"The first half of Peter Bagge's Buddy Bradley saga. The follow-up to this book, Buddy Does Jersey, has recently been released and is every bit as good. Also, check out Bagge's earlier work in The Bradleys."
"Excellent autobiographical work from Chester Brown. This book is so personal, realistic, and vivid that when I remember moments from it I feel like I'm remembering moments from my own life. Also, check out Brown's The Playboy and The Little Man."
"This collects the first three issues of Ivan Brunetti's comic book Schizo as well as some other work of his. The comics here are mostly autobiographical and feature Brunetti's pitch black humor, his impressive variety of drawing styles, self-loathing, and lots of gags involving sex and violence (but they're all really funny. Seriously)."
"After ten years in the making, Charles Burns' masterpiece about alienated (and mutated) youth is now available in one volume. This is a great, unique coming of age story accompanied by what is, in my opinion, some of the finest comic art ever produced. This is definitely the best thing he's done so far, but all of his work is worth checking out."
"Daniel Clowes is definitely my favorite cartoonist and this collection of his short stories is my favorite book of his. Other books by him I'd highly recommend are Ghost World and Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, but you really can't go wrong with any of his books."
"This is Guy Delisle's story about living in North Korea while working there as an animator. This gives you a rare firsthand account of an outsider's take on just how bizarre and oppressive North Korea is. It manages to be pretty funny too. If you like this, check out Delisle's other book, Shenzhen."
"Features work from many of the more experimental cartoonists from around the world. Also has some more conventional work from people like Chris Ware, Jordan Crane, and David Heatley (Heatley's autobio story in here, "My Sexual History", is one of my favorite comic stories of all time)."
"Just as great as the last one, and definitely more experimental. Mixes a lot of new groundbreaking comics with some amazing obscure older stuff. To me, the highlight is the new comic by Victor Cayro (aka Bald Eagles)."
"The Hernandez Brothers created their series Love and Rockets in the early 80s and helped start the alternative comics revolution. This book collects the majority of Jaime Hernandez's work from Love and Rockets in a big, meaty hardcover edition. Excellent storytelling and beautiful art."
"Gilbert Hernandez is one of the best storytellers in the field of comics. This book collects his Palomar stories from Love and Rockets. If you like this, check out Love and Rockets X and Poison River (and his current work, of course!)"
"Five years of Kochalka's autobiographical comic strip. Each strip captures a moment from his day, usually in four panels. It's amazing how entertaining he makes the comic out of (usually) little moments in his life. Great stuff."
"Michael Kupperman is one of the funniest people alive. This book is filled with short comics that feature his trademark absurdist sense of humor. If you like this, check out his new series Tales Designed to Thrizzle."
"Harvey Kurtzman created Mad, which started out as a full color comic book, and had the cartooning dream team of Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Wally Wood to illustrate his stories. This collects the first six issues and they are still genuinely funny today."
"It's hard for me to decide between this and Miller's The Dark Knight Returns. They're both great. This book has incredible artwork by David Mazzucchelli and isn't quite as over the top as some of Miller's other work, which is nice. Jeph Loeb wrote Long Halloween and Dark Victory which are kind of like follow-ups to this book. Don't read them though. They suck."
"There's a reason this book is on every list of best comics. I've never seen the movie (and never will), but I can't imagine it's any good compared to the book. Moore is one of the best writers in all of comics. So if you like this, check out some of his other books. You can't really go wrong with any of his stuff."
"Man, I'm usually disappointed by superhero comics when I read them, but this is one of the best I've seen in quite a while. Incredible artwork by Frank Quitely and Morrison's writing is slightly less "out there" than usual, which I like. Also, it's just a straight up good superhero comic and not some lame edgy revisionist crap (e.g. everything by Mark Millar)."
"Harvey Pekar was one of the first writers to show people that comics could be about average Joes. This book collects work from the first decade of his autobiographical comic. The only problem with this book is that the quality of each story really depends on which artist is illustrating it."
"Insanely funny, but not for the easily offended (or even the somewhat-hard-to-offend). If you're into Simpsons, South Park, or Family Guy then you'll probably like this too. Also, check out Ryan's equally funny work in Portajohnny or get your hands on a copy of Comic Book Holocaust, which is filled with Ryan's hilarious, over-the-top comic book/strip parodies."
"This isn't considered to be Seth's greatest comic (that title would probably belong to "It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken"), but I liked this more than anything else by him. The book is set in a world where rare comics are valuable artifacts and they are hunted down by eccentric millionaires with rocket cars and gyrocopters."
"One of the best and most interesting comics I've seen in a while. Dash Shaw has a very unique style when it comes to his artwork and how he tells a story, but nothing here feels "experimental." This is art created by somebody who knows exactly what they're doing. Totally engaging. Highly recommended."
"They finally released all the Freak Brothers comics in one big affordable package. A newer generation might look at this and think it's some lame hippie/stoner comic, but it's actually one of the funniest and most clever comics ever made. One of the best comic releases I've seen in a while."
"Short stories that are mostly about loners and outsiders. Excellent production values for a translated Japanese comic. This is better than the first volume in this series (The Push Man), but that book's also worth reading."
"Adrian Tomine has an amazing ability to capture real life better than most artists working in any medium. Also, he is one of the best comic artists working today. This book collects four excellent short stories from Tomine's comic series Optic Nerve. If you like this, check out his earlier work in Sleepwalk or his newer book Shortcomings."
"Chris Ware is a genius, but I (and many others) sometimes find his work hard to read because it can be so relentlessly depressing. Jimmy Corrigan is his only really solid complete work, but everything he's done recently starting with volume 16 of his series Acme Novelty Library is also great and maybe even better than his work in this book."
"This Chris Ware-edited volume of McSweeney's is a great starting point for somebody new to comics. Features work from some of the industry's biggest talents and essays about comics history and cartoonists."