This One Summer

A few notes: Okay, I combed through my archives and basically I just have to do two posts a day for the next week to make up for lost time. Second, I know I don’t cite every post, so I’m changing that to “References” so that I can at least cite the primary source. I know this doesn’t mean much to the casual reader, but it is an important distinction. I link to sources when I quote them and cite them if I quote from books, so I think that’s sufficient. Third, this has been a continuous study in learning how to cite and write about comics, and I think I finally found the proper system for citing trade paper backs, so expect some changes there as well.

Alright then, first up we have Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer! This book deals with heavy subjects like teen pregnancy, severe depression, and hints at divorce, but it’s all handled quite wonderfully. The moments of sexism are pointed out, making it quite respectful. Any fan of coming-of-age stories or expanding the graphic genre outside of USA-centrism will find something to enjoy.

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Today’s post is about Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki’s Skim! If witchcraft, lady kisses, or mentions of suicide trigger you, then stay away from this comic. Otherwise, if slice-of-life, coming-of-age, and bittersweet high school stories are your thing, Skim is for you.

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