Dementia 21 Kago [isbn] The youthful and optimistic health home aide Yukie Sakai strives to be the best she can be in a series of stories about the fear and humor of old age — each at once surreal, hilarious, and horrific. Catboy Benji Nate [isbn] A young struggling artist wishes she could hang out with her cat like she would a person, and the rest is history.
Aquicorn Cove Katie ONeill [isbn] Katie O'Neill has done it again with this absolutely breathtaking fairy tale about the the beauty of our ocean and our obligation to protect it. Girl on the Shore Inio Asano [isbn] A Girl on the Shore is a unsettling teen romance unlike anything you've read before, oscillating between optimism and nihilism until they start to blur.
Dark Fang Volume 1 Earth Calling Miles Gunter, Kelsey Shannon [isbn] A young woman in a fishing village is turned into a vampire, kills her maker, and retreats to the ocean for a century or so to live in tranquility under the sea. Sodom Road Exit Amber Dawn [isbn] Sodom Road Exit is a rollicking and genuinely spooky lesbian ghost story, helmed by a swaggering queer protagonist who would rather jump horror's bones than scream.
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica 1 Magica Quartet , Hanokage [isbn] Puella Magi Madoka Magica was the first series to deconstruct the magical girl genre, taking the fight between hope and despair to some of its darker conclusions. Woman World Aminder Dhaliwal [isbn] Woman World is a hilarious and delightful collection of Aminder Dhaliwal's web comic, imagining a world where the last people to remember the existence of men are now nearing old age.
Girls Jenn Woodall [isbn] Girls is a delightfully punk little art book, exploring the darker edges of what it's like to operate in a misogynistic world as a woman. All the Birds in the Sky Charlie Jane Anders [isbn] All the Birds in the Sky blasts off as a genre fiction wrestling match, pitting sci-fi and fantasy against each other until they begin to blur together so thoroughly that you can't tell what's what. Small Favors The Definitive Collection Colleen Coover [isbn] Kelly Sue DeConnick of Bitch Planet fame, who wrote the introduction to this compilation, says that Small Favors "could not be cuter if it came wrapped in fluffy bunnies and ribbons made of giggle.
Helter Skelter: Fashion Unfriendly Kyoko Okazaki [isbn] The protagonist of this brutal collection is Liliko, a young woman with a surreal beauty whose face is plastered on products and billboards all over Japan — the ultimate "it" girl. Dead Dead Demons Dededede Destruction Volume 1 Inio Asano [isbn] The Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction series is a slice of life with an alien invasion serving as background noise, centered around a teenage girl and her friend as they stumble toward adulthood with nihilistic zest. Playing the Whore The Work of Sex Work Melissa Gira Grant [isbn] This is an absolutely extraordinary crash course on how general disgust, pity, and fear about the existence of sex workers from both the right and left is precisely what most contributes most to exploitation and violence against them.
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As the Crow Flies Melanie Gillman [isbn] The way in which feminism centered around the most privileged women betrays the most vulnerable is brought into stark display in this gorgeous story about an all-girls sleepaway camp making a pilgrimage to a Christian feminist holy site. Many Love: A Memoir of Polyamory and Finding Love s Sophie Lucido Johnson [isbn] Many Love is a memoir about author Sophie Lucido Johnson and her relationships, but it's also a road map for decentering our societal concepts about love as it relates to the nuclear family.
Monster Portraits Sofia Samatar, del Samatar [isbn] Reading Monster Portraits was like being initiated into some forbidden magic — requiring you to give every part of yourself as it both overwhelms and elevates. Caterpillar Girl and Bad Texter Boy Sanzo [isbn] This manga is as cute as you may expect, but much stranger and melancholic than you may be prepared for. Little Fish Casey Plett [isbn] Little Fish is a story centered around Wendy — a trans woman who, after a family death, begins to suspect her late Mennonite grandparent may have been trans too.
Pink Kyoko Okazaki [isbn] Whatever the adorable cover and art style suggest, Pink is an absurdist satire about a young woman in Tokyo working as a call girl in order to make enough money to feed her pet crocodile. Tonight I'm Someone Else: Essays Chelsea Hodson [isbn] These essays flirt among the intersections and commingling of commodification, connection, agency, and love, never shying from the difficulties of contradiction.
Skim Mariko Tamaki [isbn] Skim is both beautiful and morose, a tale about a girl nicknamed after the thing she's not. Safe Girl To Love Casey Plett [isbn] Casey Plett's stunning collection of stories star trans women who are fully fleshed out and profoundly human — something our society, with its regular habit of presenting trans women as cardboard cutouts, rarely accomplishes. Salt Fish Girl Larissa Lai [isbn] Salt Fish Girl is a phenomenal creation story resembling The Little Mermaid , wherein our fishlike goddess falls in love with one of her creations and sacrifices everything to become human.
Animus Antoine Revoy [isbn] Through a beautiful art style that draws from both French comics and Japanese manga, Animus tells an eerie little modern folktale about a haunted playground. Against Memoir Michelle Tea [isbn] Each one of Michelle Tea's essays are sharp, in many cases eviscerating the thick fog society has used to obscure and diminish some of America's most vital and complex queer and feminist history. Shadoweyes: Volume One Sophie Campbell [isbn] Shadoweyes is a rad crime-fighting superhero who doesn't arbitrarily hold up oppressive powers, refusing to use her superpowers to uphold an unjust system.
Dissolving Classroom Junji Ito [isbn] From horror manga master Junji Ito comes a set of gruesome tales following a polite devil-worshiping young man and his demonic little sister.
Place Called No Homeland Kai Cheng Thom [isbn] Kai Cheng Thom's words are both prayers and incantations, spells for the streets and the cast aside, her words drawing blood even as they soothe. Bride Was a Boy Chii [isbn] This is an absolutely delightful autobiographical manga about a trans girl in modern Japan, centered around her relationship and eventual marriage to her husband.
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Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited Vladimir Nabokov [isbn] When Nabokov first went to publish this stunning collection of words, he wanted to call it Speak, Mnemosyne in homage to the Greek goddess of memory. Pervert Michelle Perez, Remy Boydell [isbn] The Pervert is a monster, at various times choking me with my own tears and at others shaking me with my own laughter. My Boyfriend is a Bear Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris [isbn] If you're the type of person who likes to date dude-identifying people and sometimes wonders if it would be easier to date a bear, this book is a gift custom-made for you.
Gods Lie Kaori Ozaki [isbn] An almost unbearably gorgeous tale about the stories parents tell their children and what happens when their cracks start to show as they begin to crumble. Age of Miracles Karen Thompson Walker [isbn] This story takes place within a world identical to ours, except for the eerie fact that the days and nights start to grow longer and longer as time passes. The Impossible Fairy Tale Han Yujoo, Janet Hong [isbn] A devious little experiment, The Impossible Fairy Tale is a story that lets the fourth wall shatter so the author Han Yujoo can converse with her characters and contemplate the suffering she has helped inflict through the cruelty of her narrative.
After Hours Volume 1 Yuhta Nishio [isbn] The first volume of After Hours is the beginning of an endlessly endearing story about a woman in her early 20s, who, feeling a little adrift and dissatisfied with her life, has the borders around her torn down after a fling with a beautiful DJ. The Prince and the Dressmaker Jen Wang [isbn] This book is a little miracle about how stifling being forced into an identity can be and how liberating it is to finally break out and find yourself.
Brave New World Aldous Huxley [isbn] Aldous Huxley's Brave New World is prophetic sci-fi at its best, an early 20th century novel crying out to us as we stare transfixed at our little glowing screens and watch the excesses of late capitalism unfold.
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