New Book by Daniel Clowes: Recent graphic novels

Daniel Clowes is one of the great alternative comic book writers of all time, with titles such as Ghost World and Like a velvet glove cast in iron. He has returned after 7 years with a new book called Monica, about a woman searching for her freewheelin’ parents who abandoned her when she was a child. If Daniel Clowes is not your thing, we also have a great selection of other new graphic novels such as a new Hellboy title and a memoir by Ai Weiwei.

If you love comics and graphic novels, don’t miss ComicFest on 4th May at the National Library! It will be a fun day of workshops, talks, comic giveaways, and live drawing with some incredible artists!

Monica / Clowes, Daniel
“A dazzling, spectacular tapestry of interconnected narratives that together tell a life story. After being abandoned by her freewheelin’ parents in childhood, succeeds in clawing her way to the top – only to lose it all in a stroke of bad luck. She lives out the rest of her days in search of her parents, encountering a cast of eccentric characters who help to piece together her story. Mysterious, uncategorisable and quintessentially Clowesian, here is a multi-layered masterpiece born of a lifetime of inspiration.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Zodiac : a graphic memoir / Ai, Weiwei | ebook available
“Ai Weiwei and Italian comic artist Gianluca Costantini present Zodiac, Ai Weiwei’s first graphic memoir. Inspired by the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, Ai Weiwei masterfully interweaves ancient Chinese folklore with stories of his life, family, and career. They will find not only a personal history of Ai Weiwei and an examination of the sociopolitical climate in which he makes his art, but a philosophical exploration of what it means to find oneself through art and freedom of expression.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Hellboy in love / Mignola, Michael
“Ghosts, ghouls… girlfriends? Love blooms between Hellboy and archaeologist Anastasia Bransfield – when they aren’t busy chasing goblins through the UK, fighting shadow ghosts in Turkey, and investigating film sets haunted by unsettled spirits in India, that is! This volume collects three stories of Hellboy and Anastasia’s misadventures, plus bonus material!” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Hairball / Kindt, Matt
“A young girl with a black cat begins to suspect the innocuous beast is behind all her troubles: her parents’ fighting, family plagues, and innumerable supernatural horrors. As she tries her best to rid herself of this creature, she discovers that maybe the cat is not evil after all and a greater terror may be behind these horrific events harming her life.” (Catalogue)

Are you gonna eat that? : the essential collection of They Can Talk comics / Craig, Jimmy
“Are You Gonna Eat That? is a collection of over 100 comics from the popular animal-themed series They Can Talk by Jimmy Craig. The comics feature cats, dogs, pigeons, squirrels, and other guests from the animal kingdom delivering a healthy serving of sharp wit, existential dread, and the occasional (but necessary) poop joke”–Back cover.” (Catalogue)

The great British bump-off [1] / Allison, John
“When she enters her country’s most beloved baking competition, Shauna Wickle’s goal is to delight the judges, charm the nation, and make a few friends along the way. But when a fellow contestant is poisoned, it falls to her to apprehend the culprit while avoiding premature elimination from the UK Bakery Tent… and being the poisoner’s next victim!”– Provided by publisher.” (Catalogue)

H.P. Lovecraft’s The shadow over Innsmouth / Tanabe, Gou | ebook available
“In the winter of 1927-28, the isolated coastal settlement of Innsmouth, Massachusetts was assaulted by U.S. government agents. Yet that was neither the beginning nor the end of the horror uncovered by a young antiquarian who traveled to Innsmouth in search of rumors from the town’s dead past, only to find them still very much alive… and find truths lying under water deeper and colder than any earthly grave!” (Adapted from Catalogue)

Smoking kills / Desmet, Thijs
“In Smoking Kills, an odd couple is doomed to roam a desolate afterlife: Skeleton, a sensitive soul full of curiosity and wonder, and Ghost, a cantankerous character who drowns his cynicism in booze and cigarettes. Sarcastic and heartfelt in equal measure, the story sets out to explore the meaning of life in the land of the dead. Flemish cartoonist Thijs Desmet renders a bewitching tale of spooks and truths in vibrant pantones.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

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