Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not) - Jason Shiga

Even though you can read this comic in a subway ride (as I did), you will love it (as I did). Shiga's great and bizarrely rounded figures cartoony art provides a lovely forum for his awkward, very funny, simply told tale that takes place in various times periods (and cities) as a bit of a loner/loser takes a chance to find love and happiness. The few colors used are to great narrative effect, the paucity of dialogue speaks volumes, the simplicity of art is magical, and while the plot may seem hackneyed it is refreshing and real. After a stint of lame comics that I have read of late it is wonderful to be exposed to such greatness.