The art of brewing and drinking hot tea has been practiced for centuries as a way of relaxing, stimulating the mind, and has been used as a part of meditiation for centuries. With a deep background, this international practice has been given it's own day, taking place every year on January 12th.
Pairing perfectly with this practice, reading while drinking teas has become a standard practice among cultures around the world. This year, celebrate Natoinal Hot Tea Day with these thought-provoking graphic novels:
Lost at Sea
(W/A) Bryan Lee O'Malley
9781932664164 | $11.99 | Softcover
168 pages | 5.36 x 7.92 | Ages 16+
Release Date: 07/05/2006
Raleigh doesn't have a soul. A cat stole it — or at least that's what she tells people — or at least that's what she would tell people if she told people anything. But that would mean talking to people, and the mere thought of social interaction is terrifying. How did such a shy teenage girl end up in a car with three of her hooligan classmates on a cross-country road trip?
Being forced to interact with kids her own age is a new and alarming proposition for Raleigh, but maybe it's just what she needs — or maybe it can help her find what she needs — or maybe it can help her to realize that what she needs has been with her all along.
Rosalie Lightning: a Graphic Memoir
St. Martin's Press
(W/A): Tom Hart
9781250049940 | $19.99 | Softcover
272 pages | 7.6 x 9.3
Release Date: 01/12/2016
A Goodreads Choice Award Semi-Finalist, Amazon Best Book of 2016, one of The Washington Post's Best Graphic Novels of 2016, and one of Publishers Weekly's 100 Best Books of 2016, ROSALIE LIGHTNING is Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart's touching and beautiful graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie. His heart-breaking and emotional illustrations strike readers to the core, and take them along his family's journey through loss. Hart uses the graphic form to articulate his and his wife's on-going search for meaning in the aftermath of Rosalie's death, exploring themes of grief, hopelessness, rebirth, and eventually finding hope again.
Hart creatively portrays the solace he discovers in nature, philosophy, great works of literature, and art across all mediums in this expressively honest and loving tribute to his baby girl. Rosalie Lighting is a graphic masterpiece chronicling a father's undying love.
Drawn & Quarterly
(W): Craig Thompson
9781770462182 | $29.95
592 pages | 9 x 7
Release Date: 10/13/2015
At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers.
AD After Death
(W): Scott Snyder (A): Jeff Lemire
224 pages | 8 x 10 | Ages 13+
Release Date: 11/23/16
WHAT IF WE FOUND A CURE FOR DEATH? Two of comics’ most acclaimed creators, SCOTT SNYDER (WYTCHES, Batman, American Vampire) and JEFF LEMIRE (DESCENDER, Moon Knight, Sweet Tooth) unite to create a three-part epic like no other, set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his own mortality. A unique combination of comics, prose, and illustration, A.D.: AFTER DEATH will be serialized monthly as three oversized prestige format books written by SNYDER and fully painted by LEMIRE.
(W): Gabriel Ba (A): Fabio Moon
9781401245115 | $34.99
272 pages | 7.6 x 11.1
Release Date: 04/22/2014
DAYTRIPPER follows the life of one man, Bras de Olivias Dominguez. Every chapter features an important period in Bras' life in exotic Brazil, and each story ends the same way: with his death. And then, the following story starts up at a different point in his life, oblivious to his death in the previous story-and then also ends with him dying again. In every chapter, Bras dies at different moments in his life, as the story follows him through his entire existence-one filled with possibilities of happiness and sorrow, good and bad, love and loneliness. Each story rediscovers the many varieties of daily life, in a story about living life to its fullest-because any of us can die at any moment.
(W) Marjorie Liu (A): Sana Takeda
9781632157096 | $9.99
192 pages | 6.6 x 9.9 | Ages 16+
Release Date: 07/19/2016
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Arsenal Pulp Press
(W/A): Julie Maroh
9781551525143 | $19.95
160 pages | 6.9 x 9.9 | Ages 18+
Release Date: 09/03/2013
In this tender, bittersweet, full-color graphic novel, a young woman named Clementine discovers herself and the elusive magic of love when she meets a confident blue-haired girl named Emma: a lesbian love story for the ages that bristles with the energy of youth and rebellion and the eternal light of desire.
First published in France by Glénat, the book has won several awards, including the Audience Prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Europe's largest.
The live-action, French-language film version of the book, entitled Blue Is the Warmest Color, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2013. Directed by director Abdellatif Kechiche and starring Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos, the film generated both wide praise and controversy. It will be released in the US through Sundance Selects/IFC Films.
Saga, Book 1
(W): Brian K. Vaughan (A): Fiona Staples
9781632150783 | $49.99
504 pages | 7.5 x 11.1 | Ages16+
Release Date: 12/02/2014
One Week in the Library
(W): W. Maxwell Prince (A): John Amor, Frazer Irving
9781534300224 | $9.99
96 pages | 6.64 x 10.16 | Ages 13+
Release Date: 12/13/2016
Welcome to the Library. It's here that every story ever written is catalogued and monitored by a single man, who's begun to notice something strange: the books are rebelling.
Image Comics proudly presents this experimental graphic novella from writer W. Maxwell Prince and artist John Amor,
which recounts a troublesome week in the Library via seven short stories—one for each day—that use comics, infographics, prose, and poetry to play with the graphic medium and explore the multivalent world of living narrative.
Pride of Baghdad
(W): Brian K. Vaughan (A): Niko Henrichon
9781401203153 | $14.99
136 pages | 6.64 x 10.16 | Ages 15+
Release Date: 01/02/2008
In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escapes from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives. In documenting the plight of the lions, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD raises questions about the true meaning of liberation - can it be given, or is it earned only through self-determination and sacrifice? And in the end, is it truly better to die free than to live in captivity?
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