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The English Teacher Reflects: Graphic Fiction

Our maverick English Teacher and genre enthusiast looks at the burgeoning world of graphic fiction. No longer denigrated as merely "comic books", the graphic novel and the long form illustrated story have gained literary and academic respectability and more. Here, our compiler lists 43 examples of the melding of art and narrative. Some are justly famous; others are less well-known. All are well worth the time spent reading them.
Note: with one exception, our compiler has excluded manga because he doesn't know enough about it. The exception, "Ghost in the Shell", is here because he read it on a recommendation from a student, and found it fascinating.
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Age of Bronze (Eric Shanower)
Age of Bronze (Eric Shanower)
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Alias Volume 1 (Brian Michael Bendis)
Alias Volume 1 (Brian Michael Bendis)
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All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison)
All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison)
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American Century (Vertigo)
American Century (Vertigo)
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Asterix the Gaul
Asterix the Gaul
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Black Hole (Charles Burns)
Black Hole (Charles Burns)
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Blackest Night (Geoff Johns)
Blackest Night (Geoff Johns)
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Bloom County: Loose Tails (Berke Brethed)
Bloom County: Loose Tails (Berke Brethed)
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9
Bone
Bone
10
Calvin and Hobbes
Calvin and Hobbes
11
The Complete Maus (Art Speigelman)
The Complete Maus (Art Speigelman)
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The Complete Persepolis
The Complete Persepolis
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Crisis on Infinite Earths (Marv Wolfman)
Crisis on Infinite Earths (Marv Wolfman)
14
The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller)
The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller)
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The Darkness (Top Cow)
The Darkness (Top Cow)
16
Doonesbury (G.B. Trudeau)
Doonesbury (G.B. Trudeau)
17
Emerald Dawn Vol 1 and Vol 2
Emerald Dawn Vol 1 and Vol 2
18
Enemy Ace War Idyll (Pratt)
Enemy Ace War Idyll (Pratt)
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Final Night
Final Night
20
From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
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21
Ghost in the Shell (Masamune Shirow)
Ghost in the Shell (Masamune Shirow)
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A History of Violence (John Wagner)
A History of Violence (John Wagner)
23
Identity Crisis (Brad Meltzer)
Identity Crisis (Brad Meltzer)
24
Kingdom Come (Mark Waid)
Kingdom Come (Mark Waid)
25
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
26
Love and Rockets (Comics)
Love and Rockets (Comics)
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The Magdalena (Top Cow)
The Magdalena (Top Cow)
28
Midnight Nation (Straczynski)
Midnight Nation (Straczynski)
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Ministry of Space (Warren Ellis)
Ministry of Space (Warren Ellis)
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Preacher (Garth Ennis)
Preacher (Garth Ennis)
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Punisher (2000) (Garth Ennis)
Punisher (2000) (Garth Ennis)
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The Red Star Vol. #1
The Red Star Vol. #1
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33
Rex Mundi Book 1: The Guardian of the Temple (Arvid Nelson)
Rex Mundi Book 1: The Guardian of the Temple (Arvid Nelson)
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Road to Perdition
Road to Perdition
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Sandman (Gaiman)
Sandman (Gaiman)
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Torso (Brian Michael Bendis)
Torso (Brian Michael Bendis)
37
Understanding Comics
Understanding Comics
38
V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta
39
The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman)
The Walking Dead (Robert Kirkman)
40
Watchmen (Alan Moore)
Watchmen (Alan Moore)
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