Meanwhile, back in the Library top picks!

This week’s picks:  10th September 2018

For your delight and edification, Meanwhile, Back in the Library brings you this week: havoc and heroics in Brooklyn; shame and stereotyping in high school; and a couple of blokes in an Audi A4.
Meanwhile, Back in the Library is a year-long exhibition about comics, graphic novels and cartooning: every week, our librarians will suggest three picks from the many comics in the library.
This week’s picks are:
  • Driving Short Distances by Joff Winterhart
    Told with warm melancholy and witty charm, this is a gentle, mature story of a pair of lonely misfits in a small, unglamorous town composed mainly of industrial estates. Twenty-something Sam, recovering from a nervous breakdown, takes a job with the bluff, middle-aged Keith Nutt; but, for all his seeming confidence and bluster, Keith may be just as adrift and alone as Sam. The story and art are both fascinated with people and things that are so everyday as to be ignored- there are some wonderfully lived-in faces and bodies- and do an excellent job of making characters both ridiculous and sympathetic.
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
    This is a strong, clear fable about how pervasive racism and stereotyping cause cultural self-loathing and alienation, composed of the intertwining stories of three individuals : Jin Wang, who is feeling isolated and frustrated as one of the few Asian-American students in his high school; the legendary Monkey King, who reinvents himself to take retribution after a snub; and Danny, who endures a visit from nightmare stereotype Chin-Kee, whose every action is accompanied by a sitcom laugh-track.
  • Harley Quinn: Hot in the City by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin & Stéphane Roux
    Reformed(ish) supervillain Harley Quinn sets off to make the world- or at least Brooklyn- a better place (with extreme prejudice!). An irreverent, fourth-wall breaking series whose playfulness and charm allows its antiheroine to indulge in blood-soaked (if well-meaning) carnage while remaining sympathetic. Leaving Gotham behind also allows Harley to escape the shadows of the Joker and Batman and develop as her own character.
You can find more comics and graphic novels in stock at Sheffield Hallam on our exhibition reading list.