Comic Juice is a site run by a fellow named Allen Rubenstein that lists 1000 Great Graphic novels, arranged by genre (young adult, horror, humor, etc) and he made a video showing the covers to all 1000 of them, set to “Wipe Out” by The Surfaris. If you’re having a crap day I guarantee this will perk you up.
It’s not quite clear what Rubenstein’s plans for the site are, although it’s a handy reminder of how many excellent GNs there are. BUT, he only equalled Tony Isabella’s 1,000 Comic Books You Must Read, and Paul Gravett did him one better with “1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die: The Ultimate Guide to Comic Books, Graphic Novels and Manga. So three humans have done this!
A Contract with God
The Dark Knight Returns
RAW (v.2) (3)
Safe Area Gorazde
Stuck Rubber Baby
Daredevil: Born Again
V for Vendetta
Lone Wolf and Cub (28)
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
The Acme Novelty Library Final Report to Shareholders
Church and State (2)
American Born Chinese
Scott Pilgrim (6)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (#)*
Buddy Does Seattle (3)
Alec: The Years Have Pants
City of Glass
Weirdo (the R. Crumb strips)
The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat
The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book
Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise
The Frank Book
Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary
Our Cancer Year
The Tale of One Bad Rat
The Walking Dead (2+)
The numbers refer to volumes available.
Not really a definitive list, heavy on the 1995 viewpoint, but nothing to make you barf either (some would quibble with TMNT though). Actually a little light on the post-Chris Ware era we were all tweeting about, but if you haven’t read any of these books (I’ve read about 80% and no not saying which ones I haven’t read, although I have flipped through every one of them) you’d be doing yourself a favor by picking them up.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.