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Cover art for Spinning Three new graphic memoirs show the wide scope that personal storytelling can take on in an illustrated format. Tillie Walden’s look back at her years in the world of competitive ice skating in Spinning, her debut. About a young woman, only a few years removed from her own adolescence, which makes her smart coming-of-age observations all the more remarkable. Delicate, mostly two-toned illustrations coupled with spare text describe cutthroat rivalries, early morning training and her coming-out process.

 

Fetch: How a Bad Dog Brought Me Home by Nicole J. Georges describes the author/illustrator’s life with Beija, theCover Art for Fetch rescue dog that she adopted as a gift to her then high school boyfriend. The relationship didn’t work out, but Beija remained for the next 15 years of Georges’ many moves. Although the dog had behavioral and temperamental issues, she remained a rock in the memoirist’s life and created a sort of home that otherwise wouldn’t exist for human or canine. Hand-lettered text and black-and-white zine-like illustrations capture their unique friendship. 

 

Cover Art for The Best We Could Do

Thi Bui’s The Best We Could Do is a testament to the immigrant experience. As a child, Bui arrived in California in the 1970s from Vietnam. Her difficult transition to a very different culture, she recalls, was considerable but nothing compared to the trauma her parents faced as the Vietnam War raged around them. As much a family memoir as her own, Bui’s beautiful illustrations in vibrant shades of orange cut with strong black ink make for an incredible presentation. 
 


 
 

Revised: October 12, 2017