Must-Read: Graphic Novels

In recent years, pic lit has risen above its misfit roots to be taken seriously as a literary genre—and an artform. Here, 10 must-reads to kickstart your obsession.

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Alison Bechdel

A recipient of the MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2014, Alison Bechdel is the creator of the bestselling graphic memoir Fun Home (now also a Broadway musical). Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, which first appeared in the 1980s, centers on a cast of lesbian characters. The “Bechdel test,” which critics now use to test a movie’s sexism and gender bias, first appeared in Dykes to Watch Out For