If printed books are to survive the avalanche of e-books and screen-based media, their rescuers may well be graphic novels. Visually rich, physically substantial, and tactilely satisfying, graphic novels and their non-fiction cousins are a powerful counterblow to the tyranny of pixels. Subtleties of color, tone, line work, and the interplay of ink on high-quality paper offer a hand-tooled richness that gets lost in digital reproduction. Here is a small sampling of the diverse offerings from 2012 that might delight someone on your holiday list and keep printing presses humming.
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