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Oklahoma comic-book writer and critic Rob Vollmar provides his recommendations for Valentine's Day.
by Matthew Price Published: February 14, 2014
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Oklahoma-based comic-book writer and critic Rob Vollmar provided this list of five recommendations for comics for lovers, young and old, on Valentine's Day.

1. “Blankets” by Craig Thompson: Although its story is somewhat bittersweet, “Blankets” is the perfect coming-of-age graphic novel that will appeal to both male and female readers. Thompson's lush inks are the perfect counterpoint to the expressive romanticism of the story.

2. “Alan Moore's Swamp Thing”: This comics classic, a mashed up Southern gothic horror, actually contains one of comics' most poignant love stories between the title character and Abby Holland. Both broken in their own way, the couple overcome great adversity to complete one another in a timeless love story that just so happens to include werewolves, supervillains and, sometimes, yes, even the Justice League.

3. “Lucille” by Ludovic Debeurme: This import from the French graphic novel market utilizes a very loose line that perfectly captures the uncertainty and excitement of young love. Set mostly in Italy, the environment is a perfect backdrop to this tale of star-crossed lovers who struggle to transcend their troubled childhoods to love, however imperfectly.

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by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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Comics for lovers

Oklahoma-based comic-book writer and critic Rob Vollmar provided this list of five recommendations for comics for lovers, young and old, on Valentine's Day.

1.“Blankets” by Craig Thompson: Although its story is somewhat bittersweet, “Blankets” is the perfect coming-of-age graphic novel that will appeal to both male and female readers. Thompson's lush inks are the perfect counterpoint to the expressive romanticism of the story.

2.“Alan Moore's Swamp Thing”: This comics classic, a mashed up Southern gothic horror, actually contains one of comics' most poignant love stories between the title character and Abby Holland. Both broken in their own way, the couple overcome great adversity to complete one another in a timeless love story that just so happens to include werewolves, supervillains and, sometimes, yes, even the Justice League.

3.“Lucille” by Ludovic Debeurme: This import from the French graphic novel market utilizes a very loose line that perfectly captures the uncertainty and excitement of young love. Set mostly in Italy, the environment is a perfect backdrop to this tale of star-crossed lovers who struggle to transcend their troubled childhoods to love, however imperfectly.

4.“Stigmata” by Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piersanti: Another European masterpiece that shows the transcendent power of love. Mattotti's rich pencils bring the emotion to the forefront of this story of love among circus freaks. Not for the fainthearted — but then love rarely is.

5.“A Bride's Story” by Kaoru Mori: An unlikely Japanese manga that follows a young Turkish plainswoman as she settles into her role as bride to a younger boy from a neighboring clan. Mori's attention to costuming and period details makes this exotic backdrop really come alive, and the themes will tug on the heartstrings of even the most callous among us.

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