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This fall’s graphic novels dig deep into memoir, exploring
lives as diverse as those of a child in Libya, a garbageman in
Ohio, and a woman with breast cancer. Throw in some fan-
tasy standouts—an Amazon princess and a celebrity gossip
columnist—and it’s another strong season.
Marisa Acocella Marchetto. Knopf, Sept. 1
A frothy fantasy taken from the zeitgeist, about a gossip columnist forced to prove her worth,
manages to find a moral with heart.
The Arab of the Future
Riad Sattouf. Metropolitan, Oct. 13
This stunning memoir, reminiscent of a male Persepolis, was an award-winning bestseller when
published in France. Sattouf gives a powerfully detailed child’s-eye view of the cultural conflict
of our times.
The Complete Wimmen’s Comix
Edited by Trina Robbins. Fantagraphics, Sept.
A pioneering underground classic is reprinted for the first time, giving valuable context to the
continuing diversification of comics.
Invisible Ink: My Mother’s Secret Love Affair with a Famous Cartoonist!!
Bill Griffith. Fantagraphics, Sept.
The Zippy creator’s first graphic novel explores the effects of his mother’s shocking confession
with the precision of a detective tale.
Killing and Dying
Adrian Tomine. Drawn & Quarterly, Oct. 6
A masterful anthology of Tomine’s recent work showcases various art styles to explore modern
anxiety and mortality. Each tiny panel is its own universe of repressed emotion and foiled desire.
Peter Kuper. SelfMadeHero, Sept. 22
Kuper’s real-life trip to Oaxaca is the inspiration for a story that captures the volatile politics
of Mexico and a small family’s dynamics. His usual steady, clear storytelling mixes with scenes
Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection
Kate Beaton. Drawn & Quarterly, Sept. 15
Beaton’s first collection was a sensation, and these comics are equally droll, brainy, and
sometimes devastating. Her broadsides against clueless chauvinism are especially dead on.
Ted Rall. Seven Stories, Aug. 18
Outspoken pundit Rall follows Snowden’s evolution from wonk to whistle-blower and argues
that the U.S. has been transformed from the land of the free to a paranoid snoop.
The Story of My Tits
Jennifer Hayden. Top Shelf, Sept.
Breast cancer survivor Hayden delivers a detailed history of how her breasts reflect her persona.
Each page is an emotional four-panel blast of squiggly art.
Wonder Woman: Earth One, Vol. 1
Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette. DC Comics, Nov. 10
Morrison has already reinvented Superman and the entire DC Universe. He’s been working on
his take on the greatest female superhero for years, and it’s sure to get people talking about the
often misunderstood character.
COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS TOP 10