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Beyond the Mask

Graphic novels explore a myriad of fictional genres. From political satire to reimagining fairy tales, to adapting classical novels to the graphic novel form, there is as wide a selection genre wise in the world of graphic novels as there is in the world of traditional fiction.

Warren Ellis; Darrick Robertson

Transmetropolitan: back on the street. New York: Vertigo/DC Comics, 2009.

This work takes a satirical look at media and politics, and makes tribute to gonzo reporter Hunter S. Thompson. The entire storyline has been collected into a series of ten trade paperback books.

Bill Willingham; Lan Medina; et al.

Fables: the deluxe edition, book one. New York: DC Comics, 2009.

Having been driven from their homeland, refugees from classic fables make their home in New York. Winner of 14 Eisner Awards as of 2012 and a Hugo nominee.

Eric Shanower; Skottie Young; L Frank Baum

The wonderful Wizard of OZ. New York: Marvel Pub., 2009.

A graphic novel adaptation of the classic book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The combination of crisp artwork and careful attention to the original text has made this ongoing adaptation of the Oz books something everyone should experience the magic of.

Robert Crumb

Odds and Ends. London: Bloomsbury, 2001.

Written by the famous artist Robert Crumb, the recognized founder of the underground comic movement, Odds and Ends shows of his distinctive style of writing and art.

Jim McCann; Janet Lee

The Return of the Dappen Men. Los Angeles [Calif.]: Archaia Comics, 2010.

A rather unique work with a very different art style to the mainstream and a storyline that easily appeals to both children and adults. Winner of the Eisner award for Best graphic album– New in 2011.

Michael Mignola; John Byrne

Hellboy. Milwaukie, Or.: Dark Horse Books, 2008.

A movie adaptation of the Hellboy character was released in 2004. This is a collection of the first two Hellboy stories and provides the reader with the origin story for Hellboy.

Jeff Smith

Bone. Columbus, Ohio: Cartoon Books, 2004.

Bone is not only the title but the main character in this fantasy work by Jeff Smith. The story follows the adventures of Bone and his cousins in a place called the valley. This light hearted fantasy has the advantage of being suitable for younger audiences but engaging enough that it can be enjoyed by adults as well. Awards received include over six Eisners and a Harvey.

Brian K Vaughan; Pia Guerra

Y: the last man. New York, N.Y.: DC Comics, 2003–2008.

What would happen if the human race was dealt a devastating blow? What would happen if only one male human survived? Part post apocalyptic tale, part romance and a lot about growing up Y follows Yorick as he leaves his home in New York after an event wipes out every living male creature and begins a search for his girlfriend. Winner of five Eisner awards.

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