Comic Books for Grown-Ups: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction
by Kirstin Butler Seeing the world in six-panel strips, or what Allen Ginsberg has to do with the wonders of zygotes. Who doesn’t love comic books? We’ve long loved authors Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. The Beats invokes the immediacy of 1940s and 50s art, music, and writing; even better, it provides political context and introduced us to an entire panoply of artists whose contributions to the era are lesser known. How do you make 500,000 declassified documents yield up their stories? Upton Sinclair-style muckraking for our modern era, Edible Secrets covers the CIA’s milkshake assassination plot of Fidel Castro, popcorn mind-control schemes, and how a box of Jello led to two death sentences during the 1950s Communist red scare. Whether you’re an activist, foodie, or history buff, Edible Secrets is a fascinating and fun creation about acts of agriculture — something each one of us, consciously or not, commits every day. Read our full review of the SmarterComics series here.