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This semi-autobiographical novel set in the snowy hinterlands of Wisconsin tells the story of a lonely, artistic young man who struggles with his fundamentalist Christian upbringing when he falls in love. Fluidly told over 582 pages, "Blankets" magically recreates the high emotional stakes of adolescence. Thompson has set new bars for the medium not just in length, but breadth.
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Sacco continues his pioneering work in comix journalism with this profile of a shady Sarajevo native and his stories of the city's siege during the early 90s. Combining detailed artwork with dynamic layouts and a grasp of the relativeness of truth, "The Fixer" is a vital pure comix experience.
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It couldn't be more prescient or unexpected: a comix-style memoir by a woman who grew up during the Iranian revolution. Totally unique and utterly fascinating, Satrapi's simple style reveals the complexities of this veiled-off world.
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Japanese comix master Tezuka adds his own characters and stories to the life of the Buddha in these first two books of a projected eight. While always playful and entertaining, the central themes — the cycles of karma and respect for all living creatures — never stray from the tenets of the faith.
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Spain, a veteran of the underground era of adult comix, adapts William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 novel of the midway. The perfect "comix noir" of a colorless world, "Nightmare Alley" churns your guts and loins with its nihilism, sex and freaks.
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B y   C h e s t e r   B r o w n

Drawing the characters in a style more akin to daily cartoon gag strips, Brown tells the true story of a French/Indian mystic who led a rebellion against the Canadian government during the late 19th century. It's a compelling package that uses history to explore the nature of belief, madness and power.
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Rabagliati's thinly veiled autobiography tells a genuinely moving coming-of-age story of a summer as a camp counselor. Charmingly illustrated, the book follows Paul as he moves from self-pity to self-confidence, learning to live outside of himself through falling in love and helping others.
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At last all of Hernandez' stories located in Palomar, the small town "somewhere south of the U.S. border," have been collected into one volume. First appearing in the 80s and 90s, these deeply influential tales, a sort of Archie-comics-meets-Marquez melange of complicated pan-American inter-relationships, are a comix epic.
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Forget the movie, if you haven't already. Writer Moore and penciler O'Neill take their cast of fictional 19th-century characters, including the Invisible Man, Mr. Hyde and Alan Quartermain and pit them against H.G. Well's invaders from Mars. It's pure entertainment that also involves topical themes of foreign threats, WMDs and gene-splicing.
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The never-before-published Atagnan turns traditional Japanese folk tales into gorgeous, full-color comix told in a style reminiscent of ancient Japanese prints. Beautiful to look at and a delight to read, "The Yellow Jar" made for a knockout debut.
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Writer Gaiman, who helped propel DC comics into the adult market with his "Sandman" series, and penciler Kubert re-imagine the likes of Spiderman, Daredevil and Dr. Doom in the Elizabethan age. But the change of scenery breathes no new life into these once-exciting characters that have ossified into little more than corporate icons.
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