Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 13 | Picture Books & Graphic Novels… Maybe Some Comics Too?

Okay, I have no idea what to call this shelf. This bookcase that we’re almost done touring has a weird design because the shelves aren’t equidistant apart. I tried to make them so, but I ended up with shelves that my books could hardly fit on when placed vertically.

This bookcase was originally intended for the general household books, which is what I call all the books that aren’t on my bookshelves. We have loads more in the basement and this bookcase was intended to hold them, but then we (well, my dad) ended up placing some built-in shelves down there, so I happily took this deep bookcase.

Because this shelf can’t hold books that are placed vertically (except some mass market paperbacks) I placed here books that can’t fit anywhere else and stacked them horizontally. So you’ll mostly see here picture books and hardcover graphic novels. I also have some art prints I got at conventions but have yet to put up and an Assassin’s Creed calendar that I like too much to get rid of although it’s several years old.

Anyway, here’s the bookcase we’re almost done touring:

And here’s the self we’re on. (Can you believe it?? We’re almost at the end of this bookcase!… And then we have a whole other bookcase to tour. I hope y’all are enjoying this because the touring series will be going on for a while.)

So the plastic you glimpse on top of the books are some of the art prints. In the middle is a wooden dominoes case in which I keep my bookmarks, and to the right of it are the bookmarks I recently used. On top of the dominoes case is a battery and a stack of notecards that look like old library check-out cards that I can use to record what books I took from my shelves. Anyway…

Stacked: front row

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox, and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy (illus.) ★★☆☆☆

A beautifully illustrated children’s picture book about friendship that also shares other life lessons. Many people like this one, but I didn’t. I thought it was overrated.

The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, illus. by Sanna Annukka

The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith (illus.)

The Word and the Bird by Coralie Bickford-Smith (illus.)

A Graphic Cosmogony by Alex Spiro (ed.)

Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and other Wily Characters by Patricia C McKissack, illus. by Andre Carrilho

Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill (illus.) ★★★★★

A sweet middle-grade fantasy graphic novel about people who care for tea dragons, dragons that grow tea leaves from their horns. The story is about a girl from a blacksmith background learning this and gaining new friends. It’s a fun read that became a quick favorite.

And after that are two volumes of ImagineFX magazines showcasing artists’ sketches (the cover for volume 1 is below) and a manual for one of my jobs.

Stacked: front row (continued)

Never Abandon Imagination: The Fantastical Art of Tony DiTerlizzi

The book is an exhibition catalog about DiTerlizzi’s work.

The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems by Rachel Ignotofsky (illus.)

The Ink House by Rory Dobner (illus.)

Pablo by Julie Birmant (illus.) & Clément Oubrerie (illus.), transl. by Edward Gauvin

Munch by Steffen Kverneland (illus.), transl. by Francesca M. Nichols

Ruins by Peter Kuper (illus.)

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath (illus.)

Welcome to the back row of this shelf. All the plastic stuff are art prints that I seriously need to put up somewhere, and the thin booklets that have no titles on the spine and seem jumbled together are single-issue comics. Check ’em out:

Stacked: back row

Zodiac Starforce, #1 by Kevin Panetta, illus. by Paulina Ganucheau ★★★☆☆

A YA sci-fi/fantasy comic book about a group of teenage girls who use their powers to protect their planet from dark creatures. It was a decent read, and I liked the bright illustrations.

Pisces, #1 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas ★★☆☆☆

A sci-fi comic book that I still don’t understand, but I really liked the illustrations. I need to reread it.

Pisces, #2 by by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas

Pisces, #3 by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illus. by Johnnie Christmas

Monstress, #1 by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda ★★★★☆

The first issue of one of my favorite comic book series — Monstress, which is a fantasy story about a young woman who has a monster inside her. It’s such a great read and the illustrations are absolutely wonderful. I love it! Highly recommend it.

Heir Presumptive, #1 by Caitlin Scannell (illus.)

Zana, #1 by Jean Barker, illus. by Joey Granger

From Under Mountains, #1 by Claire Gibson, illus. by Sloane Leong ★★★☆☆

A fantasy comic book that I don’t remember much about and I didn’t like the illustrations, so I might unhaul it.

Azteca, #1 by Enrica Jang, illus. by Jhazmine Ruiz

Archie, #1 (convention exclusive) by Mark Waid, illus. by Fiona Staples

After that are 3 issues of Image+ magazine that I got at the Small Press Expos I attended… I guess I didn’t need to mention them or these single-issue comics since you can’t even see them, really, in the photo. But, corona is on a rampage and everyone’s quarantining, so I have nothing better to do, lol.

The Resurrectionist: The Lost Work of Dr. Spencer Black by E.B. Hudspeth (illus.)

Harry Potter: A Journey Through a History of Magic by British Library

The Mysterious Mansion: A Mind-Bending Activity Book: Stranger Than a Fairytale by Daria Song (illus.)

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (illus.) ★★★★★

A silent middle-grade graphic novel about a man seeking a safe place for his family to live. The story is told using only pictures, and it’s so compelling. The illustrations are great as well. It’s one of my favorite books. Some people consider it a picture book. I flip-flop between calling a graphic novel or a picture book. 

Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash by Dave McKean, illus. by Paul Nash

Niobe: She Is Life by Sebastian A. Jones & Amandla Stenberg, illus. by Ashley A. Woods

Sky High by Germano Zullo, illus. by Albertine ★★★★★

A charming children’s picture book about two neighbors competing to build the tallest, grandest mansion. It’s silly, but I loved it and loved the illustrations too.

Bicycle by Ugo Gattoni (illus.)

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words by Randall Munroe (illus.)

Stacked: back row (continued)

Sketchy Stories: The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes by Kerby Rosanes (illus.)

Chester 5000 XYV: Isabelle & George by Jess Fink (illus.)

This is actually a fun LGBT erotica graphic novel that began as a webcomic. I consider the book read since I “read” (there aren’t any words, if I recall correctly) the webcomic. I enjoyed it.

And beneath those two are more art prints from Small Press Expo conventions.

A Land Called Tarot by Gael Bertrand (illus.)

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore, illus. by Brian Bolland

Klaus: How Santa Claus Began by Grant Morrison, illus. by Dan Mora

Samurai: The Heart of the Prophet by Jean-François Di Giorgio, illus. by Frédéric Genêt

Punkrock Jazz: The Art of Toby Cypress by Toby Cypress (illus.)

In Search of Lost Dragons by Elian Black’Mor (illus.) & Carine M. (illus.), transl. by Ivanka Hahnenberger & Andrew Chappell

One of my favorite books. It’s a fantasy graphic novel structured to resemble the journal of a reporter who is trying to prove that dragons exist. I LOVE the illustrations!

Beneath that is the Assassin’s Creed calendar and more art prints.

← Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 12 | Totally Fantasy (continues)

Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 14 | Top Shelf (begins) 

Some stats

Total books in this row(s) = 41
How many I completed = 10
How many I will unhaul = 1

Total shelves so far = 5
Total books so far = 466
How many completed = 175
How many I will unhaul = 13


13 thoughts on “Bookshelf Tour, Pt. 13 | Picture Books & Graphic Novels… Maybe Some Comics Too?

  1. I love this “misfit” sized bookshelf… it’s perfect for the books you’re storing on it! The Tea Dragon Society looks adorable and neat!


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