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Graphic Works from the 2011 Winter Newseltter

<img src=" align=right hspace=5 />These recommendations from our staff were published in our <a href="">2011 Winter Newsletter</a>.

The Best American Comics 2011 edited by Alison Bechdel

Stuck in a graphic novel rut? It happens to the best of us, and there’s one surefire way out: Grab the 2011 edition of the Best American Comics series, edited by a titan in the genre, Alison Bechdel (of Fun Home and Dykes to Watch Out For fame). This year’s installment features the art of Joe Sacco (Footnotes in Gaza) and Jeff Smith (Bone), as well as many up-and-comers you’ll want to know about.

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The Best American Comics 2011 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Alison Bechdel (Editor), Jessica Abel (Editor), Matt Madden (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780547333625
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 4th, 2011

Habibi by Craig Thompson

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. “Thompson’s first graphic novel in seven years is a lushly epic love story that’s both inspiring and heartbreaking, intertwined with parables from both Islam and Christianity. In addition to richly detailed story panels, the gorgeous Arabic ornamental calligraphy makes each page an individual work of art.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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ISBN: 9780375424144
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Pantheon - September 20th, 2011

Blabber, Blabber, Blabber by Lynda Barry

Reading a book by Lynda Barry always makes me want to write. Her work is a celebration of all things creative, and she has a way of yanking inspiration up from the deep places it often hides and forcing her readers to make something. Blabber, Blabber, Blabber is something of a greatest-hits album for Barry fans, and includes her early work as well as the comics that landed her on the map.

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ISBN: 9781770460522
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Drawn and Quarterly - October 31st, 2011

MetaMaus by Art Spiegelman

I love Maus. Beautiful, shocking, and incredibly powerful, I read it in middle school and knew immediately that it was something special, different. I am certainly not the only one who thinks so. This new book is full of fascinating insight into Spiegelman’s process and answers to readers’ questions, and includes a DVD of historical documents and interviews with his father. This is an amazing addition to a perennial classic.

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MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus (Pantheon Graphic Library) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780375423949
Availability: Backordered
Published: Pantheon - October 4th, 2011

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