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A dozen graphic novels rank among NPR’s great reads of 2013

by  in Comic News Comment

On the heels of Time magazine, National Public Radio has released a substantial list of the best books of 2013, which includes a dozen comics and graphic novels among its more than 200 titles (although, granted, not all of them are strictly “comics”). A handful of the selections should by now be familiar from previous best-of lists:

  • Battling Boy, by Paul Pope (First Second)
  • Boxers & Saints, by Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
  • Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight, by Kelly Sue Deconnick, Dexter Soy and Emma Rios (Marvel)
  • Gris Grimly’s Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley and Gris Grimly (Balzer+Bray)
  • Hand-Drying in America and Other Stories, by Ben Katchor (Pantheon)
  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh (Touchstone)
  • Julio’s Day, by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics)
  • New School, by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics)
  • Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, by Lucy Knisley (First Second)
  • Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe, by Tim Leong (Chronicle Books)
  • The Encyclopedia of Early Earth: A Novel, by Isabel Greenberg (Little, Brown and Company)
  • You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack: Cartoons, by Tom Gauld (Drawn and Quarterly)