Our book club recently chose Will Eisner’s Dropsie Avenue to discuss (the full review will be posted here). This is one of my favourite graphic novels and it was a pleasure to re-read and discuss. It is set in a fictional New York neighbourhood and details the life of the neighbourhood itself and the communities who pass through.
Eisner’s affection and dismay for the characters- acting out their lives and making the same mistakes and assumptions as the generation before- is keenly portrayed. It sways between poignant, tragic and up-lifting and keeps the reader turning the page. His love for this NY cityscape and its inhabitants is similar to that of Zadie Smith’s attachment to and frustration with NW (thanks to Mat @ CFBC for bringing up this point). But it is the artistic style and sensitive, detailed drawing of the characters that really makes this an outstanding read.