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Tue June 18, 2013
Critics' Lists: Summer 2013

The Funny (Touching, Fascinating) Pages: 5 Comics For Summer

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 10:47 am

Andrew Bannecker

When's the last time you read a comic book? Oh, right, the term now is "graphic novel" — as if calling them "comics" was somehow undignified or not sufficiently intellectual. But the problem with "graphic novel" is that it's far too limiting — because, sure, while all comics are graphic, many of the smartest and most exciting examples don't even remotely resemble novels. In fact, I'm about to recommend five books that — each for its own reason — can only be called comics, representing a wide range of literature being produced in what is truly a golden age.

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