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Librarian in Residence: Best comics & graphic novels of 2016

By Jessica Green on December 5, 2016

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips.

Our Librarian-in-Residence’s picks for the best comics and graphic novels of the year are below. Stay tuned for her favourite teen and adult books, coming later this week:

23848561Step Aside, Pops : A Hark! A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton – Once again, collected up in book format, are the brilliant comic strips of Kate Beaton. You can see the “Strong Female Characters” and how they solve problems, laugh at Peasant comics, and learn a lot about history that you may not have known before. I recommend the Cinderella reboot and the Nancy Drew jokes.

ratqueens_16-1Rat Queens Volume One : Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe – Betty, Dee, Hannah and Violet are the Rat Queens; hard drinking, kickass mercenaries for hire. Due to ongoing recklessness in Palisade, the group is punished by the mayor by being sent a mission, which is a trap. When the women survive and begin investigating who wants them dead, a conspiracy is unveiled. It is a brilliant series and is definitely for adults with lots of cursing and awkward situations. You can also get parts two and three.

Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff – Delilah Dirk and Selim are back again after their adventures found in Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant. Delilah and Selim are accused of espionage against the British Crown by a British soldier who is actually involved in the treachery. Delilah and Selim travel to England to take revenge. There’s action, adventure and friendship in another excellent tale!

51f4pqznupl-_sx314_bo1204203200_-1Moonshot The Indigenous Comics Collection Volume 1 – This was one of my favourite comic collections read this year. The writes and creators are from indigenous communities all over North America, and share very cool stories. The art is stunning, and the short stories means that everyone will find something to enjoy. The kickstarter for Vol. 2 was a success, so I can hardly wait for more!

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Volume 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North and Erica Henderson – This is a title that should not work, but is the funniest, most ridiculous series out there, and is suitable for all ages. You can also check out Volume 2: Squirrel, You Know it’s True and Volume 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now (yes, no good squirrel pun is left alone). Doreen Green is studying computer science at college by day but saves the world by night as the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl with her sidekick, Tippy Toe. It’s just brilliant, and shows that you don’t have to be gritty to have a good superhero tale.