Last month I asked my friends to write about books they loved (you can read all the essays here). This month, I invited them to write about their favorite graphic novels, and they selected some excellent titles. I hope you enjoy them! (Read all the Great Graphic Novel essays here.) -- Mark
Ménage à Bughouse by Steve Lafler
Everyone who is into comics knows what the acclaimed graphic novels are. I have most of 'em and I recognize that they are magnificent achievements. On the other hand I haven't read many of them all the way through because despite their greatness they wore me out or bummed me out or left me out in some other way... like Moby Dick did. I never could get through that indisputably great book.
And so I'm going to recommend a graphic novel that is great because it is good, solid and delivers in spades what I most enjoy in a comic book; a comfortable mastery of the form, fun, surprises, a story I can get into and a light touch. In short its the kind of book you can flop down on the couch with of an afternoon, lie back and enjoy.
It's Ménage à Bughouse by Steve Lafler, published by CO2 and available here.
Jim Woodring was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and enjoyed a childhood full of poetry and perturbation among the snakes and tarantulas of the San Gabriel mountains. A self-taught artist, his works include his autobiographical comics (THE BOOK OF JIM, 1992), wordless cartoon stories (THE FRANK BOOK, 2004), his anecdotal charcoal drawings (SEEING THINGS, 2005), and the sculptures, vinyl figures, fabrics and gallery installations that have been made from his designs. He also has a blog.