I was in hospital this past week being pumped full of steroids, anyway I spent my time relaxing reading some comics on my Kindle, that I'd downloaded just prior to admittance, so I wouldn't get bored.
The first I read was Love and Rockets by Jaime Hernandez which is a really amazing series of books put out by he and his brother Gilbert. Gilbert has his own long running serial called Palomar that I haven't gotten into yet but surely will.
In Jaime's work, the central figure is Maggie Chascarillo, a mechanic. The stories are filled with a lot of strong female characters - Maggie's idol and role model is Rena Titańon, a professional wrestler on the ladies circuit. Then there's other starring characters like Hopey her best friend and sometimes lover. Basically it follows these people's day to day lives and Hernandez tells it in such a lively and entertaining fashion. The artwork is fantastic too.
The Love and Rockets series began around the mid 80s I believe and is still being produced by los bros Hernandez.
Another I really enjoyed during my stay was "My Favourite Thing is Monsters" by Emil Ferris. This features some of the finest artwotk I've ever seen in a graphic novel, the kind where you regret having to turn each page. It's a fictional diary set in 1960's Chicago, told from the perspective of Karen Reyes, she portrays herself as a werewolf as she feels like an outcast. The story mainly deals with the murder of their neighbour Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, and littered throughout the story you learn more about the people in Karen's life and... I actually haven't finished it yet, far from it, but it's a true original, never read anything like it.
Amazon have a sample here of Ferris's work. Really wonderful.