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Apr 21 17 7:24 AM
Apr 21 17 7:39 AM
Irony and subtly are the first casualties
in the eternal battle of wits between people divided by a common language. So read between the lines or you'll fall through the cracks...
....Quoting other people is no substitute for thinking for yourself...
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Apr 21 17 1:31 PM
jazzo wrote:While the above books are excellent suggestions, I don't think that any of the posters could argue that most of them aren't also fairly mainstream genre books, just not primarily superhero books, and only technically independent because of they aren't published by DC or Marvel. That's not a criticism, because I do like a whole wack of them (especially the Ed Brubaker stuff), but they are, essentially, serialized long-form genre stories that fit nicely into the brand/wheelhouse of Vertigo from two decades ago.
So, in the interest of veering into more artistic territory, not just very well-done genre entertainment, can I second David's recommendation for Dan Clowes' PATIENCE. The book is amazing. So is Manuele Fior's recent THE INTERVIEW. Both are technically science fiction stories, but really more about emotional disconnect in the modern or soon-to-be-here world. They're also stand-alone, so you're not in for the long-haul.
Nick Drnaso's BEVERLY is also stunning. This is the summary from D&Q's web site: "The modern lost souls of Beverly struggle with sexual anxieties that are just barely repressed and social insecurities that undermine every word they speak. Time passes, bodies change sizes, realities blur with fantasies, truths disintegrate, childhood comforts turn uncomfortable. Again and again, the civilized façades of Nick Drnaso’s pitch-perfect suburban landscapes crack in the face of violence and quiet brutality. Drnaso's debut graphic novel leaves you haunted and squirming and longing for more."
Mariko and Jillian Tamaki's THIS ONE SUMMER is a very moving account of friendship shattering and family secrets being revealed over the course of a summer vacation in Southern Ontario's cottage country. It's beautiful. So is Jillian's SUPERMUTANT MAGIC ACADEMY, which started as a gag web strip about, you guessed it, super mutant magicians at a private school for gifted youngsters. It starts off hilarious and then moves into something much more emotional as the stories expand beyond gags.
I can't recommend the work of Josh Simmons enough. He has a bunch of work available from Fantagraphics, and I particularly recommend THE FURRY TRAP, BLACK RIVER and HOUSE. Be forewarned, though - none of them are for the faint of heart. These are very dark stories about humanity at its worst; kind of like Cormac McCarthy or Michael Haneke doing horror stories.
Taiyo Matsumoto's manga, SUNNY, (and anything he does, really), is just a beautiful account of orphans/abandoned children in a 1970' Japanese group home. It is, both, lovely and inspirational and deeply tragic. Only 6 volumes.
Eleanor Davis is possibly my favorite cartoonist working today. Her SECRET SCIENCE ALLIANCE AND THE COPYCAT CROOK, is probably the best kids' graphic novel I've read and my most enjoyable read the year it came out, and her short story collection, HOW TO BE HAPPY, is just gorgeous and very, very moving.
There's a crapload more (I haven't even touched upon the Hernanzez Bros. or Chris Ware, or Chester Brown or Alan Moore's more literary side), but these are good starts and fairly recent.
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cfd wrote:Anybody here been checking out Fantagraphics new reto-line of comics: "All Time Comics"? So far we have first issues of Crime Destroyer Bullwhip, with Atlas on its way. These are more fun than brilliant. junk food than brain nourishment. Sporting a decidely bronze age Marvel aesthetic, these throwback comics are equal parts inconsequential nostalgia and excercises in ironic reverence, with a kick in ass of self serious contemporary bloated Big Two efforts.
Contributors include the legendary Herb Trimpe (his last ever job), Al Milgrom and Benjamin Mara, who has made this kind of thing his excellent schtick.
Fans of Space Rider (also great!) might dig this FB line.
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Any views on Rucka's Black Magic?
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deejayway wrote:I love Ellis, but I dislike Bond and the reviews I have read have been mixed. Undecided.
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deejayway wrote:What's the skinny with Ellis and dlx. hcs. Doesn't he like the format or doesn't he sell enough to warrant the deluxe treatment?
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