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If you don't scorn manga, I HIGHLY recommend Urasawa Naoki's work. He's one of my favorite storytellers, period, and if he were working in the literature medium (and if he were as good in it as in that of graphic novels) he'd be right up there with all the heavyweights. Seriously, this man knows how to spin an extremely moving & thoughtprovoking tale. He tackles some really heavy stuff, and does it in the most compelling way imaginable. His artwork is also fantastic, his expertise being the depth of feeling he can portray in faces, plus his apparently natural talent for storyboards.

Anyhow, I recommend any/all of his serious/mature work (it also helps that a lot of it is expertly translated):

20th Century Boys
Billy Bat [currently serialized]

I seriously can't recommend this guy's work enough.
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