Takano, I. (2008). Dreamin’ Sun Vol 1. LA: Seven Seas.
Shōjo manga is manga targeted at the teenage female demographic. I gravitated toward this cute cover with a pink background and read from right to left about how Shimana Kameko feels out of place in her own home now that her mother has passed away and her father remarried. She runs away to a park and begins speaking to a strange man in a kimono. Old Fujiwara Taiga offers to help her on three conditions: Kameko must tell him why she ran away from home, she must go find his lost apartment key, and she must have a dream. Kameko fulfills the three Continue reading
Willow Wilson, G. (2014). Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal. NY: Marvel Comics.
Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story (2015)
If you’ve already seen and fallen for Wonder Woman in the theatres, what’s next?! Graphic novel, Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal, presents Pakistani Muslim girl, Kamala Khan, living in Jersey City, New Jersey. Kamala quickly becomes a very relatable character with her typical teenage angst, strict parents, and religion that sets he apart from her friends. Even though she has always idolized Captain Marvel, she still struggles to learn how to control her own shape shifting powers. Life has become even more confusing now.
Great design and an empowering, fun adventure.
Brosgol, V. (2011). Anya’s Ghost. New York: First Second.
Anya’s Ghost is an alluring story about what would happen if your best friend were a ghost. What could this ghost, who can shrink down to a small size, do to help you with your social life or your grades? And most importantly, what would she want in return? Anya is worried about fitting in, embarrassed about being a Russian immigrant, and is generally a girl going through the typical struggles of being a high schooler, when one morning she falls down a hole and lands next to a skeleton. Oh not to worry; the ghost girl belonging to the skeleton is of the friendly sort; however the last thing insecure Anya wants is a ghost following her to school!
Vera Brosgol, the creator of this graphic novel, was a Continue reading