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A year in Graphic Novels: 2011

2011 might well have been called the year of "something for everyone" - in regards to comics and graphic novels.  It was the feverish anticipation of a new graphic novel from Craig Thompson - author of Blankets - coupled with new zombie installments of The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman.  We saw beautifully drawn protagonists navigate a post-plague world, thwart mythical monsters and fall in love with vampires.

We saw the bittersweet coming of age memoir of Marzena Sowa set in Communist-era Poland.  Again the true crime genre paired with graphic novel form in The Green River Killer. And last but certainly not least, Paul Hormschemeier's Life with Mr. Dangerous reminds us of our own stuck-in-neutral phases of life.  His central character Amy offered the image of true vulnerability while clinging to a television show to regain her perspective.  

  

  

 

 

  Life with Mr. Dangerous: a cartoon / by Paul Hornschemeier

 

 

 

 Grave sight. Book one. / by Charlaine Harris

 

 

 

 Marzi: a memoir / by Marzena Sowa with art by Sylvain Savoia

 

 

 

 The best American comics 2011

 

 

 

 The Walking Dead series / by Robert Kirkman

 

 

 

 Habibi / by Craig Thompson

 

 

 

 Isle of 100,000 graves / by Jason ; Fabien Vehlmann

 

 

 

 Sweet Tooth series / by Jeff Lemire

 

 

 

 Hark! : a vagrant / by Kate Beaton

 

 

 

 Twilight : the graphic novel / by Stephenie Meyer

 

 

 

 Black Bird series / by Kanoko Sakurakoji

 

 

 

 Green River Killer : a true detective story / by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case

 

 

 

 The influencing machine: Brooke Gladstone on the media / by Brooke Gladstone

 

 

 

Superman : Grounded / by Michael Straczynski

 


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