Boing Boing's Holiday Gift Guide part four: Comics, graphic novels and funnybooks

Here's part four of our week-long "Best of Boing Boing" holiday gift guide: basically, it's a list of the bestselling items from among the stuff we reviewed this year, reflecting your favorite items from among our picks. Today's list is comics, graphic novels, funnybooks and the like.

Don't miss the previous installments: kids' stuff, fiction and gadgets!

Tomorrow's nonfiction day, and Monday'll finish up the series with DVDs and CDs.

(Nick Abadzis)
Graphic novel tells the sweet and sad story of the first space-dog
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The Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories
(Nicholas Gurewitch)
Hilarious, surreal webcomic
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Invention of Hugo Cabret
(Brian Selznik)
Award-winning steampunk graphic novel for kids
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Good as Lily
(Derek Kirk Kim)
Ass-kicking girl-positive graphic novel for young readers
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The Plain Janes
(Cecil Castellucci, Jim Rugg)
Funny, spirited little story about a gang of girls named Jane at a strait-laced high-school, rejected by the mainstream, and their art adventures.
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100 Days Of Monsters
(Stefan G. Bucher)
Book showcases blob-to-monster art
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Army @ Love Vol. 1: The Hot Zone Club
(Rick Veitch)
Romance/war comic deals out the offensive yuks
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Three Shadows
(Cyril Pedrosa)
Haunting and dreamlike graphic novel of love, bravery and sacrifice
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St. Trinian's: The Entire Appalling Business
(Ronald Searle)
Ronald Searle's original dark, weird and hilarious St Trinian's comics
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The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You'll Ever Need
(Daniel H. Pink)
Optimistic and iconoclastic career guide in manga form
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Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales Of The Here And Now
(Cory Doctorow)
A six-edition series of comics adapted from my short stories by an incredibly talented crew of writers, artists, inkers and letterers
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Too Cool To Be Forgotten
(Alex Robinson)
Wish fulfillment graphic novel becomes something lovelier by far
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A People's History of American Empire
(Howard Zinn)
Fantastic comic-book adaptation of Zinn's classic A People's History of the United States
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(Taiyo Matsumoto)
Absolutely extraordinary comic fuses manga and French comics in a story of violence and lost boys in a surreal Japanese cityscape
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The Mad War on Bush
(The Usual Gang of Idiots)
A truly superlative collection of parodical and satirical material from eight years' worth of Mad lampoon
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Tekkon Kinkreet
(Lauren McLaughlin)
Absolutely extraordinary comic fuses manga and French comics in a story of violence and lost boys in a surreal Japanese cityscape
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MAD About Star Wars
(Jonathan Bresman)
More than your average MAD anthology
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Alan's War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope
(Emmanuel Guibert)
Extraordinary graphic novel memoir of a US GI who arrived in Europe at the end of WWII and stayed
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The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
(Jonathan Hennessey)
US Constitution in graphic novel form
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Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan
(Chip Kidd)
The lost Japanese Batman comics of 1966
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Bound by Law?: Tales from the Public Domain
(Keith Aoki, James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins)
The "Understanding Comics" of copyright, in a new edition
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Al Jaffee's Tall Tales
(Al Jaffee)
Skinny comics with snappy humor
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  1. You’ve got Tekkon Kinkreet on the list twice, Cory, with a different author each time. Also, I think a couple of these books were on previous lists.

  2. I’m kind of bummed not to see any minicomics on this list. You can’t really go wrong with stuff by Matt Wiegle or Shawn Cheng and Joey Sayers has a lot of good books, too.

    Plus, there’s Jesse Reklaw’s work, which I think you can get from the Global Hobo distro …

    I mean, if you really want to support indy / make-it-yourself comics…

  3. The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories is superb. Would highly recommend as a book to keep out for visitors.

  4. book = lump of coal
    in that they should either be burned, or buried for thousands of years to decompose into fossil fuel.

  5. I would really love a list of charitable gifts or gifts you can buy to help small businesses. Maybe they will consider it, please? :) I want the graphic novel about the constitution.

  6. On your recommendation, I’ve just purchased Good as Lily and The Plain Janes for my 13-year-old brother. I thought he’d balk when I gave him Chiggers, as it was about girls, but he seemed to like it a lot. Therefore I shall continue in the vein of teaching him with comic books that girls are human beings to whom you can relate, in hopes that he won’t end up to be the kind of teenage boy who seems to simultaneously hate girls and want to date them.

    I would also second meaningoflife’s American Born Chinese recommendation.

  7. Everyone gets tired of people who say “but what about X?!?!” indignantly whenever any list is compiled, but I’m going to have to say: but what about “Blankets” by Craig Thompson?!?!

    I second the above recommendation of “American Born Chinese” as well.

    But how “Blankets” didn’t make this list is beyond me. Winning the Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz awards is pretty much a clean sweep.

    One caveat: “Blankets” is a story for adults. Not because there is material inappropriate for kids, but it just wouldn’t interest kids very much.

  8. Not because there is material inappropriate for kids

    Unless you consider a book that makes you sob abjectly for a half hour inappropriate for kids.

  9. JTEGNELL, as far as I know “Blankets” has been out for a long time now.

    It was published in 2003 and won the Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz awards in 2004.

    This is a list of more recent comics and GNs, presumably. Otherwise, if we were to cover all the greatest comics and GNs, it would be a very long list.

  10. Hey Cory, thanks for recommending my book! I missed it last time. If ever you do another comic strip collection of more of your superb shorts, I would love to contribute some art!


    Nick Abadzis

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