Thursday, June 25, 2009

Take 5: Charlie's Favorite Graphic Novels

Charlie is our resident graphic novel enthusiast, and since he's an incredibly talented artist himself, he knows what he's talking about. Check out his top 5:

1. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, by Chris Ware

"Jimmy Corrigan really pushed the form and the medium to new levels. The graphic storytelling is incredible and the psychological depth is as great as any novel."

2. Palestine, by Joe Sacco

"This one is comic journalism about the first intifada. In it, Sacco shares his own experience at the time, living with Palestinians in the area and chronicling their stories. The artwork is incredibly fantastic--and it's all true."

3. Carnet de Voyage, by Craig Thompson

"Carnet de Voyage is a travelogue covering Thompson's book tour in France and Morocco for his graphic novel Blankets. I love it for his brush ink drawings and the story for how smitten he is with every girl he meets."

4. God's Man, by Lynd Ward

"One of the earliest examples of a graphic novel, God's Man is done entirely with wood cuts and without any words. The entire story is told with graphics alone, sort of in the style of German Expressionist woodcuts."

5. Maus I & II, by Art Spiegelman

"Also one of the pinnacles of the entire form, this is the biography of Spiegelman's father, who was a Holocaust survivor."

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