The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger. Finished 9-28-18, rating 4/5, graphic short story, 40 pages, pub. 2010
First serialised in the Guardian, The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a young woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing mobile library that happens to stock every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and her most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. Over time, her search turns into an obsession as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and her memories. from Goodreads
I loved this sad, odd little tale of a woman who loves her books. One night she discovers a bookmobile on a darkened street and walks in to discover everything she’s ever read in her life. Dazzled and amazed she dedicates her life to reading more books to fill the bookmobile and searching for the magical library on wheels. What a fun concept! It was too short and the illustrations were just okay, but I loved it. Just the right mix of fairy tale and cautionary tale.
Night Shift by Debi Gliori. Finished 9-28-18, rating 4.5/5, graphic book about depression, 32 pages, pub. 2017
With stunning black and white illustration and deceptively simple text, author and illustrator Debi Gliori examines how depression affects one’s whole outlook upon life, and shows that there can be an escape – it may not be easy to find, but it is there. Drawn from Debi’s own experiences and with a moving testimony at the end of the book explaining how depression has affected her and how she continues to cope, Debi hopes that by sharing her own experience she can help others who suffer from depression, and to find that subtle shift that will show the way out. from Goodreads
I was so moved by this powerful book about depression. In only 32 pages of images I felt the crushing weight of depression. I understood it in a new way. This is a must read for anyone who loves someone who is suffering or for those who feel alone and don’t know where to turn.
With characteristic wit and charm, Sarah Andersen’s third collection of comics and illustrated personal essays offers a survival guide for frantic modern life: from the importance of avoiding morning people, to Internet troll defense 101, to the not-so-life-changing futility of tidying up. But when all else fails and the world around you is collapsing, make a hot chocolate, count the days until Halloween, and snuggle up next to your furry beacon of hope. from Goodreads
This the third collection, but I’m not familiar with the author or the first two and this book was so quirky and fresh that I had a smile on my face the whole time. Lots of the reviews on Goodreads include some of the panels and you should definitely take a look. I plan on checking out her earlier books.