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November 21, 2011

Graphic Novels I Am Thankful For

It is the week of Thanksgiving, which means that there is a glut of things to be thankful for.  One of them is books!  Specifically graphic novels: the books of our industry.  Here are a few I have a particular reason to be thankful for. 

Here is the number one book I am thankful for: the first graphic novel I ever read -- at which point I promptly fell in love with Delirium, as she is awesomesauce.  It made an excellent introduction to the medium. 

Brief_Lives

Do you really need an explanation for why I'd be thankful for having angsty-teens-with-mutant-powers comics to read as a teenager?  No, I didn't think so.  I feel like this was my childhood version of today's Demo

X-Men The Origin of Generation X

Prince of Tennis is the first comic I ever got my mom to read and like.  Aside from the fact that tennis matches in it tend to go on for around two volumes, it's a lot of fun -- and a helpful connection point for tennis-fan parents. 

Princeoftennis

The Clouds Above is the first book that our Editorial Director had me read after I started working at First Second.  Jordan Crane's quiet, lyrical story about kids and cats really changed my perceptions of what a graphic novel could be.  Everyone should read this book. 

TheCloudsAbove

To Louis Riel, for being the kind of book that I could give my dad -- and for being wonderful besides.  (And also educational -- thanks go to comics that teach me new and interesting things!)

LouisRiel

And thank you, Yotsuba! -- for always being delightful even when it is gray and terrible outside. 

Yotsuba

Happy (early) Thanksgiving, everyone!

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