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Ulli Lust

Four must-read, critically acclaimed graphic novels

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I spent most of my early reading life diving into thick volumes of prose, devouring everything from Little Women to Anna Karenina. Apart from some early obsessions with Archie comics and Mad Magazine (the latter stolen from my brother’s room, to be returned before he could notice), I thought of the two worlds of reading as separate. It wasn’t until I read Art Spiegelman’s Maus sometime around middle school that it finally hit me: comics, like straight prose, could catapult me into other worlds, shake up my emotional and mental states, and transform me. I’ve come to appreciate comics and graphic novels as a different kind of reading experience, equally absorbing but a little bit sloppier, more carefree. It’s not…

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