If you're like me, that beautiful brushwork adorning a new out-facing novel at the bookstore calls to you, wills you to pick up the pages and read the words found under the elegantly splattered watercolor pigment until you are sure you are interested in reading even more. Thus, if you're like me graphic novels can pose a difficult question--where do I focus?! The art is so engrossing, ... wait I'm supposed to be reading this story, I often find myself remembering. I offer no answers to this dilemma, but I do offer a roundup of drawn lines that will mesmerize from cover to cover.
Moonhead and the Music Machine
by Andrew Rae
A moon for a head, in high school. The worst. But this guy is going to figure out how to turn it into something awesome. The color scheme and tidy, soft lines caught my eye, and I can't wait to get lost in the waves of Moonhead's music.
Yes to everything about this art! The muted tones, the watercolor textures, and long, angular lines. I will find myself glued to this eerie and atmospheric illustration soon. Want more now? Check out an excerpt over at EW.com.
by K.I. Zachopoulos
& Vincenzo Balzano
A fantasy tale of a boy and his wolf journeying to find his lost father. These brushstrokes certainly make me wistful for riding into the mists.
I Kill Giants
by Joe Kelly
& J.M. Ken Niimura
This action-adventure story about a girl kicking butt, sometimes fighting real monsters, sometimes imagined ones, has received a ton of accolades. The detailed drawings make it pretty clear why.
by Marjorie Liu
& Sana Takedo
The lead, Maika, has a psychic connection to a monster; and that's how she is going to save the world. I am so entranced by the steampunk elements found on every inch of these pages; wow that is some serious line work!
a pairing for you
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