Graphic Novel Reporter features THE PROPERTY, LETTING IT GO, and MARBLE SEASON as best of 2013

“The Best Graphic Novels of 2013” / Graphic Novel Reporter / Tom Hogan / December 12, 2013

GraphicNovelReporter is proud to present our list of the best graphic works of the year!

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Rutu Modan’s fictional THE PROPERTY (Drawn and Quarterly) and Miriam Katin’s nonfiction LETTING IT GO (Drawn and Quarterly) both chronicle women's journeys, physical and emotional, back to Holocaust sites filled with memories of unimaginable horror. In THE PROPERTY, a TV producer returns to Poland along with her grandmother, who narrowly escaped death in a concentration camp. Romance and humor play a huge role here in this charming, solidly written tale. Meanwhile, Katin's LETTING IT GO takes itself seriously --- but always with wit, and never grimly. It deals with Katin’s sadness at seeing her son move to Berlin, a change she, a survivor, has enormous difficulty accepting. Only by traveling there herself is she able to come to grips with the past she escaped as a very young girl --- and make peace with the future. Katin’s honesty is unflinching.

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MARBLE SEASON (Drawn and Quarterly) is a semiautobiographical comic from an absolute legend of the comic storytelling form, Gilbert Hernandez, one of the pioneering Los Brothers Hernandez and an indie-comics hero. The book depicts California life in the 1960s in a tightknit family, masterfully capturing the joy and spirit of childhood --- as well as Hernandez’s love for comic books.

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