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Independent Comic Spotlight 2020 Vol. 2

Surprise!  We’re back with a brand new installment of Independent Comic Spotlight.  Enjoy the second volume of 2020’s newest indy content, and be sure to hit me up for details and support these awesome creators while we explore new and exciting comic (and not comic) content just in time Halloween!

Independent Graphic Novels Sent My Way:

    • Great Naval Battles of the Twentieth Century by Jean-Yves Delitte, Giuseppe Baiguera, and Joe Johnson from Dead Reckoning is about all of the great wars from the Navy’s perspective translated into English (softcover, color, teen)
    • The Banks by Roxane Gay, Ming Doyle, and Jordie Bellaire from TKO Studios is about master thieves in the modern world written and illustrated by top talents and soon to be a major motion picture (softcover, color, mature)
      • one of my favorites this quarter, by a fantastic fiction/nonfiction prose writer
    • Mean Girls: Senior Year by Arianna Irwin and Alba Cardona from Insight Comics is about the hit movie and serves as a sequel to the original film (softcover, color, teen)
    • Atlas at War! by Michael J. Vassalo, Allan Harvey, Russ Heath, Stan Lee, Gene Colan, Syd Shores, John Severin, Don Heck, Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, and more from Marvel Comics and Dead Reckoning is about all of the great classic pre-Marvel era war stories reprinted in one thick volume (hardcover, color, teen)
    • Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure by Nadja Spiegelman and Sergio Garcia Sanchez from Toon Graphics is about two kids trying to find their way home in this educational comic (softcover, color, kids)
      • one of my favorites this quarter, from the daughter of the author of Maus
    • .357 Magnum Opus by Ghezal Omar, Ming Chen Shen, and Josh Gillick from Artillery Network is about a straight-forward crime story with some memorable characters and plenty of twists and turns along the way with great storytelling and fabulous art (hardcover, color, mature)
    • The Photographer of Mauthausen by Salva Rubio, Pedro J. Colombo, and Aintzane Landa from Dead Reckoning is about a true story of a war photographer who experienced the Holocaust (softcover, color, mature)
    • Trick ‘r Treat: Sam’s 10th Anniversary Collection by Michael Dougherty, Marc Andreyko, Mike Huddleston, Grand Bond, Christopher Gugliotti, Fiona Staples, and various others from Legendary Comics is a collection of specials accompanying the cult classic Halloween movie (hardcover, color, mature)
      • one of my favorites this quarter, based on a criminally under-watched horror film
    • Harmony by Mathieu Reynes and Montana Kane from Insight Comics is a collection of the first volume of translated French masterpiece of science fiction/fantasy that is part coming-of-age story, part sci-fi mystery, and all action (hardcover, color, young adult)

Independent Comics Sent My Way:

  • Artema #1-3 by Rachel Cholst and Angela Boyle is about an LGBTQ+ warrior in a fantasy world (mini-comic, black & white, teen)

Independent Books Sent My Way:

  • Nonfiction — American Daredevil: Comics, Communism, and the Battles of Lev Gleason by Brett Dakin (softcover)
  • Fiction — Anthropica by David Hollander (softcover) — written by my friend/teacher/mentor!
  • Fiction — Candidate Spectrum by Brian Cato (softcover)
  • Fiction — Prince of Typgar: Nujran and the Corpse in the Quadrangle by Krishna Sudhir (softcover)
  • Art — Batman the Animated Series: The Phantom City Creative Collection (hardcover)

So there you have it. Another installment of Independent Comic Spotlight. Have a comic you want reviewed? How about a graphic novel? Or maybe even a book? I’d love to read it. But I’d love a physical copy. Email me at or reach out to me on Twitter (jeffhillwriter) and we’ll get you thrown into the queue for Vol. 3 of 2020, probably near the end of the year, right before the “Best Of” list goes live. See you then. In the meantime, be a good literary citizen and pick up all of the books that interest you featured in this edition of Independent Comic Spotlight. Happy reading!

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