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Cool Stuff...

I used to just have a list of cool stuff, but it got too long, so now I'm using Tumblr to share new stuff. If you want to see older stuff, you can find the entire Tumblr feed at (for even older stuff, look at the box below this one).

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The Old "Cool Stuff..." - with stuff that is still cool!


About This Guide...

A work in progress...



New Graphic Novels @ The WSU Libraries

(Not a complete list of new works by any measure!)

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Journalism - Joe Sacco
Call Number: D431 .S23 2012
ISBN: 9780805094862
Publication Date: 2012-06-19
"A first for the world's greatest cartoon reporter, a collection of journalism, including articles on the American military in Iraq that have never been published in the United States Over the past decade, Joe Sacco, "our moral draughtsman" (Christopher Hitchens), has increasingly turned to short-form comics journalism to report from the sidelines of wars around the world. Collected here for the first time, Sacco's darkly funny, revealing reportage confirms his standing as one of the foremost war correspondents working today.In "The Unwanted," Sacco chronicles the detention of Saharan refugees who have washed up on the shores of Malta; "Chechen War, Chechen Women" documents the trial without end of widows in the Caucasus; and "Kushinagar" goes deep into the lives of India's untouchables, who are hanging "onto the planet by their fingernails." Other pieces take Sacco to the smuggling tunnels of Gaza; the trial of Milan Kovacevic, Bosnian warlord, in The Hague; and the darkest chapter in recent American history, Abu Ghraib. And on a mission with American troops-pieces never published in the United States-he confronts the misery and absurdity of the war in Iraq.Among Sacco's most mature, accomplished work, Journalism demonstrates the power of our premier cartoonist to chronicle human experience with a force that often eludes other media."

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Using Comic Art to Improve Speaking, Reading and Writing - Kapow! - Steve Bowkett
Call Number: LB1044.9.C59 B69 2012
ISBN: 0415675510
Publication Date: 2012-02-08
"The book's underpinning strategy is the use of comic art images as a visual analogue to help children generate, organise and refine their ideas when writing and talking about text."

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Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Heroes & Superheroes - Bart Beaty; Stephen Weiner
Call Number: PN6725 .C75 2012
ISBN: 1587658674
Publication Date: 2012-04-01
We have two sets - one in the Terrrell reference collection, and one you can check out.

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Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents and underground classics - Bart Beaty; Stephen Weiner
Call Number: On order (as of 5/31/2012)
ISBN: 1587659530
Publication Date: 2012-05-01

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Oil & water - Steve Duin; Shannon Wheeler; Mike Rosen; Tom Orzechowski
Call Number: GC1221 .D85 2011
ISBN: 9781606994924
Publication Date: 2011
A graphic novel about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill - read more (and get a preview) at

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The Green River killer: A true detective story - Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case
Call Number: HV6533.W2 J46 2011
ISBN: 9781595825605
Publication Date: 2011
More info:

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Marzi: A Memoir - Marzena Sowa; Sylvain Savoia; Anjali Singh
Call Number: DK4442 .S678 2011
ISBN: 9781401229597
Publication Date: 2011
"“I am Marzi, born in 1979, ten years before the end of communism in Poland. My father works at a factory, my mother at a dairy. Social problems are at their height. Empty stores are our daily bread.I’m scared of spiders and the world of adults doesn’t seem like a walk in the park.”

Told from a young girl’s perspective, Marzena Sowa’s memoir of a childhood shaped by politics feels remarkably fresh and immediate. Structured as a series of vignettes that build on one another, MARZI is a compelling and powerful coming-of-age story that portrays the harsh realities of life behind the Iron Curtain while maintaining the everyday wonders and curiosity of childhood. With open and engaging art by Sylvain Savoia, MARZI is a moving and resonant story of an ordinary girl in turbulent, changing times."

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Zahra's Paradise - Amir & Khalil
Call Number: PN6790.I64 Z34 2011
ISBN: 9781596436428
Publication Date: 2011
See for more information.

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Feynman - Jim Ottaviani and Leland Myrick
Call Number: j530.092 F4383ot
ISBN: 9781596432598
Publication Date: 2011
Located in the juvenile collection, although this biography of noted physicist and bongo-player Richard Feynman is not written intentionally for young children!


Comic Studies at WSU

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Librarian Corner...

What am I reading now? I'm anxiously waiting to get my print copy of Tony Cliff's  gorgeous graphic novel Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant - I read it as a webcomic and pre-bought it when it (just recently) came out in print. Rich art, great setting (Turkey in the early 19th century) and fun story! Update: I got it, and its beautiful! Highly recommended.

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Older "What am I reading now" titles

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