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The Ogre's Staff Picks (03/14/2018)

Just one little pick today... So let's get right down to it! Here is this week's Orge Staff Pick.

Lauren's Pick

Megahex HC: Megg and Mogg

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Artist: Simon Hanselmann

Stoner comedy meets deep existential dread in this book from Simon Hanselmann! Follow roommates Meg, Mogg, and Owl as they drink, smoke, and play cruel jokes on each other to distract from lives of quiet desperation. Megahex will have you laughing out loud, then you’ll turn the page and feel bad for laughing but won’t be able to stop. Get yours today, read it today, come back tomorrow to unpack the psychological issues these hilarious short stories will force you to confront!

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The Ogre Staff Picks (02/21/2018)

It is a busy week but we always we have something new for you to try. Only one Staff Pick this week but it is one the entire family can enjoy. Here is this week’s Ogre Staff Picks...

Lauren's Pick

Castle Waiting GN Vol 1

Lauren's Pick

Writer/Art: Linda Medley

The story of Sleeping Beauty leaves a lot of questions unanswered. When everyone in the castle fell asleep, what happened to those who happened to be running errands outside the boundaries of the sleeping spell? When the enchantment was broken and the princess rode off into the sunset, what became of the people who were left behind? This is just the prologue of Castle Waiting, a feminist fairy tale. Writer and artist Linda Medley builds a world inspired by classic stories and populates it with women of modern sensibilities making their respective ways. I could read these two graphic novels again and again!

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (02/07/2018)

All out of TV shows to binge? How about trying a new comic book? Here is this week's Ogre Staff Pick.

Lauren's Pick

The Lie and How We Told It HC

Lauren's Pick

High school friends Cleary and Tim haven’t seen each other in many years before they run into each other on page one of this new graphic novel. As we follow these two characters over the course of an evening spent catching up, we start to figure them out. Or do we? Tommi Parrish has captured something beautiful and real with The Lie and How We Told It. Figures are depicted in rich layers of translucent paint, fading in and out of scenes the way they fade in and out of each others’ lives. As readers we learn as much from what is omitted as we do from what Parrish chooses to reveal, and just when we start to think we have a handle on the essence of each character, another layer is added or peeled away. Driving these themes home is a story within the story, delivered in the form of a book Clearly discovers in the bushes during the evening. Its title? One Step Inside Doesn’t Mean You Understand.

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The Ogre's Staff Pick (01/31/2018)

It is our goal... Nay... Our mission! To offer you the best! The best toys, the best atmosphere and... The best Ogre Staff Picks! So let's get to it!

Gib's Pick

Little Guardians Book 1: Trial by Spirit Fire

Gib's Pick

In the world Ed Cho and Lee Cherolis introduce us to, villages are protected from the evils of the world by Guardians.  Tane, the Guardian for this story’s village is out killing a particularly nasty demon as his wife gives birth to their first child.  His fight keeps him from being there for the birth of his daughter.  The village has never had a female guardian, so the doctor switches our hero Subira with the shopkeep’s newly birthed son, Idem.  Now the children grow up trying to excel at professions they are not entirely suited for.  When Subira’s Guardian Spirit shows up, things are even more confusing for her.  Warm and engaging, this first volume comes highly recommended.

Lauren's Pick

X-Men: Worst X-Men Ever TP

Lauren's Pick

Bailey is a depressingly unremarkable teenage boy, until he’s not. Surprise! When his parents tell him he’s a mutant, his future seems limitless. Finally it’s his time to be the special one! Then he finds out what his power is, and it all goes downhill again. It’s a tale as old as Chris Claremont, weaving classic X-themes of social isolation and angst with a modern self-awareness to create something that feels brand new. Writer and Say Anything frontman Max Bemis embraces everything that’s good and bad about the history of the team and offers a very satisfying explanation for years of convoluted time travel and retcons, all the while crafting a superhero story that stands on its own. The Worst X-man Ever is the best X-men story you’ll find!

Mike's Pick

The End of the F***ing World GN

Mike's Pick

If you’ve ever talked to me in the store, you know that I’ve come to love the work of Charles Forsman (Slasher, I Am Not Okay With This).  So, imagine my excitement when I heard that his graphic novel, The End of the F***ing World, was being turned into a Netflix miniseries!  Though the show is streaming now, I highly recommend reading the source material first.  Rendered in Forsman’s minimalist style, the tale recounts the relationship of star-crossed lovers, one a jaded and wounded rebel, the other a possible budding sociopath.  Despite the cartoony look of the piece, Forsman weaves a palpable tone of alienation and bittersweet young love.  Also, there’s murder.  And Satanism.  The heavy subject matter and the deceptively simple artwork combine for a flavor that is both compelling and unsettling.  Violent, though not excessively so, and featuring some dark humor, The End of the F***ing World is yet another example of why anything Forsman makes is a must-read.  Fantagraphics have recently gone back to press to meet the increased interest from the show, so grab the book today!  

Note: Please be aware that The End of the F***ing World, both the graphic novel and the brand new series on Netflix, are written for a mature audience due to sexual content, language and violence. If you ever have any questions on themes or appropriate reading, please feel free to message us or ask while you are in the store.

Sarah's Pick

Zodiac Starforce TP Vol 1

Sarah's Pick

This book is a perfect pick for anyone who grew up watching Sailor Moon and wished they were also destined to acquire magical astrological powers to fight the forces of evil. As with many magical-girl stories, this tells the tale of a group of high school friends who have to band together to ward off the nefarious entities that threaten their lives. Paulina Ganucheau’s (Another Castle) art is fun and energetic, utilizing vibrant colors and unique designs to give each character a distinct style and personality while Kevin Panetta (Steven Universe) manages to balance humor and heart to make this and entertaining read for all ages.

Trish's Pick

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls GN

Trish's Pick

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls is an anthology comprised of prose, comics, and illustrations that tells the stories of many women that have been affected by all things geeky, whether it be in their youth or recently acquired nerdery. Told from a very diverse crowd of women, this book features anecdotes from trans women, queer women, and women of color in fandom through the decades from a multitude of perspectives. The narrative varies widely, ranging from poignant to heart-warming. I really wish that I had a book like this as a kid when I struggled with my own sense of self and explored fandom for the first time. I think that all women will relate to at least one story!

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (12/27/2017)

It has been a crazy year! Today is the final shopping day of 2017 and we have one more Staff Pick to offer and then we will see you in 2018.

Mike's Pick

Night Business HC

Mike's Pick

At last!  My most anticipated graphic novel of 2017 has arrived.  Ben Marra’s Night Business is here and it does not disappoint.  Upon reading his deliriously lurid Terror Assaulter: One Man War on Terror in 2015, I knew I would be a lifelong fan.  His follow up, a collection of his self-published comics titled American Blood, only cemented my feelings.  Marra has shown himself to be a master of garish violence and sexuality delivered with deadpan irony.  This new story chronicling street toughs, strippers, gangsters, pimps, a secret society, and a slasher killer allows Marra to play to his strengths while the page count gives an epic feeling to the proceedings that is not present in his previous works.  If you consider yourself a fan of sleazy ‘80s slasher films or low budget actioners, you will dig this book.  With artwork reminiscent of something a stoner metalhead might have scrawled in a college ruled notebook during some long lost study hall, Night Business wears its underground, rock n’ roll attitude on its sleeve.  For some, this book probably pushes the boundaries of good taste.  For me, it’s trashy, tongue in cheek, gold!

 

The final day of 2017 is here and we hope to see you today! We have this one and so many more staff picks that we can offer you in store. But... In the small change we do not see you... Have a wonderful New Years and we will see you in 2018!

The Ogre's Staff Picks (12/06/2017)

Are you busy buying Holiday presents for your friends, family... Pets... Co-workers... Cousin's babysitter's brother's dog? Wow! The lists seem to get longer and longer every year. Let us help you by offering some Staff Picks suggestions.

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Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life GN

Lauren's Pick

Measuring up to its lengthy title, Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life sprawls over more than 400 pages of autobiographical fun! Follow the young author and her best friend on an epic journey through the Italy of the early 1980s in this travelogue meets coming-of-age story. Ulli Lust (Voices in the Dark GN) is a master cartoonist and storyteller, capturing the famous sights and settings with both clarity and style. Equal parts funny and heartwrenching, this book is my favorite graphic novel of all time. OF ALL TIME.

 
Mike's Pick

I Am Not Okay With This GN

Mike's Pick

Ever since I read the first issue of Charles Forsman’s Slasher (the final issue of which just came out last week!), I have been a huge fan.  His new Graphic Novel from Fantagraphics, I am Not Okay with This, is a return to his cleaner, simpler style.  Rendered in clear black and white, the cartooning reminds me of Peanuts or possibly Hi and Lois, however this is much darker, adult fare.  The story follows Sydney as she navigates a difficult teenage landscape.  Her father’s dead, she’s uncertain about her sexuality, her best friend is dating a jerk, and she has secret psionic abilities.  Authentic and angsty, melancholy and matter of fact, the book is a brisk read that nevertheless stays with you once you’ve finished.  Forsman seems to be a master at creating believable, and relatable, alienation.  I highly recommend this and all his other works.

 
Trish's Pick

Moon Knight TP Vol 1

Trish's Pick

Diverging from the original Moon Knight origin, this story written by Jeff Lemire (Underwater Welder, Descender, Animal Man) spins an entirely new beginning for Marc Spector. The reader first joins Marc in a mental hospital as he struggles to understand his dissociative personality disorder and grasp who he truly is. Hounded by abusive asylum attendants and a skeptical doctor but convinced that one of his personalities is the Moon Knight who fights crime by night, he’s consistently told that he has actually been in this asylum for his entire life. The art by Greg Smallwood (Amazing Spider-Man) is what first captured my attention as I’ve never really been interested in the character before. Not only are there multiple drawing styles depending on Marc’s current situation, but the panels themselves are often unconventional and change to convey certain story elements. Because the predominant theme of the story is Egyptian lore, the reader is introduced to many Egyptian gods and creatures that provide unique and stunning visuals from start to finish.   

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The Ogre's Staff Picks (10/11/2017)

Why delay it any longer? Let's jump right on in. Here are this week's Ogre Staff Picks.

Lauren's Pick

Beautiful Darkness HC

Lauren's Pick

Gorgeous visuals disguise a growing sense of dread in this twisted fairy tale. When princess Aurora and her miniature subjects are forced to abandon their home, new challenges begin to reveal darker sides to the adorable citizens of Aurora’s world. Rendered in lush watercolors by artist Kerascoet (Beauty HC), the picturesque woodland environment takes on a new sense of danger and overwhelming scale in the eyes of characters no taller than blades of grass. Challenges mount, personalities clash, and the threat of winter draws ever closer until Aurora is forced into action. Fabien Vehlmann (7 Psychopaths TP) and Kerascoet's Beautiful Darkness offers a bleak thesis on the casual cruelty of nature and (tiny) humans alike, but I guarantee you won’t be able to look away!

Mike's Pick

My Favorite Thing is Monsters Vol 1

Mike's Pick

Emil Ferris’ debut graphic novel is an absolute masterpiece.  Eschewing traditional comic book story mechanics, the tale unfolds in the form of a young girl’s sketchbook/journal.  10-year-old Karen Reyes loves monsters and even imagines herself as a werewolf within the pages of her journal.  She draws versions of monster magazine covers that function as chapter breaks for the reader.  She’s also investigating the murder of her neighbor, a Holocaust survivor, while dealing with family issues and day to day life in Civil Rights era Chicago.  The theme of fictional monsters contrasted against real life monsters is cleverly explored in Karen’s journal entries.  Additionally, the artwork looks to be entirely done in intricate pen and ink.  MY FAVORITE THING IS MONSTERS announces a fantastic new talent to the medium.  It’s easily one of the best books I’ve read within the last five years.  Book one is available now with the concluding volume currently scheduled for an April release.

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