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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Graphic Novels
The Abominable Mr. Seabrook. By Joe Ollmann. Illus. by the author. 2017. Drawn & Quarterly, $22.95 (9781770462670).
Ollmann’s blocky artwork is well suited to this fascinating biography of William Seabrook, “writer, explorer, alcoholic, sadist, cannibal.” Thoroughly researched, masterfully executed.
The Arab of the Future 2: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1984–1985. By Riad Sattouf. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Sam Taylor. 2016. Holt/Metropolitan, $26 (9781627793513).
Sattouf’s continuation of his memoir depicts his Syrian childhood under an oppressive regime, and his cartoonish, detached style makes the grim events both easier to bear and powerfully moving.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. By Sonny Liew. Illus. by the author. 2016. Pantheon, $30 (9781101870693).
With virtuosity, Liew recounts the life of a famed Singapore comics artist . . . except Charlie Chan Hock Chye is completely fictional. This tour de force pastiche is an utter triumph of storytelling and artistic skill.
The Best We Could Do. By Thi Bui. Illus. by the author. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419718779).
This stunning memoir reconstructs Bui’s family history, from troubles in Vietnam to the family members’ differently troubled lives as refugees in the U.S. Gorgeous, evocative art cultivates vast depths of feeling.
Boundless. By Jillian Tamaki. Illus. by the author. 2017. Drawn & Quarterly, $21.95 (9781770462878).
Tamaki’s collection of short comics examines the strange, familiar corners of human nature with wry humor and affection. A variety of art styles adds to this versatile anthology’s ample appeal.
Everything Is Teeth. By Evie Wyld. Illus. by Joe Sumner. 2016. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101870815).
This coming-of-age story traces Wyld’s childhood obsession with sharks and anxieties about growing up, which become palpable in the artwork: next to Sumner’s cartoonish figures, realistic, often-gory sharks loom menacingly.
The Flintstones, v.1. By Mark Russell. Illus. by Steve Pugh. 2017. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401268374).
Surprisingly emotionally resonant, this reimagining of the classic Flintstones cartoon abandons flat figures for realistic character designs and balances slapstick laughs with melancholic, existential concerns.
Imagine Wanting Only This. By Kristen Radtke. Illus. by the author. 2017. Pantheon, $29.95 (9781101870839).
Radtke’s debut cartwheels through her experiences of ruin and decay, from cities destroyed by time or disaster to bodies ravaged by congenital heart defects. Crisp, grayscale images add visual lyricism to this cerebral memoir.
My Brother’s Husband, v.1. By Gengoroh Tagame. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Anne Ishii. 2017. Pantheon, $24.95 (9781101871515).
Japanese Yuichi is dismayed when his brother’s widower, Mike, who’s out and open to questions, visits him in Japan and befriends his daughter. This manga’s sensitive exploration of grief, cultural difference, and homophobia hits all the right notes.
Patience. By Daniel Clowes. Illus. by the author. 2016. Fantagraphics, $29.99 (9781606999059).
When Jack’s pregnant girlfriend, Patience, is murdered, he travels back in time to find her killer. More than a sci-fi romp, this poignant story of mourning and destructive obsession is a captivating marriage of text, image, and design.
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