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The first novel in The Beautiful Creatures Series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl has been made into a movie! I always enjoy seeing how the movie turns out after experiencing the wonderful inner world a book creates in your mind. And who doesn't love Emmy Rossum? Watch the trailer HERE. If you haven't had a chance to read these addictive YA novels yet, Little, Brown has a new edition of the book with a new cover, as well as the Beautiful Creatures: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion, and a new Manga edition with stunning art work all available!!!
Congrats are in order for Derf Backderf, whose graphic novel My Friend Dahmer (Abrams ComicArts, 1-4197-0216-5) made it to number 4 on Time Entertainment's prestigious Top 10 Non-Fiction Books of 2012. It's highly unusual for a graphic novel to garner such buzz, but My Friend Dahmer is racking up quite the reader body count. In fact, Ibid Filmworks picked up the rights to make it into a movie! In this captivating autobiographical account of Backderf's middle and high school years, he pieces together an almost sympathetic portrait of Dahmer as a disturbed young man who devolved into a notorious serial killer.
Through his quirky cartoons, we are told Dahmer's haunting story in an unobtrusive way: we see him as a loner, as a victim of a troubled home, as a self-medicating alcoholic, as a budding sociopath in the indifferent world of 1970s suburbia. Backderf's unique vantage point elicits profound insight and some serious queries: Were the existence of Dahmer demons already an indication of an inevitable sinister outcome, or could this troubled youth's life have turned out differently if someone had noticed the red-flags and just reached out to help?
Deeply unsettling and frighteningly tragic!
After getting positive reviews all over Europe and North America, the movie Chico & Rita has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature! You can view a full list of nominees here. Many movies on the nominee list have been adapted from books, but Chico & Rita was made into a graphic novel based on the film. This book is coming out from Abrams Books on February 1st (ISBN 9781906838294) and would be a beautiful addition to any book lover's shelf.
This gorgeous book tells a love story between a piano player and a singer. Starting with the backdrop of Cuba, then moving to New York and Las Vegas, the couple fight and make up while giving amazing performances. This book will make you want to go dancing, guaranteed.
This book tells a story about a boy who follows a girl across a country to (maybe) tell her he has feelings for her. The medium of graphic novel is perfect for this story as it allows the author to depict how awkward a situation can be without having to describe it, and really makes the reader feel like they’re witnessing a scene.
There’s already plenty of buzz about this book as the author, Jason Shiga, is a successful graphic novelist. It may have not been on your radar, however, you don’t have to be an avid graphic novel fan in order to enjoy this wonderful book. With its beautiful design, it would make a great addition to any person’s coffee table or bookshelf.
Available now in hardcover (ISBN 9780810997479) from Abrams Publishing.