Meanwhile, back in the library – your picks for this week

Meanwhile, Back in the Library… is an exhibition looking at the role of comics and graphic novels in the university library.


Every week, we  will be recommending three graphic novels from our collection, as read and selected by your librarians.


This week’s picks are:


  • The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg
    A story about a story-teller questing across a vaguely-familiar world, filled with stories within stories, and stories about stories. There are many remixes and reworkings of famous myths, heroes or gods, mixed in with the sort of facts- no less fanciful than the stories- that are usually used as background information in books of myths: the mood and art is generally irreverent and charming, yet concealing the steely heart of cruelty behind most myths. There may not necessarily be a happy ending, but there will be wonder…
  • The Bad Doctor by Ian Williams
    Both an exploration of the issues facing a GP and an entertaining story in its own right, this the tale of Dr Iwan James and the patients- comical, annoying, desperately sad, or terrifying- who cross his path. The comics format is able to handle these short, episodic interactions exceptionally well. But it may not be his work with his patients that makes Iwan a ‘bad doctor’: he is concealing the fact that he himself is suffering from the often-trivialised, but potentially life-destroying, condition obsessive compulsive disorder, causing him to doubt everything he does: the narrative provides a clear description of life with this much-misunderstood mental illness.
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
    A sprawling, noisy space-opera about family- nuclear, logical, royal or otherwise- with a diverse cast of flawed but sympathetic characters.The everyday and mundane is set off against the backdrop of a vast galactic war, and the often whimsical design against the brutal conflict. Distinctly lovable- and occasionally heartbreaking- despite a cheery willingness to shock with unexpected sex and violence.


You can find more comics and graphic novels in stock at Sheffield Hallam on our exhibition reading list.