Asterios Polyp

Author and artist: David Mazzucchelli

Type: Fiction, comic

Published: 2009

I read it: June 2010


A wonder of narrative and visual style. A graphic novel that shows off just how much the graphic novel can do. Don’t we know by now that pictures aren’t just for kids anymore? Mazzucchelli launches into existential examination with his main character, Asterios Polyp, whose life receives a literal shock and he finds himself on a journey with new bit players, while recalling those who occupied his old life. Beautiful to look at and a lot to chew on. Well worth adding to your comics collection (start one of those already, book nerds!).

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