It's Free Comic Book Day! This is a day where participating comic book stores give out free comic books!
We can't give you a free comic book, but we can give you a list of awesome comics that you should read!
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Told in three parts, this graphic novel's stories eventually merge into a single tale about accepting who you are. Jin Wong just wants to be an all-American kid instead of an immigrant one. Danny (a truly all-American kid) is horribly embarrassed by the antics of his cousin Chin-Kee. And Monkey wants to be the most revered of all the gods.
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri, illustrated by Randy Duburke. In Chicago in 1994, 11-year-old Robert "Yummy" Sandifer was the one holding the gun when 14-year-old Shavon Dean was killed by a stray bullet during a gang shooting. Fictional Roger tries to make sense of Yummy-- on one hand he was a kid who liked candy and his Teddy Bear and came from hard circumstances, on the other hand he was a gang-banger. Roger doesn't find any answers, but does offer a heart-wrenching look at a real event.
Robot Dreams by Sara Varon. Dog wants a friend so he builds a robot. But, when they go swimming, Robot rusts and can't move. By the time Dog gets back to fix him, the beach is closed. Dog tries to make new friends over the fall and winter while Robot sits, waits, and dreams.
Laika by Nick Abadzis. This moving graphic novel tells of the story of Laika, the dog sent into space by the USSR on Sputnik II, the scientists working on the space program, and the people who cared for the dog. Using recent revelations, Abadzi lays to rest many of Laika's myths and tells us the cold, hard truths about her amazing journey.
Miki Falls: Spring by Mark Crilley. Hiro is the new boy in town and pushes everyone away and doesn't want to make friends, or fit in. Miki knows there's something behind his tough exterior and wants in. Slowly, she starts chipping down his walls, only to find a really deep, big secret (and it's a really super-awesome secret.) The first in a quartet, follow it with Summer.
Death Note, Vol. 1 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Shinigami (death gods) have notebooks where they write the names of people slated to die. Once the name is written, they're dead. Ryuk drops his notebook and Light picks it up. By the rules, the notebook is now Light's. Ryuk wants it back, but Light is using it to kill criminals that have somehow managed to escape justice. But how long can a teen boy play Death God? This is the first in a 13-volume series.
The Arrival by Shaun Tan. This wordless comic book follows a man as he flees dark and menacing shapes to try to make it in a new land, before sending for his family. In his new land, he doesn't speak the language or understand the customs, but he finds other immigrants who have fled other horrors in other lands, and they help him. It's a stunning work that speaks on many, many levels.
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. This graphic novel autobiography follows Satrapi's childhood in Tehran after the overthrow to the Shah, her schooling in Europe, her return to Iran, and her eventual emigration. Published for adults, this is a stellar comic book that teens enjoy.
Smile by Raina Telgemeier. One night after girl scouts, Raina trips. She knocks one of her front teeth out and jams the other one entirely into her gum and jaw bone. What follows is years of corrective dentistry--just what you need in junior high when you have to deal with puberty, younger siblings, mean friends, and boys.
What are your favorite comic books?
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