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Spring will see new releases from veteran creators in the
graphic novel field, with long-awaited work from some of the
masters of the form and the follow-up to a celebrated prose
novel. The season also brings us a gallery of unforgettable
characters, ranging from Bible prostitutes to papergirls.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
Sonny Liew. Pantheon, Mar. 1
Liew audaciously recounts the history of Singapore and its comics through an invented history
that uses various styles and techniques to paint the world of a Singaporean cartoonist.
Cousin Joseph: A Graphic Novel
Jules Feiffer. Norton/Liveright, July 25
Feiffer shows off his autumnal verve once more with the follow-up to Kill My Mother. Here,
private eye Big Sam Hannigan works a case filled with twists and turns.
Fight Club 2
Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart. Dark Horse, June 21
Palahniuk’s protagonist faces the horrors of mundane modern life as Tyler Durden lurks nearby.
Artist Stewart captures the tensions of the contemporary world and the violence that
Goodnight Punpun, Vol. 1
Inio Asano. Viz, Mar. 15
Manga’s master of young adult ennui is back with his most controversial story. Punpun, a young
boy with a dysfunctional life, is portrayed as a cartoon bird, his absurd appearance contrasting
with Asano’s lyrical, detailed art.
Hot Dog Taste Test
Lisa Hanawalt. Drawn & Quarterly, June 14
This hilarious collection of comics, travelogues, paintings, and doodles from the author of My
Dirty Dumb Eyes is mostly concerned with Hanawalt’s twin obsessions: food and horses.
Kramers Ergot 9
Edited by Sammy Harkham. Fantagraphics, Mar. 14
While previous issues of this groundbreaking comics anthology defined a generation of comics,
this one presents some of the finest cartoonists from that generation, including Anya Davidson,
Michael DeForge, Kim Deitch, and Julia Gfrörer.
The Louvre Collection: Guardians of the Louvre
Jirô Taniguchi. NBM, May
Taniguchi’s entry in this long-running series of graphic novels commissioned by the Louvre
veers between fantasy and introspection to explore the meaning of art in our lives.
Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus
Chester Brown. Drawn & Quarterly, Apr. 12
In astonishingly deadpan episodes, Brown explores various Bible stories through the lens of sex
work, as well as the theory that Mary, mother of Jesus, may have been a prostitute.
Paper Girls, Vol. 1
Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. Image, Apr. 12
It’s the late ‘80s, and four feisty papergirls are having an adventure in the dark hour of predawn
the day after Halloween. Vaughan’s sharp humor and addictive plotting finds an able partner in
Chiang’s moody artwork.
Daniel Clowes. Fantagraphics, Apr. 4
As in The Death Ray, Clowes takes a single fantastic element—a time machine—and uses it to
explore human frailty. This time the themes are obsession, abuse, and destiny in a mystery/
romance that spans decades.
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