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Believe it or not the National Book Festival is this Saturday. It’s early and it’s in a new spot! The National Mall is trying to save its grass, and what’s more damaging to grass than books (what’s up tourists)? This means we had to take the literature party inside this year to the Convention Center. Change is good! Don’t panic! Nothing is different, apart from the fact that all of those precious precious books are safe from rain! In honor of the festival and their entire section devoted to graphic novels we asked our lovely friends over at Kramerbooks to give us a list of some of their favorite graphic novels.

Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present by Dan Mazur and Alexander Danner

This is an encyclopedic overview of the popular modern art form. Hundreds of artists and illustrations from around the world are contextualized through five decades of history in this comprehensive and scholarly book.

Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky

Suzie is a girl who can stop time when she has sex. Suzie meets Jon, who also shares her ability, and the two go on a sexy, time-stopping, bank-robbing romp (natch). Sex Criminals is the totally original graphic novel/sex comedy we didn’t know we needed but are so, so glad to have.

Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong

An infographic-stuffed reference guide, Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe is indispensable for any comics fan. Leong, an art director at Wired Magazine, answers burning questions (Are more humans or zombies killed in The Walking Dead?) and charts the large (superheroes by color) and small (the Gotham Police Department shift rotation) of the comics universe.

The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

This graphic novel may be illustrated in a limited palate but its emotional range is vast.  A fable of early, icy, and forgotten Earth history, Greenberg weaves mythology with sly humor and romance. Early Earth is a unique place filled with interesting characters and Greenberg tells her story gracefully.