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From Aardvarks to Bunnies and Back: Independent Graphic Novels

Dave Sim
Guys (Cerebus: Book 11)
If you haven't read the first ten Cerebus books, Guys may be a little confusing. Despite this, it still stands on its own as an individual story and offers a rather accurate glimpse into the male ego.
 
Craig Thompson
Blankets
Thompson's sophomore effort clocks in at over 590 pages. This should not be a deterrent, however, as not a single page is wasted in telling this poignant, autobiographical account. Extremely well written and masterfully rendered by the author and artist of the award winning Good-bye, Chunky Rice
 
Jeffery Brown
Clumsy: A Novel
While not the most aesthetically pleasing to look at, Clumsy is a true treat to read. This is a brutally honest account of first love; you will have a hard time not finishing it in one sitting.
 
Tony Millionaire
The House at Maakies Corner
Featuring a collection of two years worth of Maakies strips. Disturbing, disgusting, demented, and devilishly hilarious!
 
Various Artists
Project: Telstar: A Spacial Robotic Anthology
"One more robot learns to be something more than a machine." This line from a Flaming Lips song could be used to sum up Project: Telstar. Each story revolves around robots in some form or another. See what happens when you work on your robot while intoxicated or witness the apathy of floating aimlessly through space for eons. All this and much, much more! Featuring the work of Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy: A Novel), Scott Morse (Soulwind, The Barefoot Serpent), and many of today's finest "indy" artists.
 
Joe Matt
Fair Weather
Fair Weather offers the reader a glimpse into the childhood memories of Joe Matt (Peep Show!), one of the most deranged comic illustrators of the day. It seems obsession is a recurring theme in Matt's life. As an adult, Joe is obsessed with women. As a child, Matt's obsession is, innocently enough, comic books and other bits of collectible junk. The young Joe Matt is every bit as inconsiderate and socially inept as his adult counterpart. Matt's artwork, as always, is crisp and solid, and the writing is equally impressive.
 
Dave Sim
Melmoth (Cerebus: Book 6)
Melmoth is possibly the most depressing book in the Cerebus series. The primary story is based on the last days of Oscar Wilde and his slow death in a hotel room. Sim uses correspondence between two of Wilde's closest confidantes to bring realism to this fictionalized portrayal of Oscar's death. Cerebus seems to take the back seat as he copes (rather poorly) with the loss of his true love, Jaka, who Cerebus believes is dead. Death and loss are the themes of the day in Melmoth, but the short length (compared to previous Cerebus books) gives the reader a little room to breathe.
 

Updated:09/17/2009