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My favorite thing is monsters, Book one, Emil Ferris

Label
My favorite thing is monsters, Book one
Title
My favorite thing is monsters
Title number
Book one
Statement of responsibility
Emil Ferris
Creator
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late '60s Chicago, and narrated by 10-year-old Karen Reyes, Monsters is told is told through a fictional graphic diary employing the iconography of B-movie horror imagery and pulp monster magazines. As the precocious Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her beautiful and enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, we watch the interconnected and fascinating stories of those around her unfold" -- front cover flap
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Storyline
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Character
Illustration
Award
  • Eisner Awards, Best Graphic Album - New, 2018.
  • Ignatz Awards, Outstanding Graphic Novel, 2017.
  • Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Graphic Novel, 2018.
Review
  • /* Starred Review */ Karen loves monsters, comic books, and her tattooed, art-loving big brother, Deeze. She hates her mom’s cancer diagnosis, the cool kids at school, and being a little girl Chicago in the 1960s. She wants to be a monster, but when the upstairs neighbor, a Holocaust survivor left haunted and unstable by her experiences, dies under suspicious circumstances, Karen decides to become a detective. This stunningly ambitious and assured graphic novel, the creator’s first, slides gracefully between past and present, reality and imagination, and the shifting kingdom of children and the hard-concrete world of adults. Ferris’s writing, full of wordplay, elisions, and unpredictable revelations, suggests the cockeyed genius of Lynda Barry, comics’ most fearless chronicler of childhood. But her art, presented on lined notebook paper in the form of Karen’s own ballpoint-and-pencil sketches (though surely no real 10-year-old could draw this beautifully), is entirely her own. This is a book that surprises at every turn. It’s about the power of art, the nature of monsters, the way secrets keep unfolding, and everything else Karen’s investigations can uncover. It’s the best graphic novel to come along in recent memory. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 03/13/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 11, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Combining elements of historical fiction, family drama, a coming-of-age-tale, and a murder mystery into an unforgettable and widely acclaimed debut, author/illustrator Ferris presents the graphic diary of Karen Reyes, an artistically inclined ten-year-old girl living in 1960s Chicago with her mother and troubled older brother. Drawing from Karen's sketchbook journal, Ferris fills each and every page of this weighty first volume of a duology (Vol. 2 releases in October) with stunningly beautiful and virtuosic illustrations, exploring Karen's fears, curiosities, and more through the lens of her fascination with pulp creatures and B-movie monsters. With an incredibly rich, sprawling narrative to match the luscious illustrations, Ferris creates an absorbing and demanding magnum opus that rewards every bit of effort it takes to comprehend the scope of her vision. VERDICT This debut has already netted Ferris comparisons to (and praise from) some of the lions of the graphic novel field, and it's the rare title that actually lives up to the hype. Readers are sure to welcome, discuss, and meditate on Ferris's accomplishment, anxiously awaiting what's next. [A movie of Ferris's work is underway, with Sony Pictures recently obtaining film rights.—Ed.]—TB --Tom Batten (Reviewed 06/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 10, p85)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10574191
Cataloging source
YDXCP
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ferris, Emil
Dewey number
741.5973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
comics graphic novels
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
My favorite thing is monsters
Series volume
0001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Girls
  • Murder
  • Nineteen sixties
  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • Comic books, strips, etc.
Label
My favorite thing is monsters, Book one, Emil Ferris
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn940362149
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First Fantagraphics Books Edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781606999592
Lccn
bl2016051798
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)940362149
Label
My favorite thing is monsters, Book one, Emil Ferris
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn940362149
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
First Fantagraphics Books Edition.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781606999592
Lccn
bl2016051798
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)940362149

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