A box labeled "stories," an apple by any other visual style, a black reporter passing with an assumed identity, and an illustrated guide to (almost) all literature are among the beautiful and evocative graphic novels up for vote at #1book140, our Twitter book club.
Readers have suggested several dozen amazing graphic novels to read in August. I should have expected it, since you tried to read four graphic novels in one month last time.
This month we're reading two books, so you get two votes. The first vote is on recent, notable graphic novels. The second vote is for more topical comics.
Vote twice, below. Voting closes Tuesday at noon. Once we select the books for August, I'll announce the results post a schedule here at The Atlantic and on our Twitter hashtag, #1book140.
Vote One: Notable Graphic Novels Within the Last Five Years
Building Stories by Chris Ware just won four Eisner awards at Comic-Con last week. The graphic novel comes in a box that includes 14 components that can be read in any order. If you vote for this, our reading schedule will almost certainly have to be an infographic. This story set in New York City is worth the effort.
Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzucchelli, is "a satirical comedy of remarriage" and "a treatise on aesthetics and design and ontology" according to Douglas Wolk in the New York Times. It's also gorgeous and showy; one page shows a single apple drawn in sixteen different visual styles.