Here’s a few that the Washington Post nominated as Best of 2013; get your local library to buy them–they’ll probably be delighted to see you reading! Enjoy!
By Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)
A young Pittsburgh bard travels back to the New York birth of rap with DJ Kool Herc and rattles off encyclopedic knowledge through dynamic, interwoven narratives of the ’70s and early ’80s. The feat is backed by era-appropriate art on pages yellowed with nostalgia. Dope, yo.
By Gene Luen Yang
This National Book Award finalist is really two books, both centered on China’s Boxer Rebellion: One tells the story of a young man’s rise as a superheroic warrior, told in vivid colors; the other, rendered in monochromatic tones, describes a young girl who fights for the opposition Christians. Twin perspectives, a singular epic.
By Michael DeForge (Koyama)
This rising, Ignatz-winning star is already a master at making arresting images with clever narrative depth. He’s a one-man theater of the absurd, the enchanting and the grotesque. His panels are visual onions, and the careful reader is amply rewarded for peeling back each layer.
Another interesting one is The Great War by Joe Sacco. And just one more:
From: Eleanor Davis | Fantagraphics
Release Date: May 2014
If you’re a fan of indie comics anthologies like Mome, you’re probably familiar with the work of Eleanor Davis. Davis’ work tends to be very character-driven and full of raw emotion. Some stories feature stark, black-and-white art. Others are full of lush watercolors. And some combine both approaches. Whatever the format, her comics are well worth reading.
The problem up until now has been that Davis work has largely appeared in these anthology books, not collected on its own. That finally changes this spring with the release of How to Be Happy. This graphic novel gathers many of Davis’ short stories together and will hopefully serve as a larger platform for her creative talents.