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Recommended Graphic Novels

People often ask me for graphic novel recommendations. This is my basic list, but of course there is so much more out there. This is a good place to start, for grown-up readers who want to see what comics (er, graphic novels) is all about...

Recommended Graphic Novels
by David Lasky

There are lots of great graphic novels out there. Here are just a few of my favorites...

Memoir
Maus by Art Spiegelman
Blankets by Craig Thompson
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
You'll Never Know by Carol Tyler
One Hundred Demons by Lynda Barry
King-Cat Classix by John Porcellino

Humor
Wimbeldon Green by Seth
Disillusioned Illusions by Greg Stump
Passport by Saul Stienberg

Surrealism / Fantasy
Weathercraft by Jim Woodring
Artichoke Tales by Megan Kelso
The Bone series by Jeff Smith
Swamp Thing by Alan Moore and various artists

Reportage
Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco
A.D. New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
Understanding Kafka by Robert Crumb

Superheroics
Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Classic Comic Strips
The Comic Strip Century by Bill Blackbeard and Dale Crain
Walt and Skeezix by Frank King (reprinting Gasoline Alley)
Krazy and Ignatz by George Herriman (reprinting Krazy Kat)
The Complete Peanuts by Charles Schulz

Books on how to make comics:
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
Making Comics by Scott McCloud
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Matt Madden and Jessica Abel
What It Is by Lynda Barry

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P.S. Frank Young and I made a pretty good graphic novel as well: Carter Family: Don't Forget This Song, which I heartily recommend (but of course, I'm biased).

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