Graphic Novels

His father in government custody, Ken is one of the over 100,000 Japanese Americans forced to move to makeshift relocation camps in the tumultuous months after Pearl Harbor. As traditional family bonds fray, and sometimes break, he stumbles toward a state of gaman: enduring the seemingly unbearable with patience and dignity.

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Expelled into the hot, empty streets, fifteen-year-old Kit takes to feeding the stray cats that haunt the forgotten and unseen spaces of his town. There he also meets Jess, a manga-loving punk stuck with heavy-metal headbangers. She creates Katman, a ferocious shape-shifting stand-in for Kit’s quiet version of heroism. Not that he thinks of himself as a hero. After all, heroes don’t typically lie, steal, and hang out with crazy people.

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Dean and his friends enjoy a paradise of freedom in the woods behind their suburban housing development. But the fantasy can’t last. Their paradise is not entirely their own, and soon, through a series of surprising discoveries and dangerous encounters, the adult world intrudes. As the boys adapt to this new more perilous version of the world, fractures widen and alliances shift until Dean is left to struggle with the dark reality of his army fantasy alone.

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Docucomix
Wage Theft is an activist comic that both chronicles the experience of low wage victims of wage theft and guides workers and potential allies towards a path for justice. Kevin and his co-author, writer Jeffry Odell Korgen (The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization) conducted interviews in the Houston area in order to create personal stories of actual people who struggle with the consequences of their exploitation and their attempts to end it. Printed in English and Spanish, Wage Thefts Comics, Wage Theft Comics ultimately seeks to educate and inspire workers and the people who care about them to come together, organize, and put a stop to the shameful practice of wage theft.
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SHOULD U.S. COMICS BE BANNED?
“SATANIC” HARRY POTTER BOOKS BURNT
PLAYGROUNDS POSE THREAT TO CHILDREN
TEXT-MAD YOUTH LOSING WRITING ABILITIES
CHILD SUSPENDED FOR BRANDISHING CHICKEN
SOCIAL WEBSITES HARM CHILDREN’S BRAINS
STUDENT ARRESTED FOR “PASSING GAS” AT SCHOOL

These are all real headlines screaming about the terrible stuff that’s out there . . . stuff that’s supposed to be BAD FOR YOU. But, honestly—is it?!Bad for You asks this question and many more—and not just about the things that modern parents fear like violent video games, social media, and dirty hands. It presents the facts, figures, and a whole lot more in eye-grabbing graphics to debunk these myths and give kids the power to prove there’s nothing wrong with having fun . . . or with being young.

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This comic book tells the story of the ways in which the financing and siting of prisons and jails affects the people of rural communities in which prisons are built. It also tells the story of how mass incarceration affects members of the urban communities that the majority of people who are incarcerated come from. Included in the comic book are alternatives to the current system. Intended as an activist tool, over eighty-five thousand copies have been distributed across the country.

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Electromagnetic mind-control, open-air biological testing in New York City subways, and clandestine dosing of citizens with psychotropic drugs are all part of America’s little known, yet well-footnoted, history of medical abuse. Lab USA chronicles and illuminates these and many more events through the medium of comix. Employing declassified documents, court testimony, and interviews, Lab USA contrasts objective facts with powerful images to reveal the role of language and authority in the implementation of these dark deeds.

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