The creative state of the graphic novel has never been healthier. Everything from a Southern congressman’s riveting memoir to a California woman’s textured fantasy tale is finding favor with wide audiences. This year has bestowed graphic-novel fans with an embarrassment of pictorial riches.
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Hot Dog Taste Test
By Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)
Hanawalt, one of the creative forces behind Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman,” is also one of the funniest observational artists working today. Her latest collection spotlights a comic voice that is growing sharper and more engagingly offbeat, whether she is rendering “snack realism,” menstrual huts or plucky Icelandic ponies.
By Tom Gauld (Drawn and Quarterly)
This British cartoonist is a master of heightening humor through restraint. Here, the monochromatic moonscape matches the subdued blues of a lunar donut-muncher who can’t get transferred off this rock. The story gathers wit over the slow-burning ride.