Monday, 27 June 2022

ALIA Graphic June Roundup 2022

At ALIA Graphic, we are always excited to share comic-related news, especially when it comes to Australian creators. 


This month, we caught up with Australian author Bruce Mutard ahead of the Perth Comic Arts Festival and Comic Arts Awards of Australia for our monthly podcast, and also have news and details of the the Comic Arts Awards shortlist. You can listen to our episode with Bruce through Apple Podcasts hereTo put it simply, we can't wait for awards announcements in August!


We have also compiled a bunch of interviews with prolific creators such as Mariko Tamaki and Tillie Walden, as well as up-and-coming creators, such as the duo behind new young adult graphic novel, Slip by writer Marika McCoola and artist Aatmaja Pandy. If that wasn't enough, No Flying No Tights' comics librarians have you covered with what to say if and when you are ever faced with the 'graphic novels aren't real books' argument. While this article is primarily focused on school libraries, it shares interesting resources, collection development tips and tricks, and insightful discussion to counter the old hesitation around graphic novels. Whether you are reading for pleasure, to appreciate art, or to gain deeper understanding into a topic, we believe graphic novels and comics can be a big part of anyone's learning and development.






New Releases


Junior & YA

  • Batter Royale by Leisl Adams (Abrams)

  • Clementine: Book One by Tillie Walden (Image Comics)

  • Curse of the Chosen Vol 1 of 2 by Alexis Deacon (Nobrow)

  • Fangirl Volume 2 by Rainbow Rowell, Sam Maggs, Gabi Nam (Viz Media) 

  • Ghost Reaper Girl volume 1 by Akissa Saiké (Viz Media)

  • Ima Koi (Now I’m in Love) Volume 2 by Ayuko Hatta (Viz Media)

  • The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor (Kokila)

  • Shuri and T’Challa: Into the Heartlands by Roseanne Brown, Dika Araujo (Scholastic)

  • Slip by Marika McCoola, Aatmaja Pandya (Algonquin Books)

  • Star Wars Edge of Balance Vol 2 by Shima Shynia, Justina Ireland, Mizuki Sakakibara (Viz Media)

  • To Strip the Flesh by Oto Toda (Viz Media)

  • Summer Fires by Giulia Sagramola (Dark Horse)

  • Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon volume 1 by Takashi Shiina, Main Character Design by Rumiko Takahashi, Script Cooperation by Katsuyuki Sumisawa (Viz media)



  • Dune: House of Atreides Vol 3 by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, Dev Pramanik (Boom! Studios)

  • The Golden Boy: Beethoven’s Youth by Mikael Ross (Fantagraphics)

  • Liebestrasse by Gregory Lockard, Tim Fish (Dark Horse)

  • Once & Future Vol 4 by Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain (Boom! Studios)

  • Our Colors by Gengoroh Tagame (Alfred A. Knopf) 

  • The Pass by Espé (Graphic Mundi)

  • The Treasure of the Black Swan by Paco Roca, Guillermo Roca (Fantagraphics)

  • Ultrasound by Conor Stechschulte (Fantagraphics)

  • World Record Holders by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly)

Friday, 24 June 2022

What to expect at PCAF and the CAAA

Logo of the Perth Comic Arts Festival

The first weekend of August the Perth Comic Arts Festival will be taking place and it's going to be bigger than ever with about 85 comic book creators from W.A. and across Australia tabling and presenting their comics on the market day, on Sunday 7 August. 

But that's not all, on Saturday, there will be plenty of panel talks and workshops. 

Best of all, entry to PCAF will be totally free! 

Logo of the Comic Arts Awards of Australia

On the Saturday, as part of PCAF, the Comic Arts Awards of Australia will also be presented. These are Australia's most important awards, celebrating excellence in Australian comics. 

Entry is also free for the ceremony and if you attend in person you also get one of the very special and highly cherished CAAA annuals outlining all the awarded comics and creators. 

We had a chat with Bruce Mutard and he told us what to expect from the festival. The episode is out now on our Apple Podcasts feed here

To stay up do date with PCAF:

To stay up to date with the Comic Arts Awards of Australia: 

Thursday, 9 June 2022

Celebrating Pride Month

Photo: Note Pride month over a rainbow lgtbt flag by Marco Verch under Creative Commons 2.0

It’s Pride Month and we highly recommend all library workers who are interested to get involved with ALIA Rainbow, a new special interest group dedicated to facilitating networking, support, professional development and resources for LGBTQIA+ library people and allies. Check out their details and join their eList.

At ALIA Graphic we’re celebrating Pride Month in a couple of ways. 

Of course, we have our Pride themed Graphic Novel Club this month, on Thursday June 23 at 8pm AEST, where we’ll be discussing three excellent graphic novels with LGBTQIA+ themes. Check out the details and how to join our online graphic novel club here.

We also wanted to recommend graphic novels by LGBTQIA+ creators, as we believe graphic novels are fantastic vehicles for representation and recognition. So here’s a list of some of our favourites and some recent releases for Pride Month.

  • Bloom (First Second) by Kevin Panetta, Savanna Ganucheau
  • Fence (Boom!) by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad
  • Fun Home (Mariner Books) by Alison Bechdel
  • Gender Queer (Oni Press) by Maia Kobabe
  • Blue Is the Warmest Colour (Arsenal Pulp Press) by Julie Maroh
  • Given (SubLime Manga) by Natsuki Kizu
  • The Greatest Thing (Allen & Unwin) by Sara W. Searle [Australian creator]
  • The Girl From the Sea (Scholastic) by Molly Knox Ostertag
  • Heartstopper (Hodder and Stoughton) by Alice Oseman
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (First Second) by Mariko Tamaki, Rosemary Valero O'Connell
  • Magical Boy (Graphix) by The Kao
  • The Magic Fish (Random House) by Trung Le Nguyen 
  • Mooncakes (Lion Forge) by Suzanne Walker, Wendy Xu, Joamette Gil
  • My Brother's Husband (Pantheon Books) by Gengoroh Tagame
  • Nimona (HarperCollins) by ND Stevenson
  • Our Dining Table (Seven Seas) by Mita Ori
  • Patience & Esther (Iron Circus) by Sarah W. Searle [Australian creator]
  • The Prince and the Dressmaker (First Second) by Jen Wang
  • A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities (Limerence Press) by Mady G, J.R. Zuckerberg
  • Slip (Algonquin) by Marika McCoola, Aatmaja Pandya
  • Spinning (First Second) by Tillie Walden
  • Stars in Their Eyes (Fremantle Press) by Jessica Walton, Aśka [Australian creators]
  • Stone Fruit (Fantagraphics) by Lee Lai [Australian creator]
  • The Tea Dragon Society (Oni Press) by Kay O'Neill
  • To Strip the Flesh (Viz Media) by Oto Toda
  • A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow (Viz Media) by Makoto Hagino - final volume, #9,out in July
  • Welcome to St Hell (Scholastic) by Lewis Hancox
  • Witchy (Lion Forge) by Ariel Slamet Ries [Australian creator]
  • Young Men in Love : A Queer Romance Anthology (A Wave Blue World) edited by Joe Glass and Matt Miner
  • You Brought Me the Ocean (DC) by Alex Sanchez, Julie Maroh
  • Runaways (Marvel) by Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona / Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka
  • The Wicked + the Divine (Image) by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie

Monday, 30 May 2022

ALIA Graphic May Roundup 2022

This was a great month for comics in Australia. The news that Safdar Ahmed’s Still Alive: Notes From Australia’s Detention System won the Book of the Year Award in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s read it. There is a reason why we championed the book right from the start and we couldn’t be happier to see the book receiving this kind of recognition. 

Still, it took us by surprise because book awards haven’t historically been kind to comics and graphic novels. For two years in a row now, the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards have recognised and awarded comics - Mike Barry’s Action Tank Book 2 was shortlisted last year. Seeing this, the inclusion of Stone Fruit in the Stella Awards Shortlist and the inclusion of a few graphic novels in the CBCA Notables, it’s fair to say that things are changing and we couldn’t be happier.

In Sydney they also recently celebrated the Brazen Comics Festival and we have the Perth Comics Art Festival and the Comic Arts Awards of Australia coming up in the first weekend of August. So watch this space, we'll have more information about them coming soon. We also hope to have Bruce Mutard, the director of both PCAF and CAAA on our podcast giving us the lowdown but, just this morning, the Comic Arts Awards of Australia have published their shortlist and it's really worth checking out here.

We also want to announce our next creator chat, which should be out in the next couple of weeks. We will be in conversation with Sam Wallman, who is just about to publish his first graphic novel, Our Members Be Unlimited, a non-fiction graphic novel about the history of unionism.

Finally, we’re trying something new and our next Graphic Novel Club session will be on Thursday June 23 at 8PM AEST. You can check out all the info and what graphic novels we’ll be reading/discussing on our Graphic Novel Club page.

You can listen to our May Roundup podcast on Apple Podcasts.




  • Graphic Nature Podcast has a great episode out with Safdar Ahmed that we highly recommend. You can listen to it on the Graphic Nature website, or find it in your favourite podcast service.

  • The Words & Nerds podcasts has a great episode out with Nat Amoore and Mike Barry where they discuss their collaborative book We Run Tomorrow, a prose book that includes comic book segments by Mike Barry. You can listen to it on SoundCloud or find it in your favourite podcast service.

MAY 2022

Junior & YA

  • Amazona by Canizales (Graphic Universe)

  • Beneath the Trees: A Fine Summer by Dav (Magnetic Press)

  • The Greatest Thing by Sarah Winifred Searle (Allen & Unwin) [Australian creator]

  • Kubo Won’t Let Me Be Invisible volume 1 by Nene Yukimori (Viz Media)

  • Lightfall: Shadow of the Bird by Tim Probert (HarperCollins)

  • Mamo by Sas Milledge (Boom! Studios)

  • Pip and Pete’s Antarctic Adventures by Damian Castellini, Martine Allars (Australian Geographic) [Australian creator]

  • Remarkably Ruby by Terri Libenson (HarperCollins)

  • Superman Son of Kal-El Volume 1: The Truth by Tom Taylor, John Timms (DC Comics)

  • The Well by Jake Wyatt, Choo (First Second)

  • Wynd Book Two by James Tynion, Michael Dyalinas (Boom! Studios)


  • 6000 Miles to Freedom: Two Boys and Their Flight From the Taliban by Stephane Marchetti, Cyrille Pomes (Graphic Mundi)

  • Crazy Food Truck Volume 1 by Rokurou Ogaki (Viz Media)

  • Decorum by Jonathan Hickman, Mike Huddleston (Image Comics)

  • Free Pass by Julian Hanshaw (Top Shelf)

  • Freddie Mercury Lover of Life, Singer of Songs by Various creators (Z2 Comics)

  • Hendrix: Electric Requiem by Gianluca Maconi, Mattia Colombara (Ablaze)

  • Hummingbird Heart by Travis Dandro (Drawn & Quarterly)

  • Karmen by Guillem March (Image Comics)

  • Loved & Lost: A Relationship Trilogy by Jeffrey Brown (Top Shelf)

  • Our Members Be Unlimited by Sam Wallman (Scribe Publications) [Australian Creator]

  • Summertime Rendering Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Yasuki Tanaka (Udon Entertainment)

  • Yellow Cab by Benoît Cohen, Christophe Chabouté (IDW)