Graphic Novel Recommendations: August 2015

Shortcomings by Adriane Tomine

“Adrian Tomine addresses Asian American cultural identity issues head-on with his signature style of ‘cringe-worthy awkwardness.’ In this short but thought-provoking graphic novel, I was left with a sense of strong empathy mixed with that feeling you get when you have to drag your friend aside at a party and tell them to get it together.”



In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang 

“This is a subtle and sweet graphic novel about a girl who discovers World of Warcra…errr I mean Coarsegold, a massive online RPG game. There, she befriends a gold farmer, and gets a reality check on how real world problems can infiltrate even the most escapist of games. Jen Wang’s illustrations were wonderful, and I closed the book itching to boot up my druid and go raiding.”