jillian tamaki

underrated ya book recs

from your local teen writer of color with a penchant for magical realism

while the books that are popular are qwhite interesting, they really don’t need any more hype. so here u go. 

one star is lgbt rep, two stars is major characters of color, and three stars are both. my all time favorites are bolded. feel free to add on.

lucy and linh by alice pung **
lucy, an asian-australian girl from a lower class immigrant neighborhood gets into an elite private school full of rich white demons

the porcupine of truth by bill konigsberg ***
idgaf abt the narrator but the other main character is a Black lesbian who got kicked out of her home and has to figure things out and it’s really good

last night i sang to the monster by benjamin alire saenz ***
v sad and v sweet. i’m still reading this one now. if you liked aristotle and dante, you’ll like this

mirador by dan wells **
think big hero six. there’s only one white character in the whole book, and the main character is a brilliant latina hacker. takes place in futuristic los angeles

seraphina by rachel hartman ***
high fantasy. dragons!! the second book gets really gay and there are a ton of poc. the world building and writing are both excellent.

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Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016:

Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 are

  1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
    This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and a Caldecott Honor Award, was restricted, relocated, and banned because it includes LGBT characters, drug use, and profanity, and it was considered sexually explicit with mature themes.
  2. Drama written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier
    Parents, librarians, and administrators banned this Stonewall Honor Award-winning graphic novel for young adults because it includes LGBT characters, was deemed sexually explicit, and was considered to have an offensive political viewpoint.
  3. George written by Alex Gino
    Despite winning a Stonewall Award and a Lambda Literary Award, administrators removed this children’s novel because it includes a transgender child, and the “sexuality was not appropriate at elementary levels.”
  4. I Am Jazz written by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings, and illustrated by Shelagh McNicholas
    This children’s picture book memoir was challenged and removed because it portrays a transgender child and because of language, sex education, and offensive viewpoints.
  5. Two Boys Kissing written by David Levithan
    Included on the National Book Award longlist and designated a Stonewall Honor Book, this young adult novel was challenged because its cover has an image of two boys kissing, and it was considered to include sexually explicit LGBT content.
  6. Looking for Alaska written by John Green
    This 2006 Printz Award winner is a young adult novel that was challenged and restricted for a sexually explicit scene that may lead a student to “sexual experimentation.”
  7. Big Hard Sex Criminals written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Chip Zdarsky
    Considered to be sexually explicit by library staff and administrators, this compilation of adult comic books by two prolific award-winning artists was banned and challenged.
  8. Make Something Up: Stories You Can’t Unread written by Chuck Palahniuk
    This collection of adult short stories, which received positive reviews from Newsweek and the New York Times, was challenged for profanity, sexual explicitness, and being “disgusting and all around offensive.”
  9. Little Bill (series) written by Bill Cosby and illustrated by Varnette P. Honeywood
    This children’s book series was challenged because of criminal sexual allegations against the author.
  10. Eleanor & Park written by Rainbow Rowell
    One of seven New York Times Notable Children’s Books and a Printz Honor recipient, this young adult novel was challenged for offensive language.

Challenge Your Shelf || January 2017

Day 18: Book Recommendations 

All of these graphic novels were awesome! If you are new to the genre, I especially suggest the Explorer series by Kazu Kibuishi, because they are an anthology with work from various authors. So, they are a great way to find what art styles, stories and authors you enjoy the most.

What are your favorite graphic novels? Do you have any recs? 


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anonymous asked:

hi! could you recommend some artists you're inspired by or like?

i’m usually inspired by 19th century art onwards so here’s just a list of artists whose works i admire. i think it’s important to appreciate all types of art!!:

  • Gustave Courbet, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Mucha, Henri Matisse
  • Jenny Holzer, Carrie Mae William, Frida Kahlo, Helen Frankenthaler
  • Hara Kenya, Dieter Rams, Naoto Fukasawa, Ettore Sottsass
  • Clamp, Eiko Kera, Tomoko Ninomiya
  • all the Adventure Time storyboard artists!!!!!!, Jillian Tamaki, Rebecca Mock, Kali Ciesemier, Richie Pope, Jun Cen, Aidan Koch, Joan Casaramona

best of 2016  → top 10 13 comics read this year

The Vision, Vol. 1: Little Worse Than a Man by Tom King
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 3-4 by Kieron Gillen (what, like I could pick one?)
Lumberjanes, Vol. 2-4 by Noelle Stevenson
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5: Super Famous by G. Willow Wilson
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded by Jim Ottaviani
Jughead, Vol. 1 by Chip Zdarsky
Steven Universe: Too Cool for School by Jeremy Sorese and Ian Quarterly-Jones
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki