Below are some noteworthy graphic novels to be released in early 2020.
Ha’s previous book Cook Korean ingeniously combined recipes with comics and family stories. In her new full color graphic novel coming out in January, she delves deeper into her history with this poignant memoir of her teen years. When her mother decides to move from Korea to Alabama, Robin is thrust into a new culture at age 14. The story, centered around difficulties with family, friends and finding your way is heartfelt and classic YA material. Robin’s voice is unique but anyone who has ever felt like an outsider will certainly be able to relate to it.
Scioli previously revamped properties such as The Go-Bots, Transformers and G.I. Joe in his signature style that looks different than any other artist in mainstream comics. For his latest project he is retelling the legendary Jack Kirby run of the original Fantastic Four. Scioli’s stories are always dense, fun to look at, and full of offbeat humor. It’s an ambitious task to fit the entirety of the original Fantastic Four story into one tell-all volume!
Sciver, Noah Van. Complete Works of Fante Bukowki. Fantagraphics Books, 2020.
Sciver’s trilogy of Fante Bukowski books will be reprinted in this complete edition. Fante is a failed wannabe writer and his exploits and failures are chronicled in these stories. Living in a cheap hotel, consorting with the debased and downtrodden, searching for that golden idea that will rocket him to the success he yearns for as the great American novelist…Fante Bukowski feels partly like a satire of a generation and partly like a sincere look at what it takes to put yourself in the face of rejection.