Local by Brian Wood.
Art by Ryan Kelly
Oni Press, Portland, 2008
From the library. This one is for high school and up.
Megan McKeenan is stuck in a very bad relationship. Her boyfriend has her trying to pass off stolen scripts at local pharmacies and she knows she is going to get caught. Taking matters into her own hands she decides to leave Portland and hit the road. Thus begins a journey of inter-linked stories through 12 North American cities. from Portland to Minniapolis, Richmond, Virgina to Halifax, Nova Scotia. The drawings are in black and white, highly detailed and the artwork and stories fit together beautifully. This is an intense road trip.
Graphix, Scholastic Publishing, New York 2010
From the library. Perfect for middle school readers.
Garth Hale has been diagnised with a fatele disease. Imagine his confusion when he is suddenly transported into the spirit world and finds he has powers that even ghosts do not have. Chased by an evil ruler who wants to use Garth’s powers all seems lost until Garth meets up with Cecil, his grandfather’s ghost and they solve this spooky problem together. There is a great mix of monsters including a lovely skeletal horse and some “mad” scientist who travel in and out of Ghostopolis. Beautiful art and a lovely story. I want to read more of Doug Tennapel’s work.