Underdog Literature, February 2012: 15 fresh or artsy, off-the-wall titles

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Here are 15 graphic novels that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: GREG RUCKA, “Stumptown”, 144 pages, 2011.

02: KEN DAHL, “Monsters”, 200 pages, 2009.

03: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, “Fortune and Glory: A True Hollywood Comic Book Story”, 136 pages, 2000.

04: ALEX ROBINSON, “Box Office Poison”, 602 pages, 2001.

05: YOSHIHIRO TATSUMI, “A Drifting Life”, 856 pages, 2009.

06: GIPI, “Notes for a War Story”, 128 pages, 2006.

07: SARAH LEAVITT, “Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, my Mother and me”, 127 pages, 2010.

08: ANDERS NILSEN, “Don’t go where I can’t follow”, 244 pages, 2007.

09: EMMANUEL GUIBERT, “The Photographer”, 288 pages, 2003.

10: PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER, “Mother, come home”, 128 pages, 2003.

11: MANU LARCENET, “Ordinary Victories”, 128 pages, 2003.

12: FUMI YOSHINAGA, “Ooku: The Inner Chambers”, 216 pages, 2009.

13: PETER MILLIGAN, “Enigma”, 208 pages, 1995.

14: EROYN FRANKLIN, “Another glorious Day at the Nothing Factory”, 206 pages, 2009.

15: JONATHAN HICKMAN, “The Nightly News”, 154 pages, 2007.

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Here are three books that got great reviews, but left me disappointed:

01: AMIR; KHALIL, “Zahra’s Paradise”, 272 pages, 2011.

02: RAINA TELGEMEIER, “Smile”, 224 pages, 2009.

03: FUMIYO KOUNO, “Town of evening calm, country of cherry blossoms”, 104 pages, 2004.

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…and finally, here are seven books that I read – and that were really good:

1: 4 of 5 stars: JASON SHIGA, “Empire State: A Love Story (or not)”, 144 pages, 2011.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JASON SHIGA, “Bookhunter”, 144 pages, 2007.

3: 4 of 5 stars: JEFFREY BROWN, “Clumsy”, 224 pages, 2003.

4: 4 of 5 stars: JOE KELLY, “I kill Giants”, 184 pages, 2009.

5: 4 of 5 stars: PHILIP GELATT, “Petrograd”, 248 pages, 2011.

6: 4 of 5 stars: RANDALL MUNROE, “xkcd: Volume 0”, 120 pages, 2009..

7: 5 of 5 stars: FÁBIO MOON; GABRIEL BÁ, “Daytripper”, 256 pages, 2011. [best read of 2011, I’ve wrote about it here (German, Link)]

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