10 Image Graphic Novels You Must Read Before You Die

10. I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1: Madly Ever After

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What happens when a young girl named Gertrude is transported to the magical world of Fairyland and gets stuck there? She doesn't age, goes on to hate everything about her predicament, and becomes a homicidal misanthrope intent on finding a way back to the real world.

The first compilation in I Hate Fairyland's 20-issue run compiles the first five issues under the storyline, Madly Ever After.

After the 10-year-old Gertrude finds herself in Fairyland, she spends the next 27 years (still in her 10-year-old body) looking for any way out and back to the real world. On the way, she devolves into a violent sociopath intent on terrorizing the land, which incites the rage of Queen Cloudia, the ruler of Fairyland.

This confrontation leads to hilarious hijinks and dastardly repurcussions in a book that's hard to put down and painful to read due to the overwhelming amount of laughter pulled from its beautifully illustrated pages. Once you've read Madly Ever After, there are three more books to pick up and enjoy.


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