Graphic Novels & Comix History

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Perfect Hair
Gender, sex, & love(?) presented as spectacular sequential art. This beautiful debut troubles the line between pleasant human interaction & detachment. Feels like floating above your body in a movie about yourself dreaming(?). —Recommended by Jared, City Lights Books
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Wall and Piece
Banksy
The collected works of Britain's most wanted artist. Artistic genius, political activist, painter and decorator, mythic legend or notorious graffiti artist? The work of Banksy is unmistakable, except maybe when it’s squatting in the Tate...
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Are You My Mother?
A Comic Drama
Alison Bechdel
Pretty heady stuff going on here as Bechdel cross-examines her childhood to consider how she was affected by a smart, artistic, but emotionally-removed mother, and a repressed, angry father. If you don't regularly gravitate towards graphic novels, but love memoirs, this might be the ideal book for you to get a sense of the amazing genre.
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Hyperbole and a Half
Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Allie Brosh
READ ALL THE THINGS!!!!! —Recommended by Anah, City Lights Books. This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative— like maybe someone who isn't me wrote it...
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The Beats
A Graphic History
Paul Buhle, Harvey Pekar
I've read a lot of Beat books in my time here at City Lights, but none are quite as fun as this graphic history. The perfect collection for those who think they've heard all the stories about Kerouac, Burroughs, Ginsberg, et al. The Beats also provides...
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Bring Me Your Love
Charles Bukowski
A collectable, staple-bound story of love and deciet, beautifully illustrated by R. Crumb.
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Mox Nox
Joan Cornellà
To mox, or nox to mox—that is the question .. Mox Nox for the people! The people for Mox Nox! Mox Nox is the most seminal work of all humanity! Kick off yo' sox and step into Mox Nox's toxic box! —Recommended by Jared, City Lights Books
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The Complete Zap Comix
Box Set
R. Crumb
A VERY LIMITED EDITION SET!! There scarcely was an underground comics world before Robert Crumb's classic solo first issue ofZap. By Zap #2, he had begun assembling a Seven Samurai of the best , the fiercest, and the most stylistically diversified cartoonists to come out of the countercultural kiln.
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Howl
A Graphic Novel
Allen Ginsberg
First published in 1956, Allen Ginsberg's Howl is a prophetic masterpiece--an epic raging against dehumanizing society that overcame censorship trials and obscenity charges to become one of the most widely read poems of the century.  Now a major...
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Sigmund Freud Eats a Hot Dog
Allen Hui
Sigmund Freud grapples with the underpinnings of his sexuality while deciding whether to eat a hot dog, or not.
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The Secret History of Wonder Woman
Jill Lepore
Wonder Woman, created in 1941, on the brink of World War II, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Aside from Superman and Batman, she has lasted the longest and commanded the most vast and wildly passionate following. Like every other superhero, Wonder Woman has a secret identity. Unlike others, she also has a secret history.
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And then Came..... the Alchemist
The Graphic Novel
James Lowe
Dr. Lowe is the Tenderloin's art brut genius. —Recommended by Ivy, City Lights Books
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Fluke Fanzine #12
Loisada
Bobby Madness
A true story of Bobby's life on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in the early '80s, when he was just 14 and 15 years old. It's based on three shows he saw down there - The Cramps, Ramones, and Stiff Little Fingers. Join in the fun (& fatigue) Bobby experienced as he ran in the streets with his friend Chris, in search of drugs, girls, and punk rock!
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Here
Richard McGuire
A beautiful exploration of a single place through time, from void to form to void again. Go ahead, open to a page, any page... —Recommended by Vanessa, City Lights Books Also recommended by Paul, City Lights Books

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