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Red Handed

Red Handed

The Fine Art of Strange Crimes

by Matt Kindt

Hardcover, 264 pages, First Second, $26.99, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • The Fine Art of Strange Crimes
  • Matt Kindt

In the city of Red Wheelbarrow, Detective Gould finds himself unusually baffled as he tries to solve a series of unusual crimes.

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Raven Girl

Raven Girl

by Audrey Niffenegger

Hardcover, 80 pages, Harry N Abrams Inc, $19.95, published May 7 2013 | purchase
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  • Audrey Niffenegger

A postman and a raven fall in love in this illustrated book for adults.

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Sketches of Iran

Sketches of Iran

A Glimpse from the Front Lines of Human Rights

by Omid Memarian

Hardcover, 107, Intl. Camp. for Human Rights in Iran, , published January 1 2013 | purchase
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  • A Glimpse from the Front Lines of Human Rights
  • Omid Memarian

Editor Omid Memarian pairs political cartoons with essays for an unvarnished view of life inside Iran.

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Relish

Relish

My Life in the Kitchen

by Lucy Knisley

Paperback, 173 pages, First Second, $17.99, published April 2 2013 | purchase
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  • My Life in the Kitchen
  • Lucy Knisley

Relish contains a series of stories from Lucy Knisley's life in the culinary world, from being toted along as a young girl to her mother's job at the first Dean and Deluca, to her own experiences in the Chicago food scene. These are broken up by some of her favorite recipes, lovingly illustrated and annotated in her bright, cartoony style.

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Julio's Day

Julio's Day

by Gilbert Hernandez

Hardcover, 104 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, $19.99, published April 20 2013 | purchase
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  • Gilbert Hernandez

Love and Rockets creator Gilbert Hernandez's latest graphic novel is a haunting portrait of the 20th century, filtered through the life of the titular Julio. Born in 1900 and dying in 2000, Julio sees a lifetime of war, grief and death — but also grace and hope.

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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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  • 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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  • The Best American Comics 2012
  • 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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