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Books on Comix

Comics, Comix & Graphic Novels by Roger Sabin - The single best book covering the history of comic art from the turn of the century to the new comics of today. Beautifully designed hardback. 240 pages with over 600 illustrations. Highly recommended.

The Underground Comix Family Album by Will Eisner -Documents the 70's underground comix movement in San Francisco.

Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud -Amazing 224 page comic book explaining how comics work as a medium of visual communication. Very accessible, smart and entertaining. Highly recommended.

Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud - the 256 page sequel to Understanding comix. This time dealing with the future of the comix medium in the information age. Highly recommended.

Dangerous Drawings : Interviews With Comix & Graphix Artists by Andrea Juno (Editor). Interviews with some of the most interesting comix artists of this decade. Includes interveiws with Art Spiegelman, Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, Julie Doucet, Chester Brown and 9 other creators. Highly recommended.

Them Damned Pictures : Explorations in American Political Cartoon Art by Roger A. Fischer

Tijuana Bibles : Art and Wit in America's Forbidden Funnies, 1930s-1950s by Bob Adelman (Editor), Richard Merkin, Art Spiegelman (Introduction)

Graphics novels and comix collections

Jessica Abel

Soundtrack : Short Stories 1989-1996

Mirror, Window : An Artbabe Collection

Peter Bagge

Hey, Buddy! by Peter Bagge - Hilarious adventures of Buddy Bradley and his attempts at romance. Volume 1 from the first five issues of Bagge's popular Hate comic book. Highly recommended.

Hey Buddy! - softcover

Buddy the Dreamer by Peter Bagge - More Buddy Bradley. Vol. 2 from Hate.

Buddy the Dreamer -softcover

Fun With Buddy and Lisa by Peter Bagge - More Buddy coming at ya! Vol.3 from Hate.

Fun With Buddy & Lisa - softcover -

Buddy Go Home! - softcover

Buddy's got three Moms! - softcover

Chester Brown

I Never Liked You : A Comic Book by Chester Brown - softcover - Autobiographical work set in Brown's adolescence. Highly Recommended.


The Little Man : Short Strips 1979-1994 by Chester Brown - softcover



Dan Clowes

Ghost World by Dan Clowes - Funny and melancholic story of two recent high school graduates. Now a film directed by Terry Zwigoff, director of Crumb. Highly recommended.

Ghost World - Softcover - 80 pages.

Ghost World (film edition) - Softcover - 80 pages.

Ghost World Screenplay - Softcover - 80 pages.

David Boring - Hardcover - 116 pages.

Caricature - Hardcover - 104 pages.

Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron -Softcover - Clowe's breakthrough graphic novel. Bizarre and hilarious. Fans of David Lynch would enjoy this book. Highly recommended. - 142 pages.

Pussey - Softcover - 104 pages.

Robert Crumb

The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book by Peter Poplaski (Editor), Robert Crumb - Collection of Crumb's artwork from the last 50 years. 256 pages, hardcover.


Carload O' Comics by Robert Crumb - Collection of Crumb's classic comix. Great overview of his work. 176 pages, softcover.




Julie Doucet

Leve Ta Jambe Mon, Poisson Est Mort! (Lift Your Leg, My Fish Is Dead) by Julie Doucet - Fantastic semi-autobiographic tales by Canadian artist Julie Doucet. Softcover.

The Madame Paul Affair by Julie Doucet. Softcover.

My Most Secret Desire: Collection of Dreams by Julie Doucet. Softcover.

My New York Diary by Julie Doucet. Softcover.


Mary Fleener

Life of the Party by Mary Fleener -An autobiographic work dealing with her early relationships. Drawn in Fleener's trademark "cubist" graphic style. Softcover.



Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez

The Hermandez Brother's seminal work Love and Rockets was one of the most influential alternative comix of the past decade. Gilbert's stories center around a mythical Mexican town of Palomar and all the complex relationships that brew there. His writing has at times been compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the films of Robert Altman. Jaime's work focuses on a group of young Southern Californian Mexican American punk girls. Jaime's work is also noted for it's slick high-contrast style.

Gilbert Hernandez

Girl Crazy

Love and Rockets Vol. 3: Las Mujeras Perdidas

Love and Rockets Vol. 6: Duck Feet

Love and Rockets X (complete Love and Rockets Series No. 10) Vol. 10

Love and Rockets Vol. 12: Poison River

Love and Rockets Vol. 14: Luba Conquers the World

Birdland (Eros Gaphic Novel Series)

Fear of Comics

Jaime Hernandez

Solo collections of Jaime Hernandez's work - Starring Maggie and Hopey and the gang. HIghly Recommended.

Locas in Love

Wigwam Bam (Complete Love and Rockets Book 11) - softcover

Chester Square (Complete love and Rockets Book 13) - softcover


Art Spiegelman

Maus : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History (vol.1) and Here My Troubles Began (vol.2) by Art Spiegelman - Groundbreaking graphic novel dealing with Spiegelman's relationship with his father and his experiences in the concentration camps in WWII. First graphic novel to win a pulizer prize.Powerful work. Highly recommended.

Maus: A survivor's Tale: Vol.1 and Vol.2 in one hardcover - 340 pages

Maus: A Survivor's Tale: Vol.1 and Vol.2 in boxed paperback set

Little Lit : Folklore & Fairy Tale Funnies


Chris Ware

Jimmy Corrigan : The Smartest Kid on Earth
- First collection of Chris Ware's incredible series: The Acme Novelty Library. Brilliant, original and beautifully designed. Highly recommended.

Jimmy Corrigan : The Smartest Kid on Earth- Hardcover



Jim Woodring

The Book of Jim by Jim Woodring - softcover - surreal autobiography and dream diary. Highly recommended.

Frank by Jim Woodring -Beautiful, wordless and disturbing adventures of Frank. Highly recommended.

Frank: Book one - softcover

Frank: Book one - hardback

Frank: Book Two - softcover