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Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« on: May 18, 2006, 03:48:15 am »
What are peoples favourite graphic novels or picture books.  I enjoy the star wars picture books with all the fantastic artworks.  I also like another graphic novel called "Maus", about nazi Germany in Poland, and the characters in the book are animals for each ethnic group, so the jews were mice, the nazi's were dogs i think..etc


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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2006, 07:55:36 am »
GRAPHIC NOVELS

Watchmen
300
V for Vendetta
Maus
Blankets
Orbiter
Buddha

And ANY Scott Morse stuff.

PICTURE BOOKS

Anything M.C. Escher.

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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2006, 01:59:34 pm »
Where's Waldo  ;D

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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2006, 01:40:27 am »
Carl Barks!

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2006, 05:46:25 am »
i also like the books that show the art of various science fiction artists.....
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« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2006, 01:25:09 pm »
Carl Barks!

Nice one. Can't believe I forgot Barks.

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« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2006, 05:40:11 pm »
Batman-Dark Night Returns
The Watchmen
V For Vendetta
City of Light And Dark
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« Reply #7 on: May 26, 2006, 02:23:05 am »
Batman - Year One
V for Vendetta
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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2006, 03:16:38 am »
Asterix.
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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2006, 05:25:33 am »
Asterix.

Yay! French/Belgian comics are the best. Tintin, Asterix, Spirou, Linda et Valentine, and so on!

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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2006, 05:36:14 am »
I think its amazing how good a job they do of translating Asterix into english. The jokes are actually almost totally different to the french ones, but theyre funny and they always fit the situation. You cant not like something as daft as that.
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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2006, 03:17:06 pm »
i just read Akira.

sooo much better than the movie.
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2006, 05:16:34 am »
i just read Akira.

sooo much better than the movie.

That's because the movie only covers about 1 and a half of the books. I wish an anime production group, preferably Madhouse or Production IG, would make an Akira TV series and go through the entire storyline. I mean, they did that with X after the abysmal movie. They would make such a huge amount of money off the thing so long as they kept it respectful to the books.

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« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2006, 08:57:10 am »
Go Dog Go, and the Spot the Dog books.

I... don't read many graphic novels.
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« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2006, 03:11:45 pm »
Go Dog Go, and the Spot the Dog books.

I... don't read many graphic novels.

What about Dr Seuss? I got the book "Oh the places you'll go" for graduation last year  :P

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« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2006, 04:30:12 pm »
Go Dog Go, and the Spot the Dog books.

I... don't read many graphic novels.
I dont blame you. Anything which calls itself a 'graphic nove'l is usually elitist nerdy crap.
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« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2006, 11:18:35 pm »
I think I learned to read off of Asterixes and Tintins.  My Fiance is using the french Asterixes to teach her french.  They are a huge part of my childhood.  Glad to see they are not forgotten. -leeman

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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2006, 01:38:19 am »
I don't have that many graphic novels. My favorite would have to be In the Shadow of No Towers. It's by Art Spiegelman, so anyone who likes Maus might be familiar with it.  It's about his experiences living in New York on 9/11 and the changes he saw in himself, his family and his neighbourhood. I think it's a very unique perspective.
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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2006, 03:24:00 am »
I dont blame you. Anything which calls itself a 'graphic nove'l is usually elitist nerdy crap.

Man am I glad you said that.


I hate the term Graphic Novels.They're comics, and if you don't like admitting that you read comics, then don't justinvent another name to try and pretend it's something it's not.

I love comics.

One of the great things about living in France is how comics are mainstream culture, and everyone reads them, it's not just fanboys.Consequently there isn't the dominance of superhero comice like we get in the USA and the UK.
I love superhero books, but it's good to see other genres doing so well.

Apart from my snitty attitude to the term graphic novels, I have to say that there are some great titles here, but my heart really warmed to see that Carl Barks got a mention.

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« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2006, 01:27:05 pm »
lol, your right Cruithne. Calling a comic a graphic novel is like calling a doll an action figure   :P

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« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2006, 03:28:30 pm »
lol, your right Cruithne. Calling a comic a graphic novel is like calling a doll an action figure   :P
Or worse, a 'collectable miniature'.
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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2006, 06:42:24 pm »
lol, your right Cruithne. Calling a comic a graphic novel is like calling a doll an action figure   :P
Or worse, a 'collectable miniature'.
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Re: Your favourite graphic novels/picture books
« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2006, 01:13:41 pm »
I think its amazing how good a job they do of translating Asterix into english. The jokes are actually almost totally different to the french ones, but theyre funny and they always fit the situation. You cant not like something as daft as that.

That's cool. The jokes are very well translated into Swedish as well. Fitting, witty and interpreted with care. I'm surprised, but I suppose it's because those who translate them realize that comics isn't just a kiddie thing. On a side note, the movie La Heine features a character whose nickname is Asterix. The subtitles says Snoopy. America(n public)... can't appreciate good 'peen comics.

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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2006, 03:02:04 pm »
Jeff Smith's "Bone" books are easily my favorite graphics novels.

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« Reply #24 on: May 30, 2006, 01:34:12 pm »
the real problem is that there Is a different between Comics and graphic novels or trade paperbacks.  Comics in America conjur up the image of thin, flimsy books that are telling a story in a serial manner whereas most graphic novels have a complete story within them and no ads for atari games.  I do agree that people say graphic novel to cover up the fact that they read comics but others use it because it differentiates the physical book they are reading and in my case, saying trade paperback doesn't mean anything as I grew up hearing the term Graphic Novel and I like the sound of it.  Do people actually call comic books (Spiderman Issue 427 with ads for fruit hostess pies and all that) graphic novels?  That sounds a little silly to me.

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« Reply #25 on: June 04, 2006, 06:17:53 pm »
Transmetropolitan.
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« Reply #26 on: June 05, 2006, 10:58:30 am »
the real problem is that there Is a different between Comics and graphic novels or trade paperbacks.  Comics in America conjur up the image of thin, flimsy books that are telling a story in a serial manner whereas most graphic novels have a complete story within them and no ads for atari games.  I do agree that people say graphic novel to cover up the fact that they read comics but others use it because it differentiates the physical book they are reading and in my case, saying trade paperback doesn't mean anything as I grew up hearing the term Graphic Novel and I like the sound of it.  Do people actually call comic books (Spiderman Issue 427 with ads for fruit hostess pies and all that) graphic novels?  That sounds a little silly to me.

The comic store I helped found used the terms 'comic,' 'graphic novel,' and 'trade' for technical reasons unrelated to a desire to avoid saying you're reading comics -- and our way of using the terms caught on with our customers.

A comic is an individual issue of a series or miniseries -- which is also known as a 'pamphlet' in industry terms. [Spider-Man #378 is a comic.]

A graphic novel is a self-contained work that requires no other purchases to complete the story. [Watchmen and V for Vendetta are graphic novels.]

A trade is a volume that contains numerous comics into one book but doesn't complete the story, requiring the further purchase of other material. [Ultimate X-Men Volume 4 is a trade.]

There are some complexities when you have books like Maus that are published in a single volume as well as two smaller ones. In the first case, it would be called the Maus graphic novel; in the other, Maus's first and second trades.

Overall, I think it works fairly well and everyone knew what we meant when we said the terms.

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« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2006, 09:06:07 pm »
I read a fair amount of manga.

Cromartie High School is hilarious.  I have the first 3 volumes of Genshiken just sitting here on my desk, and I still haven't read them.

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« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2006, 02:50:54 am »
Asterix.

I loved those. Always funny.

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« Reply #29 on: June 11, 2006, 08:41:20 am »
I read a fair amount of manga.

Cromartie High School is hilarious.  I have the first 3 volumes of Genshiken just sitting here on my desk, and I still haven't read them.

Genshiken is quite good and very easy to relate to if you have any connection to the anime / manga subculture. Lately, the manga that are the most impressive to me are Monster and Death Note. Those two are outstanding; I could not recommend them enough, but they are a completely different order from the ones you've listed so you might not enjoy them as handedly.

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« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2006, 12:40:00 pm »
I just received a great comic through the mail.It's the collected works of Gilbert Hernadez from his stuff in the Love and Rockets comic.

It's called Palomar and brings together all his Heartbreak Soup stories in one volume.Simply amazing stuff, the sort of thing they give Gabriel Garcia Marquez the Nobel prize for when it is just the written word, and that's not an idle boast, I defy anyone to read Hernadez writing and tell me it is not on the same high level.

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« Reply #31 on: June 15, 2006, 05:49:33 am »
I just received a great comic through the mail.It's the collected works of Gilbert Hernadez from his stuff in the Love and Rockets comic.

It's called Palomar and brings together all his Heartbreak Soup stories in one volume.Simply amazing stuff, the sort of thing they give Gabriel Garcia Marquez the Nobel prize for when it is just the written word, and that's not an idle boast, I defy anyone to read Hernadez writing and tell me it is not on the same high level.

I completely agree. Meanwhile, Hernandez doesn't get a Nobel because, you know, comics are the suck. At least to most people.

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« Reply #32 on: June 15, 2006, 06:05:47 am »
I am quite a fan of the Paperinik comics! The new series that is.

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Its a shame that they stooped coming out in denmark!
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« Reply #34 on: August 13, 2006, 12:15:42 am »
Asterix

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« Reply #35 on: August 13, 2006, 01:13:16 am »
I haven't read a whole lot of manga.

Read:
FLCL
Pretty Face
Ichigo 100%

Going to start soon:
Genshiken
Paradise Kiss, because I heard that the ending was better explained.

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« Reply #36 on: August 16, 2006, 01:53:22 pm »
Best Manga Currently Running, IMO

Death Note
Monster
Aish.iteruze Baby [if you prefer lighter stuff]

Favorite Manga

GTO, except after they changed the person doing the English dialogue. I hated when Onizuka suddenly started talking in slang all the time when previously he hadn't.

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« Reply #37 on: September 15, 2006, 06:07:43 am »
Tintin and Asterix
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« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2006, 06:14:39 am »
I don't really read many graphic novels, but I do own and love a book of the first several Swamp Thing comics.

And of course good ol' Dr. Suess, Fox in Sox is awesome.
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« Reply #39 on: September 16, 2006, 08:50:21 am »
i haven't read alot of graphic novels but i read  kingdom come and thought it was really good

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« Reply #40 on: September 17, 2006, 08:05:21 pm »
Join me to the Manga Club.

What I like:
Just about anything CLAMP (Except Chobits, they really can't pull satire well, which is what some people say Chobits is. I like Chi though. And they tend to be brief in their stories, with the exception of Chobits, Tsubasa Chronicle, and X, which was mentioned before. Is it true it's being finished off in Tsubasa Chronicle?)
Fruits Basket (If anyone says it's girly, check my profile. I chose the ambiguously sexual, in both senses, Fay as an avatar for a reason.)
HunterxHunter (And I used to love his wife's work too.)
FMA (I don't watch the anime of this, it doesn't just have fillers, it changes the order and quickly departs from the Manga's universe, and I've heard the movie is much worse)
Anything Fushigi Yuugi (It's not the guys, I swear... Yum... Tomite flavored Ice Cream......)

What I'm getting into and hope to get more about but reserving opinion for later:
Yami no Matsui (My first experience was a year ago, and I couldn't find it, then I found it again recently)
Alichino (I have a dark side)

Stuff I plan to read:
Ouran High School Host Club (All my friends are saying read it because we're all crazy shonen-ai-loving freaks of nature. :) )

Stuff I've read, gotten deep into, and then wondered why the heck I wasted all that money on it:
Inuyasha (He sucks, Yashaou and the rest of the cast of RG Veda are better. Heck Inu's a ripoff of Yasha.)
Yugioh (No, really. I've spent easily 300+ dollars on the manga and the junk that goes with it.)
YuyuHakusho (Although those are DVDs, but same premise, but worse cuz most of it was other people's money.)
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