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Graphic-novel master Peter Kuper skillfully adapts Heart of Darkness into a web of 21st-century understanding. Read more

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Andrea Wulf’s graphic narrative, illustrated by Lillian Melcher, about the German explorer, scientist and pioneer environmentalist is an illuminating story told in a beautiful format. Read more

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Illustrated by prolific graphic novelist Alexandre Franc, Guantánamo Kid: The True Story of Mohammed El-Gharani by Jérôme Tubiana is a story of gratuitous brutality countered by troublemaking by prisoners with little else to do. Read more

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Employing stark lines drawn from a dark palette, graphic artist I.N.J. Culbard has made a mission of interpreting the cosmos-bending tales of H.P. Lovecraft. Read more

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Franz Kafka’s stories are dark and well suited for the black and white of Kafkaesque, yet, as graphic novelist Peter Kuper reminds us, humor flickers through the darkness. Read more

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The graphic novel Tumult is an emotionally intelligent noirish thriller, whose text panels comment ironically on the speech bubbles and the action depicted in the frames. Read more

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Rendered in an unusual format, a fold-open accordion within a hard cover, the graphic novel Undocumented has a narrative all-too common in today’s America. Read more

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In this graphic novel, British illustrator-writer Marin Rowson’s cheeky commentary is a reminder that Karl Marx didn’t necessarily care for Marxists, and his Hieronymus Bosch meets steampunk illustrations are a dark marvel and a delight. Read more

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This graphic novel written by Vincent Zabus and delightfully illustrated by Thomas Campi is an imaginative attempt to get inside the head of surrealist painter René Magritte. Read more

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Many immigrant stories are harrowing, involving flight from dangerous places and surmounting the obstacles found upon arrival in America. Thi Bui, born in Saigon, transformed hers graphic novel-style into an “illustrated memoir," The Bes... Read more

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A young African American writer, Dana, falls through a tear in the fabric of space-time and is abruptly cast from California 1976 to the antebellum South. That’s the plot of Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, the signal novel by science-f... Read more

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Shirley Jackson’s short story “The Lottery” became one of the most frequently anthologized stories in 20th-century American literature. In one of the most beautifully rendered titles in the growing library of graphic literary adaptations... Read more

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Becoming Andy Warhol by Nick Bertozzi and Pierce Hargan is a “graphic novel biography” of Warhol in the early 1960s, already established as a commercial artist but wanting something more—the respect of being displayed in galleries and br... Read more

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Fans of H.P. Lovecraft will recognize the author’s face in Paul Peart-Smith’s illustrations for “He,” a story drawn from the horror master’s unhappy sojourn in New York. Volume II in the project of transforming Lovecraft’s... Read more

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Chinese dissident artists get all the press in the West, and Li Kunwu is not among their ranks. Now a Communist Party arts administrator, he grew up during the hateful Cultural Revolution of the 1960s... Read more

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The story of the Manhattan Project has been told in fictionalized films and books, in documentaries and biographies. With Trinity, the development of the atom bomb is illustrated in black-and-white drawings and told in graphic-novel style..... Read more

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History told as a graphic novel is nothing new, but Best of Enemies is a singular accomplishment, packing episodes little known and less understood into striking black-and-white frames crowded with imagery and ideas. The imaginative landsca... Read more

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H.P. Lovecraft probably didn't care for comic books, yet his remarkable stories at the cusp of horror and science fiction emerged from a parallel pulp-fanzine subculture. Transposing them into graphic stories seems only natural. The challen... Read more

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