As far as 2014 goes, I think there are at least three graphic novels we’ll be talking about: Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant; Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds, and Jules Feiffer’s Kill My Mother. I’ve read the Chast book (it’s out in April) and it’s an amazing memoir about her parents, their quirks, their lives and their deaths. It’s her first graphic novel and you can only ask, what took you so long. Seconds, I don’t think it’s gone out to anyone yet, but we’ve been talking about it here already. And we’ll be talking about it more.
Feiffer’s book won’t be out until late summer, but Neil Gaiman saw an advance copy and the word is good:
I just read my favourite graphic novel in a very, very long time. It was an advance copy of a book called KILL MY MOTHER, it’s by Jules Feiffer, and it’s his tribute to the work of the great Will Eisner (Feiffer was once Eisner’s assistant) and to classic movies of the kind they don’t make any more. The dialogue is wonderful, the plot enormously satisfying. I’ve been a fan of Feiffer’s pretty much as long as I’ve been able to read, and it makes me strangely happy that, at the age of 84, he’s done something remarkable, ambitious and very different. Here’s an article about the book from Publishers Weekly. It won’t be out until much later in the year, and I will link to it then.
The book does sound extremely ambitious—while it isn’t quite his FIRST original graphic novel (Tantrum?) it does sound like a more developed book than Tantrum was.
So yeah, books from Roz Chast and Jules Feiffer. It’s gonna be a heck of a year.