comixing it up

I love graphic novels and you should too. Here are some of my favorites...

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes
This is a total 90's darkly comedic story about two recent high school graduates who amble around their home town being snarky and cynical... because what else is there to do in boring towns, honestly?

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, by Chris Ware
This story follows Jimmy Corrigan through some truly heartbreaking moments in his lonely life. The bulk of it focuses on when, as an adult, he meets his father for the first time. The art in this is so obsessively meticulous... love it.

Blankets by Craig Thompson
In his memoir, Craig Thompson weaves childhood memories into his recount of falling in love for the first time. This the kind of autobiography I'd love to create some day.

La Perdida by Jessica Abel
The character Carla, an American of Mexican heritage, moves to Mexico City as an ex-pat hoping to assimilate to the culture there. Then some unpredictable crazy stuff happens... no really... I did not see that coming.

Maus by Art Spiegelman
If you read one graphic novel (or two, since this is a two volume series), you need to read this recollection of Spiegelman's father's experiences as a Polish/Jewish Holocaust survivor. Pulitzer Prize winning! What more can I say?!

Sin City series by Frank Miller
Lastly, if you are looking for a graphic novel that falls into the "guilty pleasure" category, this is the one. The art is all contrasty, film-noir-ish style, and the seven volumes in the series have overlapping and intertwining stories of corrupt cops, crime families, and various heroes, with gobs of violence and of course a little bit of romance sprinkled in, all set in Basin City, aka SIN CITY.


seth April 16, 2009 at 11:24 PM  

I've been meaning to read Maus for years now ... maybe this summer.

A couple webcomics I've picked up an addiction to recently ... phd comics (which normal people don't usually get) ... and this one, which you might enjoy ...

Chris O April 17, 2009 at 5:38 PM  

Blankets is OK but it's like "Death Cab for Cutie: The Book". Chris Ware is always amazing though.

my name is karen. April 19, 2009 at 11:54 PM  

haha so true. i think that's why i like it... i like a little cheese from time to time.

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