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John Maher

Biography

John Maher

Graphic Novel Coordinator
john@bookreporter.com

John H. Maher is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn, NY. An award-winning journalist and poet, John has written for Kirkus Reviews, The Long Island Herald, The Book Report, and Outcryer. His work has been featured in Electric Literature, Hyperallergic, The Adirondack Review, Magnapoets, The Miscreant, and Yes, Poetry, among others. His poems have been acclaimed by Mark Wunderlich as “sharp, short, and striking, notable for their control and their certainty. I admire the endings of the poems in particular, with their modest flourishes, their brandished daggers.” He formerly edited GraphicNovelReporter.com.

John Maher

Reviews by John Maher

by Rick Moody - Fiction

Reginald Edward Morse is one of the top reviewers on RateYourLodging.com, where his many reviews reveal more than just details of hotels around the globe --- they tell his life story. The puzzle of Reginald's life comes together through reviews that comment upon his motivational speaking career, the dissolution of his marriage, the separation from his beloved daughter, and his devotion to an amour known only as "K." But when Reginald disappears, we are left with the fragments of a life --- or at least the life he has carefully constructed --- that writer Rick Moody must make sense of.

by Jessica Abel - Graphic Novel, Nonfiction

Every week, millions of devoted fans tune in to or download "This American Life," "The Moth," "Radiolab," "Planet Money," "Snap Judgment," "Serial," "Invisibilia" and other narrative radio shows. Using personal stories to breathe life into complex ideas and issues, these beloved programs help us to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. Each has a distinct style, but every one delivers stories that are brilliantly told and produced. OUT ON THE WIRE offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling --- one that literally illustrates the making of a purely auditory medium.

by Christos Gage, Ruth Gage, and Jackie Lewis - Graphic Novel

In the tradition of BRAVEHEART and 300 comes THE LION OF RORA, the true story of Joshua Janavel, farmer-turned-freedom fighter, who will stop at nothing in his quest to save his people from tyranny and religious persecution. This painstakingly researched graphic novel, written by Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage and featuring evocative art by Jackie Lewis, chronicles the epic war over faith, freedom, and family.

by Ta-Nehisi Coates - Memoir, Nonfiction

Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men --- bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME is Ta-Nehisi Coates’ attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son.

by Roz Chast - Graphic Novel, Memoir, Nonfiction

In her first memoir, a 2014 National Book Award finalist, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, CAN'T WE TALK ABOUT SOMETHING MORE PLEASANT? is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

by Scott McCloud - Fiction, Graphic Novel

David Smith is giving his life for his art --- literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier! This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world's greatest city.

written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell - Graphic Novel, History, Nonfiction

Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, continues his award-winning graphic novel trilogy with co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell. After the success of the Nashville sit-in campaign, Lewis is more committed than ever to changing the world through nonviolence --- but as he and his fellow Freedom Riders board a bus into the vicious heart of the deep south, they will be tested like never before.

by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy - Comic Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel

When Marine Biologist Lee Archer is approached by the Department of Homeland Security for help with a new threat, she declines, but quickly realizes they won't take no for an answer. Soon she is plunging to the depths of the Arctic Circle to a secret, underwater oilrig filled with roughnecks and scientists on the brink of an incredible discovery.  But when things go horribly wrong, this scientific safe haven will turn into a house of horrors at the bottom of the ocean! Collects THE WAKE #1-10.

by Bill Kartalopoulos and Scott McCloud - Anthology, Comic Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel

THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors and highlights both fiction and nonfiction --- from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, minicomics, and the Web --- to make a unique, stunning collection. Frank Miller (SIN CITY, 300) called guest editor Scott McCloud “just about the smartest guy in comics.” (Click here to read Dr. Katie Monnin's interview with series editor Bill Kartalopolous.)

by Michael Cho - Fiction, Graphic Novel

Corrina Park used to have big plans. She imagined writing a successful novel and leading the idealized life of an author. But she’s been working at the same advertising agency for the past five years and the only thing she’s written is... copy. Corrina knows there must be more to life, and she faces the same question as does everyone in her generation: how to find it.