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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #30 on: June 15, 2006, 02:18:53 PM »
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Spider-Man was teenage journalist Peter Parker??
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #31 on: July 23, 2006, 12:57:59 PM »
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Spider-Man was teenage journalist Peter Parker??

I call bullshit!
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #32 on: July 23, 2006, 09:46:47 PM »
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Spider-Man was teenage journalist Peter Parker??

I call bullshit!

Where the hell did you come from?
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #33 on: August 16, 2006, 12:24:38 PM »
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All I'm saying is I need more proof that this "Parker" is spiderman!
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #34 on: August 16, 2006, 09:39:35 PM »
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Try reading the first issue of Spider-Man.  It's full of spoilers.
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2007, 11:27:30 AM »
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I read what I consider to be not only the best graphic novel that I've read so far (I'm only at 4), but it's also quite possibly my favorite book of all time.

Blankets by Craig Thompson is a beautiful, sad coming-of-age story with some of the most amazing art. Every page is incredible. It's long, about 500 pages, but goes by very quickly (and when I say that, it's fucking true. I read slower than anybody). I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone. I'm going to pick up his other two, Goodbye Chunky Rice and a memoir on his trip to Paris.
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #36 on: March 24, 2007, 12:26:37 AM »
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I read what I consider to be not only the best graphic novel that I've read so far (I'm only at 4), but it's also quite possibly my favorite book of all time.

Blankets by Craig Thompson is a beautiful, sad coming-of-age story with some of the most amazing art. Every page is incredible. It's long, about 500 pages, but goes by very quickly (and when I say that, it's fucking true. I read slower than anybody). I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone. I'm going to pick up his other two, Goodbye Chunky Rice and a memoir on his trip to Paris.

Pass.

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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #37 on: March 24, 2007, 12:30:24 AM »
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I dunno who's nerdier:
1) the guy reading comicbooks
or
2) the guy who just wants to pretend that he reads comicbooks to impress his fellow comicbook reading friends.
or
3) guy who is typing this post on a pleasant friday night.

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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2007, 01:51:36 AM »
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In the time you wrote that, you could've been reading a comic book.
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #39 on: March 24, 2007, 02:11:33 AM »
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I don't read, I write.
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #40 on: March 24, 2007, 02:16:16 AM »
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I read what I consider to be not only the best graphic novel that I've read so far (I'm only at 4), but it's also quite possibly my favorite book of all time.

Blankets by Craig Thompson is a beautiful, sad coming-of-age story with some of the most amazing art. Every page is incredible. It's long, about 500 pages, but goes by very quickly (and when I say that, it's fucking true. I read slower than anybody). I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone. I'm going to pick up his other two, Goodbye Chunky Rice and a memoir on his trip to Paris.

slightly green and i second/third/(first) your recommendation:

After finishing Anna Karenina, I've decided to take a break, however brief, from the traditional novel.



"Illustrated novels," they call them.
A beautiful art style and exceptionally written.
I recommend this to any and every one.

They also have their own "indie" soundtrack that the kiddies are sure to love!



wow i started reading this and then remembered seeing the cover here before. i'm about a third of the way through and have made my own soundtrack to it (smog, cat power, bonnie 'prince' billy, 13 & God, beth orton). should i steal the one u posted? does it add an element of self-consciousness to it? this is by far the fastest and easiest read i've had all year, the pages practically turn themselves. well i've enjoyed it a lot and will try to post once i'm done, so i don't care if i just jinxed it, i've got about an hour left in my playlist.

120 pages in just under two hours according to my playlist, i guess i'm reading it slow.. (i'd read 50 the nite before just waiting for letterman!) even at 2 pages a minute this massive thing would give u more than 4.5 hours of entertainment, with half the effort of a normal book. yeah it's a good break from the conventional novel, it's funny u had come off Anna Karenina cos i'm taking a break from Crime and Punishment.. comparable? i guess we'll never know.

Yeah, I read it in a day or two. The fastest for me in a while. I think the only other novels that I'd read that fast were Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.
Karenina took me months, but soooo worth it.
As far as the soundtrack goes, well, it fits the mood to a T, to me.
You can preview three of the tracks on the author's site:
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oh yeah i can see that working. too late now i finished it yesterday. amazing read, i second your recommendation to everyone.

it's weird, the weather right now is completely inappropriate, since basically the whole book is set in this snow-covered winter, i finished it on the hottest day of the year. :shock: i'm not even kidding, it was (as right now) at least 100° F. funny cos at one point craig's brother Phil cries in agony during a summer sequence about it being that hot.

i was saddened by some developments later in the book, but ultimately it's a life affirming tale of faith and redemption, the kind i like!

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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #41 on: March 24, 2007, 02:18:54 AM »
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Longest 500 page post ever.
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #42 on: August 09, 2007, 07:04:58 PM »
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I was taking a Narrative Illustration class this summer, and thought I'd dive as deep as I can into reading the authors the prof mentioned.
Some of us are familiar with this author, at least:


Good-bye, Chunky Rice - Craig Thompson
It's short and cute. Read it in one sitting. Not too much say about it. It's no Blankets, of course.


Summer Blonde - Adrian Tomine
A collection of short stories, can't remember how many, exactly. More mature subject matter than the previous. The prof seems to think alot of Tomine, but I thought this was just alright.

I re-read the Akira series. The art is really quite wonderful and the story's very different from the movie. The translation's a bit sketchy and borders on the side of cheese every now and then, but I recommend it.


Tales From the Farm - Jeff Lemire
Nice simple style. Quick read. First in an auto-biographical trilogy, if I'm not mistaken.


Black Hole - Charles Burns
This book was a monster and a joy to read. Beautiful thick, dark art. Creepy. Lots of sex. Lots of finely sculpted nudity. Takes place in 70s, in High School, and involved promiscuous teens contracting a strange STD that  causes various deformations.


Good stuff. :yabbse-grin:
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #43 on: August 11, 2007, 08:38:05 PM »
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Who's read it?  Opinions?

yes and the second part.



i thought it was pretty funny like with the nuns (maybe that's from the second book), and the style itself always compliments the tone of the narrative.. whatever that means. it reminded me of maus in the way it mixed important historical background with an autobiographical story without letting the emotional thread of her character succumb to the arguably bigger political picture. maus was more amazing in this regard of course.

oh and it's got that basic parents/child relationship of sacrifice and redemption which is pretty much my favourite theme of all time. although i did think she was a bit of an idiot in Austria (again, probly book 2). it's been made into an animated feature which won the jury prize in cannes, so, there's that.

here's the movie's official site, it has trailers, making of, a blog, cool stuff http://www.sonypictures.com/classics/persepolis/ someone should probably make a thread about it.
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Re: Comic Books / Graphic Novels
« Reply #44 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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