6 Exceptional Graphic Novels for Creatives

Calling all creatives! Unleash your imagination and explore the intersection of art and storytelling. Delve into a curated selection of phenomenal graphic novels, each crafted by renowned artists, cartoonists, and illustrators who have pushed the boundaries of the medium. Prepare to be captivated by stunning visuals and innovative narratives that will ignite your own creative spark. From the hauntingly beautiful “Underground: Cursed Rockers and High Priestesses of Sound” by Le Gouëfflec and Moog to the legendary “Maus” creator Art Spiegelman’s “Co-Mix,” get ready to be inspired by masters of the visual narrative.

New York Drawings by Adrian Tomine

Even if most of us can’t afford a subscription to the dazzling, pivotal and all-around cultural display that is The New Yorker, it is often enough for us to take pleasure in its stimulating, beautiful and often provocative covers. And so, while only a few would know of Adrian Tomine, all are deeply familiar with the soft lines and tender colours that have been gracing the pages and covers of the magazine for over a decade. As an homage to the kind eye and skilled pen of a wonderful man, “New York Drawings” has compiled the many published, unpublished and uncollected illustrations and sketches that have populated Tomine’s sketchbooks, and have, in turn, housed within an entire population of quintessential New Yorkers. 

Co-Mix by Art Spiegelman

A retrospective of comics, graphics and scraps: “Co-Mix” is a ring-side view to Art Spiegelman’s meticulous and innovative creative process and contains the best of six decades of his “comics, graphics, and scraps”. It showcases the best of a man who has done it all–from album covers to literary graphic novels. What’s more, this curated retrospective is an exclusive art show that is personally guided by the essayed voices of film critic J. Hoberman and MoMA curator Robert Storr. Why haven’t you bought this already?

Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry

Densely packed with melting ball-point doodles, vivid splashes of watercolour and exuberant collages of text, Barry’s yellow-lined notebook is a stunning course manual that offers an ingenious lesson in creative writing. Filled with writing exercises, lesson plans and actual syllabi, Syllabus is a holistic workshop that hopes to cultivate your creative practice, while also deeply rejuvenating your creative spirit. A product of what it preaches, this novelisation of Barry’s hand-drawn and hand-written notebook is a visually striking masterpiece that exemplifies the deep relationship between the hand, the brain and the spontaneously creative mind.  

You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack– Comics by Tom Gauld

An elite selection of panels from almost a decade of Gauld’s comics for The Guardian, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack is an expanse of dark humour and quietly intelligent quips that cement Gauld’s reputation as a first-rate comic artist and literature nerd. Ingeniously funny and endlessly whimsical, mocking pretensions of high art and snobbery, each panel contains a wittily delivered cultural critique that will make you marvel at the precise art of packing the profound into the shockingly simple. 

Scrapbook by Adrian Tomine

Dive into the early works of graphic novel icon Adrian Tomine with “Scrapbook: Uncollected Works, 1990-2004.” Offering a glimpse into Tomine’s artistic roots, this collection features a mix of comics, illustrations, and sketches from his pre-fame days. Expect to see the development of his signature clean lines and relatable characters grappling with love, loss, and the complexities of young adulthood.

Underground: Cursed Rockers and High Priestesses of Sound by Arnaud Le Gouëfflec and Nicolas Moog (Limited Stock)

Forget mainstream and embrace distortion in this graphic novel odyssey, celebrating the iconic outcasts of music. With over 50 biographies of underground heroes, from the enigmatic Captain Beefheart to the legendary Patti Smith, the novel chronicles the legends that defied expectations and changed the course of rock forever. Packed with captivating illustrations and untold stories, this is a must-have for music lovers and fans of the weird and wonderful.

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