I've got a monster stack of books that I'm slowly working my way through. What is the What by Dave Eggers and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel were Christmas gifts from my Mom (although I already had Fun Home, so I exchanged it for the new paperback edition of Everyday Matters by Danny Gregory). My Dad gave me a $50 Borders Gift Card, so I put that towards Berlin: City of Stones by Jason Lutes and The ACME Novelty Date Book by Chris Ware. I also ordered MeatHaüs 8: Headgames and MeatHaus 6 on a whim. Those are anthologies of comics by a collective started in New York by graduates of the School of Visual Arts and include work from Becky Cloonan, Farel Dalrymple, Tomer Hanuka, James Jean, and many others. Chris McD even included a quick sketch on my packing slip. Groovy!
Everything here comes with my highest possible reccomendation. Eggers is a genius, so is Ware. Bechdel's Fun Home was the breakout graphic novel of 2006, topping TIME's annual Top Ten Book list. Berlin, by the time it is completed will be one of the most significant works of historical fiction ever produced in comics, and the MeatHaus books are just great fun!