Art Spiegelman, author of “Maus,”
Building Stories by Chris Ware
Chris Ware reimagined the very notion of what a book could be in "Building Stories," a gameboard-sized box filled with illustrated works about the inhabitants of a Chicago three-flat. It was published to critical acclaim in October and showed up on just about every list of best books from 2012. The beauty and inventive nature of Ware's work is obvious; but what makes it compelling is its careful observation of the characters who inhabit it.
The Freddie Stories by Lynda Barry
Five years ago, Lynda Barry stopped writing "Ernie Pook's Comeek," a strip that first appeared in the
The End by Anders Nilsen
In 2006, Anders Nilsen published "Don't Go Where I Can't Follow," a heartbreaking 96-page graphic memoir about his relationship with his fiancée, Cheryl Weaver, who died of cancer in 2005. "The End" is the story of what came next: a bracing depiction of mourning and acceptance. Nilsen, who is perhaps best known for "Big Questions," uses spare drawings and empty space to make his loss palpable — and to leave room for hope.
Sammy the Mouse: Book 1 by Zak Sally
Sammy the Mouse just wants to stay home alone, but a voice from above commands him to open the door when a drunken duck comes knocking. He finds himself thrust out into a confusing and grim world. "Sammy the Mouse: Book 1" collects the first three issues of the comic book (originally published by Fantagraphics) in a lovely two-color edition hand printed by Sally.
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