Books

HIGHER LEARNING

by

Built from staccato gags about the frustrations of high school, Jillian Tamaki‘s newest graphic novel, SuperMutant Magic Academy, reads like acerbic Peanuts strips for the Harry Potter/X-Men set. Like Schulz’s creations, the students here suffer from anxiety, unrequited love, and existential dread, but Good Ol’ Charlie Brown couldn’t pitch a winning game, let alone shoot lasers from his eyes, and Schroeder’s single-minded pursuit of his music pales next to performance artist Frances’s devotion to shock. Tonight, Tamaki is joined at Housing Works by Rookie staff writer Estelle Tang to discuss how she spun these wry bursts of futility and embarrassment into a rewarding, heartfelt conclusion.

Tue., May 5, 7 p.m., 2015