Here are some comics artists/graphic novelists you might be interested in checking out:
Julie Doucet is the author of New York Diary. She is focusing on collages instead of comics now…mostly.
Alison Bechdel is the author of the strip Dykes to Watch Out For and Fun Home, a memoir.
Marjane Satrapi is the author of Persepolis, which was made into a highly regarded film.
David B. is the author of Epileptic and founding member of L’Association, a publisher that has been credited with shaping the comics/graphic novel world in the past few decades.
Windsor McCay was a comics/animation pioneer; his most famous works include Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, Little Nemo in Slumberland, and Gertie the Dinosaur.
And here are some resources for buying comics:
- Chicago Comics (3244 N. Clark) and Quimby’s (1854 W. North) are two Chicago-area stores that sell comics, including self-published ones by local artists.
- Drawn & Quarterly is a comics publisher that has a shop on their website.
- *FREE!* Flaxman Library has comics! They are all near call no. PN6727 or thereabouts.