Jeff Martin’s Top 10 Go-To Comic Book and Graphic Novel List

True North Country Comics presents the top 10 go-to comic books and graphic novels from Jeff Martin.

Jeff is an award-winning cartoonist from Edmonton, Alberta. He’s the creator of Hockeypocalypse, Where Is Zog?, Redcoats-ish, and the webcomic Hell, Inc.


Here’s Jeff Martin’s top 10 go-to comic book and graphic novel list:

1. The Sculptor by Scott McCloud
“Scott McCloud puts his teachings from Understanding and Making Comics into action in a breathtaking masterpiece of sequential art.” 

2. It Was the War of the Trenches by Jacques Tardi
“I’m very interested in the Great War, and Tardi’s gorgeous art accompanies funny and heartbreaking tales of what it’s like to be a French infantryman on the Western Front.”

3. Sara by Garth Ennis, Steve Epting et al
“Garth Ennis writing war comics is one of my favourite things, and this is one of his best, especially because of Steve Eptings art.”

4. Way of the Househusband by Kousuke Oono
“A Yakuza boss retires to become a househusband, but all of his daily struggles are presented with all the gritty intensity of your favourite Yakuza stories.”


5. Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san by Honda-san
“An autobio about working in a Japanese manga bookstore, but starring a skeleton.”

6. Crogan’s Loyalty by Chris Schweizer
“Oh, look, more history comics! Chris Schweizer is an immensely skilled cartoonist whose linework is a delight.” 

7. Habitat by Simon Roy
“I love the world-building in this book, and the scene where the world is revealed, visually, is jaw-dropping.”

8. Guerillas by Brahm Revel
“A superscience Vietnam story starring genetically altered primates? Yes. Yes, let’s have that.” 

9. Essex County by Jeff Lemire
“Listen, I’m not gonna sit here and pretend I’m not listing this book entirely for the middle chapter about ye olde time hockey.” 

10. Death Metal Duck by Justin Heggs and Cam Hayden
“I have no idea if this Calgary indie comic is still available, but it is easily my favourite indie book not made by me in ages. It’s ‘Bojack Horseman’ but about a duck who used to be in a famous metal band.” 

You can discover more about Jeff on Twitter at @HEATcomic and online at

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