Gene Luen Yang's Picks

Book Cover Image. Title: Stinky, Author: Eleanor Davis

Stinky

Eleanor Davis

Stinky the Swamp Monster makes a new friend and learns an important life lesson. Eleanor Davis fills this young readers' comic with masterful cartooning and olfactory jokes. My kids love it and so do I.

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Book Cover Image. Title: Zita the Spacegirl, Author: Ben Hatke

Zita the Spacegirl

Ben HatkeBen Hatke

Zita is a brave little girl who ventures into space to rescue her kidnapped friend. Ben Hatke's endearing characters, both human and alien, will charm your space boots off.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Long Tail Kitty, Author: Lark Pien

Long Tail Kitty

Lark PienLark Pien

Long Tail Kitty (LTK for short) and her friends have all sorts of whimsical adventures in their whimsical neighborhood. Check out the cool fold-out of party activities right in the middle! It's the best use of a fold-out page in a comic since Frank Miller's Ronin.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Meanwhile:  Pick Any Path. 3,856 Story Possibilities, Author: Jason Shiga

Meanwhile

Jason Shiga

Is it a comic book or is it a maze? Jason Shiga's choose-your-own-adventure masterpiece amazes me every time I read it, mostly because I always wind up at a different ending.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Sumo, Author: Thien Pham

Sumo

Thien Pham

A washed-up American football player tries to build a new life in the world of Japanese sumo wrestling. I'm a sucker for stories that deal with the dichotomy of East and West. Thien Pham tackles that dichotomy not just in the story itself but in the way he tells it.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection Book 1, Author: Mark Waid

Fantastic Four by Waid & Wieringo Ultimate Collection Book 1

Mark WaidMike WieringoMike Buckingham

Not since Stan and Jack has a creative team so thoroughly captured the spirit of Marvel's first family.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels), Author: SparkNotes

Hamlet (No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels)

SparkNotesNeil BabraNeil BabraWilliam Shakespeare

All those old Classics Illustrated comics sucked like open wounds (in my humble opinion). I didn't think it was possible to adapt classic literature to comics... until I read this book.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Pluto:  Urasawa x Tezuka, Volume 1, Author: Naoki Urasawa

Pluto

Naoki UrasawaNaoki Urasawa

Urasawa is a master of suspense, and he puts every ounce of his immense talent to use in this modern retelling of a classic Astroboy story. Not only that, but the whole story's about robot fights!
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Book Cover Image. Title: Same Difference, Author: Derek Kirk Kim

Same Difference

Derek Kirk Kim

This has got to be one of the greatest comics short stories of all time. But don't take my word for it -- just look at the Eisner Award, the Ignatz Award, and the Harvey Award that Derek Kirk Kim won for this book.
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Book Cover Image. Title: Market Day, Author: James Sturm

Market Day

James Sturm

James Sturm just might be my favorite living cartoonist. Sturm does what Sturm does best -- tell a well-crafted story through simple, beautifully-drawn panels -- in this meditation on the tension between art and responsibility.
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