Graphic Greatness

By Malvern Books

By Malvern Books

Words and pictures, please! Our favorite graphic novels and nonfiction titles, for your reading and viewing pleasure.

The Green Hand and Other Stories

Nicole Claveloux

$24.95

Celia says, "This book had me at 'bad-tempered vegetables.'"

Patience

Daniel Clowes

$29.99 $26.99

"Patience is incredibly captivating—a stunning marriage of text, image, and design, and a demonstration of Clowes' sheer mastery of the art of sequential storytelling. A must-have for any graphic novel section." —Booklist

What Am I Doing Here?

Abner Dean

$22.95

Recommended by Stephanie.

The Incantations of Daniel Johnston

$17.95 $16.51

"No tribute has been closer to the spirit of Johnston than a new graphic novel, 'The Incantations of Daniel Johnston,' [which] manages to pay homage to the legend of Johnston without romanticizing his mental illness. The illustrations by Cavolo, a Spanish artist, are inspired by folk and devotional art, so they elevate Johnston and his figurative creations to the realm of the mystical and the mysterious. Cavolo has effectively created Saint Daniel, but it is a complicated path to sainthood." —Leah Caldwell, Texas Observer

Soft City: The Lost Graphic Novel

Hariton Pushwagner

$40.00 $36.00

"It’s an absolute masterpiece of comics, and looks as if it was drawn yesterday.... It uses the medium of comics to express something profound and complicated.... The book was a revelation to me, and trumps pretty much every underground comic published in America at the same time." —Chris Ware

What Parsifal Saw

Ron Regé Jr

$14.99

"'What Parsifal Saw' is a psychedelic journey through transcendental thought populated by very cute cartoon characters. The artwork is intensely detailed, edgy, and feminist, and feels like it’s right out of the hippest 1960s dorm room. The narrative is moral and uplifting." —Publishers Weekly

Maggie the Mechanic: A Love and Rockets Book

Jaime Hernandez

$19.99 $18.39

"I don’t really understand why the material of 'Love and Rockets' isn’t widely regarded as one of the finest pieces of fiction of the last 35 years. Because it is." —Neil Gaiman

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

Chris Ware

$22.00 $19.80

"Ware’s use of words is sparing, and at times maudlin. But the real joy is his art. It's stunning. In terms of attention to detail, graceful use of color, and overall design—Ware has no peer. And while each panel is relentlessly polished—never an errant line or lazily rendered image—his drawings, somehow, remain delicate and achingly lyrical." —Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book Review

Lost Cat

Jason

$19.99

"'Lost Cat' is Jason's most moving story to date. A hardboiled crime story at the beginning that turns into something much more, it's really a story about loneliness, and the relationships we sometimes create in our minds in a desperate attempt to find what we're missing, to give our lives a modicum of meaning." —Comics Alliance

Berlin

Jason Lutes

$39.95 $35.96

"Lutes covers the cabaret scene, the struggles of the press and riots as the Nazis rise, and lives that seemed full of possibility are twisted by the grasping arms of the state… A modern classic." ―The Guardian Best Books of 2018

I, Parrot: A Graphic Novel

Deb Olin Unferth and Elizabeth Haidle

$18.95 $17.43

"[Unferth's] language is sly and bitterly funny, matched in mood by Haidle’s monochromatic, inkwash-style artwork, which plays up the story’s whimsy as well as its sadness." ―The New York Times Book Review

Goblin Girl

Moa Romanova

$24.99 $22.49

"Romanova’s disarming debut graphic memoir grapples with gender, power, and bad Tinder dates. ... As she learns to heal and understand herself, readers who have dealt with mental health struggles or unequal power dynamics in relationships will recognize and sympathize with her regenerative conclusion." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Alison Bechdel

$16.99 $15.63

"One of the best memoirs of the decade ... at once hypercontrolled and utterly intimate." —New York Magazine

Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

David Polonsky

$24.95 $22.46

"[A] stunning, haunting work of art.... The comedy of the Diary—one of the book’s most charming and often overlooked aspects—shines in this form.... This graphic adaptation is so engaging and effective that it’s easy to imagine it replacing the Diary in classrooms and among younger readers." —The New York Times Book Review

The Man Without Talent

Yoshiharu Tsuge

$22.95 $20.66

"Tsuge’s quasi-autobiographical series of vignettes are a masterpiece of mundane struggle. . . . Every page feels lived and desperate, yet shot through with poetry." —Publishers Weekly, starred review