Five boys bike into the mystical unknown in this This Was Our Pact exclusive

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Learning how to ride a bike is one of the earliest opportunities young people get to explore their independence, gaining the ability to move farther away from the parents and home than is possible on just two legs. The young characters of Ryan Andrews’ new First Second graphic novel, This Was Our Pact, use their bikes…

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Harry Potter meets Kiki’s Delivery Service in the breathtaking Witch Hat Atelier

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It’s easy for adults to forget the magic of art when they’re constantly being bombarded by media from every direction. But for kids discovering the world for the first time, a picture book or a cartoon or a song is extraordinary, something conjured from nothing that evokes an emotional response they cannot explain.…

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Good Talk Uses a Masterful Mix of Pictures and Words to Speak on Life’s Most Uncomfortable Conversations

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Becoming a parent means that you have to explain things you already know to a hungry, developing mind. Kids build a frame of reference off your every word, with parents hoping all the while they can shape someone who’ll add good to the world. That endeavor gets tricky when the world already has certain ideas about…

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A New Graphic Novel Explores How Racism Made Weed Illegal

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For the last few years, a wave of legislation has been decriminalizing the recreational use of marijuana all across the United States. Cannabis advocates have long said that it should never have been illegal. The story of how the substance became outlawed in the first place combines willful ignorance, petty careerism,…

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/a-new-graphic-novel-explores-how-racism-made-weed-illeg-1834116691

Beauty hides gruesome horror in this When I Arrived At The Castle exclusive

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Cartoonist Emily Carroll is a master of imbuing beautiful images with terrifying menace, using a graceful line and luxurious design sensibility to lure readers into stories that highlight the darker aspects of humanity. Carroll’s new Koyama Press graphic novella, When I Arrived At The Castle, spotlights this skill as…

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Buy Committee: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Checkout Abyss

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Oh, Scott Pilgrim. After all these years, I still want to punch your life in the face. At least you and the series of books with your name in it have a fan in nsunshin. But is a Scott Pilgrim graphic novel actually good enough to occupy shelf space in this post-Kondo world?

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https://theinventory.com/buy-committee-scott-pilgrim-vs-the-checkout-abyss-1833614902

Jeff Lemire looks back and pushes forward in this Frogcatchers first look

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Jeff Lemire is one of the most prolific creators in comics, regularly debuting new creator-owned series while also doing work-for-hire projects for publishers like DC, Marvel, and Valiant. Most of those books have Lemire solely in the writer’s seat, but he still finds time to develop comics where he gets to flex his…

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Get a Big Look Inside the Next Adventure Zone Graphic Novel

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Last year, the first graphic novel adaptation of the McElroy brothers’ wildly successful RPG podcast The Adventure Zone rocked the comics world, soaring to the top of the New York Times’ trade-fiction bestseller list as the first graphic novel to do so. Now, the gang’s back for a second round—and io9 has a look inside!

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https://io9.gizmodo.com/get-a-big-look-inside-the-next-adventure-zone-graphic-n-1832469057

Death Wins A Goldfish is a self-care allegory for the burnout generation

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The personification of death has been a part of human storytelling for millennia, helping people come to terms with this inevitable part of existence by giving it a form and face, even if it’s just a skeleton and bare skull. In his new book, Death Wins A Goldfish (Chronicle), Brian Rea carries on this tradition by…

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