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Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels

Postby BkkprGirl » Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:20 am

So yeah, comics are literature, right? And I noticed that we didn't have a thread for the general "Comics" term, as opposed to Manga or Anime. This isn't about Japanese comics (there are plenty of threads about those)... We're talking Vertigo/DC/Marvel/Independent graphic novels.

So if you're into this sort of thing, what comics do you enjoy most? What makes them so special? Have any that you don't care for?

Personally, I like reading Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, and I love the old-school Sandman Mystery Theatre as well. I also enjoyed reading Marvel: 1602 by the same writer.

The Sandman I love because it's so conceptually brilliant--it's not about your typical hero running around in tights and a cape. Instead, the hero is Dream himself. Which I thought was a really cool way to tell a story. Marvel 1602 was just plain fun, and the art itself was absolutely incredible.

Other favorites of mine are Fables, Watchmen, and Batman: The Killing Joke, and when I was younger I ate up the Tintin series of graphic novels by Herge.

I loved the first volume of Fables so much--it was like your typical noir setting of a grisly murder scene, except the detectives and suspects were taken straight from the minds of the Brothers Grimm.

What can I say about Watchmen that hasn't already been said? It was intensely dark and brooding and I loved it. Great job, Alan Moore.

The Killing Joke was my first real taste of Batman, and though at times it was so intense that it was difficult to read, it was worth it because it gave you insight into the crazy mind of the Joker, my favorite supervillain.

Tintin was great when I was younger--he was your typical boy hero and I loved watching him get into all sorts of crazy adventures.
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Re: Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels

Postby sharkie » Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:28 am

my favourite comic is the Broons and Oor Wullie

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Postby cezen » Mon Aug 17, 2009 10:08 pm

Manga: KazaN. Epic manga.

Webcomic: Boondocks
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Postby FoalysGirl » Tue Aug 18, 2009 1:07 am

I love:

Legion of Superheroes by DC.
X-men by Marvel.
Runaways by Marvel.
Books of Faerie by Vertigo.
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Postby lionoftheredsand » Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:47 pm

One of my favorite graphic novels I ever read was probably From Hell, which some people may know is about Jack the Ripper, may be a bad read for squem-ish people, I enjoyed it personally.
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Postby FoalysGirl » Mon Aug 31, 2009 4:54 am

Hmmm...I should look that one up. It sounds good.
"Edwin, what's the plural for Ox?"
"Oxen. The farmer used his oxen."
"Brian,"
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"What's the plural for box?"
"Boxen! I bought two boxen of doughnuts."

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"I'm the dude, playing the dude, disguised as another dude." ----Tropic Thunder

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Re: Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels

Postby Shadestar » Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:40 pm

Hm, I'm more into manga.
However I do like Spider-Man and we have A LOT (a few thousand maybe?) of old comics laying around in the basement. I plan on reading those sometime.
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Re: Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels

Postby Knarpulous » Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:00 am

I'm mostly into manga, but I do like the Hellboy and Abe Sapian comics. Haven't rad BPRD yet... Watchmen was also very good, much much better than the movie.
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Postby BkkprGirl » Fri Oct 02, 2009 12:43 am

Really? I thought they did a spectacular job with Watchmen--some of the still shots were taken from exact panels in the graphic novel, and the ending made a lot more sense. Plus, almost everyone did a good job acting. Cinematography was great--loved the first scene with Rorshach's monologue.
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Postby Knarpulous » Fri Oct 02, 2009 3:10 am

Well, I watched it before I read the book, and was confused about some parts until I read it. It seemed like they focused way too much on making it look like a carbon copy of the novel and not on making it a good movie.

It did have an excellent soundtrack though. :laughing:
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Postby hollieshort_girl » Fri Oct 02, 2009 7:40 pm

My hands-down favorite is the Bone series by Jeff Smith. It's funny, it's epic, there's a battle between good and evil, and there's enough of a balance between seriousness and cutesyness. You'll be hooked by the first volume, I believe.

Some more books I've come across (which read well as stand-alone graphic novels)

A Contract with God and other tenement stories (Rated M for maturity-not recommended for younger readers)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Wonder Woman: Love and murder by Jodi Picoult (I only started reading this because Jodi happens to be my favorite book author as well)
Kampung Boy (and the subsequent books) by the Malaysian author Lat. These offer a glimpse into Malaysian life in the 1950s (it's really interesting...trust me). If you're looking for a comic which tells about a different culture, you should try these.

And then there are all the Zits treasuries. I love those.
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Postby FoalysGirl » Sat Oct 03, 2009 12:53 am

OMG!!! I totally forgot to put Watchmen on my list of favorite graphic novels.
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"Oxen. The farmer used his oxen."
"Brian,"
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"What's the plural for box?"
"Boxen! I bought two boxen of doughnuts."

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"I'm the dude, playing the dude, disguised as another dude." ----Tropic Thunder

"Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock." ------ Buffy season 6

"He was like....Napoleon!" ---Me

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Re: Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels

Postby Pseudonym » Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:08 pm

I'm reading Maus II by Art Spiegelman. Maus and Maus II are graphic novels about the Holocaust. Has anyone else read them?

My favorite comic strips include Dilbert, Pearls Before Swine, and Foxtrot (it's only running Sundays now, so I read a lot of the books).
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Re: Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels

Postby hollieshort_girl » Tue Nov 17, 2009 3:30 pm

I actually just borrowed Maus from the library ^^ Planning to read them tonight. I also just finished Persepolis: it's about a girl's life in Iran during wartime.
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Re: Favorite Comics/Graphic Novels

Postby BkkprGirl » Tue Nov 17, 2009 8:52 pm

Oh, I LOVED Persepolis!! Both the graphic novel and the movie were amazing!!
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