This Graphic Novel Will Turn You Into A Teen Again David Lipsky says that his favorite comic, Runaways, is both a brilliant reading experience — and an embarrassment festival. The tiny digests by Brian K. Vaughan have been a fount of guilt, awkwardness and grave personal doubts, but he still pulls them out on the subway, because they are just that good.


This Graphic Novel Will Turn You Into A Teen Again

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Author David Lipsky has a confession to make. It's for our series My Guilty Pleasure where authors talk about a book they're embarrassed, ashamed, even mortified to admit that they love.

DAVID LIPSKY: My guilty pleasure is one the culture keeps telling me I can drop the guilt about: comics, specifically the comics of Brian K. Vaughan. More specifically, BKV's - his fan name - brilliant graphic novel - okay, all right - his comic book, "Runaways." It's going to be a movie soon, at which point I will feel slightly less guilty. I love a comic book.

GREENE: Some of the best modern comics do Rosencrantz and Guildenstern sideways glosses on main stories we already know: It is a thrillingly wised-up medium now. What would you do if you learned your dad was Lex Luthor or Dr. Doom?

GREENE: And yet, Volume 1 is the best superhero comic I've read since I was a kid. And "Runaways" won a Top Library Award, a Harvey Award, was the lone comic to make the Library Association's top-10 YA list. It won an Eisner award, which is the comic industry's Oscar.

GREENE: Enthusiasm is the world's rarest quantity. Love generously and without guilt and with gratitude for loving anything.

GREENE: David Lipsky is the author of "Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace." His selection for our series My Guilty Pleasure is Brian K. Vaughan's "Runaways." If you want to feel like a teen again, you can find an excerpt from "Runaways" at our website,

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