"Maus" by Art Spiegelman
Merely recalling the title tears my guts out. Art Speigelman’s Holocaust narrative “Maus” justly won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1992. Drawn with intensity, the graphic text depicts anthropomorphized mice — maus in German — to represent Jews, while cats represent Germans — captures not only the Holocaust and Auschwitz but also the wrenching tale of a painful father-son relationship. —Elizabeth Taylor, Tribune literary editor
I have several favorite graphic novels, but, this time of year especially, I just love Ben Templesmith’s graphic version of the beautifully- written 'Dracula' by Bram Stoker. It’s filled with gorgeous, dream-like illustrations in Templesmith’s signature ethereal style for each of the twenty-seven chapters of the 1897 classic, as well and quill-and-ink excerpts handwritten to accompany the illustrations and original text. —Amy Guth, Tribune reporter
"One! Hundred! Demons!" by Lynda Barry
Chris Ware’s “Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth” is unmatched. But this wins, I think, because, seven years later, it remains hot to the touch — flush with embarrassment and revelation and relief. There are 17 stories, and, as advertised, the stuff of hauntings — old boyfriends, family members, smells, head lice, dreams squashed. Barry called it “autobifictionalgraphy,” but the observation is so keen and the hurt so sharp, it’s like those arguments you have with yourself, laying awake at 4 in the morning. —Christopher Borrelli, Tribune reporter
Graphic novels: our favorites
Tribune staffers weigh-in on their favorite graphic novels
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