If you're into comic books or art, Art Spiegelman is a name you should know. He's got a retrospective art show right now that's endlessly fascinating. For the occasion of the show, I was able to discuss many aspects of his work with him.
Alan Kaufman, the Bronx-born son of a French-Jewish Holocaust survivor, is author of the critically acclaimed memoirs Jew Boy and Drunken Angel. Kaufman's writings are subversive articulations of extreme outsiderness.
The following graphic novels all helped the medium gain that elusive respect, by offering narratives that qualify as fine literature, combined with artwork that's frame-worthy. And yes, some do feature superheroes in spandex.