Courtney Crumrin by Ted Naifeh
Here is what goodreads has to say about Courtney Crumrin: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
Graphic novels are the fun, quick reads. And because of the art and just formatting in general, the experience is quite different from that of a novel—not less than, just different.
Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I have to say that I love Courtney. She is grumpy and surly and half of the time her conversation bubbles contain only the word grumble. She is also a witch who hangs out with night things, like goblins, fey etc. Each volume has introductory and concluding narration by a goblin named Butterworm, who is a real treat.
A lot of stuff goes down in these two volumes. The threats are real, including human and magical issues, and Courtney deals with them with humor, grumpiness, and heart. Graphic novels, to me, have to be character driven and you get to see some cool ones in these. Courtney’s parents are vapid and shallow and they show little, if any, interest in their daughter. They are also oblivious to the darker things going on, while her uncle Aloysius is dark and private but loving toward Courtney.
I recommend Courtney Crumrin to any and all of you who like graphic novels, creepy stuff, have a sense of humor, and/or enjoy cranky children. These are seriously fun.