Booklist | Ian Chipman | June 14, 2012
Booklist’s Top 10 graphic novels of 2012 include 2 Drawn and Quarterly authors!
Big Questions. By Anders Nilsen. Illus. by the author. 2011. Drawn & Quarterly, $69.95 (9781770460447).
This enormous work, 15 years in the making, balances a minimalist drawing style with unusual touches of magic realism in a story about finches, philosophy, and the mysteries of life.
The Death-Ray. By Daniel Clowes. Illus. by the author. 2011. Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95 (9781770460515).
Returning to the arena of adolescent alienation that defined Ghost World (1997), and tossing in a lacerating takedown of superhero comics and pop culture, Clowes depicts a teen boy who derives low-level superpowers from smoking cigarettes.