THE DEATH-RAY and PAYING FOR IT also make Readings' Best of 2011

“Blog: The Best Graphic Novels of 2011” / Readings / Fiona Hardy and Andrew McDonald / November 28, 2011

The Death-Ray
Daniel Clowes
First published in 2004 as a one-shot issue of Clowes’s serial Eightball, the film adaptation of The Death-Ray is already in development and it’s easy to see why. It’s a strange and brilliant story; as anti-superhero as you can get (our ‘hero’ Andy gets his superpowers after smoking a cigarette!). Like his classic Ghost World, this one will stay in your graphic memory for quite some time. – Andrew McDonald, Readings Online Manager.

Paying For It
Chester Brown
A graphic memoir about Chester Brown’s life as a john, Paying For It jumps headlong into the political, ethical, legal and other issues that surround prostitution. It’s a fascinating perspective of, and an argument for, the world’s oldest profession. We learn just as much about the inner workings of the author’s mind as we do his 'life as a john’ and whether you agree or disagree with him, it’s one of the most honest memoirs you're likely to find. – Andrew McDonald, Readings Online Manager.

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