Graphic Novels 101
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Box Office Poison
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- The Sandman books (especially Season of Mists and The Game of You) - awesome world-building and imaginative storytelling.
Alan Moore - the cranky grandfather of the graphic novel
- Watchmen - So much more and better than the movie
- V for Vendetta - ditto
Frank Miller - the odd uncle of the graphic novel
- The Dark Knight Returns
- Electra Assassin - Both great "realistic" reinterpretations of superheros
Now, within the last 15 years or so:
Craig Thompson - the hip nephew
- Blankets - Beautiful and tragic coming-of-age memoir. Thread here.
Warren Ellis - the other odd uncle - perhaps the best scifi comic writer going today
- Transmetropolitan - Profane and prophetic. A Hunter S. Thompson look/act-alike roots out corruption in a future.
- Planetary - Lacks an ending but still an excellent story of a group of superhero archeologists trying to root out the weird and wonderful artifacts of the universe
- Hellboy - Darker and more Lovecraftian than the movies. Seed of Destruction, Wake the Devil, Right Hand of Doom, and Conquerer Worm are the collections I've read. They're great.
Almost forgot: Bone by Jeff Smith and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind by Hayo Miyazaki
Edited by Cunningham, 21 April 2010 - 12:42 PM.
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So far, I have really enjoyed the esoterica that comes along graphic novels. I like the networking of authors, the people who ink all the panels, the colorists, etc... So many of them include forewards that talk about how and why they got into comics, or why they are drawn to certain color palettes or inking styles. Great stuff.
And I also enjoy what seems to be a bit of debate about what these things are called. Blankets, for example, is an "illustrated novel." Definitely not a graphic novel.
Thanks for the recommendations so far, please keep them coming.
Edited by M. Leary, 21 April 2010 - 02:03 PM.
Posted 21 April 2010 - 02:10 PM
Preacher, by Garth Ennis is a book I hated when I first picked it up, but I gave it another chance a couple years ago and I loved it. It's certainly heretical and probably blasphemous, and the art really has to grow on you, but for some reason I was just in the right place to really love it. Here's the premise from Wikipedia:
Genesis, the product of the unauthorized, unnatural coupling of an angel and a demon, is an infant with no sense of individual will. However, as it is composed of both pure goodness and pure evil, it might have enough power to rival that of God himself. In other words, Jesse Custer, bonded to Genesis, may have become the most powerful being in the whole of living existence.
Custer, driven by a strong sense of right and wrong, goes on a journey across the United States attempting to (literally) find God, who abandoned Heaven the moment Genesis was born. He also begins to discover the truth about his new powers, which allow him to command the obedience of those who hear his words. He is joined by his old girlfriend Tulip O'Hare, as well as a hard-drinking Irish vampire named Cassidy.
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:33 PM
Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is probably more famous for the movie adaptation at this point, but it's worth checking out. And I know it's a movie, but Waltz With Bashir has a definite graphic novel feel to it.
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Posted 21 April 2010 - 04:39 PM
I actually think one of the finest pieces of graphic novel work currently being done is Family Man, Dylan Meconis' slow, deliberate story about academic and theological intrigue in the late medieval German university system, and also werewolves. It's brilliant in many ways, as a re-imagining of werewolves, a period piece and a study in religious anxiety. It can be a frustrating comic to read online, because pages only come out weekly, and they're very obviously paced for the long term (thrill as, this week, Luther knocks on a door! Next week: Ariana pulls a card out of a drawer!) But she's currently printing the first volume, and I think its rhythm will be well-suited to print.
Posted 21 April 2010 - 06:00 PM
Also I can't believe I forgot Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrgian: the Smartest Kid on Earth. Incredibly meticulous artwork and storytelling. Ware is always depressing -- and brilliant.
Edited by Joel, 21 April 2010 - 06:02 PM.
Posted 21 April 2010 - 08:01 PM
WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman
Y: THE LAST MAN by Brian K. Vaughan (this series is finished after 60 issues)
FABLES by Bill Willingham
The fact that they are ongoing or extended series does add some variation to the quality, but have enjoyed all of these.
ALL STAR SUPERMAN by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely is one of the best superhero stories in years.
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"Perfect Example" is a good place to start.
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dave mclean's cages
morrison and mckean's arkham asylum