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Pentti and Deathgirl

Emma Rendel (Author)

Emma Rendel is one of the most distinctive and original graphic artists at work today. She joins the Cape list with the extraordinary Pentti and Deathgirl, two strange tales in one beautiful volume.

'Pentti' is the story of two Finnish brothers, Juha and Pentti. When two men move in next to their farm, Pentti is convinced they must be gay. 'So what?' says Juha, but Pentti, full of drink and righteous anger, storms off into town looking for a fight.

'Deathgirl's Diary' tells of Deathgirl, lonely and friendless, talking only to her diary, where she confides her obsessions: stabbing, beheading, poisoning...

Othello volume 5

Satomi Ikezawa (Author)

Master manipulator Megumi Hino-Hano-chan is enraged by her failure to bring down timid Yaya Higuchi - and her alter ego, the confident and boisterous Nana. So Hano-chan decides to take the ultimate revenge. Using the singing contract that Yaya desperately wishes to null and void as a means to her mean-spirited ends, Hano-chan makes Yaya an offer. She will rip it up . . . if Yaya agrees to play a little game with her. If Yaya can catch Hano-chan and steal the contract, Hano will cancel the agreement and return the application fee. Sounds simple, right? But there's a little hitch. Yaya must chase Hano while they're skydiving!

George Sprott

Seth (Author)

Seth's graphic novel tells the story of George Sprott, the host of a long-running and unaccountably popular Canadian television programme, Northern Hi-Lights, in which he shows old films of the Arctic, while 'rambling on in a monotone voice about Eskimos or seal hunts or snowstorms' and often falling asleep on-air.

On the surface George seems a charming, foolish, old man, but as we come to know him, piece by piece, in a series of'interviews', flashbacks and personal reminiscences a more complex picture emerges.

Another small masterpiece by the author of It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken and Wimbledon Green, George Sprott is a story about time, identity, loss and the persistence of memory. It's beautifully drawn and often very funny.

Guru Guru Pon-chan Volume 2

Satomi Ikezawa (Author) , Douglas Varenas (Translator)

Thanks to the invention of the Guru Guru Bone, Ponta can now change from puppy to teenage girl at will. But human customs are hard to master, and she keeps finding herself in strange and awkward situations. Will Ponta have to spend Christmas in the dog pound? Will she ever attract her one true love, cute high school boy Mirai? She's certainly lovable enough - maybe that's why transfer student Go Fujinaga falls for her instantly! Romantic misadventures ensue, as Go moves heaven and earth to induce beautiful, innocent Ponta to look his way. . .

Othello volume 2

Satomi Ikezawa (Author)

Shy Yaya spends her time in awkward conversations with her handsome classmate, guitarist Moriyama; dressing up with fellow fans of the rock group Juliet; and avoiding her bitter, sadistic ex-friends. But whenever Yaya bumps her head or looks into a mirror, she changes into her other personality-boisterous, tough-as-nails Nana, who punishes the guilty and belts out Led Zeppelin tunes. Now Moriyama's mysterious adult friend, Shôhei, sets his sights on Nana. He is rumored to have close ties to the music industry, but instead harbors a secret agenda.

Guru Guru Pon-chan volume 4

Satomi Ikezawa (Author)

Ponta is a Labrador retriever puppy, the Koizumi family's pet. But when Grandpa Koizumi, an amateur inventor, creates the Guru Guru Bone, Ponta discovers she can use it to turn into a human girl! Ponta quickly meets and falls in love with Mirai Iwaki. And when he realises that she's actually a dog, Mirai learns to overcome it. Talk about an odd couple.

In ways of the heart, it is certainly not an easy road for them. Plus Mirai's ex-girlfriend wants him back - by any means necessary. When Mirai and Ponta go to the beach together, the trip turns disastrous. Can Ponta make the romance work, or will she give up her life as a human forever?

Tsubasa volume 13

CLAMP (Author)

Five friends must journey through time and space to lift a curse from beautiful Princess Sakura. Their quest now leads them to a world of magic and mysterious learning. Syaoran, the princess's young but fierce defender, is awestruck by this new world's enormous library. But when he opens one of the books, he is suddenly whisked away to a different dimension-a rough, barbaric place that resembles medieval Japan. There he witnesses the hardships faced by the family of a feudal lord, who looks surprisingly like Syaoran's gruff companion Kurogane. Now Syaoran must figure out how he was transported . . . if he ever hopes to see Sakura again!

Tsubasa volume 12

CLAMP (Author)

Sakura has a mysterious power, a power that no one understands, a power that can change the world. Syaoran is her childhood friend and leader of the archaeological dig that took his father's life. On the day Sakura goes to the dig to declare her love for Syaoran, a mysterious symbol is uncovered that will have vast repercussions for them both. It marks the beginning of a quest that will take Syaoran and his friends through worlds that will be familiar to any CLAMP fan, as our heroes encounter places and characters from X, Chobits, Magic Knight Rayearth, xxxHolic and many more! But all that matters to Syaoran is his goal: saving Sakura.

Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE crosses over with CLAMP's other hit series, xxxHolic!

Basilisk volume 4

Masaki Segawa (Author)

The titanic battle between the clans rages on. Akeginu and the blinded Oboro of the Iga clan encounter a powerful aristocrat named Ofuku, who will do whatever it takes to make her godson, Takechiyo, the next Shogun. If Ofuku and her troops join forces with the Iga, will the Kouga still have a chance at victory?

Meanwhile, the Kouga leader, Gennosuke, also blinded, and his comrades - including the shapeshifter Saemon and the deadly seductress Kagerou - embark on a long journey to Sunpu to find out exactly why the truce was dissolved. They in turn will face the fury of the calculating Tenzen and the whirlwind-wielding Koshirou. In the end, who will survive this bloody game of deception and politics?

Aya of Yop City

Marguerite Abouet (Author) , Clément Oubrerie (Illustrator)

For the residents of Yopougon, everyday life is good. It is the early 1970s, a golden time - work is plentiful, hospitals are clean and well equipped, and school is obligatory. The Ivory Coast is as an island of relative wealth and stability in West Africa. For the teenagers of the town, though, worries are plentiful, and life in Yop City is far from simple.

Aya tells the story of its nineteen-year-old heroine, the clear-sighted and bookish Aya, and her carefree and fun-loving friends Adjoua and Bintou. Navigating meddling relatives and neighbours, the girls spend a last summer of their childhood on the sun-warmed streets of Yop City - sneaking out for dancing at open-air bars, strong solibra beer, chicken in peanut sauce and avoiding at all costs the scandal pages of the Calamity Morning....

Aya is a captivating, colourful and hugely entertaining portrayal of an Africa we rarely see, spirited and resilient, and full of the sounds, sights and smells of a prosperous town and its varied inhabitants.

Tsubasa volume 9

CLAMP (Author)

Five friends continue their desperate search for Princess Sakura's memories, which have been scattered across parallel worlds in the form of feathers. But this time Syaoran and Sakura are pulled from a tumultuous land where two factions battle over a statue of the God of Calamity - and into the realm of that very divinity! Now they find themselves on one side of a long, bloody conflict between two gods and their minions. Unfortunately the experienced fighters in their band, Fai and Kurogane, seem to be aligned with the opposition. In a war that can be ended only by the death of a god, how can Syaoran and Sakura hope to stay alive?

Othello volume 3

Satomi Ikezawa (Author)

Timid Yaya is the victim of every bully in school, but she has a secret kept even from herself: She has another personality named Nana, who is all too willing to kick butt. While nice-guy guitarist Moriyama begins a tentative romance with Yaya, the constant appearances of brash Nana reveal the truth about his would-be girlfriend. And soon Moriyama's charismatic professional-musician friend Shôhei takes too much of an interest in Nana's killer singing voice . . . and body! Can Nana resist the very man Yaya has idealized all her life?!

Tamara Drewe

Posy Simmonds (Author)

Winner of the Grand Prix 2009 de la Critique Bande Dessinée.

Tamara Drewe has transformed herself. Plastic surgery, a different wardrobe, a smouldering look, have given her confidence and a new and thrilling power to attract, which she uses recklessly. Often just for the fun of it.

People are drawn to Tamara Drewe, male and female. In the remote village where her late mother lived Tamara arrives to clear up the house. Here she becomes an object of lust, of envy, the focus of unrequited love, a seductress. To the village teenagers she is 'plastic-fantastic', a role model. Ultimately, when her hot and indiscriminate glances lead to tragedy, she is seen as a man-eater, a heartless home-wrecker, a slut.

First appearing as a serial in the Guardian, in book form Tamara Drewe has been enlarged, embellished and lovingly improved by the author.

Air Gear volume 2

Oh!great (Author)

SERIES OVERVIEW:
Ikki Minami is a junior high school student with a dream - to become the best Air Track player in town. It won't be easy, as he faces a lot of competition from boys and girls alike. What is Air Track? Just the latest craze that involves taking a two-wheel inline skate and adding a motor, new suspension and a shock absorber to enable the wearer to execute the wildest, wackiest, most aggressive moves you can imagine. Ikki has a lot to learn as he fights his way to the top in this wild, sexy manga.

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GIRL TROUBLE!

When his new Air Treck skates need maintenance, Itsuki Minami takes them to a local sports shop, where he finally meets Simca Noyamano, the mysterious and very sexy girl he's had his eye on. Ringo and the Sleeping Forest may not like it, but Itsuki develops a fast and furious crush on the elusive Simca. Too bad she has enemies in high places - landing Itsuki into big trouble! On top of that, his skates are almost demolished and no one will lend him the money to a jobless scum. So when Itsuki hears about a contest with some incredible prizes, he jumps headfirst into a battle unlike any he's ever faced before!

The Vicar Woman

Emma Rendel (Author)

A female vicar arrives on a small island to take up a new post. It is a strange opportunity: the parish is brand new, and set up by the community itself, who have built themselves a church modelled on St Peter's Basilica.

The vicar is surprised and delighted by the enthusiastic welcome she receives. The church is full day after day, and the parishioners compete for her attention. Not many are interested in discussing spiritual matters however, and as she gets to know them, the vicar becomes aware of a split in the community; a terrible secret that is not spoken of, but which plagues the island, pitting neighbour against neighbour.

She hears whispers of a missing young girl whose parents died in a mysterious blaze, of secret abortions, and of a fearsome ghost.

Vicar Woman is a strange and discomforting story, and a brilliant new work from one of the most original artists on the Cape graphic novel list.

Robert Crumb's Book of Genesis

Robert Crumb (Author)

Envisioning the first book of the Bible like no one before him, R. Crumb, the legendary illustrator, retells the story of Genesis in a profoundly honest and deeply moving way.

Now, readers of every persuasion can gain astonishing new insights from these stories. Crumb's Book of Genesis reintroduces us to the bountiful tree-lined garden of Adam and Eve, the massive ark of Noah with beasts of every kind, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by brimstone and fire, and the Egypt of the Pharaoh. Using clues from the text and peeling away the theological and scholarly interpretations that have often obscured the Bible's most dramatic stories, Crumb fleshes out a parade of biblical originals: from the serpent in Eden, the humanoid reptile appearing like an alien out of a science fiction movie, to Jacob, a 'kind of depressed guy who doesn't strike you as physically courageous', and his bother, Esau, 'a rough and kick-ass guy', to God himself, 'a standard Charlton Heston-like figure with long white hair and a flowing beard'.

Crumb's Book of Genesis, the culmination of five years of painstaking work, is a tapestry of masterly detail and storytelling that celebrates the astonishing diversity of one of our greatest artistic geniuses.

5 Is The Perfect Number

Igor Tuveri (Author)

5 is the Perfect Number is the story of an old Mafioso who is forced out of retirement when his son is murdered. He lays down his fishing rod and picks up his pistols and goes looking for revenge.

Spare, romantic, surreal, 5 is the Perfect Number introduces one of the new European masters to British readers.

Guru Guru Pon Chan volume 7

Satomi Ikezawa (Author)

Hound Dog

Thanks to the mircaulous Guru Guru Bone, Ponta the Labrador retriever can turn into a human girl - and she has found true love with Mirai Ikawa, who knows her secret but loves her just the same. But lately, the Guru Guru Bone hasn't been working very well, and dating has become ruff-ruff.

Gang, an aggressive Labrador, is drooling over Ponta, unaware that she's human half the time. And Gang's owner, Aoka, is attracted to Mirai, and will stop at nothing to have him for herself. When Aoka hatches a plan to 'marry' Gang and Ponta, she sets in motion a chain of events that may leave Ponta expecting puppies and Mirai all alone!

Whitman Illuminated

Walt Whitman (Author) , Allen Crawford (Illustrator)

Walt Whitman's iconic collection of poems, Leaves of Grass, has earned a reputation as a sacred American text. Whitman himself made such comparisons, going so far as to use biblical verse as a model for his own. So it's only appropriate that artist and illustrator Allen Crawford has chosen to illuminate - like medieval monks with their own holy scriptures - Whitman's masterpiece and the core of his poetic vision, 'Song of Myself'. Crawford has turned the original sixy-page poem from Whitman's 1855 edition into a sprawling 234-page work of art. The handwritten text and illustrations intermingle in a way that's both surprising and wholly in tune with the spirit of the poem - they're exuberant, rough and wild.

Whitman Illuminated: Song of Myself is a sensational reading experience, an artefact in its own right and a masterful tribute to one of America's greatest poets.

Adamtine

Hannah Berry (Author) , Hannah Berry (Illustrator)

All people could do was speculate on the fate of those who vanished - strangers; seemingly random, unconnected: all plucked from their lives and never seen again. The notes found left behind, apparently describing some slender reason for their removal, were all that linked them. They were all delivered by one man.

Rodney Moon had admitted seeing those who had been disappeared and to passing the notes, but denied any involvement beyond that. Who wrote the letters, then? Moon shrugged during the trial: 'It has no name,' he said. 'It's a bogeyman. A monster.'

He was not mourned when the vengeful bereft finally found him.

Some years later, four strangers; seemingly random, unconnected, all take the last train home. But something each of them has forgotten - or is trying to forget - is catching up with them; with a terrible, inexorable purpose. The devil is in the detail, as they say.

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