My ten favorite comics/graphic novels of the decade

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As things wind down, prompted by the Daily Cross Hatch, here are my picks of the 00s, in no particular order…

  • Safe Area Gorazde, by Joe Sacco
  • Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel
  • Ice Haven, by Daniel Clowes
  • Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
  • Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli
  • Blankets, by Craig Thompson
  • The Salon, by Nick Bertozzi
  • Identity Crisis, by Brad Meltzer, Rags Morales, and Michael Bair
  • All-Star Superman, by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely
  • Y, the Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan and (mostly) Pia Guerra

5 thoughts on “My ten favorite comics/graphic novels of the decade

  1. nice choices!
    Safe Area Gorazde, Fun Home, Persepolis all wonderful biographies – great reading for anyone, especially those who don’t think you can put the words “graphic” and “novel” in the same thought.
    Loved the whole Last Man series which my then 16 year old gave me to read. Apocalypse wow.
    Asterios Polyp has been on my short list for too long – must demand that Oberlin Public Library order it immediately!!! (Sorry, but I mostly don’t buy books; yours was an exception because I wanted the autograph!)
    Don’t know the others but will have to see if I can find them. Thanks for the recommendations, though. How about your top ten ever?

    1. Re: nice choices!
      My all-time top ten? I’ve been asked this question before; let’s see if it’s any different since the last time…
      Again, in no particular order:

      Tintin in Tibet, by Hergé (really the whole Adventures of Tintin series, but I’m limiting myself to my favorite one)
      City of Glass: The Graphic Novel, by Paul Auster, Paul Karasik, and David Mazzucchelli
      It’s a Good Life, if You Don’t Weaken, by Seth
      Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
      Safe Area Gorazde, by Joe Sacco
      Maus, by Art Spiegelman
      Stuck Rubber Baby, by Howard Cruse
      Understanding Comics, by Scott McCloud
      Ghost World, by Daniel Clowes
      Hey Buddy!: A Hate Collection, by Peter Bagge

      It’s very, very hard to limit myself to ten, but these are books I can read over and over and over again, and always discover new things to admire. (All the same, I have to also mention Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp, Satrapi’s Persepolis, Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan, Alex Robinson’s Box Office Poison, Jeff Smith’s Bone, Chester Brown’s The Playboy, Clowes’s Ice Haven, Craig Thompson’s Blankets, and a Harvey Pekar American Splendor collection.

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