• Read Your Heart Out: Comics

    For the end of the year, we thought we'd finish our 2013 Read Your Heart Out series with a small collection of some of our favorite comic books. Ranging from the serious (Persepolis) to the not-so-serious (Walking Dead), each book is filled with a wide array of eye-catching illustrations and stories. Check out which of our favorites made the cut. Katie

    Unlovable: The Complete Collection by Esther Pearl Watson
    This is the complete collection of Unlovable comics, originally found in the back pages of BUST magazine. The entire comic series is loosely based off a diary that was found in a gas station bathroom, and Esther Pearl Watson's illustrations perfectly capture the awkward moments of adolescence recounted by the unknown diarist. To check out some of Watson's other work, click here.

    Megaskull by Kyle Platts
    Kyle Platts' illustrations are hilariously creepy, and the jokes within the comics themselves are more of the same. (Check out his comic "Neglect" to get a sense of the humor in this one.) Perfect for anyone who has an offbeat, internet-y sense of humor.

    The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    A lot of people may have heard of Persepolis after it became an animated film, but diving into the original comic is an absolute must. Through comic strips, Marjane Satrapi tells her story of coming-of-age in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution and then living in exile from her country. It's an extremely candid and heartbreaking read.

    The Walking Dead, Vol. 1 by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
    This is another comic that people may have learned about through the (small) screen version, but The Walking Dead comics are slightly different from the show, and offer a little bit more to the reader than the show would. Plus, ZOMBIES!