Time’s 25 must-read graphic novels


The ones I’ve read in bold.

“These 25 must-read books, in alphabetical order, span the last 25 years of graphic novel making. All are still in print, and can be found at online bookstores and well-stocked retail outlets. This is not intended as a “best-of” list, as many excellent books could not be fit into a list of 25. Instead, it is meant as a guide for creating a well-rounded library of adult-level material that reflects the history, diversity and current trends of graphic literature.”

Berlin: City of Stones by Jason Lutes (Drawn & Quarterly; 2000)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Kim Deitch (Pantheon; 2002)
Buddha by Osamu Tezuka (Vertical, Inc.; 2003)
A Contract with God by Will Eisner (DC Comics; 1978)
The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller (DC Comics; 1986)
David Boring by Daniel Clowes (Pantheon; 2000)
Epileptic vol. I by David B. (L’Association; 2002)
Flood by Eric Drooker (Dark Horse Comics; 1992)
From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell (Top Shelf; 2000)
The Golem’s Mighty Swing by James Sturm (Drawn & Quarterly; 2002)
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware (Pantheon: 2000)
Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District by Ben Katchor (Pantheon; 2000)
Louis Riel by Chester Brown (Drawn & Quarterly; 2003)
Maus vols. I + II by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon; 1986)
Nightmare Alley as adapted by Spain (Fantagraphics Books; 2003)
One! Hundred! Demons! by Lynda Barry (Sasquatch Books; 2002)
Our Cancer Year by Harvey Pekar and Joyce Brabner (Four Walls Eight Windows; 1994)
Palomar by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books; 2003)
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon; 2003)
The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book by R. Crumb (Little Brown & Co.; 1997)
Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco (Fantagraphics Books; 2000)
Sandman: Season of Mists by Neil Gaiman and various (Vertigo; 1994)
Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse (DC Comics; 1995)
Summer Blonde by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly; 2002)
Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud (Perennial; 1993)

I’m woefully ill-read.

[later edit: since making this post I have read:
A Contract With God
Berlin: City of Stones
David Boring
Safe Area Goražde
Buddha, vol. 1
and enjoyed all apart from Buddha immensely, as indeed I did the five on the list I had originally read.]

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    I know a competent scripter could automate it, but I’m not that person.

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