John Seven’s 10 Favorite Comics of 2015

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1. Fatherland: A Family History by Nina Bunjevac (Liveright)

This dysfunctional family memoir that involves a plot to bring down the Serbian government is harrowing and heartbreaking. (Amazon)

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2. 750 Years In Paris by Vincent Mahe (Nobrow Press)

Documenting centuries of history and bloodshed in city of lights through the evolution of one building and Vincent Mahe’s beautiful and intricate renderings that offer much to focus on. (Amazon)

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3. Sam Zabel And The Magic Pen by Dylan Horrocks (Fantagraphics)

Comics literary criticism becomes the very thing it examines, all the while masquerading as a lively chase. A strong testament to what comics are capable of that no other medium is. (Amazon)

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4. Invisible Ink by Bill Griffith (Fantagraphics)

Bill Griffith documents his mother’s long, secret affair with a cartoonist and uses the story to examine his parents, his family, and himself. (Amazon)

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5. The Spectators by Victor Hussenot (Nobrow Press)

This poetic, meditative examination of the relationship between humanity and its cities will widen your experience moving through the space around you. (Amazon)

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6. The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf (Metropolitan Books)

Sattouf’s unique vantage point – part alien, part insider – offers a singular insight to not only the Middle East, but the worlds crafted by dictators. (Amazon)

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7. The Disappearance of Charley Butters by Zach Worton (Conundrum)

Slice of life collides with mystery as Worton examines the idea of finding yourself through the life of someone else. (Amazon)

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8. Just So Happens by Fumio Obata (Abrams)

Obata takes his own experience of being at a distance from his native Japanese culture and uses it to examine a woman’s place in Japan, using the context of traditional culture and modern drama to make the point. (Amazon)

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9. Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro (Image Comics)

Takes the tropes of the women in prison genre and does a lively job of updating, inverting, and honoring to various degrees, all with feminist cred to back it all up. (Amazon)

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10. Class Photo by Robert Triptow (Fantagraphics)

Triptow riffs off a found school photo from 1937 for some pretty clever and audacious laughs. (Amazon)

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