Five Fantagraphics Faves | Wyatt’s World

Graphic Novels Reshape the Way Readers Experience Stories—

Take Chris Ware’s (Building Stories, 2012) DIY approach or the wordless world of Jim Woodring (Fran, June). Browsing the Fantagraphics spring catalog underscores the myriad of styles and literary approaches that graphic novelists and artists explore—be it Anders Nilsen’s near metaphorical images or Dash Shaw’s crowded and kaleidoscopic landscapes.

  • Good Dog by Graham Chaffee (Fantagraphics, May). In some circles Chaffee is known for his tattoos, but graphic novel fans know him best as the author of The Most Important Thing & Other Stories, 2003. After a long absence from comics writing, he returns with a story told from the perspective of Ivan, a good dog who has to navigate the trials of both the canine and human world.
  • The Amazing, Enlightening And Absolutely True Adventures of Katherine Whaley by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics, May.). The author of Alias the Cat returns with a new graphic novel featuring an odd filmmaker named Charles Varnay, his dog, Rousseau, and Katherine Whaley—the girl whom Varnay asks to star in his film about a message from the voice of Jesus Christ.
  • Lost Cat by Jason (Fantagraphics, June). Known for his spare art and deadpan sensibility, Hey, Wait…, Jason’s newest work is also his longest. It is a detective story about a man who rescues a missing cat, which leads him to a woman, which leads him to a mystery.
  • The End by Anders Nilsen (Fantagraphics, May). In 2011, Nilsen’s Big Questions made a bevy of best lists, including the New York Times and NPR. His new release is a stylistically diverse blend of memoir and meditation that grows out of the sketchbooks he kept following the death of his fiancée.
  • New School by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics, June). Known for his frenetic and inventive artwork last displayed in the visually stunning BodyWorld, (2010) returns with another full-color graphic novel packed with artistic invention. The story, of brothers and isolation, is set on a remote island housing a fantastical amusement park.


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Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at