ALIA Graphic January-February 2021 Roundup

by | Mar 1, 2021 | monthly roundup | 0 comments

Happy new year and
happy one-year anniversary of ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics!

February 20th, we
celebrated our first year anniversary – we’ve graduated from baby to toddler
and can now proudly stand on two feet. We want to thank all the creators who so
kindly joined us for creator chats last year, the people from ALIA Groups who
were so supportive of us right from the start, and everyone else who
has given us feedback and suggestions.

As always, we aim to promote and showcase Australian comics because we have excellent
creators and comics in this country that deserve our special attention. Our
creator chats this year will feature so many great creators, including: Bruce
Mutard (out now!), Nicola Scott, Safdar Ahmed, Lee Lai, Mandy Ord,
Mirranda Burton and many more. Here’s to another year of graphic novels and
comics exciting us, enlivening us, and being a light in the dark whenever we
need it most.

This year we plan to
continue raising the profile of comics and graphic novels in libraries and
education because a day without reading a comic is a day not lived. We will be expanding our tools and resources and offering webinars all for free so everyone can benefit: libraries, librarians, educators, students and library patrons at large.


Collections and PD

  • If you are a member of Artshub, you may enjoy this insightful
    article about Australia and its representation in graphic novels: The many
    Australias in our graphic novels
  • Teaching
    (Practically Anything) With Comics (free online webinar)
    : A
    slideshow presentation and discussion on non-fiction comics as a teaching
    tool, featuring cartoonists working in the fields of science, politics,
    art and more. This event is part of Will Eisner Week, and Eisner’s own
    educational and instructional comics are the inspiration for this
    panel. Featuring Malaka Gharib, Scott McCloud, Whit Taylor, and Kriota
    Willberg, moderated by R. Sikoryak.
  • The Sacrifice
    of Darkness creators panel
    : Produced by the BOOM! and ALA’s
    GNCRT, join moderator Crystal Chen and creators Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne
    Oliver, and Rebecca Kirby for a conversation about their recent graphic
    novel adaptation of Gay’s New York Times bestselling short story,
    “The Sacrifice of Darkness.” The graphic novel expands on the
    original short story about a world where the sun no longer shines.
  • Visit the
    Booklist Webinar Archive
    for two recent webinars showcasing
    upcoming graphic novels for young readers, YA and adults as part of their
    #ReadGraphic series. 
  • The ALA’s GNCRT
    has published their first Best Graphic Novels for Adults List. It’s
    a great selection put together by a committee of librarians.
  • The American Young Adult
    Library Services Association (YALSA) have announced a list of what they
    consider to be the top ten YA graphic novels released in 2020
    for young people between the ages of 12 and 18.

Media and resources

  • The Oxford
    Comics Network has published
    great introduction to comics studies in the form of a comic
    . This is a
    perfect resource for teachers at secondary college, lecturers in tertiary
    education and book club coordinators considering introducing graphic
    novels to their book club. Best of all, they’ve shared the resource for


If you want to start the year listening
to some podcasts, you can listen to our very own
Graphic Podcast series
, but there are also other great
podcasts worth listening to. Here’s a run down of some favourites:

  • AIPT Comics
    : A weekly podcast that covers news and reviews the best
    new releases with some creator interviews thrown in for good measure.
  • Graphic Nature
    : An excellent podcast series where Zoran has long
    interviews with Australian comics creators about their process and
    experience in making comics.
  • Radioactive
    Lounge Comics Podcast
    : A long running podcast about all things
    comics and pop culture hosted by Lucas Testro and Larry Boxshall from All
    Star Comics in Melbourne.
  • I Read Comic
    Books Podcast
    : A long running podcast with a great roster of
    regular guests. They usually discuss the comics they’ve read, make
    recommendations and then have a longer discussion about a set topic.
  • More to Come Podcast: If you
    want to keep up with news of the comics industry in the US this is an
    excellent podcast hosted by Heidi MacDonald (The Beat), Calvin
    Reid(Publishers Weekly Magazine and PW Comics World) and Kate Fitzsimons.
  • Support a Sydney institution
    by listening in to Serious Issues: A Comic Book Podcast: a
    great podcast series hosted by Andrew Levins and Siobhan Coombs at Kings
    Comics in Sydney where they review new releases and current favourites.

New Releases – January and February

Junior and YA

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    Toph Beifong’s Metalbending Academy – Faith Erin Hicks, Peter Wartman,
    Adele Matera (Dark Horse)
  • Beak & Ally: Unlikely
    Friends – Norm Feuti (Harper Collins)
  • Brightly Woven – Alexandra
    Bracken, Leigh Dragoon, Kit Seator (Hachette)
  • Frozen II: The Manga – Arina
    Tanemura (VIZ Media)
  • Girl Haven – Lilah Sturges,
    Meaghan Carter (Oni Press)
  • Teens Titans: Beast Boy
    Loves Raven – Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo (DC Comics)
  • Flash Facts – Mayim Bialik
    (DC Comics)
  • Hakume & Mikochi Vol 8:
    Tiny Little Life in the Woods – Takuto Kashiki (Yen Press)
  • House of El: Book One –
    Claudia Gray, Eric Zawadzki (DC Comics)
  • Usagi Yojimbo Origins:
    Volume 1: Samurai – Stan Sakai (IDW)
  • Victor and Nora: A Gotham
    Love Story – Lauren Myracle, Isaac Goodhart (DC Comics)


Adult General

  • Afterlift – Chip Zdarsky,
    Jason Loo (Dark Horse)
  • Aster Of Pan – Merwan
    (Magnetic Press)
  • Black Magick Volume 3:
    Ascension – Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott (Image Comics)
  • The Book Tour – Andi Watson
  • Monster – Barry Windsor
    Smith (Fantagraphics)
  • The Adoption – Zidou, Arno
    Monin (Magnetic Press)
  • After The Rain – Nnedi
    Okorafor, David Brame, John Jennings (Abrams)
  • The Black Panther Party: A
    Graphic History – David Walker (Ten Speed Press)
  • Drawing Lines: An Anthology
    of Women Cartoonists – Various Authors (Dark Horse)
  • Dryad, Volume 1 – Kurtis
    Wiebe, Justin Osterling (Oni Press)
  • Parenthesis  – Elodie
    Durand (Top Shelf)
  • The Seeds – Ann Nocenti,
    David Aja (Dark Horse)


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