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Top 50 Graphic Novels: #10-7

You voted and now we continue our countdown of your votes for the top original graphic novels of all-time! These are graphic novels that were not serialized as comic books before they were released as graphic novels.

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10. Blankets (2003)

In this beautiful auto-biographical graphic novel, Craig Thompson tells the story of his life as someone slowly coming to terms with the fact that he wasn't a Christian the same way that his Evangelical family was. It opens with a series of stories about his life growing up with his younger brother and their strict, religious parents. We see Craig and young Phil go through a lot of hardships (bullying and sexual abuse) while also trying to carve out a little piece of the world where they can have fun. This is mostly shown through their adventures on their shared bed growing up. Their blankets become a ship at sea and, of course, there is always going to be a shipwreck.

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As he gets older, Craig seemingly finds a new way to fit in with the other "outcasts" at his Christian camp, including his first love, Raina, a fellow Christian who is also questioning things like Craig. He gets a chance to spend time at her home with her family and after he shares a story of his brother and his adventures with their blankets, she tells a story of how she would use her blankets as a table for an elaborate food game.

Of course, though, them being hormonal teenagers, well, the blankets are used for other purposes...

Thompson's work often has a real ethereal nature to it. His coming of age story is one of the best ones of his generation.

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9. Marvel Graphic Novel #49: Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom - Triumph and Torment (1989)

One of the subplots that Doctor Doom had for years was the fact that his mother's soul was captured by a demon (later specified as Mephisto). Well, in the Marvel Universe, there is kind of a guy who specializes in helping people in that sort of situation and Roger Stern wrote his adventures for a number of years.

So, in this graphic novel by Stern and Mike Mignola and Mark Badger, Doctor Strange is enlisted to help Doom free Doom's mother's soul from Mephisto.

The result is an artistic tour de force by Mignola...

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This is one of those ideas where you can't believe that someone actually let Stern change continuity this dramatically in a graphic novel, but once they let him do it, it was just sort of a no-brainer for an engaging story.

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