EW recently put out a “best of everything” issue, and Johanna Draper Carlson caught the ten best graphic novels list, which I’ll quote from her post. Snarky comments are her own:
1. Maus by Art Spiegelman (also appears as #33 on the overall book list)
2. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn by Herge
3. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
4. Sandman by Neil Gaiman (and some artists they don’t bother to name)
5. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
6. Chicken With Plums by Marjane Satrapi (not as well known as her Persepolis, but a shorter, stronger book)
7. Blankets by Craig Thompson
8. Mendel’s Daughter by Martin Lemelman
9. Stitches by David Small (a horrible book, badly paced, and not living up to the revelations it promises, but it’s trendy graphic memoir with a shocking real-life event)
10. Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
As Johanna points out a pretty safe, middlebrow list. She notes, as I do..Mendel’s Daughter? It’s not bad but We Are On Our Own is better….and so is The Property. And Gemma Bovary. And Bone. And…well you get the point.
I did like Stitches a bit more than she did but it isn’t as good as Marble Season, My Friend Dahmer or…Building Stories.
All my opinion, of course.
I’ve been toying with the idea of a list of “Graphic Novels That Always Work” — what books would you give a friend to get them to read a comic? It wouldn’t have to make them a Wednesday lifer…just convince them that graphic novels are good reading.
You are not allowed to mention The Big Six:
Watchmen The Dark Knight Maus Persepolis Fun Home Bone
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.