What We Are Reading: Graphic Novels

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What We Are Reading: Graphic Novels

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des. 26, 2014, 8:41pm

Lots of our folks enjoy this genre/format. Tell us what you like and don't like!

des. 30, 2014, 10:35pm

I'm in the middle of series right now, so I don't know what will catch my eye next, but I like fantasy GNs. I'm in love with Attack on Titan and Berserk.

On an aside note, I just decided the other day in Hastings that I wasn't buying anymore Bleach GNs. I'm not really fond of the latest arc.

des. 31, 2014, 4:44pm

I have to pick Fairy Tail back up... it was super fun to me... mainly I read Grimm's Fairy Tales by zenescope which is my favorite

gen. 1, 2015, 12:31am

I read a lot of both Graphic Novels and Compilations of Comics.

Currenty I'm reading Queen & Country Vol. 3: Operation Crystal Ball by Greg Rucka. This is a great series for fans of the TV series Homeland.

gen. 2, 2015, 9:47am

Currently reading Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, which is a sequel to the Firefly movie Serenity. I like it a lot so far. Would definitely recommend to anyone who likes Firefly at all.

gen. 2, 2015, 12:52pm

Oooooo, I do, so will have to hunt this one down!

gen. 2, 2015, 4:27pm

I'm reading the fourth in the Brian Vaughan Saga series, and it's as captivating as its predecessors.

gen. 4, 2015, 11:47am

I finished Queen & Country Vol. 3: Operation Crystal Ball I wasn't thrilled with some of the artist's choices with the main character but since this is a series that changes artists I have hopes that the next volume will have the character back to being real instead of a combination of Angelina Jolie and Barbie - .blergh.

Yesterday I read Bone Vol. 1: Out of Boneville What a delight!

I'm still on a GN and Comics binge and today I plan to start Underwater Welder. I've been a big fan of everything I've read by Jeff Lemire so I have high hopes for this one.

>7 jnwelch: I just love the Saga series!!

gen. 4, 2015, 6:09pm

>8 SuziQoregon: :-) Me, too! Now my wife is hooked on it.

gen. 5, 2015, 6:28pm

I started Underwater Welder last night. I'm entranced.

>9 jnwelch: I've got The Hubster reading Saga too

gen. 6, 2015, 2:20pm

I finished Underwater Welder yesterday and adored it!

I also read Snowpiercer 1: The Escape yesterday too. I have not requested Snowpiercer 2 from the library because it's now at the top of my Need to Read NOW list,

Editat: gen. 11, 2015, 1:38am

I enjoyed the manga adaptation of All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, and I'm working through the current graphic novel collections of Deadpool (Deadpool: Dead Presidents story arc).

I also have the second volume of Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom, Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery, Undertow: Boatman's Call, and Deadly Class on the stack TBR.

gen. 11, 2015, 1:37am

A new friend got me for secret santa and gifted me a Marvel GN adaptation of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey and I'm super excited for it. I also need to (finally) read Maus II, which I've owned for ages and it just kept getting moved down the list.

Editat: gen. 12, 2015, 11:06am

Serenity Leaves on the Wind was an enjoyable and well done sequel to the movie. You'll want to have seen the movie first.

War Cry is the new Harry Dresden graphic novel, and for Dresden fans, it makes for a nice fix. A depleted White Council has sent Harry and a lightly-numbered team to protect some scholars from the Red Court. All is not as it seems, and Harry may have been set up to take a fall.

gen. 13, 2015, 6:56pm

I finally started Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant. Seems like everyone's been reading this one lately.

feb. 11, 2015, 12:31pm

Recently read El Deafo (Newbery Honor) and This One Summer (Caldecott and Printz honors). Both were very good in their own way, though I preferred the story in the former.

feb. 13, 2015, 5:49pm

I read Snowpiercer 2: The Explorers

Don't bother. Just stop at the end of volume 1.

març 16, 2015, 11:46pm

I really enjoyed March: Book One, a well-done and timely story of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S., and just picked up Book Two from the library.

març 17, 2015, 3:36pm

> I read March: Book One on the day of the anniversary events in Selma. It's very good. I'm on the waiting list at the library for Book two.

març 17, 2015, 3:53pm

Me too! It was very moving and meaningful, especially to read it on the date of the Selma march. I wish I'd been more aware back then, but I was too all wrapped up in my own teenage self to think of anything else.

març 17, 2015, 4:40pm

Another endorsement for March Book 1. I'm going to grab the second book asap.

Others I've recently read that I liked a lot include The Sculptor by Scott McCloud, The Leaning Girl by Benoit Peeters, Stumptown by Greg Rucka, and El Deafo by Cece Bell. What a great time for graphic books.

març 18, 2015, 10:25am

>17 SuziQoregon: Good to know about Snowpiercer 2: The Explorers. I wasn't all that impressed with the first volume, so will easily skip the second.

>21 jnwelch: I'll add another recommendation for The Sculptor. A really excellent book.

març 18, 2015, 12:58pm

>21 jnwelch: I really enjoyed Stumptown I've also read Stumptown Vol. 2 It's always nice to read stuff set in my hometown. I'm currently working my way through Rucka's Queen & Country series. I'm really enjoying that too.

març 18, 2015, 1:04pm

I'm glad you mentioned Stumptown because it made me do some looking and now I'm first on the hold list at the library for Vol. 3.

març 18, 2015, 2:08pm

>23 SuziQoregon:, >24 SuziQoregon: I've almost finished the second Stumptown, and I like it as much as the first. So I need to line up for that third one, too. Unfortunately, I'll have to wait at our library, as I have too many out now, including El Deafo and Here by Richard McGuire.

març 18, 2015, 3:44pm

Just had a lovely afternoon with Blankets and now tempted to go out and buy Craig Thompson's other books - has anyone read Habibi?

maig 19, 2015, 9:44am

I finally read V for Vendetta and I would strongly recommend it to anyone who's into anarchism or political philosophy and doesn't mind violence in their graphic novels. You know, if such a person exists who hasn't already read V :)

des. 3, 2015, 11:54am

I'm starting Fun Home by Allison Bechdel this weekend.

des. 8, 2015, 11:45am

>26 charl08: I loved Blankets, but didn't think Habibi was nearly as good. It's ambitious though, and has its moments. I liked his Good-bye, Chunky Rice better.

des. 8, 2015, 5:30pm

Thanks Joe.

Just read Filmish, a fun take on film history and theory. I've written more on my thread - but in short - recommended for film fans.

Editat: des. 8, 2015, 6:51pm

>28 luvamystery65: Thanks for breathing life back into this thread, Ro! It's ALIVE!!

It's tough keeping up with another thread, despite my LOVE of GNs, but I will try to do better in 2016.

I recently enjoyed Cairo and The Story of My Tits is, most likely, the best GN I have read this year and I read a LOT of 'em.

des. 8, 2015, 6:52pm

>28 luvamystery65: Fun Home is fantastic! enjoy, my friend.

des. 9, 2015, 9:11am

>32 msf59: I haven't started Fun Home yet but I plan on taking it with me to San Antonio for my long weekend trip.

I am planning to start the Fables series by Bill Winningham and do a year long read even if it spills over into 2017. I may start a thread for it in the Category Challenge but I'll post here too.

des. 10, 2015, 11:24am

I did start a thread for Fables in the 2016 Category Challenge. Please feel free to join me.


I'll post a link in the What are we reading GN 2016 thread when it's up.

des. 10, 2015, 12:08pm

I haven't read the Game of Thrones books or watched the tv show (I made it halfway through the first book and that was enough - I just didn't get hooked). But so many people have loved them, I gave the Game of Thrones Volume 1 GN a try. It's a high quality production, but it didn't do much for me either. It likely would have some appeal for those who love the non-GN books.

des. 10, 2015, 1:11pm

>35 jnwelch: Joe have you read any of the Dresden GNs?

des. 10, 2015, 2:23pm

>36 luvamystery65: Yes. I'm a sucker for the Dresden stories, as you know, Roberta, and I enjoyed the GNs. I've read four, and I think there are two others at this point.

des. 10, 2015, 2:52pm

Just read Jerusalem: Chronicles from the holy city

I picked this up today - I think Joe had read Delisle's book about Burma, and though my library didn't have that one, they did have this one. Delisles's partner works for MSF, so he looks after the kids and draws for a year. The familiar sights are here, along with accounts of his visits, meetings and comic workshops. Well drawn and with a lovely sense of an individual approaching a complex political situation as a reflective visitor.

I'm keen to read his books about Burma and North Korea.

des. 10, 2015, 3:06pm

>38 charl08: I read this one, too, Charlotte (Jerusalem Chronicles), and had the same kind of positive reaction you did. I do wish he had gotten to know some of the locals better; it might've helped the reader sort through those complexities.

I hope you can get your hands on Burma Chronicles. His best, that I've read, is Pyongyang. A compelling look inside North Korea.

des. 10, 2015, 6:25pm

Ooh, my timing is good, I just snagged Jerusalem: Chronicles from the holy city from the library. Like Joe, I loved Pyongyang.

des. 11, 2015, 7:28pm

>38 charl08: I enjoyed Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City by Guy Delisle last year. I hope to try some of his other work in 2016.

>40 msf59: Go Mark!

des. 11, 2015, 9:10pm

>35 jnwelch: I bought the GN of Game of Thrones to find out what all the buzz was about. Not sure when I will get to it but, from your reaction Joe, probably not very soon.

des. 12, 2015, 9:31am

>42 Familyhistorian: Ha! Oops, sorry about that, Meg. It's fairly painless. :-) Maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did.

I just finished The Story of My Tits, thanks to Mark's rec, and it was topnotch. It centers around the author's and her family's experiences with breast cancer, and also covers such things as her growing up and family life. It's told with wit and humor and compassion, and could easily sit on the shelf next to Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant.

des. 12, 2015, 10:38am

>43 jnwelch: Hoping this one arrives at the library soon.

des. 14, 2015, 11:10am

>43 jnwelch: Me, too, Charlotte. I look forward to your reaction.

Our local librarian was a bit startled when I returned the book this weekend and she saw the title! We agreed that Jennifer Hayden had smartly chosen an eye-catching one. :-)

des. 20, 2015, 2:43pm

I just read Saga: Vol. 5. Can't get the touchstone to work from my phone. This series is fast paced and the 5th volume is probably the quickest. There is a lot of action and jumping between stories. Huge cast of characters as well. I love this series.

des. 20, 2015, 3:21pm

>46 luvamystery65: Love that Saga, Ro!

I started Bitch Planet. This is going to be a good one...

des. 20, 2015, 3:40pm

Bitch Planet is on my radar Mark!

des. 20, 2015, 3:44pm

You would love it, Ro! It has a cool, gritty retro-feel.

des. 20, 2015, 4:03pm

Just read Fables Vol. 1. It was fun, but it reminded me of that TV show where a bunch of fairytale characters came to our world. I think it was called "Once Upon a Time."

des. 21, 2015, 8:51am

I started Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.

Editat: des. 21, 2015, 9:37am

I love that Saga series, too, Roberta. That 5th one jumped around almost too much for me, but I'm still looking forward to the next one.

I just finished the seventh volume of A Bride's Story by Kaoru Mori. Beautifully drawn, as usual, and quite a departure from the 19th Silk Road tribal village stories that preceded.

des. 21, 2015, 2:51pm

Just finished Chrononauts, a GN by Mark Millar, among others. 4 stars. Short but fun story of a couple of guys running amok along the time continuum. It reminded me that I bet GNs of the Chronicles of St. Mary's series would be cool.

des. 28, 2015, 8:35pm

I finished Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. It was really well done. I also finished Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh. The drawing and the coloring were fantastic. I did think the ending was a bit rushed in comparison to the rest of the story which was told in detail.

>52 jnwelch: I have read the first 3 of A Bride's Story Joe. They are beautifully done. I have the other 3 and you remind me I must get to them.

Per your recommendation I am reading Velvet, Volume 1: Before the Living End by Ed Brubaker. What a throwback to the old spy stories but with a kick ass lady. I do love how she has that white streak in her dark hair like your friend from Houston, TX. ;-) Rat Queens is available via Hoopla where I got Velvet so I'll be reading that soonish.

des. 29, 2015, 12:54pm

>54 luvamystery65: Glad to hear it, Roberta! I got hooked on Kaoru Mori way back when with her Emma series (no relation to the Austen book). Her art work has improved dramatically, IMO, in the A Bride's Story series, and the tales of the 19th century Silk Road are well done.

So glad you like Velvet! I can't wait for the next one. Yes, when you see that white streak in her hair, you know the lady is going to be kick ass, including that one in Houston. :-) I just picked up another Brubaker noir, called The Fade Out, which has gotten a lot of good buzz this year.