First is Melody, by Silvie Rancourt: I discovered this book when I was visiting Drawn and Quarterly. It’s an incredibly silly yet heartfelt story about a young woman in Montreal who begins stripping in order to make ends meet. The drawings are charming, simple and incredibly enticing. I remember devouring the book on the train from Montreal to Toronto – one of the best train rides of my life. Second is Gold Pollen and Other Stories, by Seiichi Hayashi: I can confidently say that this is one of the best comics ever published, as well as one that has changed my life. It’s a collection of Hayashi's works from the late ‘60s to early ‘70s. The drawings are effortless yet complex, the stories are poetic and lively, the colour works are a masterpiece, and it will leave you drooling and wanting more. And lastly, The Best of Ernie Bushmiller's Nancy, by Brian Walker: When I read Nancy, nothing is wrong in the world. I’m at peace. I’m happy. I’m straight up laughing!