Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Man Up: Deceptively Simple, Tightly Focused

I arrived late(ly) to the genius graphic novelist Jeff Lemire, a fella from Ontario, Canada.

Lemire is the creator of the Essex County trilogy, a fictionalized version of his rural roots and a compelling parallel to central Illinois farm country.

New York Magazine ranks the third book in Lemire's trilogy as one of the best graphic novels of 2008.

Here is the complete list with links to titles currently in our catalog (all have been ordered):
1. Disappearance Diary by Hideo Azuma (Fanfare/Ponent Mon)

2. Bottomless Belly Button, by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics)

3. Nat Turner, by Kyle Baker (Abrams)

4. Slow Storm, by Danica Novgorodoff (First Second)

5. Strange Embrace, by David Hine (Image)

6. Wonton Soup, James Stokoe (Oni)

7. Travel, by Yuichi Yokoyama (PictureBox), and Metronome, by VĂ©ronique Tanaka (NBM)

8. Fables, Vol. 10: The Good Prince, by Bill Willingham and Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)

9. Paul Goes Fishing, by Michel Rabagliatti (Drawn & Quarterly), and The Country Nurse, by Jeff Lemire (Top Shelf)

10. Water Baby, by Ross Campbell (Minx)

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