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June 27, 2010

21 Down, 31 To Go "Wilson" (52 Books, 52 Weeks)

Of all the comics and graphic novels coming out this year, Wilson is easily the one I anticipated most. I have read Daniel Clowes' comics for years and am a great fan of his work, so my expectations were high. Then my friend Benn Ray from Baltimore's Atomic Books praised the book as part of this site's weekly new comics previews.

Wilson exceeded my lofty expectations. In a series of one-page comic strips of varying styles, Clowes tells the tale of the misanthropic Wilson. In a book filled with dark humor, Clowes builds empathy for the curmudgeonly Wilson and draws the reader into his life as this portrait grows in both depth and richness. Masterfully told and deceptively engaging, Wilson is a marvelous and ambitious graphic novel.

My next book is Lips Unsealed, by Belinda Carlisle.

also at Largehearted Boy:

52 Books, 52 Weeks
Online "best of 2009" book lists
Online "best of 2008" book lists
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)

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