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A Listmania! list by Jim Medway (Manchester UK)
 
Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
1.  Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
The list author says:
  "Indepth exploration of what all comic makers need to know. A bit advanced for young kids."
£11.19   Used & New from: £4.27
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
2.  Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
The list author says:
  "Practical and theoretical examination of how comics work. Key text!"
£9.79   Used & New from: £5.67
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & The Story of a Return: v. 1 & v. 2
3.  Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood & The Story of a Return: v. 1 & v. 2 by Marjane Satrapi
The list author says:
  "Fascinating and moving, Satrapi describes growning up during the Iranian Islamic revolution. Deceptively simple artwork."
£11.29   Used & New from: £3.62
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

The Complete MAUS
4.  The Complete MAUS by Art Spiegelman
The list author says:
  "Multi awardwinning story of Speigelmans relationship with his father and his father's wartime experience, Harrowing and brilliant. Not for children"
£11.89   Used & New from: £6.77
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Spiral-Bound
5.  Spiral-Bound by Aaron Renier
The list author says:
  "Mystery adventure, perfect for younger readers. Beautiful lively artwork."
Used & New from: £2.97
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Cigars of the Pharaoh (The Adventures of Tintin)
6.  Cigars of the Pharaoh (The Adventures of Tintin) by Hergé
The list author says:
  "Anything by Herge is worth reading. I loved all the Tintin adventures as a child."
£5.99   Used & New from: £2.34
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

The Acme Novelty Library: v.16: Vol 16
7.  The Acme Novelty Library: v.16: Vol 16 by Chris Ware
The list author says:
  "Ware is often held up as the current master of the comics medium. Not always to everyones taste, this title gives best insight into his bleak and achingly poetic outlook. I love it, kids won't."
Used & New from: £21.99
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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The Four Immigrants Manga: Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-22
8.  The Four Immigrants Manga: Japanese Experience in San Francisco, 1904-22 by Frederik L. Schodt
The list author says:
  "Historically fascinating account of the Japanese immigrant experience in the US 1904-24. Of historical interest."
£10.23   Used & New from: £5.83
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Ethel & Ernest
9.  Ethel & Ernest by Raymond Briggs
The list author says:
  "Moving account of Briggs's parents lives, and a remarkable social history. Great for all ages (though might make you cry)."
£7.49   Used & New from: £0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

Great British Comics
10.  Great British Comics by Paul Gravett
The list author says:
  "Gravett and Stanbury are THE authority on British comics. Loads in it, and even more on their greatbritishcomics.com site."
Used & New from: £11.99
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Blankets
11.  Blankets by Craig R. Thompson
The list author says:
  "A first love story. Beautiful artwork and storytelling. Also see Thompson's Carnet de Voyage travel diary."
£15.30   Used & New from: £12.49
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)

Epileptic
12.  Epileptic by David B
The list author says:
  "Dark, dense and epic. Mystical but true account of growing up with an epileptic brother."
£11.99   Used & New from: £7.13
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar - Stories
13.  American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar - Stories by Harvey Pekar
The list author says:
  "Pekar's autobiographical comics focus on the everyday and mundane. Film version also recommended."
Used & New from: £17.19
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style
14.  99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style by Matt Madden
The list author says:
  "Tells same one page story in 99 different ways. Great for teaching about style and genre."
£11.99   Used & New from: £6.75
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Paul Has a Summer Job
15.  Paul Has a Summer Job by Michel Rabagliati
The list author says:
  "French Canadian camp counsellor tale. Stylish artwork and suprisingly moving. Teens and upward."
£11.99   Used & New from: £2.26
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Education of a Comics Artist
16.  Education of a Comics Artist by Steven Heller
The list author says:
  "Advice and observations from comics top practicioners."
£15.99   Used & New from: £1.15
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
17.  Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
The list author says:
  "Short for funeral home, where Bechdel grew up. Amazing personal account of her family. More for grown-ups."
£9.74   Used & New from: £6.45
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

Night Fisher
18.  Night Fisher by R. Kikuo Johnson
The list author says:
  "Darkly rendered coming of age tale in Hawaii. Look out for his forthcoming  bio of early US naturalist Audubon."
£9.16   Used & New from: £1.69
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Black Hole
19.  Black Hole by Charles Burns
The list author says:
  "Nearly 10 years in the making, consistently exquisite artwork, and incredible story of mutant highschoolers in the woods. Teens upwards"
£13.49   Used & New from: £12.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

The Tale of One Bad Rat
20.  The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot
The list author says:
  "Excellent survival tale of abuse, homelessness and somehow Beatrix Potter. Teens and upwards."
Used & New from: £1.10
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Ordinary Victories
21.  Ordinary Victories by Manu Larcenet
The list author says:
  "Wow I love this book, and look forward to whatever else he may produce."
Used & New from: £10.54
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Asterix the Gaul
22.  Asterix the Gaul by René Goscinny
The list author says:
  "Great for children, and still loved by adults. Read one and you'll end up getting them all."
£6.39   Used & New from: £2.50
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists
23.  In the Studio: Visits with Contemporary Cartoonists by Todd Hignite
The list author says:
  "Indepth, intelligent examination of a selection of major comic masters and their influences."
£18.50   Used & New from: £3.06
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Isaac the Pirate: v. 1: To Exotic Lands
24.  Isaac the Pirate: v. 1: To Exotic Lands by Christophe Blain
The list author says:
  "Blain makes it look so easy with this sumtuous storytelling. Second volume available, both highly recommended."
£10.11   Used & New from: £0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Rabbi's Cat
25.  The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar
The list author says:
  "Beautiful. I'm going to buy everything that gets translated from French."
£11.52   Used & New from: £6.62
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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