I feel like this was a really brilliant idea that got tarnished by worries about 'attitude', but still came out rather decently.
Some of the stories grabbed my interest, others were (perhaps purposefully) bland. The articles were much the same way.
Unfortunately, I developed an insidious hatred for the dust jacket. I acknowledge that the design is clever and still plan to read Chris Ware's graphic novel "Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth," but it was a bad start. I did like his excerpt inside, though.
Ira Glass's preface
the article on Rodolphe Töpffer
Mark Newgarden's "The Little Nun"
feature on Charles Schulz (I've got a soft spot for "Peanuts")
Charles Burns's "Black Hole"
Glen David Gold's story "...nothing less than a bursting shell could penetrate his skin!"
Richard Sala's "Strange Question"
Ben Katchor's "Hotel & Farm"
Richard Mcguire's work
Jamie and Gilbert Hernandez's juxtaposing comics