Yesterday we asked you to tell us if we read one graphic novel this
summer, which it should be. You gave us such good recommendations,
everything from Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona to Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer to Craig Thompson’s Blankets. Thank you!
Here are the New and Recommended Graphic Novels from Powell’s City of Books:
my contribution to Ed Luce’s amazing ‘Wuvable Oaf’ comic published through fantagraphics.
“ The name berserker derives from the Old Norse berserkr (plural berserkir). This expression most likely arose from their reputed habit of wearing a kind of shirt or coat (serkr) made from the pelt of a bear (ber-) during battle. The bear was one of the animals representing Odin, and by wearing such a pelt the warriors sought to gain the strength of a bear and the favor of Odin.
The element ber- was sometimes interpreted as berr-, meaning "bare”, which Snorri Sturluson understood to mean that the warriors went into battle bare-chested, or “without armor” as men of Odin “