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:
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.
by – 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 and .
– Delilah Dirk and Selim are back again after their adventures found in . 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!
– 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!
– 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 and (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.