Awesome Con Reads
Published on Monday, April 21, 2014 - 9:38am
This past weekend D.C.'s very own comic convention, Awesome Con, was at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, just a few blocks away from Northwest One. As if that isn't exciting enough, DC Public Library had a table at the convention where you could sign up for a library card! With your shiny new library card and your newfound craving for comics to read, come to your neighborhood library and check out some comics and graphic novels written and illustrated by Awesome Con guests:
March: Book One
Awesome Con guest: co-author Andrew Aydin
Synopsis: Top Shelf Productions is proud to present the first volume of MARCH, a graphic novel trilogy co-authored by Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) and Andrew Aydin, with art by Nate Powell (a New York Times bestseller, Eisner Award winner, and finalist for the LA Times Book Prize). March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights (including his key roles in the historic 1963 March on Washington and the 1965 Selma-Montgomery March), meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation.
If you like this, also check out: The Silence of Our Friends, another amazing recent graphic novel about the African American Civil Rights movement, also illustrated by the extremely talented Nate Powell.
The Sandman #9: The Kindly Ones
Awesome Con guest: illustrator Marc Hempel
Synopsis: In the second to last collected trade paperback of Neil Gaiman's Sandman series, Dream plays the role of a character in a classic Greek tragedy, and the reader can do nothing but watch his slow, agonizing procession through the events that befall him. Many of the series' loose ends are tied up in this volume, such as the plots involving Hector and Lyta Hall's son Daniel, Thessaly the witch, Rose Walker, and more.
If you like this, also check out: the rest of the Sandman series, in particular the earlier volumes so you know the intricate backstories and understand their effective culmination in The Kindly Ones. Also, check out Mike Carey's Sandman spinoff Lucifer series, particularly if you enjoy the Lightbringer as a character in Sandman.
Page by Paige
Awesome Con guest: Laura Lee Gulledge
Synopsis: When Paige Turner and her family move to New York City from rural Virginia, she tries to make sense of her new life through her sketchbook, and it helps bring her true personality into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.
If you like this, also check out: Will & Whit, Gulledge's second novel, another thoughtful look into the life of a creative teenage girl.