The list author says: "Note this list's title: "My favorites," not anyone else's. I've chosen these for variety as well as their importance in defining what a graphic novel can and should be. I've skipped some good ones by limiting this to one per author. And, although I might skirt the issue once or twice, there are no superheroes here."
"A bit "cartoony" in style, but brilliantly literate. Small wonder it took him so many years to sell it - no one knew what it was. A defining work of the modern graphic novel, and Eisner's done lots of other good work too."
"Great artwork, made greater by its subject matter. A good way to introduce a comic reader to the drama of opera. Look for Russell's other adapations, both of opera and of Oscar Wilde's wrenching fairy tales."
"The start of the Sandman saga. Varied art, thoughtful scripting. Exceptional, but not as seminal as some of the others. This first book in the series just gets it started - the series gets better as it goes along."
"Maybe Chaykin didn't draw the first noir comics, but he redefined them in the native illustrated medium. Not for little kids, his work (plus American Flagg and a lot of others) influenced a generation of comic artists. Watch out when you search for Chaykin's work, since his name appears on many comics for which he just did the writing or cover art."
"OK, maybe I'm stretching the definition of "novel" a bit, but Gorey's comic art truly stands out from the crowd. Granted, it's part of a tradition that existed before Gorey and continues after him, but hit a high point with his work."
"Not a novel, but a novel-length collection of shorts from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Varied and innovative, as you expect when art students go all out - and there are two more annuals like this ('Science' and 'Discovered'), not sold at Amazon!"
"Wow. If graphic novels are the prose of sequential art, Powell produces the poetry of the form. That won't even make sense to you until you see his work. This isn't really a graphic novel, more a novel-length set of shorts and novellas. It deserves attentiuon anyway.
BTW, this includes the whole of a previous book by Powell, "It Disappears.""
"Political and autobiographical - remarkable story, even if the art didn't pull me in. I expect to see more such when the post-literate generation gets tired of X-men. If you like this, "The Rabbi's Cat" might appeal, too."
"This noteworthy book and its two successors came from a highschooler's hand. Anyone who ever underestimates teen drive or intelligence is in for a big surprise - this young artist is driven and intelligent."