Bluffton by Matt Phelan
If you know one of those people who dismiss graphic novels as childish or just about superheroes, this is the book to convince them otherwise. In Bluffton, Phelan captures the joys of summer in childhood, the magic and dark corners of vaudeville, and the hard life of a turn-of-the-century child actor, namely Buster Keaton. This is presented with impeccable pacing and artistry. The color palette is slightly muted, adding to the nostalgic atmosphere of the book. It's worth reading this one just for the art. More than that, though, it's an engrossing story. Perhaps not one that young readers will clamor for but a book that one will appreciate more with each read.