loner who stumbles upon the ruins of a Renaissance Fair and meets an aging man in a knight’s garb. ┬áThe quixotic man believes himself to be a literal knight hunting a nearby dragon. ┬áThe book then takes on elements of ’80s coming-of-age tales. ┬áThere’s been a good bit of advanced buzz for this graphic novel, garnering comparisons to The Fisher King and interest from the film industry. ┬áWith its mix of literary writing and kinetic artwork, I’m betting that this will end up on at least a few ‘best of the year’ lists. reasonfordragons

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STAFF PICKS :: RUST VOL. 2 HC :: DECEMBER 12, 2012

December 07, 2012 By: Seth Peagler Category: DISCUSS, Staff Picks

SETH’S PICK :: RUST VOL. 2: If the Mayans were right and the world will end next Wednesday, why not pick up a good book to read while you wait for inevitable destruction?┬á Rust is an entertaining┬ásepia-toned all ages book from animator/cartoonist Royden Lepp that deals with giant robots, strange jetpacks, and the fallout of a global war.┬á On paper, some of┬áthose elements don’t readily make for an all ages epic, but one of Lepp’s strengths is that he doesn’t talk down to a young audience.┬á If you never read Volume 1: Visitors in the Field, it’s probably wise to start there, but it’s a solid read that should grab you quickly.┬á I love all ages books that manage to appeal to adult readers as well as kids.┬á Rust is a prime example of this kind of comic at its best, and hopefully some of you out there will give this one a look.┬á These are also great gift ideas for young readers┬áinterested in comics beyond┬áthe┬ásuper hero genre.┬á

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