Here’s your annual gift guide, as well as a brief accounting of the best graphic novels of 2016.
• Seth’s Dominion: This CD/booklet offers the last word on the single-named creator, who grew up in Southwestern Ontario and went on to become the founder of Canada’s autobiographical school of comix. As it turns out, comics are something that Canadians, especially those in this region, do really well.
• The! Greatest! Of! Marlys!: For an overview of cartoonist Lynda Barry’s unique style, check out this thick volume, which is one of the reasons that 2016 was such a great year for comics. The irrepressible Marlys is Barry’s alter ego — you’ll love her naive, idealistic way of looking at the world.
Also worth giving: Pascal Girard’s Nicolas, Sarah Glidden’s Rolling Blackouts, Tom Gauld’s Mooncop.