Thursday, July 31, 2008

Danny Fingeroth: top ten graphic novels

Danny Fingeroth is an American comic book writer and editor. His latest book is The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels.

For the Guardian, he selected his top ten graphic novels. Fingeroth's criteria, and one book from his list:
"[F]or my top 10, I decided to take the crème de la crème, the graphic novels that I most enjoyed. These are graphic novels, some famous, some less well-known, that do what all great literature does, in that they give you such a pleasurable experience while reading that you're simultaneously eager to uncover the ending, yet also dreading it, knowing that the experience will then be over."

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Stop Forgetting to Remember by Peter Kuper

In Stop Forgetting to Remember, writer-artist Peter Kuper takes his own advice to heart, delving into memories as a means to understanding the present. The book is subtitled The Autobiography of Walter Kurtz, but it soon becomes apparent that this is really the thinly veiled autobiography of Kuper himself. Kuper's merging of a photo of himself with a drawing of Kurtz on the book's jacket is just one of many clues that this is the case.
Read about Number One on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue