The Comic Book Shop

I have a confession to make.

I often take my kids to our local comic book shop under the pretense that I want to buy them comics.

But it’s really me who wants to buy them. You see, I have a thing for graphic novels.


A woman takes her granddaughter to Warsaw under the pretense of reclaiming family property lost during the war. A bittersweet story about secrets and shared history.

I don’t care if Archie can’t decide between Betty and Veronica. Nor am I the least bit interested in who the latest villain is trying to defeat Spider-Man.

It’s the graphic novel I’m after, and it’s something else entirely. Something wonderful. A story-come-to-life like no other.

It can be a powerful and intimate account of historical events. The combination of the author’s own words and the visual images often convey deeply personal stories unlike any other genre.  It’s not about a well-known movie director or famous actor with their interpretation of events.  Much shorter than a novel, it’s also satisfying read in one sitting.

I’m sharing my favorites. I’d love to hear if you have any graphic novels you’ve read and loved. Also, please support your local comic book shop and buy your graphic novels there.


“The first masterpiece in comic book history” (The New Yorker). Spiegelman chronicles the story of his parent’s survival during the Holocaust. The Spiegelman retrospective currently at The Jewish Museum in NY is a must see.


Part inspiration, part autobiography, each page of this delightful book is a feast for the eyes.


Written by the daughter of two foodies, this charming memoir is as much about Knisley’s life as it is about the foods she eats and loves. There are recipes too!


A gifted talented author and artist Satrapi’s memoir of her unforgettable childhood in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution is a fascinating read.


I bought this for the kids but then started reading it and couldn’t put it down. Congressman John Lewis tells his remarkable story as one of the key figures of the Civil Rights movement.


Leaving all their belongings and loved ones in Budapest and faking their own deaths, Katin and her mother set off on foot to escape from the Nazi invasion. A story of survival and faith.


Katin struggles to let go of her past when her son decides to move to Berlin.







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3 Comments on The Comic Book Shop

  1. Lillie
    December 15, 2013 at 5:38 pm (9 years ago)

    Absolutely fascinating. I never considered how many interesting graphic novels there were out there – you’re awesome.

  2. helene
    December 15, 2013 at 6:22 pm (9 years ago)

    There is a “new” comic book store on West Portal, but I have never been in it.
    Come to my neck of the woods to discover what they have .

    • Julie Levine
      December 15, 2013 at 8:59 pm (9 years ago)

      I’d love to come check it out. Thanks for letting me know.


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