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February 2010

(Worth) Ten Thousand Words, Part IV: International Graphic Novels

Image: Galit Seliktar and Gilad Seliktar, from “Farm 54”

February brings our annual celebration of the international graphic novel. Dodging bullets in Beirut and facing divorce in Paris, scaling Chinese peaks and prowling the Cairene underworld, these international artist-writers delineate character and plot with all sorts of lines. See how Zeina Abirached, Blutch, Albert Cossery and Golo, Marc Legendre, Galit Seliktar and Gilad Seliktar, and Wei Tsung-Cheng make every picture tell a story. In related pieces, Michael McDonald draws out translator Marina Harss, and Tomas Kołodziejczak considers the intersection of Polish politics and comics. And elsewhere, Sony Labou Tansi courts the body politic, and David Albahari tries to shrink a weighty head.

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