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January 10, 2009

Favorite Graphic Novels of 2008

My 52 Books, 52 Weeks and Book Notes series exposed me to over 80 graphic novels this year, and choosing my favorite 11 was no simple task.

All links go to either my short reviews in the Book Notes, my 52 Books, 52 Weeks series, or the book's Amazon page if the title hasn't been featured at Largehearted Boy (yet).

Before I list my favorite graphic novels of the year, two comics collections deserve special mention. For people just getting into comics or the lifelong fan, I cannot recommend these books enough:

An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories edited by Ivan Brunetti

The Best American Comics 2008 edited by Lynda Barry

This list first appeared in a slightly different form at Mobtown Shank.

What was your favorite graphic novel of 2008?

My favorite graphic novels of 2008:

365 Days: A Diary by Julie Doucet

The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspiel

American Widow by Alissa Torres & Sungyoon Choi

Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw

Che: A Graphic Biography by Dash Shaw

Good-Bye by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabriel Soria & Warren Pleece

My Brain is Hanging Upside Down by David Heatley

Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell

Too Cool To Be Forgotten by Alex Robinson

What It Is by Lynda Barry

also at Largehearted Boy:

Largehearted Boy 2008 favorite novels
Largehearted Boy 2008 favorite short fiction collections
Largehearted Boy 2008 favorite albums

previous lists at Largehearted Boy
Book Notes (authors create playlists for their book)
Note Books (musicians discuss literature)
guest book reviews
musician/author interviews
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2008 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2007 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2006 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2005 Edition)
52 Books, 52 Weeks (2004 Edition)