Graphic Novel

The Collected Essex County

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ISBN: 9781603090384
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - September 14th, 2009

Jeff Lemire is one of the finest craftsmen of literary graphic novels working today, and the Essex County trilogy is his masterpiece. A bit of Southern Gothic  for rural Canada, Essex County is a triptych on guilt and grief, and the ways  places lay claim to the people who inhabit them. Smart, complex, and full of heart,  this is a must-read for serious graphic novel fans, or any fan of well-told stories.


Through the Woods

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By Emily Carroll, Emily Carroll (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781442465954
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - July 15th, 2014

One of the most exciting new voices in comics, Emily Carroll’s unsettling fairy tales are atmospheric and lyrical, conveying a loneliness and vulnerability that connects the reader immediately with her unfortunate heroines. Carroll is a master of sowing subtle menace into the tone and settings of her stories, allowing her to achieve the most rare thing of all in horror comics—stories that are actually scary, and long before any monster appears on the page.


Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant

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ISBN: 9781608198061
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Published: Bloomsbury USA - May 6th, 2014

This graphic novel provides a first-hand look at the awkward initial conversations with aging parents about disability, assisted living, and death and takes the reader through the struggle to come to terms with the parent-child relationship after the parents are gone. While the specifics of Chast’s story are personal, the journey is universal, and the overall feeling from reading Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant is that of having a good friend nearby during this difficult time of life.

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Gris Grimley's Frankenstein

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By Mary Shelley, Gris Grimly (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780061862977
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Published: Balzer + Bray - August 27th, 2013

Artist Gris Grimly intertwines Mary Shelley's text with spooky, spectral illustrations to make one of the greatest horror novels ever even more horrific. A perfect chilling read for October, and a great access point for those who've never read the classic.


Y: The Last Man, Book One

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By Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra (Illustrator), Pamela Rambo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781563899805
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Published: DC Comics - January 2nd, 2003

A pandemic that instantly kills all males of any species has curiously spared Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Ampersand, leaving them the only males in a world populated only with females.  Will he survive the gender politics, medical ethics, the lady biker gangs, the worldwide transportation and government standstill, or even the sheer lack of anyone else with XY chromosomes in this new completely altered world?  This hit series explores the question of what a world without one gender would look like, and has beautiful full color artwork to boot.  If you've never tried a graphic novel before, try this.


New School

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ISBN: 9781606996447
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Published: Fantagraphics Books - July 5th, 2013

Weird and beautiful, New School is Dash Shaw’s unique riff on the boy adventure story. Set in a world where themes parks are major aspects of culture on an island where a visionary is trying to create a time-traveling park that lets visitors experience major historic moments...That’s the thing about Dash Shaw. Even after you’ve arrived, you’re never quite sure where you’ve been. New School is another great work from an important and unique voice in graphic novels.


Batman: Death by Design

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By Chip Kidd, Dave Taylor (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401234539
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Published: DC Comics - June 5th, 2012

Just look at this book.  Well… go on!  Tell me it’s not the prettiest Batman you’ve ever seen.  It’s as if Christopher Nolan and Fritz Lang teamed up to make a silent movie in which the city of Gotham is a character, one whose guardians—its architects, city planners, and politicians—are at cross-purposes, plotting and scheming while their ward falls to ruins.  A perfect gift for your geeky graphic designer friends and Batman fans alike.



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By Boaz Yakin, Joe Infurnari (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781596436800
Availability: Out of Print
Published: First Second - June 19th, 2012

As the Persians prepare to attack Athens, the city sends its swiftest messenger over 150 miles to Sparta for reinforcements.  Then, injured and exhausted, he must run another 26 miles from the battlefield to Athens in a desperate last stand for Greece's fledgling Democracy. Set a generation before the battle that inspired 300, Marathon is the true story of men who lost everything under tyranny and sacrificed their lives to fight it.  Infurnari's drawings bristle with tension in this raw and unexpectedly relevant graphic novel.


Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand

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By Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Ramon K. Perez (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781936393091
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Published: Archaia Entertainment - December 27th, 2011

A screenplay that was never produced is brought to life in this beautiful graphic novel. This funny, surreal story from one of America’s great imaginations follows Mac as he crosses the desert, to run from an adversary he doesn’t know and reach a goal he doesn’t understand. By incorporating original text, using striking colors, and playing with the conventions of the genre, Perez’s interpretation of Henson’s story shows how powerful graphic novels can be.



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