Art Spiegelman once described graphic novels as "a gateway drug for literacy". Beyond superhero comics, graphic novels have shown us the brutalities of the Holocaust (Spiegelman's Maus), distilled the painful awkwardness of teenage friendships (Daniel Clowes's Ghost World) and given us insights into growing up in revolutionary Iran (Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis). One of my favourites is Craig Thompson's Blankets (2003)—a memoir as thick as a phone book and one of the most beautiful things I've read. Right now, I'm in the middle of his newest, Habibi, an Islamic fairytale about refugee child slaves. Epic, stunning stuff.
Benjamin Law is a Brisbane-based writer, prolific tweeter and man about town. He's published one book, The Family Law, is working on another and contributes to publications such as Sunday Life, The Big Issue and Smith.