Graphic novels with a socio-political theme

Storytelling that combines great pictures with words and opinions. The graphic novels in this shelf aren't just a feast to the eyes, the stories are real and deal with contemporary issues facing us.
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Darkroom

by Lila Quintero Weaver

About the book:  Darkroom: A Memoir in Black and White is an arresting and moving personal story about childhood, race, and identity in the American South, rendered in stunning illustrations by the author, Lila Quintero Weaver. In 1961, when Lila was five, she and her family emigrated from Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Marion, Alabama, in the heart of Alabama’s Black Belt. As educated, middle-class Latino immigrants in a region that was defined by segregation, the Quinteros occupied a privileged vantage from which to view the racially charged culture they inhabited. Weaver and her family were firsthand witnesses to key moments in the civil rights movement. But Darkroom is her personal story as well: chronicling what it was like being a Latina girl in the Jim Crow South, struggling to understand both a foreign country and the horrors of our nation’s race relations. Weaver, who was neither black nor white, observed very early on the inequalities in the American culture, with its blonde and blue-eyed feminine ideal. Throughout her life, Lila has struggled to find her place in this society and fought against the discrimination around her.

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Climate Changed

by Philippe Squarzoni

About the book:  A graphic novel offers an up-to-date look at our planet and how we live on it and explains what global warming is all about. Original.

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The United States Constitution

by Jonathan Hennessey

About the book:  Our leaders swear to uphold it, our military to defend it. It is the blueprint for the shape and function of government itself and what defines Americans as Americans. But how many of us truly know our Constitution? The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation uses the art of illustrated storytelling to breathe life into our nation’s cornerstone principles. Simply put, it is the most enjoyable and groundbreaking way to read the governing document of the United States. Spirited and visually witty, it roves article by article, amendment by amendment, to get at the meaning, background, and enduring relevance of the law of the land. What revolutionary ideas made the Constitution’s authors dare to cast off centuries of rule by kings and queens? Why do we have an electoral college rather than a popular vote for president and vice president? How did a document that once sanctioned slavery, denied voting rights to women, and turned a blind eye to state governments running roughshod over the liberties of minorities transform into a bulwark of protection for all? The United States Constitution answers all of these questions. Sure to surprise, challenge, and provoke, it is hands down the most memorable introduction to America’s founding document.

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The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media

by Brooke Gladstone,Josh Neufeld

About the book:  The cohost of NPR's On the Media narrates, in cartoon form, two millennia of the influence of the media on the populace, from newspapers in Caesar's Rome to the penny press of the American Revolution to today. 30,000 first printing.

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Woman Rebel

by Peter Bagge

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Pride of Baghdad

by Brian K. Vaughan,Niko Henrichon

About the book:  In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid, roaming the streets in a desperate struggle for their lives. "Pride of Baghdad" raises questions about the true meaning of liberation--can it be given or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live life in captivity?

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Economix

by Michael Goodwin

About the book:  For use in schools and libraries only. A guide to the economy in graphic novel format traces the history of Western economic thought from its beginnings to the world economy in the twenty-first century.

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The Nightly News

by Jonathan Hickman

About the book:  A cult of people victimized by the news media begin a revolution that they are all willing to die for.

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Gast

by Carol Swain

About the book:  In rural Wales, Helen, an amateur bird watcher, investigates the apparent suicide of a 'rare bird' named Emrys. Helen's inner life is slowly revealed through a mixture of naturalistic detail and phantasmagoric occurrences.

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You'll Never Know

by C. Tyler

About the book:  A good and decent man is the first of a 3-part graphic memoir chronicling the author's relationship with her World War II veteran father, and how his war experience shaped her childhood and affected her relationships in adulthood.

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Shortcomings

by Adrian Tomine

About the book:  Ben Tanaka, a confused, obsessive, twenty-something Japanese American, embarks on a cross-country search for contentment--or the perfect girl--in a graphic novel that tackles modern culture, sexual mores, and racial politics with honesty and humor.

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The Jew of New York

by Ben Katchor

About the book:  A failed 1825 effort to establish a Jewish state on an island near Buffalo, New York, forms the starting point for a graphic novel, set on the streets of 1830s New York, that follows a diverse group of colorful characters struggling to establish new lives for themselves in the New World. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

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Incognegro

by Mat Johnson

About the book:  Zane Pinchback is a black newspaper columnist who "passes" as white and writes about his experiences, and he becomes involved in a dangerous mystery when he investigates the arrest of his brother, who has been charged with the murder of a white woman in Mississippi.

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The Essential Dykes to Watch Out for

by Alison Bechdel

About the book:  On publication in 2006, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home was hailed as one of the masterpieces of the graphic form. Time magazine chose it as the best book of that year and critics on both sides of the Atlantic praised it for its emotional complexity and the seriousness of its writing. Nick Hornby called it 'as satisfying a literary experience as you are likely to have this year'. Long before Fun Home, however, Alison Bechdel had been chronicling the lives of a small universe of cartoon characters in her strip Dykes To Watch Out For, which is syndicated in fifty alternative newspapers in the USA and has been published in eleven volumes. Now, at last, The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For gathers the best of those volumes, together with sixty of the newest strips. Bechdel's brilliantly imagined counter-cultural band of friends - academics, social workers, booksellers - fall in and out of love, negotiate relationships, raise children, switch careers and cope wtih aging parents. The Essential Dykes To Watch Out For fuses high and low culture - from foreign domestic policy to domestic routine, postmodern theory to hot sex - in a serial graphic narrative 'suitable for all humanist persuasions'.

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Stuck Rubber Baby

by Howard Cruse

About the book:  In the 1960s American South a young gas station attendant named Toland Polk is rejected from the army draft for admitting 'homosexual tendencies' and falls in with a close-knit group of young locals yearning to break free from conformity through civil rights activism, folk music and attending gay-friendly nightclubs.

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Ex Machina

by Brian K. Vaughan

About the book:  Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN Art and cover by TONY HARRIS "A two-fisted blend of Super Hero action and political intrigue." - Playboy In this deluxe hardcover collection featuring issues #30-40 of the Eisner Award-winning series, Super Hero-turned-mayor Mayor Mitchell Hundred is summoned to Rome for an audience with the Pope. But as Hundred makes his travel plans, he is unaware of the assassin who has him in his sights. Then, a new masked adventurer is thrilling New York City but threatens to derail the upcoming Republican National Convention - and the political future of Mitchell Hundred hangs in the balance. On sale November 10 - 272 pg, 7.0625"x10.875" FC, $29.99 US

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DMZ

by Brian Wood

About the book:  Presents the adventures of aspiring photojournalist, Matty Roth, as he lands his dream job following a veteran war correspondant covering the second American civil war as they go into Manhattan, the heart of the DMZ.

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March

by Andrew Aydin,John Lewis

About the book:  A first-hand account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights spans his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.

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A.D.

by Josh Neufeld

About the book:  A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a masterful portrait of a city under siege. Cartoonist Josh Neufeld depicts seven extraordinary true stories of survival in the days leading up to and following Hurricane Katrina. Here we meet Denise, a counselor and social worker, and a sixth-generation New Orleanian; “The Doctor,” a proud fixture of the French Quarter; Abbas and Darnell, two friends who face the storm from Abbas’s family-run market; Kwame, a pastor's son just entering his senior year of high school; and the young couple Leo and Michelle, who both grew up in the city. Each is forced to confront the same wrenching decision–whether to stay or to flee. As beautiful as it is poignant, A.D. presents a city in chaos and shines a bright, profoundly human light on the tragedies and triumphs that took place within it.

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Safe Area Goražde

by Joe Sacco

About the book:  Joe Sacco's best-selling follow-up to Palestine in a deluxe hardcover special edition.

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