Thompson, Craig – Good-Bye, Chunky Rice
This guy has to put out another book soon. This was the best thing I read last year and, judging from some of the “best of” lists that I saw, I wasn’t alone. It’s the story of Chunky Rice leaving his best friend to go on a journey that he can’t explain. Every character is wonderfully realized: the “girlfriend” he leaves behind who puts messages in bottles in the hope that they’ll reach him at sea, the man who befriends an injured bird to make up for his dog Chomper, even the sea captain who gave up on people long ago. I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s the kind of book that you can give to people who don’t read comics and have them accept it readily.