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  • 2 October 2016

If you haven't taken a bite off the illustrative and graphic world of comics, our list of must-reads/flips will turn you into a new leaf. Why should guys monopolise comics anyway? Start with these fantastic titles to stay prepped for the next comic con round up!




Emotionally powerful and deeply enthralling Persepolis is an experience. An autobiographical graphic novel written by Marjani Satrapi which was later adapted into an animation film in 2007, the book is set in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution of the 70s and 80s. Haunting and humorous memoir of a young girl wading through early chilhood in a totalitarian regime, the book/comic illustratively takes you on a black and white sketch of the author's life. A timeless story, make this your off-duty read.



India's first graphic novel by a woman, Kari is a powerful and ground breaking book set in contemporary India authored and illustrated by Amruta Patil. Kari is about a queer woman living in Mumbai peppered with vividly emotional sketches from her life. A mesmerising, fast-paced read, the book draws you in from the word go with the dramatic dreamy opening scene where Kari and her lover Ruth are about to commit suicide. Everything we want in a good book - a narrative that doesn't let you rest till you reach the very end. 




Authored and illustrated by Craig Thompson, Habibi is a 672 page book set in a fictional islamic land, sprawling and epic in scale. It tells you the story of Dodola and Zam, two escaped slave children who needle through life. As their lives grow together and apart the two discover the extraordinary depth and fraility of their connection. Controversial yet critical the book is everything you don't imagine it to be. You'll be thinking of Habibi long after you've finished traversing through the last few page turns.  


Addicted to Stranger Things? If the answer is a big fat yes, then Paper Girls is where the buck should stop for you. The comic released last year is set in 1988 and follows a set of 12 year old girls on their pre-drawn trail until time travelers drop out of the sky to disrupt their routine meanderings. Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Cliff Chiang describe the comic as 'Stand By Me' meets 'War of the Worlds'. Hooked? 



Meet the non-archetypal comic legend, Tank Girl! Created by Jamie Hewlitt and Alan Martin in 1988, the strip was initially set in post-apocalyptic Australia, and revolves around Rebecca Buck who drives and lives in a tank. The comics tone is set around Tank Girl's misadventures with her boyfriend, Booga, a mutant kangaroo. Serious! 



Who doesn't know of the Amazonian super-heroine Wonder Woman? But did you know DC Comics created the character more than half a century ago and the protagonist Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman was originally the name of a U.S, Army nurse. Created by American psychologst and writer William Moulton Marston and his wife co-creator Elizabeth Holloway Marston Wonder Woman gets a cinematic lease of life next year with a June release. About time you caught up with her!


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