Cartoonist Keiji Nakazawa was seven years and living in Hiroshima in the early days of August 1945 when the city was destroyed by an atomic bomb dropped by the United States. Vol II, The Day After, tells the story of the day after the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, as seen through the eyes of seven-year-old Gen Nakaoka.
Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle In 2001, French-Canadian cartoonist Delisle traveled to North Korea on a work visa to supervise the animation of a children's cartoon show for two months. While there, he got a rare chance to observe firsthand one of the last remaining totalitarian Communist societies. He also got crappy ice cream, a barrage of propaganda and a chance to fly paper airplanes out of his 15th-floor hotel window. Combining a gift for anecdote and an ear for absurd dialogue, Delisle's retelling of his adventures makes a gently humorous counterpoint to the daily news stories about the axis of evil, a Lost in Translation for the Communist world. Delisle shifts between accounts of his work as an animator and life as a visitor in a country where all foreigners take up only two floors of a 50-story hotel. Delisle's simple but expressive art works well with his account, humanizing the few North Koreans he gets to know (including "Comrade Guide" and "Comrade Translator"), and facilitating digressions into North Korean history and various bizarre happenings involving brandy and bear cubs. Pyongyang will appeal to multiple audiences: current events buffs, Persepolis fans and those who just love a good yarn. (Sept.)
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SUCH A LOVELY LITTLE WAR: SAIGON 1961-63 and THE BEST WE COULD DO: AN ILLUSTRATED MEMOIR - Using Graphic Novels to Teach about East Asia (Winter 2017)
Such a Lovely Little War , a graphic memoir, tells the story of the early years of the Vietnam war as seen through the eyes of a young boy name Marco, the son of a Vietnamese diplomat and his French wife.
The Best We Could Do is an intimate look at one family's journey from their war-torn home in Vietnam to the new lives in America. This first novel illuminates what it means to be a refugee and the trials in becoming a parent and creating a family in a new home.
After the bombs fell and shook the walls of Nanjing, the Imperial Japanese Army entered and seized the Chinese capital. Through the dust of the demolished buildings, screams echo off the rubble. Two abandoned Chinese soldiers are trapped and desperately outnumbered inside the walled city. What they'll encounter will haunt them. But in the face of horror, they'll learn that resistance and bravery cannot be destroyed by the enemy.
Ethan Young (Tails) delves into World War II's forgotten tragedy, the devastating Japanese invasion of Nanjing, and tells a heart-wrenching tale of war, loss, and defiance. Beautifully illustrated in black and white.
The Good Earth paints an indelible portrait of China in the 1920s, when the last emperoro reigned and the vast political and social upheavels of the twentieth century were but distant rumblings. Nick Bertozzi brings Buck's timeles, epic novel to life with incredible imagery and sensitivity.
The Family, a masterpiece of contemporary Chinese literature, narrates the story of a landlord-capitalist family in the early 1920s. There are many conflicts of ideas and attitudes in this family. They bear the hallmark of an age when old traditions and oppressive feudal authority are strongly challenged. Presented in a graphic novel, this book is a comprehensive prelude to the original classic.