Meanwhile, back in the library

 This week’s picks:  10th December 2018

Among this week’s picks from Meanwhile, Back in the Library, you’ll find:  hardboiled cops taking on danger, corruption and new forms of life in a near-future, cyberpunk  Japan; a series of ultra-minimalist cartoons in which the inanimate often takes on a personality; and a picture book that really puts some of the miserable weather we’ve had lately into perspective.

Meanwhile, Back in the Library is an 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:

Sequential Drawings: The New Yorker Series  by Richard McGuire
Richard McGuire regularly produced a series of small, simple drawings for the New Yorker Magazine, intended as spot illustrations to fill page layouts. Composed of a few black and white lines but full of personality, humour and wit, some were simple collections of related images, such as interesting hats or scenes from the daily life of a pigeon: but others told ingenious short comics stories over the course of the magazine, such as the misadventures a flamingo with an umbrella, an unfolding of frames-within-frames, or a love triangle in the cutlery drawer.

Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future by Lauren Redniss
Gorgeously illustrated with different printmaking techniques, this picture book for adults is a fascinating miscellany that takes a look at odd corners of the science and sociology of weather and climate, from the citizens of the frozen island of Svalbard and Vietnam War-era experiments in weaponised weather, to the world-wide spread of wildfires and Walden Pond’s role in the international ice trade in the time of Thoreau.

The Ghost in the Shell by Shirow Masamune
An influential early 1990s cyberpunk manga, this is a mercilessly terse and fast-paced series, often focused on the action and hardware to the point of near-incomprehensibility- as witnessed by the contrast between the often cartoonish characters and lovingly-drawn tech- but it explores numerous intriguing science fiction ideas along the way. The recent live-action film adaptation disappeared into obscurity and accusations of white-washed casting; but the earlier, rather beautiful anime adaptation is justly famous, and draws many plot-points and scenarios directly from the manga

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