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21st May 2013

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I picked up Wandering Son partly because the nice color scheme and large format caught my eye, but I actually checked it out because it’s about a couple of kids dealing with questions of gender identity.  The writing is pretty good so far, and the art is expressive but very clean and beautiful.  Apparently there’s been at least 14 volumes already, and Fantagraphics has the license to distribute them in English, with several already released and more slated for later this year/early next year.

As a librarian, I would recommend this title for a wide variety of age groups and interests.  An obvious audience could be younger patrons dealing with questions of gender, especially if they’re in a personal situation that makes them feel isolated or without support, but there’s no reason an adult wouldn’t be interested in Nitori and Takatsuki’s story as well.  The writing is solid and the plot moves along nicely.

I picked up Wandering Son partly because the nice color scheme and large format caught my eye, but I actually checked it out because it’s about a couple of kids dealing with questions of gender identity.  The writing is pretty good so far, and the art is expressive but very clean and beautiful.  Apparently there’s been at least 14 volumes already, and Fantagraphics has the license to distribute them in English, with several already released and more slated for later this year/early next year.

As a librarian, I would recommend this title for a wide variety of age groups and interests.  An obvious audience could be younger patrons dealing with questions of gender, especially if they’re in a personal situation that makes them feel isolated or without support, but there’s no reason an adult wouldn’t be interested in Nitori and Takatsuki’s story as well.  The writing is solid and the plot moves along nicely.

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Source: fantagraphics.com

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