Ulysses

Review by Keenan Reed
Nothing out there will make you work harder as a reader than James Joyce's Ulysses. I would caution against diving in headfirst without a reading companion, such as the Bloomsday Book, by Harry Blamires--a no-frills, line by line guidebook that I found eminently helpful. Strangely, the most common criticism I hear about Joyce is that his writing is pretentious, and that he only works his literary miracles in order to show off his literary genius; This viewpoint always confuses me--It makes me wonder if other scientists thought Einstein was showing off when he developed relativity theory. I mean, if someone is uniquely capable, why should they be criticized for flexing that ability? But Whatevs. Joyce famously commented that it took him fifteen years to write this book, and it should take you fifteen years to read it, and while the statement is a bit of an exaggeration to be sure, it's truer than it is false. So happy hunting, and don't be afraid to take notes!

The Technopriests Vol. 3: The Perfect Game

Review by David Zhang
a comical ending to an intriguing series by Jodorowsky. in this book, the Supreme Technopriest has a final confrontation with his arch-nemesis, the techno-techno cult. wacky and cheesy at times, but fun to read.

Transmetropolitan Vol. 1: Back on the Street

Review by Gavin Ray
This book is awesome! Mind blowing journalistic anarchy stuff!

Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned

Review by Gavin Ray
This book is kind of silly. It was fun and a great intro to graphic novels.

Tekkonkinkreet

Review by David Zhang
friendship, youth, and gangsters with a touch of magical surrealism. Highly recommended

Stray Toasters

Review by Future Man
This was both written and illustrated by Bill and is a pretty difficult read but so rewarding if you can decipher it.

Through the Habitrails

Review by Future Man
Surrealist distopianism at its best. This book collects numerous short stories that form a continuous narrative about the oppression of corporate enslavement. Tons of multi-layered symbolism makes this one of the coolest little gems I've found lately.

BodyWorld

Review by Future Man
Dash Shaw is in a class all his own with his incorporation of digital art and painting into his graphic storytelling. His stories subtly explore deep philosophical issues.

GoGo Monster

Review by Future Man
I want to see more manga like this! Totally different from other Japanese comics I've seen. Shakey pen work that disguises a truly genius comic writer.

Black Hole

Review by Future Man
Charles Burns brings the disease and depravity up a notch here.

Cages

Review by Future Man
The first true graphic novel from Dave McKean (famous for his work with Neil Gaiman and the movie Mirrormask), Cages is dreamlike and surreally philosophical. Although this has been long out of print, so I'd recommend checking out McKean's short story collection, Pictures that Tick for some of his own work.

Berlin Vol. 1: City of Stones

Review by Future Man
This is the first of three books which depict snapshots into the lives of a few random individuals living in Berlin following the first World War and leading to the rise of the Nazi Party. Fascinating!

When the Wind Blows

Review by Future Man
Often not thought of as a comic artist, Briggs' books are usually sold as children's stories, but in this case that couldn't be much farther from the truth. Briggs is a master and I have yet to find one of his books which I haven't absolutely loved. This one details the story of an elderly couple preparing for nuclear fallout.

The Hollow Grounds

Review by Future Man
A collection of French science fiction short stories from a well known French author. The story and artwork are both stunning.

The Arrival

Review by Future Man
Completely wordless, absolutely amazing story about being an immigrant relocating to a new world wildly unlike anything you've ever seen before.

The Compleat Moonshadow

Review by Future Man
Totally original, totally hilarious, totally dark and fascinating fantasy story told in beautiful painted pages.

A Child's Life and Other Stories

Review by Future Man
A child's story... not for children. Deals heavily with childhood sexual abuse and drug abuse.

Hey, Wait...

Review by Future Man
It's amazing and completely entrancing from the beginning, but by the end of the first half, everything changes and it goes off in a completely different direction. Interestingly somber and emotionless art that conveys so much emotional depth in its tone. While this is my favorite Jason story, it is very different from most of his other work.

Cerebus Vol. 5: Jaka's Story

Review by Future Man
This chapter of the Cerebus story can stand alone and doesn't need to be read along any of the other stories, however the entire series gets my highest recomendation. This series still holds the title for the longest running, independently produced comic series.

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