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Marbles

Marbles

Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me

by Ellen Forney

Paperback, 248 pages, Gotham, $20, published November 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Ellen Forney

An artist describes her bipolar disorder diagnosis and her struggles with mental stability while discussing other artists and creative people throughout history who were also labeled as "crazy" — including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Sylvia Plath.

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Drawn Together

Drawn Together

by R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky Crumb

Hardcover, 264 pages, Liveright, $29.95, published October 8 2012 | purchase
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  • R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky Crumb

The legendary cartooning duo of R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb describe the ups and downs of their marriage, the obstacles faced by struggling artists and the way their lives changed after the birth of their daughter, Sophie.

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Building Stories

Building Stories

by Chris Ware

Hardcover, 14 various pieces, Pantheon, $50, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Chris Ware

The award-winning creator of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth presents an intricately illustrated, sprawling tale about the residents in a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other and an elderly landlady.

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The Underwater Welder

The Underwater Welder

by Jeff Lemire

Hardcover, 224 pages, Top Shelf Productions, $19.95, published July 31 2012 | purchase
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  • Jeff Lemire

This new graphic novel from Jeff Lemire, the writer-artist behind popular comic series Sweet Tooth, follows Jack Joseph, an underwater welder on an oil rig and a father-to-be, who has a life-changing experience deep in the ocean.

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Unterzakhn

Unterzakhn

by Leela Corman

Hardcover, 203 pages, Schocken, $24.95, published April 3 2012 | purchase
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  • Leela Corman

Growing up on the teeming streets of New York's Lower East Side in the early 20th century, Jewish immigrant twins Esther and Fanya experience radically different lives as a burlesque dancer in a brothel and a nurse for an obstetrician who performs illegal abortions.

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The Art of Daniel Clowes

The Art of Daniel Clowes

Modern Cartoonist

by Alvin Buenaventura

Hardcover, 224 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $40, published April 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Alvin Buenaventura

Examines the work and accomplishments of the author of Eightball, Ghost World, and other alternative comics and graphic novels.

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Are You My Mother?

Are You My Mother?

A Comic Drama

by Alison Bechdel

Hardcover, 286 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $22, published May 1 2012 | purchase
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  • A Comic Drama
  • Alison Bechdel

Depicts the author's mother as a voracious reader, music lover and passionate amateur actress who quietly suffers as the wife of a closeted gay artist and withdraws from her young daughter, who searches for answers to the separation later in life.NPR Bestseller

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Jim Henson's Tale of Sand

Jim Henson's Tale of Sand

by Ramon K. Perez

Hardcover, 1 v. (unpaged), Pgw, $29.95, published January 31 2012 | purchase
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  • Ramon K. Perez

An original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced, feature-length screenplay follows scruffy everyman Mac, who wakes up in an unfamiliar town and is chased across the desert of the American Southwest by all manner of man and beast.

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Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman

by Marc Tyler Nobleman and Ty Templeton

Hardcover, 48, Charlesbridge, $17.95, published July 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman
  • Marc Tyler Nobleman and Ty Templeton

Batman's biggest secret isn't Bruce Wayne — it's his forgotten co-creator, Bill Finger. Batman is usually credited to Bob Kane, who'd been commissioned by DC Comics to come up with a hit superhero. But Kane approached Finger for help — and it was Bill Finger who invented everything from Gotham City to Batman's tragic backstory. But he never got the credit — until recently. Illustrations by Ty Templeton.

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God And Science

God and Science

Return of the Ti-Girls

by Jaime Hernandez

Hardcover, 134 pages, Fantagraphics, $19.99, published July 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Jaime Hernandez

This "director's cut" volume traces Penny Century's decades-long quest to become a genuine heroine, and other superheroic stories in Jaime Hernandez's fictional world, as originally featured in Love and Rockets: New Stories.

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Flannery O'connor

Flannery O'Connor

The Cartoons

by Flannery O'Connor

Hardcover, 120 pages, Fantagraphics, $22.99, published July 16 2012 | purchase
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  • Flannery O'Connor

This new volume from Fantagraphics, edited by Kelly Gerald, reveals that author Flannery O'Connor originally wanted to be a cartoonist and collects her early comics, which display many of the story-telling techniques that she later used in her writing. With an introduction by Barry Moser.

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Batman

Batman

Earth One

by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

Hardcover, p. cm., DC Comics, $22.99, published July 10 2012 | purchase
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  • Earth One
  • Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

In this original graphic novel, Geoff Johns and Gary Frank present a re-imagining of the Dark Knight's origin story, in the tradition of J. Michael Straczynski and Shane Davis'Superman: Earth One. While Bruce Wayne tracks his parents' killer, Alfred Pennyworth seeks to stop the newly surfaced Batman.

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Journalism

Journalism

by Joe Sacco

Hardcover, 191 pages, Metropolitan Books, $29, published June 19 2012 | purchase
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  • Joe Sacco

The cartoonist creator of the Eisner Award-winning graphic novel Footnotes in Gaza presents a journalistic collection on the sidelines of wars around the world that includes articles on the American military in Iraq that have never been published in the United States, illuminating such subjects as the Caucasus widow trials, the dilemmas of India's "untouchables" and the smuggling tunnels of Gaza.

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