Okay, readers, I need your input and guidance.
Say you’re teaching a college/university course on comics-as-literature. Say you need a reading list– somewhere from 6-8 “graphic novels,” by which I mean comics-with-spines. Say there were only two stipulations:
1. They have to be great. Not just good, but great. Worthy of experiencing in a sophisticated and probably pretentious classroom setting, and worthy of our love and the love of non-comics readers.
2. No superheroes (except Watchmen. I’ll allow Watchmen).
The rest of the approach is up to you– that is, if you incorporate some kind of overarching theme or chronology to the list. I look forward to what I’m sure will be exceptional answers.