When it comes to the best graphic novels, choosing a favorite, or the singling out a best is not easy. There are so many in such wildly varying genre, there is literally something for everyone.

Graphic novels have been around for a long time. Exactly how long is a matter of debate. The term first appeared in print in 1976, though the idea existed long before that. (The first novel-length comic appeared in Switzerland in 1827.) Will Eisner’s A Contract With God and Art Spiegelman’s Maus (pictured below) brought serious critical attention to the genre for the first time. Maus, a Holocaust memoir, even won a Pulitzer prize in 1991.

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