Comics & Graphic Novels
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Sick by Gabby Schulz (June 14, hardcover, $21.95, ISBN 978-0-9962739-1-6).
The author of the perennial classic Monsters
(as Ken Dahl), Schulz returns with a graphic
novel that explores the larger, hot-button
issue of national health care. Severely ill,
uninsured, alone, and confined to his bed
for weeks, Schulz was left searching—only
to find himself.
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Irmina by Barbara Yelin (Apr. 12,
hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-910593-
10-3). In the mid-1930s, Irmina, a young
German woman, travels to London and
meets Howard Green, one of the first
black students at Oxford. Based on a true
story, this moving and perceptive graphic
novel conjures the oppressive atmosphere
of wartime Germany and the passive
complicity of its people with sympathy
An Olympic Dream: The Story of
Samia Yusuf Omar by Reinhard Kleist
(Apr. 12, trade paper, $22.95, ISBN 978-1-
910593-09-7). The image of Samia Yusuf
Omar running for last place at the 2008
Beijing Olympics will be imprinted in the
minds of all who saw it. What the cheering
crowd couldn’t know then was what it
took to get there.
SIMON & SCHUSTER
The Ukrainian and Russian
Notebooks: Life and Death Under
Soviet Rule by Igort (Mar. 15, hardcover,
$28, ISBN 978-1-451678-87-1). The
Italian graphic novelist investigates the
murder in 2006 of the award-winning
journalist and human rights activist
Anna Politkovskaya and illustrates the
events of the 1932 Holodomor, a govern-ment-sanctioned famine that killed
anywhere from 1. 8 to 12 million ethnic
The Osamu Tezuka Story: A Life in
Manga and Anime by Toshio Ban, trans.
by Frederik L. Schodt (July 12, trade paper,
$29.95, ISBN 978-1-611720-25-9) is a
documentary manga biography of the
influential artist and the birth and evolu-
tion of manga and anime in Japan.
Someone Please Have Sex With Me
by Gina Wynbrandt (May 10, trade paper,
$17.95, ISBN 978-1-937541-17-0). This
debut is a refreshing and wry look at sexual
frustration, shot through with American
pop culture erudition.
Turning Japanese by MariNaomi
(May 10, hardcover, $24.95, ISBN 978-1-
937541-16-3) tours the mid-’90s Japanese
hostess bar scene in the U.S. and the
author’s own personal cultural awakening
as she finds employment at a hostess bar for
Japanese expats, where she is determined
to learn the Japanese language and culture.
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Jacob Bladders and the State of the
Art by Roman Muradov (May 10, hardcover, $19.95, ISBN 978-1-941250-10-5)
is the ink-smeared story of a misplaced
illustration set in a Blakean vision of 1940s
New York. Jacob Bladders is an illustrator,
braggart, and victim of assault by thugs
sent by the mysterious Charlie.
Rules for Dating My Daughter:
Cartoon Dispatches from the Front-lines
of Modern Fatherhood by Mike Dawson
(May 10, trade paper, $15.95, ISBN 978-
1-941250-11-2) features original, passionate,
and funny commentary on fatherhood,
gun rights, the gender of toys, and staying
sane in a world where school shootings
and Disney princesses get equal billing.
Book of Death by Robert Venditti,
Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite
(Feb. 23, trade paper, $14.99, ISBN 978-
1-939346-97-1). Can the Eternal Warrior
single-handedly protect one child when
the entire Valiant Universe wages war
Goodnight Punpun, Vol. 1, by Inio
Asano (Mar. 15, trade paper, $24.99,
ISBN 978-1-4215-8620-5). He wants
to win a Nobel Prize and save the world.
He wants to go far away with his true love.
He wants to find some porn. But Punpun’s
life is about to unravel. The creator of
Solanin is back with a controversial manga.
Behind the Scenes!! Vol. 1, by Bisco
Hatori (Feb. 2, trade paper, $9.99,
ISBN 978-1-4215-8524-6). The author
of Ouran High School Host Club returns with
the story of a college student with an
inferiority complex who stumbles into
the cool crowd.
Shuriken and Pleats, Vol. 1, by
Hino Matsuri (Mar. 1, trade paper, $9.99,
ISBN 978-1-4215-8525-3). Skilled ninja
Mikage Kirio travels to Japan to start a
new, peaceful life for herself. As soon as
she arrives, she finds herself fighting to
protect the life of Mahito Wakashimatsu,
and drawn deeper into the machinations
of his powerful family.
The Boy and the Beast, Vol. 1, by
Mamoru Hosoda and Renji Asai (Feb. 23,
trade paper, $13, ISBN 978-0-316358-
20-0). Fleeing tragedy and mistreatment,
a young boy named Ren hides among the
crowds in Tokyo, runs away, and ends up
in the world of the beasts, where he meets
a rough-living bear named Kumatetsu.
Handa-kun, Vol. 1, by Satsuki
Yoshino (Feb. 23, trade paper, $15,
ISBN 978-0-316269-18-6). In this prequel to Barakaman, we meet Sei Handa
as a neurotic teen and aspiring calligrapher. His enigmatic nature makes him a
magnet to everyone around him, and
every day is a comedy of errors.
Servant × Service, Vol. 1, by Karino
Takatsu (Apr. 19, trade paper, $20,
ISBN 978-0-316314-87-9). On any given
day in a certain city, in a certain public
services of;ce building down in the
Health and Welfare Department, you
just might run into a clerk with a tongue
twister of a name, a huge ;irt, a bundle
of insecurity, and a cosplay maniac.
15,000-copy announced ;rst printing.