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Comics with Great Covers, Story, and Style!

By Alain McAlister

I have always been someone who judges a comic by its cover and art styles – as an artist, I can’t help it. The cover is the first hook into a story and world, so it has to be just right. Recently I’ve been really into simplified and shape-y art styles that approach character design in a cool way; I love some good shape language. Think of Cartoon Network shows. They usually have really fun color choices too, despite the heaviness or seriousness of their stories. So for this blog post I wanted to compile some graphic novels and comics that have amazing covers, styles, and stories!


Head Lopper book coverHead Lopper by Andrew MacLean
The Head Lopper, Norgal, and the nagging severed head of Agatha Blue Witch arrive on the Isle of Barra to find it overrun with beasts; minions of the Sorcerer of the Black Bog. When Queen Abigail hires Norgal and Agatha to slay the Sorcerer, our heroes trek across the island relieving the horrors of their heads – playing right into the hands of a master manipulator.


Open Bar book coverOpen Bar by Eduardo Medeiros
Lenny and Beardo are two childhood friends with a lot of road behind them. When Beardo’s deadbeat dad dies and leaves them his old bar, they make a go of it as business partners. Easy enough, right? Maybe not. Running a business in a low-traffic area of town isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, but luckily for the boys, the one-two punch of viral media attention when their neighbor gets crushed by a 747 engine that falls from the sky and a sorta suspect (but very potent) beer recipe they stumble into catch the public’s imagination at just the right time. Can our two heroes weather the ravages of success any better than they dealt with being losers?


Big Scoop of Ice Cream book coverBig Scoop of Ice Cream by Conxita Herrero
In this autobiographical tale in seventeen short tableaux, Conxita Herrero shakes up preconceived ideas about the transition to adulthood. In a minimalist and rigorous style, she plays with antagonisms and mixes inertia and movement, silent panels and intimate, mysterious dialogues, bare lines and pure colors. Freeing herself from the “concern for truth” specific to the autobiography, the author sheds any sentimentality and provides her sets and her characters with sketchy features, a strange and fascinating dimension oscillating between reality and dream. This book is about life in our time, about being a young adult woman in the early twenty-first century.


All Talk book coverAll Talk by Bartosz Sztybor and Akeussel
Rahim is a suburban kid like any other, a “good kid.” Chilling with his boys, hearing the legends of “Immortal Al,” the greatest gangster who ever lived, it’s hard not to get starry eyed and soon, Rahim starts dreaming of becoming a kingpin, idolizing his local gangsters in the hopes of climbing their ranks. But his friends joke that he’s all talk and no action. Until one day, when he sees an opportunity to prove himself… but how far will he take it before there’s no turning back? All Talk is a modern, urban graphic novel exploring the toxic nature of “street cred” and the role it plays in the lives of vulnerable young men.


Homunculus book coverHomunculus by Joe Sparrow
A machine at the end of the world… In the near future, a young scientist and her sentient creation struggle to understand, and be understood by, the world around them. A story about love and learning, death and time, told across the years.


Big Ugly book coverBig Ugly by Ellice Weaver
Mel feels like her life is just circling endlessly; she isn’t going anywhere, except to work every day. But when she offers the spare room in her apartment to her struggling brother, everything she loves and hates about wanting to live up to the expectations of her family becomes part of her every day again. It turns out that even as adults, living with your sibling brings back the dynamics of tween rivalries. As Mel tries to rebalance things with her brother, she navigates how to offer help to someone who doesn’t want to need it.

Happy reading!
–Your friend Alain