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Alternative Comics, Graphic Novels and Picture Books

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Same Difference & Other Stories
Same Difference & Other Stories
"This introduced me to alternative comics, and still remains my favourite comic book. See: www.lowbright.com"
McSweeney's Quarterly Concern: Issue Number 13: Comics Issue No. 13
McSweeney's Quarterly Concern: Issue Number 13: Comics Issue No. 13
"A definitive anthology of contemporary comics culture. Do yourself a favour - buy it!"
Krazy and Ignatz: 1929-1930 - A Mice, a Brick, a Lovely Night (Krazy & Ignatz)
Krazy and Ignatz: 1929-1930 - A Mice, a Brick, a Lovely Night (Krazy & Ignatz)
"Officially named greatest comic strip of the twentieth century. Need I say more?"
Quimby The Mouse
Quimby The Mouse
"Giant tabloid pages, tiny pictures, one great book."
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District
"Detailing the nostalgic minutiae of a surreal NY-esque city. Dream-like and addictive."
Amphigorey: Fifteen Stories
Amphigorey: Fifteen Stories
"A collection of picture books: haunting, lyrical, humorous, surreal, macabre and, overall, entertaining."
The Calvin And Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book
The Calvin And Hobbes Tenth Anniversary Book
"Possibly the best and most popular syndicated daily strip of the late 20th century. Sadly missed."
Unlikely
Unlikely
"The second of Brown's 'girlfriend' trilogy. Spontaneously drawn and achingly honest."
The Frank Book
The Frank Book
"A majestic book for a fantastic comic - mostly wordless, classically cartoony yet visionary."
Love is Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening
Love is Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening
"I bought this, and then bought the next six. Before The Simpsons, Matt Groening's weekly comic masterpiece."
Fair Weather
Fair Weather
"One of my personal faves. An unsentimental account of a childhood weekend."
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
"How could I not include this? It has recieved widespread recognition from the alternative and mainstream press, and deservingly."
The Book of Leviathan
The Book of Leviathan
"Probably the most original British newspaper comic strip ever."
Underworld 5: My Little Funny
Underworld 5: My Little Funny
"Brilliantly drawn, and pulls off urban social commentary and vulgar, bawdy hilarity simultaneously."
Both
Both
"A little-known work by two British cartoonists that defies explanation. Truly original."
Blankets
Blankets
"The defining graphic novel work of our time. Actually justifies the words "epic" and "masterpiece"."
The Complete MAUS
The Complete MAUS
"An account of the Holocaust like no other. Simply drawn, harrowing, and intensely personal."
American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar - Stories
American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar - Stories
"Apparently the "first literary comic book". The first time pure autobiography was translated to comic form, and thus highly influential."
Bone: One Volume Edition: 1 (Bone Series)
Bone: One Volume Edition: 1 (Bone Series)
"Bound to become a future classic - cute and exciting in a Disney-esque fashion, and at 1300 pages, a real cartoon epic."
Notes From A Defeatist
Notes From A Defeatist
"A compilation of Sacco's earlier pieces before his seminal journalistic works, Palestine and Safe Area Gorazde."
Amy and Jordan
Amy and Jordan
"Possibly the most idiosyncratic drawing style ever, loaded with urban despair and lonely existentialism."
32 Stories: The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-comics
32 Stories: The Complete Optic Nerve Mini-comics
"The formative self-published works of one of our generation's most venerated cartoonists."
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