The Underwater Welder, by Jeff Lemire, Top Shelf Productions
If you’re a newcomer to the world of comics: welcome. You might be thinking to yourself at this moment: Do I toe the edge, or jump in? There’s a lot of movement going on, many undefined shapes and characteristics to look out for. How to find what you like so your first swim isn’t also your last? Like I said, welcome. But before you get frustrated or overwhelmed, let me suggest an entry point. Let me introduce you to Jeff Lemire.
Nononba, by Shigeru Mizuki, Drawn & Quarterly
Children are constantly reminded that they know nothing of the world. Adults act as if they couldn’t understand, so no use trying to explain. Other children posit guesses or deliver information accompanied by shrugs or exaggerated confidence. Our childhood experiences drift rootless in the fog of unknown contexts, despite our interaction with it. A future [...]