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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #45 on: August 11, 2007, 10:44:04 PM »
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I've read Persepolis 1 and 2 as well, and I'd certainly recommend them.  If you're thinking about it (which you seem to be), go ahead and read them.  It won't take more than a couple of days to get through them.

The simple, hard images complement the tone of the book, which is chiefly interested in irony and contrast.  A lot of that irony and contrast is shown through the different cultures, and Marji's understanding and comprehension of what's going on around her.  A lot of power is generated with this approach, and it can go from humorous to devastating in a snap.

The emotion of her personal story and her family is a good balance to the harder elements that I mentioned above.  As P suggested, it doesn't get sappy and sentimental, but rather lends an appropriate humanity that adds to the big picture.

Satrapi does a good job of portraying her own coming of age in a truthful way, not shying away from the embarrassment and confusion that we know all too well.  And yup, I agree with P that Austria must've been one of the more idiocy-concentrated times in her life.  Satrapi would probably agree with that, too.

It's a good book, though it felt a bit limited to be a great book.  As I said, it takes about 2 or 3 days to read, and Satrapi can really only summarize and show the key moments of her adolesence.  She chooses wisely which parts of her life to incorporate, and tells those stories well, but you don't (and maybe it's impossible in this form) get the full weight of a life that you can get with novels, in which you must spend much more time with the characters.

It's very much worth the time it takes to read, though, and is even, in some parts, eye-opening.  I look forward to the movie.

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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #46 on: May 07, 2009, 08:11:04 PM »
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I have nothing but utter joy to share in regards to this following book:



If you're into Batman, this cannot be missed.  It's a collection of Red Rain, Bloodstorm and Crimson Mist.  Kelley Jones is responsible for making my favorite depiction of Batman.  It is dark, visceral, somber and erotic.

I had almost forgotten about this series, but I picked it up recently and it really took me back to when it was new and upon reading it, my childbrain was warped into believing that superheroes could not only be dark, but they could be pitch black.
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #47 on: May 07, 2009, 09:13:57 PM »
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It looks very weird, Batman is a vampire ? Does one have to like vampires to enjoy the thing ? Explanation:

I don't like vampires per se.

I love Preacher which has a vampire in the story.
I hate Twilight or anything reallllllly vampire centric.

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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #48 on: May 08, 2009, 03:10:50 PM »
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Without giving much away if you plan on reading it, it's more Batman mythos than Vampire, it's just a really fascinating illumination of how similar Batman is to Vampires, but how he strives for the opposite sort of lifestyle.  Like how he walks the street at night and assumes solitude from society, not to live off of it, but to protect it.  By becoming a vampire, he is thrust into very existential situations of personal survival vs. survival of people he protects since now he thrives off of blood, which in a frenzy, must be obtained in any way possible.  Therefore, he may have to make people bleed in order to protect them.
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #49 on: May 11, 2009, 10:55:38 AM »
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Go read this now. Best Batman/graphic novel EVER!
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #50 on: May 13, 2009, 02:08:45 AM »
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while "to see please visit www.coverbrowser.com" is one of the best batman/graphic novels out there i just wanna say i completed preludes and nocturnes...pretty good so far


guy at the store said he didn't have Preacher (thanks for the suggestion stefen) but i'm gonna order it online.

best part of this first bit of sandman is the 24 hours in a diner part. that shit was fucked!
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #51 on: May 13, 2009, 01:33:50 PM »
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a wise guy eh? See if you can figure this out...

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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #52 on: May 14, 2009, 04:49:08 AM »
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When it comes to Sandman, you can't go wrong with Golden Age.

Wesley Dodds is one of the finest heroes around.  Even if you're more wrapped up in the dreamlike realm that's more prevalent in newer Sandman, Mystery Theater isn't written by Gaiman, but this is better to me.  It plays with the conventions of dreams and reality in a more straightforward manner, interweaving the flexibility of the two with pulp rag oriented stories about murderers, hustlers, thugs, etc.  His title explores a lot of terrirtory that Batman treads, but with more grit and surreality (depending on the issue) but it can get downright hallucinatory if you're into that.  And I am.

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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #53 on: May 14, 2009, 03:02:21 PM »
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A Game of You has always been one of my favorite Sandman collections, as well as The Kindly Ones.

Also, have you checked out Gaiman's collaboration with Amano of FF fame? The artwork is, expectedly, quite beautiful and the tale involves alot of Japanese folktales/ghost stories.
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #54 on: May 15, 2009, 01:09:20 AM »
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I loved it probably because I'm so nostalgiac for FF6 (not to say either lack any merit.  FF6 is probably my favorite of the series, but that's another story completely.)
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #55 on: May 19, 2009, 12:30:18 PM »
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I loved it probably because I'm so nostalgiac for FF6 (not to say either lack any merit.  FF6 is probably my favorite of the series, but that's another story completely.)

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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #56 on: March 06, 2011, 12:12:01 PM »
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Pretty cool Google logo in honor of Will Eisner's birthday. 
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