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Old 07-20-2017   #1
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Favorite Graphic Novels?

On a topic that may be of interest, I've been spending more time enjoying graphic novels and am curious what others here may recommend. My current favorites:

"Harrow County" is an ongoing series by Cullen Bunn exploring a young reincarnated witch who finds that extraordinary powers carry extraordinary responsibilities. A grim sometimes monstrous Southern Gothic story with lots of strange creatures and a bit of Addams Family thrown in. There are five compilations so far:




"Providence," the prolific Alan Moore's post-modern take on Lovecraft's Innsmouth-Dunwich tales, with the 2nd compilation just released:




"Monstress," a dark fantasy work by author Marjorie Liu and artist Sana Takeda describes a world which sorceress-assassins dominate a post-medieval human society at war with a half-animal, half-human hybrid nation violently oppressed by humans while simultaneously exploited for the magic inherent in their bones and organs. A sexy, violent, female-centric riff on racism and Othering that is matched by the intricate, baroque art. Volume 2 is just out:




"My Favorite Thing Is Monsters" is a rather astonishing work set against the backdrop of 1960s Chicago, a graphic diary of a 10-year-old girl, filled with B-movie horror and pulp iconography. In the midst of her sexual awakening as a Lesbian (sometimes masked as a werewolf), she explores the murder of her upstairs neighbor, a holocaust survivor, while interconnected stories of friends and neighbors unfold. The personal, the political, the past, and the present converge in a huge journal filled with amazing B-monster art and personal sketches. Volume 1 is out, with Volume 2 due to be released (alas) next spring.



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Re: Favorite Graphic Novels?

Thanks for starting this, Gnosticangel. This looks very interesting.


HARROW COUNTY and PROVIDENCE appeal to me the most.

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Re: Favorite Graphic Novels?

From Hell and Providence, Alan Moore rules!
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Re: Favorite Graphic Novels?

Monstress is great!

Any fans of The Black Monday Murders?
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Re: Favorite Graphic Novels?

Beakripped wrote, "Any fans of The Black Monday Murders?"

I am in the middle of that right now, it's excellent. Is the White/Grey Lady really an avatar of the god Mammon?
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Re: Favorite Graphic Novels?

Black Hole by Charles Burns and the collected Uzumaki by Junji Ito.
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Re: Favorite Graphic Novels?

I enjoyed Brandon Graham & Marian Churchland's Arclight, for its oblique narrative style and spacious drawings. From the same publisher ( Image ) Rich Tomasso's utterly insane She-Wolf. They print their paperbacks on paper far too thin though.

Jean Claude Gal & Pierre Dionnet's Arn.

Mentioned this one on another thread too: Hugo Pratt's Fable of Venice.

Will always mention this because it's pure gold: Jeff Jones's I'm Age. Pure comic strip Haiku.

As a side note: can we just dispense with the 'graphic novel' nonsense?
The medium is comics.
And while it's not an accurate term( nothing funny about modern comics ), in the same way movies don't actually move, and video art is no longer shown from vhs tapes, it is just the name that there is for it.

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Re: Favorite Graphic Novels?

Torso by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko



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Re: Favorite Graphic Novels?

"The Goon" series and "Big Man Plans" all by Eric Powell, an absolute genius of art and storytelling.

"The world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind." - H. P. Lovecraft
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Re: Favorite Graphic Novels?

Please bear in mind that comics are my favorite artistic expression. Here we go:

Al Columbia: Doghead, Pim and Francie, The Biologic Show.

Alan C. Martin: Tank Girl.

Alan Moore: A Small Killing, Big Numbers, From Hell, Lost Girls, Miracleman, Promethea, Providence, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Swamp Thing, Top Ten, V for Vendetta, Watchmen.

Alejandro Jodorowsky: The Incal, The Metabarons, The Sons of El Topo, The White Lama.

Alison Bechdel: Fun Home.

Allie Brosh: Hyperbole and a Half.

Art Spiegelman: Breakdowns, In the Shadow of No Towers, Maus, MetaMaus.

Arvid Nelson: Rex Mundi, Zero Killer.

Bill Sienkiewicz: Dune, Stray Toasters.

Bill Watterson: Calvin & Hobbes.

Bill Wray: Big Blown Baby, Hellboy Junior, Monroe.

Bernie Wrightson: Frankenstein.

Brian Azzarello: 100 Bullets, Brother Lono, Moonshine, Spaceman.

Brian Michael Bendis: Torso.

Brian K. Vaughan: Pride of Baghdad, Saga, The Private Eye, Y: The Last Man.

Bruce Wagner: Wild Palms.

Bryan Lee O´Malley: Scott Pilgrim, Seconds, Snotgirl.

Cameron Stewart: Sin Título.

Charles Burns: Black Hole.

Chester Gould: Dick Tracy.

Chris Ware: Acme Novelty Library, Building Stories, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth.

Colleen Doran: A Distant Soil.

Cullen Bunn: Harrow County.

Daniel Clowes: Eightball, David Boring, Ghost World, The Death Ray.

Darren Aronofsky: Noah, The Book of Ants, The Fountain.

Dave McKean: Cages, Pictures That Tick.

Dave Sim: Cerebus, Glamourpuss, Judenhass, The Strange Death of Alex Raymond.

David Lynch: The Angriest Dog in the World.

David Mazzucchelli: Asterios Polyp, City of Glass, Rubber Blanket.

Ed Brubaker: Criminal, The Fade Out.

Elaine Lee: Starstruck.

Fabien Vehlmann: Beautiful Darkness.

Federico Fellini: Trip to Tulum.

Frank Miller: 300, Batman Year One, Born Again, Elektra Assassin, Elektra Lives Again, Hard Boiled, Holy Terror, Love and War, Martha Washington, Ronin, Sin City.

Frans Masereel: Passionate Journey, Story Without Words, The City, The Idea, The Sun.

G. Willow Wilson: Air, Cairo.

Gabriel Hardman: The Belfry.

Garth Ennis: Preacher.

Geof Darrow: Shaolin Cowboy.

Gerard Way: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, The Umbrella Academy.

Gilbert Hernández: Love and Rockets.

Grant Morrison: Arkham Asylum, Bible John, Seaguy, The Filth, The Mystery Play, We3.

Guy Davis: The Marquis.

Harvey Pekar: American Splendor.

Hayao Miyazaki: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.

Hergé: Tintin.

Hope Larson: Salamander Dream.

J.M. DeMatteis: Blood, Greenberg the Vampire, Moonshadow.

James Ellroy: The Black Dahlia.

James Harvey: Masterplasty.

Jamie Hewlett: Get the Freebies.

Jeff Jensen: Green River Killer.

Jeff Smith: Bone.

Joe Hill: Locke & Key, Wraith.

John Arcudi: A God Somewhere, Rumble.

John Backderf: My Friend Dahmer.

John Wagner: A History of Violence.

Jon J. Muth: Dracula, M.

Justin Green: Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary.

Katsuhiro Otomo: Akira, Domu, Memories.

Kazuo Koike: Lady Snowblood, Lone Wolf and Cub.

Kevin Smith: Tales From the Clerks.

Lynd Ward: Gods' Man, Madman's Drum, Song Without Words, Wild Pilgrimage.

Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis.

Mark Millar: Red Son.

Mark Waid: Kingdom Come.

Matt Groening: Life in Hell.

Matt Wagner: Grendel, Mage.

Max Allan Collins: Road to Perdition.

Mike Allred: Madman, Red Rocket 7.

Mike Carey: Lucifer, The Unwritten.

Mike Mignola: Hellboy, Hellboy in Hell, Jenny Finn, Mister Higgins Comes Home, The Amazing Screw-On Head.

Mike Richardson: 47 Ronin.

Moebius: Arzach, The Airtight Garage, The Long Tomorrow, The World of Edena.

Nancy Peña: Le Chat du Kimono.

Neil Gaiman: Black Orchid, Signal to Noise, The Sandman, The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, Violent Cases.

P. Craig Russell: The Ring of the Nibelung.

Pat Mills: Charley's War, Marshal Law, Requiem Vampire Knight, Sláine.

Paul Pope: 100%, Aurora West, Batman Year 100, Battling Boy, Escapo, Heavy Liquid, Pulp Hope, THB, The Ballad of Doctor Richardson, The One Trick Rip-Off.

Paul Tobin: Colder.

Peter Bagge: Hate.

Peter Milligan: Enigma, Hewligan's Haircut, The Extremist, The Best of Milligan and McCarthy.

Philippe Druillet: Nosferatu.

Pierre Christin: Valerian and Laureline.

René Goscinny: Asterix.

Rhode Montijo: Cloud Boy, Pablo's Inferno.

Richard Corben: Rat God, Spirits of the Dead, The Fall of the House of Usher, The House on the Borderland.

Richard Kelly: Southland Tales.

Rick Veitch: Can't Get No, Roarin' Rick's Rare Bit Fiends.

Rob Reger: Emily the Strange.

Robert Crumb: Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural.

Roman Dirge: Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl.

Roy Thomas: Dracula.

Sam Kieth: The Maxx, Zero Girl.

Scott McCloud: The Sculptor.

Stan Sakai: Usagi Yojimbo.

Steve Niles: Frankenstein Alive, Alive

Steve Purcell: Sam & Max.

Ted McKeever: Eddy Current, Faith, Industrial Gothic, Metropol, Plastic Forks.

Terry Moore: Rachel Rising, Strangers in Paradise.

Troy Little: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Warren Ellis: Aetheric Mechanics, Crécy, Global Frequency, Orbiter, Planetary, Transmetropolitan.

Will Eisner: A Contract With God, Fagin the Jew, The Plot.

William Gibson: Archangel.

Winsor McCay: Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend, Little Sammy Sneeze, Little Nemo in Slumberland.

Your fall should be like the fall of mountains. But I was before mountains. I was in the beginning, and shall be forever. The first and the last. The world come full circle. I am not the wheel. I am the hand that turns the wheel. I am Time, the Destroyer. I was the wind and the stars before this. Before planets. Before heaven and hell. And when all is done, I will be wind again, to blow this world as dust back into endless space. To me the coming and going of Man is as nothing.

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