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There are several equivalents just as there is for the AT. I would consider Halfmile maps combined with PocketPCT. Halfmile's PCT maps 'Erik the Black' books PCT Data Book Pocket PCT U.S. Forest Service PCT Yogi's Wilderness Press books / databook ('official') The PCTA also provides a listing and sells books. Guthook has a review on his blog entry. I ...
I do not know of specific comic books other than Ultralight Backpackin' Tips which has cartoon illustrations. However it is far from a comic book. :-) WhiteBlaze features some comic strips about hiking/thru-hiking on their website. And others have also made some hiking-related comics such as Keith Roberts.
Highly subjective question, with a highly subjective answer: This book: Allen and Mikes Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book is always tops on my list for first time winter explorers. It fits both your criteria. Beyond that, the old standards like Freedom of the Hills have good general and technical knowledge related to all season camping and travel.
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