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2012-11-20 11:09:19 AM
i253.photobucket.comOnce again the Academy has turned a blind eye to "Them Tiki Thingamabobs" at this point I am almost completely out of scandal, outrage, and strongly-worded letters.
 
2012-11-20 11:17:23 AM
I really enjoyed the Wonder Woman comic books.
 
2012-11-20 11:48:46 AM
Ah, "graphic novels", codeword for "pretentious hipster bullshiat no one has read".

/Solo looks good. I trust Brian K. Vaughan after Runaways, Ex Machina, and Y.
//Wonder Woman? Seriously? Nothing from DC's nu52 abortion is good. Wonder how much WB paid to have that included?
 
2012-11-20 12:39:11 PM

FirstNationalBastard: "graphic novels", codeword for "pretentious hipster bullshiat no one has read".


What? Ok, whatever.
I don't know about "released this year" but in our store there's a few staples we keep around because they constantly sell.
Blankets.
Aquaman from DC52 (Ya, never thought I'd say that Aquaman is a must read)
Saga
Anything from Johnathon Hickman (Red Wing, Manhattan Projects, Nightly News)
Fables
Sandman still sells extremely well.
Hickman's run on Fantastic Four.
Matt Fractions Iron Man.
The Underwater Welder is outstanding
A God Somewhere (better than Chronicle)
 
2012-11-20 12:45:42 PM

Zombie DJ: FirstNationalBastard: "graphic novels", codeword for "pretentious hipster bullshiat no one has read".

What? Ok, whatever.


No, no, you're right. "graphic novel" is actually a buzzword generally misused by pretentious hipsters to legitimize the fact that they're reading comic books.

It has a place and a definition, but a collection of Spawn issues is not a graphic novel.

/Joe Kubert's Jew Gangster was a graphic novel.
//What did come out this year? I pretty much sat out 2012, comics-wise. I know some great DC Archives have been released, and just ordered Sgt. Rock vol. 4.
 
2012-11-20 12:53:08 PM

Zombie DJ: What? Ok, whatever.
I don't know about "released this year" but in our store there's a few staples we keep around because they constantly sell.


I'm picking up Saga next time I swing by my local store based on the recommendations from the article and you, thanks.

It's a bit more YA oriented, but this came out this year and it's gorgeous:

www.comicsbulletin.com
 
2012-11-20 02:38:06 PM
I just can't get into comic books. Stephen Kings "Silver Bullet" was the last one that caught my interest.
 
2012-11-20 02:39:35 PM
I stopped reading books that needed pictures when I was a child.
 
2012-11-20 02:41:10 PM

Smeggy Smurf: I stopped reading books that needed pictures when I was a child.


They were too highbrow and intelligent for you, eh?
 
2012-11-20 02:45:08 PM

Smeggy Smurf: I stopped reading books that needed pictures when I was a child.


You've missed a lot of good movies.
 
2012-11-20 02:49:28 PM
Saga is pretty incredible.

I'm a little surprised Chris Ware's Building Stories wasn't included.
 
2012-11-20 03:02:56 PM
 
2012-11-20 03:03:39 PM
img.sparknotes.com

Great book from the author of Sweet Tooth and Essex County. I really enjoyed the artwork and the Twilight Zone-ish story. Worth checking out.
 
2012-11-20 03:19:08 PM
Everypony get ready!! 1st issue of MLP comes out next week!

jk...

I personally recommend American Vampire if you haven't read it yet.
 
2012-11-20 03:20:49 PM
I like graphic novel and I'm neither a hipster or pretentious. There's nothing wrong with reading a great story that has comic type panels. I like the works of Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, and dozens of other great story tellers. It's the douche who refuses to see that it's the story that counts. Not the teller.
 
2012-11-20 03:21:18 PM
Been trying to get back into comics lately now that I found a farking shop that doesn't smell like farking navel cheese around me. Earth One Batman and the lamented Madame Xanadu stuff were good; Terry Moore's Echo was fun - haven't caught up to Rachel Rising yet. I have volume 1 of The Unwritten sitting in the other room waiting for me, I'm told that's supposed to be excellent.

Was considering Saga; of the ones in the linked list, it's the only one that caught my eye.
 
2012-11-20 03:24:32 PM

Smeggy Smurf: I stopped reading books that needed pictures when I was a child.


Hm. I stopped trying to get attention by being annoying when I was a child. Fascinating.
 
2012-11-20 03:30:33 PM
These three are a good place to start.

upload.wikimedia.org
upload.wikimedia.org
ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-11-20 03:36:04 PM
And I recommend branching out from there to these:

torontopubliclibrary.typepad.com
upload.wikimedia.org
comicattack.net

...and see where they take you.
 
2012-11-20 03:37:32 PM
In case anyone is interested, Nausicaa has recently been re-released with a new box set. Two very nice looking and sturdy hardcovers holding the entire series.

ecx.images-amazon.com

Link
 
2012-11-20 03:42:05 PM
Some light study material (which should be taught in school):

upload.wikimedia.org
d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net
 
2012-11-20 03:42:54 PM
I missed them all.. havn't read comic books since i was like 7...
 
2012-11-20 03:47:21 PM
Blankets is the only book ever that literally made me cry. I don't mean well up; I mean full on tears streaming down my face. Craig Thompson's life has been so similar to mine I thought he must have stolen my journals as a kid. I was raised Evangelical, lived on the edge of a small town with no friends except my brother, so in my solitude I took up drawing. I fell in love with the photograph of a girl I met at Bible camp, and then had deep, troubling thoughts about my faith as I approached college age.

It is my only real tradition to read that book cover to cover every year on Christmas day.
 
2012-11-20 03:51:39 PM
I am amused by the perception that comics are all like "X-Men". Sequential art is pervasive and takes on many forms in many media...and yet the idea that comics have to be 8 panel, 3 color, 12 page rags still persists.
 
2012-11-20 04:03:07 PM

kumanoki: Some light study material (which should be taught in school):

[upload.wikimedia.org image 225x347]
[d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net image 600x779]



I enjoyed understanding comics.
 
My favorite comic long-form comic is the Life A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron series and my favorite collection is Doofus Omnibus which is the Citizen Kane of panty-sniffing.
 
2012-11-20 04:10:50 PM

brap: kumanoki: Some light study material (which should be taught in school):

[upload.wikimedia.org image 225x347]
[d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net image 600x779]


I enjoyed understanding comics.
 
My favorite comic long-form comic is the Life A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron series and my favorite collection is Doofus Omnibus which is the Citizen Kane of panty-sniffing.


Oh, hey, if we're getting into the cheesecake, I'm fond of the work of Milo Manara of Heavy Metal fame. And if any of you are furries and want to know where it all started, I recommend going back to where it all started- omaha, The Cat Dancer.
 
2012-11-20 04:14:08 PM
Nice article there, subby. Added Crackle of the Frost, Saga 1 and Wonder Woman: Blood to the ol' Amazon list, and Underwater Welder from Gunny Highway's recommendation. Thanks!
 
2012-11-20 04:18:55 PM
Our local library has picked up all of the New 52 compilations and I've got to say I've been impressed with some of the more non-mainstream titles. Suicide Squad and Catwoman were well done and I did like the Wonder Woman story even though it changes her entire origin. The big guns weren't as impressive except for Batman: Congress of Owls. JLA seemed forced and the Superman titles were a little weak.
 
2012-11-20 04:21:21 PM

kumanoki: brap: kumanoki: Some light study material (which should be taught in school):

[upload.wikimedia.org image 225x347]
[d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net image 600x779]


I enjoyed understanding comics.
 
My favorite comic long-form comic is the Life A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron series and my favorite collection is Doofus Omnibus which is the Citizen Kane of panty-sniffing.

Oh, hey, if we're getting into the cheesecake, I'm fond of the work of Milo Manara of Heavy Metal fame. And if any of you are furries and want to know where it all started, I recommend going back to where it all started- omaha, The Cat Dancer.


While the original Omaha strips predate it, I'd say Albedo Athropomorphics is the real genesis point of the adult furry genre.
 
2012-11-20 04:24:28 PM

Anderson's Pooper: Our local library has picked up all of the New 52 compilations and I've got to say I've been impressed with some of the more non-mainstream titles. Suicide Squad and Catwoman were well done and I did like the Wonder Woman story even though it changes her entire origin. The big guns weren't as impressive except for Batman: Congress of Owls. JLA seemed forced and the Superman titles were a little weak.


OK, let me ask you this. I'm a huge Harley Quinn fan, have been ever since Mad Love. Should I bother trying Suicide Squad, or am I just going to be driven into a murderous rage?
 
2012-11-20 04:24:44 PM

Arachnophobe: Nice article there, subby. Added Crackle of the Frost, Saga 1 and Wonder Woman: Blood to the ol' Amazon list, and Underwater Welder from Gunny Highway's recommendation. Thanks!


Enjoy!
 
2012-11-20 04:28:20 PM
Druuna snubbed again?
 
2012-11-20 04:31:35 PM

LowbrowDeluxe: kumanoki: brap: kumanoki: Some light study material (which should be taught in school):

[upload.wikimedia.org image 225x347]
[d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net image 600x779]


I enjoyed understanding comics.
 
My favorite comic long-form comic is the Life A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron series and my favorite collection is Doofus Omnibus which is the Citizen Kane of panty-sniffing.

Oh, hey, if we're getting into the cheesecake, I'm fond of the work of Milo Manara of Heavy Metal fame. And if any of you are furries and want to know where it all started, I recommend going back to where it all started- omaha, The Cat Dancer.

While the original Omaha strips predate it, I'd say Albedo Athropomorphics is the real genesis point of the adult furry genre.


I will have to defer to your knowledge of adult furrydom. The extent of my knowledge stops at Omaha and the other non-furry titles released under the late Kitchen Sink Press.
 
2012-11-20 04:33:21 PM

Fano: Druuna snubbed again?


Oh, Druuna...heavy metal in the '90's would have been nothing without you....
 
2012-11-20 04:36:40 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Ah, "graphic novels", codeword for "pretentious hipster bullshiat no one has read".

/Solo looks good. I trust Brian K. Vaughan after Runaways, Ex Machina, and Y.
//Wonder Woman? Seriously? Nothing from DC's nu52 abortion is good. Wonder how much WB paid to have that included?


Not even. Its people trying to justify their hobby and make it appear more socially acceptable.

My name is Cyno01, and i read comic books.
 
2012-11-20 04:39:55 PM
Oh! And this. SO MUCH THIS:

www.theinventionofhugocabret.com

This is a BRILLIANT novel. For those of you who scoff at graphic novels, it's written half and half, so you can enjoy reading pages full of text, and marvel at the beautiful illustrations that lace the book. It's historical fiction about a fantastic man, and Sorcese did an masterful job translating it to the screen.
 
2012-11-20 04:40:07 PM

Arachnophobe: Anderson's Pooper: Our local library has picked up all of the New 52 compilations and I've got to say I've been impressed with some of the more non-mainstream titles. Suicide Squad and Catwoman were well done and I did like the Wonder Woman story even though it changes her entire origin. The big guns weren't as impressive except for Batman: Congress of Owls. JLA seemed forced and the Superman titles were a little weak.

OK, let me ask you this. I'm a huge Harley Quinn fan, have been ever since Mad Love. Should I bother trying Suicide Squad, or am I just going to be driven into a murderous rage?


If you're a classic Harley fan, then yeah -- the take on her in Suicide Squad probably isn't for you.

Truthfully, I'm not sure *who* that book is for.
 
2012-11-20 04:42:13 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Ah, "graphic novels", codeword for "comic books."


Fixed.
 
2012-11-20 04:43:24 PM
I missed them because I'm too busy having sex, NERDS.

/totally a nerd
//not into graphic novels
///but my kid is
 
2012-11-20 04:47:44 PM

kumanoki: Oh! And this. SO MUCH THIS:

[www.theinventionofhugocabret.com image 240x356]

This is a BRILLIANT novel. For those of you who scoff at graphic novels, it's written half and half, so you can enjoy reading pages full of text, and marvel at the beautiful illustrations that lace the book. It's historical fiction about a fantastic man, and Sorcese did an masterful job translating it to the screen.


Holy Cow I spotted that last month in a Philly comic shop and was astonished to see what inspired the movie. Great mixture.
 
2012-11-20 04:51:10 PM
I'm fascinated by the history of sequential art, 'comic books', graphic novels, etc.

There's some amazing shiat out there from the '30s and '40s that will make your head spin.

Extra credit for die hard comic officiandos:

www.sandiegomagazine.com

And for the batshiat crazy lulz:

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2012-11-20 05:03:08 PM
The webcomic Endtown was published in two books this year. I am friends with the artist/author, and I have two signed copies. Great series, if depressing as hell at times.
 
2012-11-20 05:03:47 PM
I'm a big fan of comic books, but "graphic novels" tend to be too pretentious for my tastes. Often I don't see the reason for the book being a graphic novel instead of a literary novel -- Maus is about the only graphic novel I've read that actually needed to be told in comic art (the animal metaphors would never have translated to print).

I especially hate stuff like Persepolis. What the fark is that? Poorly illustrated, self-indulgent and boring-as-fark. I farking hate autobiographical shiat, especially when it comes from people who haven't farking done anything except write about themselves. Oooh, she lived through the Iranian revolution as a child. Big whoopdy doo. And then you get the people who haven't even lived through interesting shiat, drawing up their memoirs of a middle-class suburban life. farking pretentious twaddle.

I wouldn't find it nearly so offensive if the farks who promote this stuff didn't feel the constant need to remind everyone that they're "smarter" and more "artistic" than that silly super-hero stuff. Bite me, hipster douchebags. The spandex soap-operas are a hell of lot more entertaining than reading your poorly illustrated self-indulgent wankfest.
 
2012-11-20 05:14:13 PM

skepticultist: I'm a big fan of comic books, but "graphic novels" tend to be too pretentious for my tastes. Often I don't see the reason for the book being a graphic novel instead of a literary novel -- Maus is about the only graphic novel I've read that actually needed to be told in comic art (the animal metaphors would never have translated to print).

I especially hate stuff like Persepolis. What the fark is that? Poorly illustrated, self-indulgent and boring-as-fark. I farking hate autobiographical shiat, especially when it comes from people who haven't farking done anything except write about themselves. Oooh, she lived through the Iranian revolution as a child. Big whoopdy doo. And then you get the people who haven't even lived through interesting shiat, drawing up their memoirs of a middle-class suburban life. farking pretentious twaddle.

I wouldn't find it nearly so offensive if the farks who promote this stuff didn't feel the constant need to remind everyone that they're "smarter" and more "artistic" than that silly super-hero stuff. Bite me, hipster douchebags. The spandex soap-operas are a hell of lot more entertaining than reading your poorly illustrated self-indulgent wankfest.


You need to go to a new shop. Never notice any of this.
 
2012-11-20 05:17:31 PM
I can't say I was missing them.
 
2012-11-20 05:23:59 PM

FirstNationalBastard: //Wonder Woman? Seriously? Nothing from DC's nu52 abortion is good. Wonder how much WB paid to have that included?


Yeah, this. The current WW run can be the most awesome run ever, but I'll never read it because the nu52 sucks monkey balls.
 
2012-11-20 05:36:03 PM
the best thing I've read in years would have to be "Before Watchmen: The MinuteMen" by Darwyn Cooke.

Issue #4 in particular is simply amazing.
 
2012-11-20 06:17:26 PM

Stratohead: the best thing I've read in years would have to be "Before Watchmen: The MinuteMen" by Darwyn Cooke.

Issue #4 in particular is simply amazing.


I have to give him some credit. I did not think the BW series would be good, but his has been just a great read. I do also like the Veidt one. I heard the others are weaker but haven't read.
 
2012-11-20 06:23:48 PM
Saga is a wonderful book. It's deeply weird, but once you just decide to run with the insanity it is a great ride. I just love the amount of personality they give the characters, even Lying Cat who is hilarious with just one line of dialogue.

I also really liked the new Wonder Woman, but I stopped picking it up after the initial story arc. I'm going to have to pick up some more issues when Comixology has another $1 sale on the title.

I've also really liked Saucer Country this year. It is an interesting take on UFO mythology, although I really want to see the story start moving a little faster.
 
2012-11-20 06:43:07 PM
the last graphic novel I bought
i17.photobucket.com
BACK IN 1990!
still have it just started rereading it the other day
 
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