ALIA Graphic May 2021 Roundup

by | May 31, 2021 | monthly roundup | 0 comments

 Welcome back to another ALIA Graphic Roundup of all the latest news, new releases and updates on all things comics. 

This month The Ledger Awards, also known as the Comic Arts Awards of Australia revealed their 2021 shortlist. This seems like a great opportunity to spend the last of your yearly budget topping up the graphic novel collection with a great list of Aussie graphic novels! And just a reminder, when you add works from Australian creators to your library collections, those creators can be compensated through the Australian Lending Right Schemes (ELR/PLR) for the loss of income through the free multiple use of their work in Australian public and educational lending libraries. 

Don’t forget there’s only a little more than a month to go until our inaugural ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics Book Club commences! Our first meeting will be all about introducing new readers to comics and so we will be looking at some good starters: They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott, and Harmony Becker; Ms Marvel volume 1: No Normal, by G Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona; and Alone by Christophe Chabouté.

Our first online meeting is planned for Sunday July 25th at 3:00pm AEST. Please send an email to to let us know if you’re interested. We can’t wait to get started sharing our passion for this medium to Librarians, Library Technicians and all other library staff and supporters around Australia!


  • Blake Lively and Diablo Cody have teamed up to adapt Lady Killer, a feature adaptation of a comic book from Dark Horse Comics.
  • The life and times of one of the world’s greatest singers, Freddy Mercury, is soon coming to bookshelves from Z2 comics! Freddy Mercury: Lover of Life, Singer of Songs, will chronicle his life from his childhood in Zanzibar, growing up in England, to becoming beloved by millions of fans the world over.
  • Publishers Weekly have published two great profiles this month worth checking out. One is with Australian creator Lee Lai about her recently published graphic novel Stone Fruit. The other one is with Ed Brubaker who is publishing Friend of the Devil, another graphic novel in the Reckless series. For more Lee Lai – check out this month’s Creator Chat Podcast.
  • The #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force has announced that BOOM! Studios have begun to work with them to achieve the Task Force’s goals to ensure that all writers who are owed royalties and/or statements for their media-tie in work are identified and that Disney and other companies honor their contractual obligations to those writers after acquiring the companies that originally hired the writers.
  • There have been a lot of tributes upon the death of Kentaro Miura (May 6, 2021), world famous creator of best selling manga, Berserk. ‘Mr. Miura was known for his spectacular, apocalyptic style; specific images – a humongous sword, a monster cloaked in shadow – are immediately recognizable to his fans…The influence of “Berserk” can be seen in popular video games like Dark Souls – whose monsters adopt the gargantuan scale of Mr. Miura’s – and on such TV shows as “Castlevania,” on Netflix.’ (NY Times). There has been a huge outpouring of grief and shock in the manga fandom.

Collections & PD

Media & Resources

  • Book Riot have published this excellent article discussing 3 great comics anthologies and why they are worth reading.
  • Are comics for kids or aren’t they? This article from Book Riot discusses how comics and readers have changed from The Golden Age to The Modern Age.
  • Circulating Ideas episode 199 – Steve chats with John Ballestro, editor of The Library’s Guide to Graphic Novels, along with many of the contributors, to discuss the ever-changing ways that graphic novels are created, packaged, marketed, and released, exploring such topics as the history of comics, collection development, cataloguing, and specialized resources. 

New Release Graphic Novels – May 2021

Junior & YA

  • Goblin – Eric Grisson, Will Perkins (Dark Horse)
  • Metropolis Grove – Drew Brockington (DC Comics)
  • Minecraft: Wither without you Vol 2 – Kristen Gudsnuk (Dark Horse)
  • Ms Marvel Vol 3: Outlawed – Saladin Ahmed, Minkuy Jung, Joey Vazquez (Marvel Comics)
  • The Sprite and the Gardener – Joe Whitt, Rii Abrego (Oni Press)
  • Sunshine – Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Scholastic – Graphix)
  • Wynd: Book 1 – James Tynion IV, Michael Dyalinas (Boom! Box)

Adult General

  • Coma – Zara Slattery (Myriad Editions)
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair Volume 3 – Spike Chunsoft, Kuroki Q (Dark Horse)
  • Dark One Vol 1 – Brandon Sanderson, Jackson Lanzing, Colin Kelly, Nathan C. Gooden (Vault Comics)
  • Finder: Chase the lady – Carla Speed McNeil (Dark Horse)
  • Gideon Falls Vol 6 – Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino (Image Comics)
  • Invisible Kingdom Vol 3 – G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward (Berger Books)
  • The Neil Gaiman Library Volume 3 HC – Neil Gaiman, Colleen Doran, Scott Hampton, Paul Chadwick, Troy Nixey, Michael Zulli (Dark Horse)
  • Resistance – Val McDermid, Kathryn Briggs (Profile Books Ltd.) 
  • Save it for Later: Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of Protest – Nate Powell (Abrams)
  • The Secret to Superhuman Strength – Alison Bechdel (Vintage)
  • Stone Fruit – Lee Lai (Fantagraphics)
  • Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol 3 – Grant Morrison, Yanick Paquette (DC Comics)

Prefer to listen to the monthly roundup on a Podcast? Each month we select a few favourite news items and new releases to discuss on our ALIA Graphic Podcast Roundup. Listen at Apple Podcasts


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