ALIA Graphic June 2020 Roundup

by | Jun 30, 2020 | monthly roundup | 0 comments

This has been a busy month, just when we were starting to get into the swing of things delivering library services online and settling into remote learning, we had to quickly pivot again and start reopening library buildings and schools. We completed the lock down phase of ALIA Graphic’s plan with a series of video Creator Chats on our YouTube page and a collection of Australian and NZ webcomics.

Starting this month we’re trying something new. The monthly roundup will, from now on, include some news, links and resources of interest. Think of this like our monthly informal newsletter. We hope you find it useful. Share it and let us know.

We’re also working on a few other things in the background and we hope to have some good stuff to share pretty soon. As you may know, ALIA Graphic is a newly formed group and we have plenty of spots available for new members to help contribute and make our mark in the world. If you have some spare time available or have some skills and ideas you want to share, please contact us at via email or DM us on Twitter. We’d love to have you on board.

Black Lives Matter

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder by the police and wave of protests around the world, some great lists have come out promoting comics and graphic novels by black creators and anti racist works. 


Education and resources


Video Interviews and Clubs

  • Kings Comics from Sydney seems to have started a Quarantine Book Club on YouTube. They’ve released two episodes. In the first one, thy discuss Black Widow, and for the second they discuss Once & Future.
  • Kapow Comics has a pretty active YouTube channel and they have a series of profiles focusing on Australian creators that’s really worth exploring. You can find the Creator Interviews playlist here. Recent videos feature: Pat Grant, Dean Rankine, Karen Beilharz, Jon Sommariva and Tom Taylor, among others.

New releases

Junior and YA
Special highlights this month: Fence Rivals by Melbourne writer C.S. Pacat and Wonder Woman Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson.
  • Avatar The Last Airbender: Imbalance (Library edition) – Brian Konietzko, Michael Dante DiMartino, Faith Erin Hicks, Peter Wartman (Dark Horse Books)
  • Con Quest! – Sam Maggs (Imprint)
  • Critical Role: Vox Machina Origins Volume II – Matt Mercer, Jody Houser, Olivia Samson, Msassyk (Dark Horse)
  • Fence: Rivals – C. S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad (Boom)
  • Minecraft: Wither Without You – Kristen Gudsnuk (Dark Horse)
  • Mister Invincible – Pascal Jousselin (Magnetic Press)
  • Moonstruck Volume 3 – Grace Ellis, Shae Beagle (Image Comics)
  • The Weirn Books Volume 1: Be Wary of the Silent Woods – Svetlana Chmakova (Yen Press)
  • We’ll Soon Be Home Again – Jessica Ban Bonde, Peter Bergting (Dark Horse)
  • Wild Thing Or: My Life As a Wolf – Clayton Junior (Ablaze Comics)
  • Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – Laurie Halse Anderson, Leila Del Duca (DC Comics)

General Adult
Special highlights this month: Banned Book Club, The Loneliness of a Long Distance Cartoonist, Pulp and Streets of Paris, Streets of Murder.

  • Against Hope – Victor Santos (Dark Horse)

  • Banned Book Club – Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada, Hyung-Ju Ko (Iron Circus Comics)

  • Cankor – Matthew Allison (AdHouse Books)

  • Everything Is An Emergency: An OCD Story In Words Pictures – Jason Adam Katzenstein (Harper)

  • Gideon Falls Volume 4 – Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino, Dave Stewart (Image Comics)

  • Happily Ever After & Everything In Between – Debbie Tung (Andrews McMeel Publishing)

  • Happiness Will Follow – Mike Hawthorne (Archaia Studio Press)

  • Invisible Kingdom Volume 2 – G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward (Berger Books)

  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Cartoonist – Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)

  • The Old Geezers – Wilfrid Lupano, Paul Cauuet (Ablaze Comics)

  • Perramus: The City & Oblivion – Juan Sasturain, Alberto Breccia (Fantagraphics)

  • Pulp – Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (Image Comics)

  • Something is Killing the Children – James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera (Boom! Studios)

  • Streets of Paris, Streets of Murder Volume 1: The Complete Noir Stories of Manchette & Tardi – Jacques Tardi, Jean-Patrick Manchette (Fantagraphics)

  • Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes – Lun Zhang (IDW)

  • X-Men Volume 1 – Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, R. B. Silva, Matteo Bufagni (Marvel Comics)


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