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The Complete Maus: A Survivor’s Tale - Art Spiegelman
ISBN: 0141014083
"The Complete Maus" by Art Spiegelman - the Pulitzer prize-winning Holocaust survivor story.

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Watchmen - Alan Moore
ISBN: 0930289234
This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

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Blankets - Craig Thompson
ISBN: 1891830430
Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers.

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V for Vendetta - Alan Moore
ISBN: 140120841X
A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet.

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Pride of Baghdad - Brian K. Vaughan
ISBN: 1401203159
In the spring of 2003, a pride of lions escapes from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid. Lost and confused, hungry but finally free, the four lions roamed the decimated streets of Baghdad in a desperate struggle for their lives.

“Everybody is special. Everybody. Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain. Everybody. Everybody has their story to tell.” - Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

Interview with Craig Thompson

Alan Moore Discusses V for Vendetta and Watchmen

Interview with Art Spiegelman

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Quotes from the Novels

“There's a notion I'd like to see buried: the ordinary person. Ridiculous. There is no ordinary person.”   
    - Alan Moore, Watchmen

“I cannot forget it…ever since Hitler I don’t like to throw out even a crumb” (238). 

    - Art Spiegelman, The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale

"Even a mistake is better than nothing."

   - Craig Thompson, Blankets

“People shouldn't be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

   - Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

 

Facts about the Authors

Craig Thompson's father was a plumber, and his mother alternated between working as a stay-at-home mom and a visiting-nurse assistant for the disabled. Media such as films and televisions shows were screened or altogether censored by their parents, and the only music allowed was Christian music.

Brian K. Vaughan was a writer, story editor and producer of the television series Lost during seasons three through five.

Alan Oswald Moore led a marred childhood growing up in poverty and a neighborhood lacking basic facilities. His father, Ernest Moore, was a brewery worker and mother, Sylvia Doreen, a printer.

Having rejected his parents’ aspirations for him to become a dentist, Art Spiegelman studied cartooning in high school and began drawing professionally at age 16. In 1992, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his masterful Holocaust narrative, Maus.

 

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