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Super Spy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781891830969
Availability: Special Order
Published: Top Shelf Productions - September 1st, 2007

Local artist Kindt weaves 52 tales of espionage and intrigue with deceptively simple brush strokes.Recommended by April

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Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir about Being a John Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770460485
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - May 24th, 2011

The subject matter is scandalous, but revered indie comic artist Chester Brown challenges whether it should be.

An interesting read on its own, this book is well-accompanied by Brown's earlier personal work such as I Never Liked You and The Playboy which allow you to periscope into the youth of the "john."

Delicately yet frankly handled, Paying For It is an intensely personal story that aspires to impact society's pre-conceptions all the way to its indices' academic arguments and rebuttals!Recommended by April

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The Death-Ray Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770460515
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - October 11th, 2011

The best single issue of a comic EVER gets the Clowes Collection treatment (particularly nice since my Eightball 23 went missing in the mid-2000s).

Earn wicked indie comic street cred by reading this Salinger cum Spider-man tale!

Recommended by April

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Mister Wonderful: A Love Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307378132
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Published: Pantheon Books - April 12th, 2011

I don't know about you, but I laughed out loud in several quiet public places while reading Mister Wonderful.

All the bile, awkwardness and regret attendant to a Clowes comic are present and woven in to a nice little romance.

Collected from the NYT Magazine.
Recommended by April

Bone: The Complete Cartoon Epic in One Volume Cover Image
By Jeff Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781888963144
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Published: Cartoon Books - November 1st, 2010

Jeff Smith's saga kept me enthralled between the ages of 12 and 25 (the last volume was released much earlier, but I couldn't quite bring myself to read it for a few years). The immense growth in the both the storyline and the characters mean that readers can start young and the story will mature along with them, but first-time adult readers won't be disappointed either. By the end, Bone encompasses multiple life-or-death struggles, nuanced interpersonal and political debates and a detailed historical mythology, all told with a child-like sense of humor and whimsy.Recommended by Sarah

The Odyssey Cover Image
By Gareth Hinds, Gareth Hinds (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763642686
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - October 12th, 2010

This graphic adaptation of The Odyssey is not only an extremely accessible introduction to the epic, but it is a masterful imagining of the story. Recommended by Jonesey

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375714887
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Published: Pantheon Books - August 24th, 2010

Recommended by Jonesey