Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel
Fun Home is Alison Bechdel graphic memoir of growing up in an extraordinary house and funeral home. I am still a bit undecided on this one. It is the story of a woman searching for herself by trying to get to know her father after he is gone. I liked the storytelling and the art, but I had a hard time liking the characters. Specifically, the father. He is unpleasantly sharp and mean. I know that he is hiding a HUGE part of himself from the world and living a lie, but it was hard to see him taking that out on his children. BTW: there is a musical based on this book, and I HIGHLY recommend it.
Saga: Book One
by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Two aliens from warring planets fall in love and have a baby and OMG now we have to flee from pretty much everyone in the galaxy because they want to kill us. I AM OBSESSED. This obsession is demonstrated by the fact that I owned these books digitally but rebought them as two HUGE physical books which I had to somehow fit into my suitcase on the way back to China. Alana and Marco are amazing, complex, and satisfying characters to cheer on. There is an emotional depth, familiarity, and truth to the story that pulls you in even as the outlandish visuals show you distant planets and beings.
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert's Story
by Debbie Tung
I have never felt so seen. Debbie Tung is my soul sister. The book follows her through her last year of university and her first few years as "an adult" as she tries to figure out why she never quite feels as if she can fit in. The art perfectly depicts the mood of the comic while at the same time enhances the story. My favorite panels include the engagement, the perfect date night, and her realization of what introversion means and how her inner journey is going to continue. I will be returning to this book again and again.
Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World
by Maureen Marzi Wilson
Listen, I am a sucker for books like this because if there is anything that I love it is meta-perspectives. This was a gift from a former student, so I have a real soft spot for it. It is much more episodic than Quiet Girl in a Noisy World and not nearly as nuanced but it is funny and relatable and if you are an introvert or close to an introvert well worth the read. My favorite parts were the infographics that the author created to explain the needs and moods of the introverted such as the natural habitats of introverts, a fashion guide, and a tour of any reader's bookshelf. It me.