Alte Zachen/Old Things
Ziggy Hanaor, illus. by Benjamin Phillips (Cicada)
Hanaor and Phillips’s expansive, Yiddish-peppered graphic novel centers Benjy and his Bubbe’s mercurial and unshakable bond. Though they're often at odds, Benjy is tender, patient, and conciliatory, and Bubbe takes comfort in his steadfastness when her memories or their surroundings overwhelm. Soft watercolor art portrays a moving narrative that alternates between grayscale present-day spreads and Bubbe’s past in full color.