The Washington Post reported that the one adult book category experiencing growth in 2016 was graphic novels. Whether you’re new to the genre or a longtime fan, here are five graphic books from frequent National Post contributor Michael Melgaard to satisfy you (or get you going) in 2017.
Hostage by Guy Delisle (Drawn & Quarterly, 436 pp) – May 2
In 1997, Christophe André was kidnapped from his Doctors Without Borders mission in North Caucasus. Hostage tells his story, building tension and dread out of the barest of settings: a man chained to a radiator for weeks on end with almost no contact with the outside world. An intense, gripping story.
Boundless by Jillian Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly, 248 pp) – Jun. 6
Governor General Award-winner Jillian Tamaki returns with a collection of graphic short stories drawn in styles as varied as their subjects: modern life, pyramid schemes and perception of self. Funny, absurd and occasionally just peculiar, it’s sure to be one of the years’ best story collections – graphic or otherwise.