I'm going to risk some flames here and say the following:
Dear former Lit Major,
I am so glad you read Ghost World that one time, and that thanks to the movie and profile you read somewhere, you're passingly familiar with Marjani Sartapi. Because its now "hip", you'd like to talk comics and you know I read comics. While I appreciate your background as a reader of Jane Austen and The Canterbury Tales, reading two or three comics and having a former boyfriend who was "really into Batman" makes you an interested tourist, and I welcome you, but please be patient (and, yes, we're all already aware of the homosexual undertones of Batman and Robin, so, thanks). Also, please stop correcting me. It's rude and weird and that person writing the article you keep referring to about "important comics" was also clearly new to comics to those of us not new to comics. I am sad to say that what you saw there was a lot of enthusiasm, not the voice of experience. Pop culture writers suddenly compiling lists online - especially about comics - doesn't actually mean anything.
There's a lot that's going to go into a comics discussion that will, likely seem befuddling and not necessarily make sense. Especially when we start talking about the relative merits of Jimmy Olsen comics or talk about Scrooge McDuck as a major literary character.
Comics are not books anymore than oil paintings are sculptures or a photograph of a horse is a horse. I beg your patience. Things are going to get weird.
The writer of this article seems like a semi-serious reader and lists his top 5 - seemingly off the top of his head - picks, and its an interesting assortment.
- Maus: A Survivor's Tale
- The Sandman