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Persepolis

Persepolis

The Story of a Childhood

by Marjane Satrapi

Paperback, 153 pages, Random House Inc, $13.95, published June 1 2004 | purchase
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  • The Story of a Childhood
  • Marjane Satrapi

The great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran in a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contraditions between public and private life.

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Hand-Drying in America

Hand-Drying In America

And Other Stories

by Ben Katchor

Hardcover, 159 pages, Random House Inc, $29.95, published March 5 2013 | purchase
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  • And Other Stories
  • Ben Katchor

The cartoonist author of The Cardboard Valise presents a visual exploration of the many ways property reflects influences and cultural values. The subjects of these strips include window-ledge pillows for people-watchers, artificial tree forests for allergy sufferers and high-visibility construction vests for lonely individuals.

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Heart of Thomas

Heart of Thomas

by Moto Hagio

Hardcover, 515 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $39.99, published January 18 2013 | purchase
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  • Moto Hagio

In a manga graphic novel being released in English for the first time, boys' boarding school attendee Thomas Werner falls to his death after sending a cryptic letter to a schoolmate. Translated by Matt Thorn.

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The Freddie Stories

The Freddie Stories

by Lynda Barry

Hardcover, 177 pages, Farrar Straus & Giroux, $19.95, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Lynda Barry

Cartoons follow a year in the life of Freddie, an adolescent misfit who is misunderstood by his peers and disliked by his mother, and who relies on his close relationship with his sister, Marlys, to help him cope.

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Wandering Son

Wandering Son 1

by Shimura Takako

Hardcover, 202 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $19.99, published July 5 2011 | purchase
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  • Shimura Takako

Shuichi, a boy who wants to be a girl, and Yoshino, a girl who wants to be a boy, become friends in junior high school, where they tackle problems such as gender identity, love, social acceptance, and puberty. Translated by Matt Thorn.

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No Straight Lines

No Straight Lines

Four Decades of Queer Comics

by Justin Hall

Hardcover, 308 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $35, published August 6 2012 | purchase
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  • Four Decades of Queer Comics
  • Justin Hall

Collects the best comics featuring homosexuality from the past forty years, including works by such authors as Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse, and Ralf Koenig.

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Calling Dr. Laura

Calling Dr. Laura

A Graphic Memoir

by Nicole Georges

Paperback, 260 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.95, published January 22 2013 | purchase
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  • Calling Dr. Laura
  • A Graphic Memoir
  • Nicole Georges

Nicole Georges had always been told that her father was dead — until a psychic told her that he was very much alive. In this graphic memoir, Georges recounts how she learned the truth about her family... and then turned to the Dr. Laura show for advice.

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The Carter Family

The Carter Family

Don't Forget This Song

by Frank M. Young and David Lasky

Hardcover, 191 pages, Abrams ComicArts, $24.95, published October 1 2012 | purchase
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  • Don't Forget This Song
  • Frank M. Young and David Lasky

In graphic novel format, tells the story of the Carter Family--the first superstar group of country music--revealing the family's rise to success, their struggles along the way, and their impact on contemporary music.

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The Graphic Canon 1

The Graphic Canon, Volume 1

From The Epic Of Gilgamesh To Shakespeare To Dangerous Liaisons

by Russ Kick

Paperback, 501 pages, Seven Stories Press, $34.95, published May 22 2012 | purchase
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  • From The Epic Of Gilgamesh To Shakespeare To Dangerous Liaisons
  • Russ Kick

Collects classics from around the world in graphic novel format, including "The Iliad," "The Divine Comedy," and "Don Quixote."

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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 Best American Comics 2012

The Best American Comics 2012

by Francoise Mouly, Jessica Abel and Matt Madden

Hardcover, 360 pages, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25, published October 2 2012 | purchase
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  • Francoise Mouly, Jessica Abel, et al

The New Yorker's Francoise Mouly showcases the work of both established and up-and-coming contributors culled from graphic novels, pamphlet comics, newspapers, magazines, mini-comics and the Web.

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Elektra

Elektra

Assassin

by Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz

Paperback, 272 pages, Marvel Enterprises, $19.99, published August 29 2012 | purchase
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  • Assassin
  • Frank Miller and Bill Sienkiewicz
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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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  • Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me
  • 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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Tune 1

Tune 1

Vanishing Point

by Derek Kirk Kim

Paperback, 155 pages, First Second, $16.99, published November 13 2012 | purchase
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  • Vanishing Point
  • Derek Kirk Kim
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The Crackle of the Frost

The Crackle of the Frost

by Lorenzo Mattotti and Jorge Zentner

Hardcover, 118 pages, Fantagraphics, $19.99, published September 19 2012 | purchase
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  • The Crackle of the Frost
  • Lorenzo Mattotti and Jorge Zentner

One year after leaving his girlfriend Alice as a result of her request that they have a child together, Samuel returns to Alice when he learns she is pregnant to either reopen or close forever the chapter of his life involving her. Translated by Kim Thompson.

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Gloriana

Gloriana

by Kevin Huizenga

Hardcover, 96 pages, Drawn and Quarterly, $19.95, published June 19 2012 | purchase
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  • Kevin Huizenga

Gloriana combines the mundane interactions of everyday life with existential dissections of what it is that holds life together.

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Wonder Woman 1

Wonder Woman 1

Blood

by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

Paperback, 160 pages, DC Comics, $14.99, published January 15 2013 | purchase
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  • Blood
  • Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang

When Wonder Woman learns the secret her mother Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept regarding her father, her life shatters.

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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec

Pterror over Paris and The Eiffel Tower Demon

by Jacques Tardi and Kim Thompson

Hardcover, 96 pages, W.W. Norton & Co. Inc., $24.99, published December 6 2010 | purchase
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  • The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
  • Pterror over Paris and The Eiffel Tower Demon
  • Jacques Tardi and Kim Thompson

Adèle becomes involved in an interlocking series of mysteries that involve a revived pterodactyl, a frightful on-stage murder, a looming execution by guillotine and a demon from the depths of hell.

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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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