These aren't my words describing the books but conveys what I think of them.
Book of Grickle
Get ready for the most extensive journey ever into the brilliant mind of
Graham Annable! A classically trained animator with credits in film
(including as a storyboard artist on Coraline), television, and
video games, Annable has for years spent his free time creating some of
the funniest, most poignant comics anywhere. As befits his animation
background, Annable's fluid art pulses with life, in stories that
practically jump off the page. Alternately poetic and hilarious, Grickle presents a strange twist on the everyday with heart and humor. If you've experienced Grickle before, this is the greatest collection yet. If you haven't, there's no better introduction than Book of Grickle!
Private investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery,
digging into the backstories behind murders, child abductions, and
nuclear secrets. Guarnido's sumptuously painted pages and rich cinematic
style bring the world of 1950s America to vibrant life, with Canales
weaving in fascinating tales of conspiracy, racial tension, and the "red
scare" Communist witch hunts of the time. Guarnido reinvents
anthropomorphism in these pages, and industry colleagues no less than
Will Eisner, Jim Steranko, and Tim Sale are fans!
Whether John Blacksad is falling for dangerous women or getting beaten
to within an inch of his life, his stories are, simply put,
* Dark Horse is very proud to present the first three Blacksad stories in a beautiful hardcover collection, completely relettered to the artist's specifications and with the latest album, Red Soul, in English for the very first time.
* This internationally acclaimed series has won nearly a dozen
prestigious awards -- including the Angoulême Comics Festival prizes for
Best Series and Best Artwork-and is a three-time Eisner Award nominee.
* Blacksad took Europe by storm in 2000 and sold over 200,000 copies in France alone.
2010 Eisner nominee! One day David Small awoke from a supposedly
harmless operation to discover that he had been transformed into a
virtual mute. A vocal cord removed, he had not been told that he had
throat cancer and was expected to die.
Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim to his
decision to flee his home at sixteen with nothing more than dreams of
becoming an artist. Stitches will transform adolescent and adult readers
alike with its deeply liberating vision.
Each one of these graphic novels are by far the best reads I've had all year. Either for the pacing, the art style, the comedy, or the message. There are many more great ones but these were the gems I feel most people hadn't heard about (compared to Maus, Keepers of the Maser, Iron West or Zed)