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December 18, 2014

Favorite Comics of 2014

These are the six graphic novels I have most recommended to friends, family, and anyone else who has crossed my path this year.

All links go to the authors' contributions to the Book Notes series, where applicable.

What was your favorite graphic novel of 2014?


Arsène Schrauwen by Olivier Schrauwen

Olivier Schrauwen's graphic novel Arsène Schrauwen is brilliant and unpredictable, and fantastic in every sense of the word.


Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët

Beautiful Darkness is a fairytale much more Grimm than Disney, hauntingly told by Fabien Vehlmann and complemented perfectly by the watercolor artwork of Kerascoët.


Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

The year's most lauded graphic memoir deserves every accolade. One of 2014's finest books.


Dragon's Breath by MariNaomi

MariNaomi's comics collection Dragon's Breath reads as memoir, the graphic vignettes powerfully understated. Once again, MariNaomi proves herself one of the most talented cartoonists working today.


Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel by Anya Ulinich

Anya Ulinich's Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel is one of the year's best graphic novels, a book compelling, moving, and hilarious.


Over Easy by Mimi Pond

Mimi Pond's graphic novel Over Easy is an impressive semi-autobiographical coming of age story set in the late 1970s. Pond impressively paints the era with her pen and ink drawings and an unforgettable cast of characters.


also at Largehearted Boy:

online "best of 2014" book lists

Largehearted Boy favorite graphic novels of 2012
Largehearted Boy favorite graphic novels of 2011
Largehearted Boy favorite graphic novels of 2010
Largehearted Boy favorite graphic novels of 2009
Largehearted Boy favorite graphic novels of 2008
Largehearted Boy favorite graphic novels of 2007

Largehearted Boy favorite food and drink books of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite nonfiction books of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite novels of 2014
Largehearted Boy favorite short story collections

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Antiheroines (interviews with up and coming female comics artists)
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks book reviews


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