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Favourite Graphic Novels/ Series Collections-?

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 11:05 AM

CHRISISALL


Moench & Gulacy's recent Master Of Kung Fu, a collection of the 6 issue miniseries, is AWESOME!!! It's like a Bond movie with more main characters!

Watchmen is obviously a great one (I loved it)...and I've read that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is excellent...any others Browncoats can recommend?


The visual Chrisisall

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 2:38 PM

BYTEMITE


For the more whimsical, Neil Gaiman is good. Well-written, well drawn.

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 2:46 PM

CHRISISALL


I have The Day I Swapped My Dad For Two Goldfish...


It'scoolisall

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 4:22 PM

BIGRICHARD


V for Vendetta is a fantastic read.

In regards to Neil Gaiman, I recently read Preludes and Nocturnes, the first book in his Sandman series. Amazing, and confusing, and something of a tease.

Currently reading the Fray collection, (yes, yes, I know I'm late with that one, quiet you) and I'm loving it. And that's only one issue in!

Other than that, I recommend 30 Days of Night (I've so far only read the original) and The Fountain. Yes, the movie with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, but the graphic novel is based on Darren Aronofsky's original idea which wasn't simplified for budget's sake. Beautiful art.

And, of course, the Angel, Buffy and Firefly comics. Fantastic.

And a few of the Hellboy ones.

And for anyone who is game enough to read a VERY messed up comic, Crossed, by Garth Ennis is going at the moment, and is incredibly messed up. Unlike something like Hostel (which I hated) however, it's also relatively creative and smart, and the fact that it's a comic helps dull the line to reality slightly.

I know what you're thinking...and no, I'm not a nerd. Well, ok, I am, but I like it that way.

:)

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008 8:27 PM

OPPYH


The Dark Knight Returns from Frank Miller.

plus-

-Strangers in Paradise

-The Walking Dead

-Sojurn

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008 1:44 AM

LWAVES


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Moench & Gulacy's recent Master Of Kung Fu, a collection of the 6 issue miniseries, is AWESOME!!! It's like a Bond movie with more main characters!

Watchmen is obviously a great one (I loved it)...and I've read that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is excellent...any others Browncoats can recommend?


The visual Chrisisall



Watchmen, V For Vendetta are must reads.
Gaiman is almost a must read. The Sandman series is an obvious one but also his other stuff - Wolves In The Wall (aimed at kids but still good), Marvel 1602, Violent Cases.
Moore's The Killing Joke if you like Batman and Miller's The Dark Knight Returns.

These are my faves.



"I don't believe in suicide, but if you'd like to try it it might cheer me up to watch."

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008 1:51 AM

FLATTOP


Courtney Crumrin was very interesting. I'm hoping he does more.

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Wednesday, December 24, 2008 1:01 PM

SICKDUDE


Cisall, if you don't mind japanese manga, give Battle Angel Alita a spin. I think it'd be right up your alley. Plus, it's similar to your own Dark Angel....


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Wednesday, December 24, 2008 1:31 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by Sickdude:
Cisall, if you don't mind japanese manga, give Battle Angel Alita a spin. I think it'd be right up your alley. Plus, it's similar to your own Dark Angel....



AND...
James Cameron is doing the live-action movie of it.


The laughing Chrisisall

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Monday, December 29, 2008 10:29 AM

BLUESUNCOMPANYMAN


Quote:

Originally posted by BigRichard:
In regards to Neil Gaiman, I recently read Preludes and Nocturnes, the first book in his Sandman series. Amazing, and confusing, and something of a tease.



The 10 novel collection of Sandman remains my favorite since the 90's when I first read it. Yes Preludes and Nocturnes is slightly muddled. Gaiman himself said that he was trying to find his voice as he wrote it. By the time one gets to Seasons of the Mist, the writting is astonishingly strong and some of the greatest stories I've ever read are contained in the later editions.

Ramadan - in Book 5 Fables and Reflections
Golden Boy - in Book 8 worlds End
And my all time Gaiman favorite:

Exiles - in Book 10, The Wake.

Please don't judge the series by Preludes and Nocturnes. It would be identical to judging Buffy on the strength of season 1 alone.



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Monday, December 29, 2008 11:26 AM

HELL'S KITTEN


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
...any others Browncoats can recommend?

Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis.
Quite possibly my most favourite series.

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Monday, December 29, 2008 11:29 AM

22CLAWS

Entirely pointy.


Death: The High Cost of Living is a terrific story and a good intro to Neil Gaiman's writing.

22

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Monday, December 29, 2008 3:55 PM

MAL92REYNOLDS


The BONE series is a personally favourite of mine. Great humour and amazing storyline and art!!

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Monday, December 29, 2008 6:22 PM

THATWEIRDGIRL


I am by no means a graphic novel expert, but I have a few I've run across (most recommended by MWP) and have enjoyed greatly. Here are some of them:

Fray I love that series.
30 Days of Night
Y: The Last Man Controversial yes, but most of the women are believable creations.
The Walking Dead Good zombie story. We learned about this one at Heroes con.
My first 'graphic novel' as opposed to comic book was The Crow. You know what they say about your first.

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Monday, December 29, 2008 6:32 PM

BIGRICHARD


If you think I meant that I disliked P&N, that isn't the case. Yes it was slightly muddled, but at the same time it was a very interesting read and I'm looking forward to reading the rest. Glad to hear it gets astonishingly brilliant.

That said, I did judge Buffy on the first season alone. I'm ashamed to say that before Firefly I'd only seen bits and pieces of Buffy and had though it looked quite silly (I assumed it was similar to Charmed, which I'd been made to watch and had disliked). After Firefly I decided to check it out, so I rented the first season, thinking I'd watch an episode and then return it, having wasted my time.
I watched the entire first season in 2 days, then went and bought all 7 seasons.

Might do the same with Sandman.


Edit: 22Claws, I was looking at Death:HCoL the other day, thinking it looked very interesting. I might go pick it up at some stage.

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Monday, December 29, 2008 8:56 PM

TUJIAOZUO


Quote:

That said, I did judge Buffy on the first season alone. I'm ashamed to say that before Firefly I'd only seen bits and pieces of Buffy and had though it looked quite silly (I assumed it was similar to Charmed, which I'd been made to watch and had disliked). After Firefly I decided to check it out, so I rented the first season, thinking I'd watch an episode and then return it, having wasted my time.
I watched the entire first season in 2 days, then went and bought all 7 seasons.


That was me too, I watched some fragments and didn't want to watch it AT ALL. With Hulu though I've watched nearly 3 seasons during late night stints at College and I seriously need to scrounge up the cash to buy me some used DVD copies (waaay too poor to buy new) that way I can start the comics.

Y: The Last Man is also great series

The Runaways, though about a group of kids is a great concept and I think wonderfully written. It's a great take on the Marvel universe and has a very Jossian flavor to it (doesn't help that he did a small arch on it). Harvey Award winner as well as an Eisner.

Joss's Astonishing X-Men is my favorite X-Men arch currently. The storytelling's brilliant, Cassidy's artwork is to die for and yes I love it just a little bit more than the Firefly comics.

Blacksad by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido is a huge favorite of mine. Wonderful film noir (three Eisner noms for the writing) with Guarnido's great anthropamorphic art. It can be tricky to find in the states because the writer and artist are Spainish and primarily release the book in French (where is has a massive fanbase), but I think it's worth it.

Another anthro comic to mention is Lackadaisy by Tracy J. Butler. It's a free webcomic that revolves around a bunch of cats in St. Louis Missouri that *try* to run a speakeasy during prohibition. For a free webcomic, the artwork is stunningly detailed and the writing is spot on. Butler's garnered a few awards for the comic, 07-08 Web Cartoonists Choice Awards.

Anything from Neil Gaimen, Frank Miller, Michael Eisener naturally.

Your Indian Pirate Lord,
Ash

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:16 AM

MANWITHPEZ

Important people don't do field work.


Oh...let's see.

I'll have to say The Tick Omnibus #1 (or Monday through Sunday). If you know anything about superhero comics, this will be hilarhious.

Identity Crisis by DC. Brad Metzler (sp-huh), and Rags Morales. Consequently, the trade paperback has an introduction by Joss Whedon, but if you're easily offended by Woman in Refrigerator syndrome, you might want to skip it.

Batman/Superman - Supergirl. The reintroduction of Supergirl after Infinite Crisis. Just an old fashioned superhero comic with a few little twists along the way. Gorgeous art by Michael Turner (whose style should have pissed me off, but he grew on me...Sorry to see he's gone now)

Any of the Ultimate Spiderman TPBs...Everything you love about Spiderman...Concentrate!

Walking Dead, Stardust (Neil Gaiman, though very, very hard to find, but available to everyone if you know where to look), Batman: Year One, Batgirl: Year One, All of Astonishing vol 1...(forget the new one), 30 Days of Night, Y: The Last Man, Fray...

And...If I can recommend just one, it would have to be Scott Pilgrim. I just read this a couple of nights ago. There's a proposed seven volumes, and only one is published a year. They're up to volume 4 now. Very, very fun book.

I'll have to have a look at what I have here and get back to you.

Kaylee: "What's so damn important about being proper? It don't mean nothing out here in the black."
Simon: "It means more out here. It's all I have..."

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:21 AM

MANWITHPEZ

Important people don't do field work.


Oh...and the new Dark Tower vol 3: Treachery is shaping up to be pretty awesome. The first one is good..the second one is not...This third one is badass! And Roland's barely in it.

Kaylee: "What's so damn important about being proper? It don't mean nothing out here in the black."
Simon: "It means more out here. It's all I have..."

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Tuesday, December 30, 2008 7:53 AM

PIZMOBEACH

... fully loaded, safety off...


Quote:

Originally posted by chrisisall:
Moench & Gulacy's recent Master Of Kung Fu, a collection of the 6 issue miniseries, is AWESOME!!! It's like a Bond movie with more main characters!



Interesting 80's space western they also did:

http://www.amazon.com/Six-Sirius-Doug-Moench/dp/1933305037/ref=si3_rdr
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I think I see Inara in their "Ambassador."

I recommend Samurai: Heaven and Earth:

http://www.amazon.com/Samurai-Heaven-Earth-vol-1/dp/1593073887

From Amazon reviews:

"D'Artagnan meets Musashi"

"There have only been five books thus far in the millenium that I can safely praise as masterpieces, and this is one of them. "Samurai: Heaven and Earth" is one the most emotional, touching, amazing pieces of literature I've ever read. "

Not sure I'd go that far, but... worth a read for sure.

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Friday, January 16, 2009 9:24 PM

SINGATE


I just finished The Long Road Home which is the second collection of comics based on Stephen King's Dark Tower novels. Unlike the previous installment, The Gunslinger Born, this is mostly orignial material. Excellent read for anyone interest in a blend of western, fantasy, and sci-fi.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 1:16 AM

PARTICIPANT


Marvels
Akira
Bone
30 days of Night
Exit Wounds
Laika by Nick Abadzis
Ghostworld
Preacher
The Red Star by Christian Gossett
Dark Phoenix Saga
Violent Cases
Kingdom Come
Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Arkham Asylum
Strangers in Paradise

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 7:37 AM

KYRA

Who we are depends on the outcome of the struggle between who we were and who we want to be


Quote:

Originally posted by BigRichard:

Other than that, I recommend 30 Days of Night (I've so far only read the original) and The Fountain. Yes, the movie with Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz, but the graphic novel is based on Darren Aronofsky's original idea which wasn't simplified for budget's sake. Beautiful art.



You know, I love The Fountain (one of my alltime favourite films) but I keep forgetting its a graphic novel too. I've definitely got to keep an lookout for that.


For me, I've definitely got to throw in a couple of Superman stories:
Secret Identity (which tells the tale of a kid named Clark Kent by his parents, something he gets teased about often, but who finds he actually isn't that far different from the character of Superman himself. It really is fantastic.
Red Sun, tells the What-if tale of Superman's ship landing in Russia instead of the state of Kansas. Really interesting stuff.
(also, whilst we're on the subject of superman, the one-off Batman/Superman issue (think it was 36) written by the late Sam Loeb is definitely worth a read)

Also Brian Micahel Bendis' run on Daredevil is amazing. Along with Whedon's X-men, it got me hooked on comics again

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 8:38 AM

STORYMARK


As has been mentioned, I'd recommend anything written by Niel Gaiman, with The Sandman being his signature work. Can't recommend it enough.

I also have the full runs of Preacher and Transmetropolitan.

Been really enjoying the Buffy season 8 stuff, as well as The Walking Dead, lately.

"I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him."

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009 1:00 PM

BIGRICHARD


The Fountain graphic novel isn't that different from the film, even though the back cover goes on about it being "the ultimate director's cut" and such. But the ART! It's magnificent. If you love the film, it's definitely worth having.

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Saturday, January 31, 2009 2:55 PM

CHRISISALL


Quote:

Originally posted by pizmobeach:


Interesting 80's space western they also did:

http://www.amazon.com/Six-Sirius-Doug-Moench/dp/1933305037/ref=si3_rdr
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Oh YEAH! I forgot about that one, I have it even!!!



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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 1:42 AM

BIGRICHARD


hey,
figured I'd bump this instead of making a new thread.
I'm going to go out and buy some TPB's to keep me busy reading. Now that I'm back at uni, I find that reading stuff definitely helps my imagination keep going and helps me write scripts and such.
So I need some help.
My list consists of the following:
* The Walking Dead
* Sandman
* Death: High Cost of Living
* Runaways
* Astonishing X-Men
* Scott Pilgrim (mainly interested due to the upcoming film to be directed by Edgar Wright)
* Pride of Baghdad
* Blood: A Tale (mainly interested because of the art by Kent Williams)
* Ex Machina
* Death and Return of Superman

I'd love if anyone could give me opinions on any of these works, as these are ones I've seen that I'm interested in. Also, if you know of anything else similar which is better, let me know of that too!

For an idea of what I own:
* Watchmen
* V for Vendetta (thought this was better than Watchmen tbh)
* The Fountain
* Angel: After the Fall
* Buffy S8
* Serenity
* Y: The Last Man
* The Darkness
* Wanted

As you can see, I don't have an extensive collection, although I'd love to change that.

Wow..long thread, but yeah, I trust the opinions of you guys, so I'd really appreciate any help at all.

Cheers!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 5:06 AM

BLUESUNCOMPANYMAN


Quote:

Originally posted by BigRichard:

I'd love if anyone could give me opinions on any of these works, as these are ones I've seen that I'm interested in. Also, if you know of anything else similar which is better, let me know of that too!



I stand by my opinion of Neil Gaiman's works expressed higher on this thread. Another graphic you haven't listed but could consider is Stardust. The story is wonderful. The crappy movie made from it...not so much. Stardust reads more like a novel, with artwork on each page that scrolls or wraps itself around the text.

Additionally I own and frequently enjoy The Dream Hunters by Gaiman. It is also told in a text fashion with artwork adjacent. Here's a couple links if you are curious.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stardust_(novel)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dream_Hunters

Beyond Gaiman, I find myself collecting the Conan series of novels by Dark Horse. Although at times Conan can get slightly campy, their re-telling of Robert Howard's classic The Tower of the Elephant was supurb.

*Edit* For some reason that stardust link keeps coming in as broken. That final parentheses won't collect with the yellow of the link. If you type it into your browser at the end it'll link properly.


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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 5:26 AM

CELLARDOOR


I tried to read League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and had trouble getting into it. This from someone who owns Watchmen and V for Vendetta. And of course Batman: The Dark Knight Returns is also excellent. I took a class on graphic novels and actually enjoyed some of the borderline non-fiction ones I read.

Maus, Vol. 1 and 2 by Art Spiegelman. (intriguing and moving portrayal of Jews trying to survive in Holocaust Germany. The Jews are shown as mice and the Germans are shown as cats.)

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. (Coming of age journey of a young girl raised in Iran during the revolution and trying to cope with the stunning changes the country went through)

Safe Area Gorazde by journalist Joe Sacco. (Check this one out if you can! Not only do you read an accurate account of went on during the war in Bosnia for the survivors--think Independents trying to eke out an existence after Unification--you see it with stunning clarity through the eyes of a brilliant artist/author. The humanity expressed here is so genuine.)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 12:07 PM

BIGRICHARD


Thanks guys.

BSCM:
Well, I've actually seen Stardust the movie, and I actually quite enjoyed the damn thing! The trailers and such made it look horrible, went and saw the film, and it was quite extraordinary, so I should definitely give the novel a try. The problem is I've only seen it in this 'limited edition hardback' or something that is rather expensive, but I'll see what I can do.

CellarDoor:
I've read Dark Knight Returns and Persepolis, and rather enjoyed both of those. (Also saw the film of Persepolis which was fairly brilliant!)

But I shall definitely try Maus, as it's always intruiged me, and I shall look out for Safe Area Gorazde.



And of course, instead of narrowing my list down, I've now made it longer! Damn the need for money!!
Though..it's my birthday this Monday...so I shall treat myself. :)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009 9:12 PM

JEWELSTAITEFAN


Not sure if already mentioned, but at waqlmart i noticed a watchmen DVD, apparently had all of the pages on the DVD, so you might flip through them onscreen. Not sure, didn't get it.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 1:42 AM

BIGRICHARD


They just released Watchmen: The Motion Comic..which is apparently the entire comic, but different parts have been animated and all the dialogue/narration is voice acted and such. Sounds interesting, but I'd have to be rather cheap to convince me to buy it.

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Thursday, March 5, 2009 2:43 AM

LEMMING


I can't recommend Preacher and Transmetropolitan highly enough either.

Likewise Gaiman's Sandman, though I have not read much of that yet.

Most of the usual suspects have been mentioned and are also excellent, I started with The Dark Knight Returns and never looked back (though for goodness sake do not bother with DKRII - it is utterly appallingly bad apart from some bits in the first issue. How does Miller manage to write both classic and superb stuff like Ronin, TDKR, Batman Year 1, Sin City and then produce a POS like TDKR2?)

Buffy S8 is good. Both Firefly TPBs (I have the originals also) are pretty good too, though mainly due to subject and it being Joss: they don't hold up to the likes of Watchmen, Preacher, Transmet etc

Nick

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