This is by far the most modernist comic book we've ever seen. Written and beautifully illustrated by David Mazzucchelli, Asterios Polyp is the story of an architect who escapes to the Midwest after his New York apartment burns down...
The book chronicles Asterios' life, using furniture arrangements as metaphors for his state of being. Colored in blues, purples, and reds, its composition is as intriguing as its story. New York Times book reviewer Douglas Wolk calls it "a big, proud, ambitious chunk of a graphic novel, with modernism on its mind and a perfectly geometrical chip on its shoulder... a Novel of Ideas with two capital letters."
Mazzucchelli spent 10 years composing the book, which was just published this July. For more information, visit Pantheon Graphic Novels.
Photos: illustrations by David Mazzucchelli, excerpted from Asterios Polyp