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Old 06-06-2012, 09:11 PM   #1
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Got any reccomendations for me, guys? I have Sandman and Fables in DTB, I know about Watchmen, V, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and scanned my brother's copies of those but didn't care for them, especially no LEG as much as I thought I would). Anyway, Sandman and Fables are my favorite. I also loved Daytripper and liked the first volume of American Vampire (the only one in eFormat, both purchased via the Kindle App on my tablet).

So, given that, any reccomendations for me? No manga, no superheroes (at least not used traditionally). I want some instant graphic gratification and it has become so difficult to search through the dreck on Amazon.
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Old 06-06-2012, 09:24 PM   #3
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Oh, yeah. I forgot to say I did just read the first volume of the Walking Dead. It was good but short. Amazon says there is an issue with Volume 2 they are investigating. I have been thinking about getting Y The Last Man.
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Dean Koontz has two or three graphic novels in the Odd Thomas series. I haven't gotten around to reading the series yet, let alone the graphic novels, so I can't comment on how good they are.
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I just read "Joe the Barbarian" by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy and highly recommend it. Published by Vertigo and all 8 issues are 99c each on Comixology.

EDIT: Just realized the title might throw you off a bit... the story is about a diabetic boy who goes too long without his medication and starts to hallucinate that his toys have come to life and his pet rat is a six foot-tall warrior. He embarks on an epic quest that takes place simultaneously in his house, and a fantasy realm that mirrors aspects of his house. For instance, he turns on the water in his tub and it overflows onto the stairs. In the fantasy world this becomes a waterfall. The whole 8-issue story is him trying to get downstairs to get medicine or call his mom for help.

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Old 06-06-2012, 10:27 PM   #6
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"Habibi" by Craig Thompson is beautifully drawn. It's worth browsing to see if it's what you might like.
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I just read "Joe the Barbarian" by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy and highly recommend it. Published by Vertigo and all 8 issues are 99c each on Comixology.

EDIT: Just realized the title might throw you off a bit... the story is about a diabetic boy who goes too long without his medication and starts to hallucinate that his toys have come to life and his pet rat is a six foot-tall warrior. He embarks on an epic quest that takes place simultaneously in his house, and a fantasy realm that mirrors aspects of his house. For instance, he turns on the water in his tub and it overflows onto the stairs. In the fantasy world this becomes a waterfall. The whole 8-issue story is him trying to get downstairs to get medicine or call his mom for help.
That actually sounds pretty intriguing. I might have to check it out. Thanks for the description.
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:25 PM   #8
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I just read "Joe the Barbarian" by Grant Morrison and Sean Murphy and highly recommend it. Published by Vertigo and all 8 issues are 99c each on Comixology.

EDIT: Just realized the title might throw you off a bit... the story is about a diabetic boy who goes too long without his medication and starts to hallucinate that his toys have come to life and his pet rat is a six foot-tall warrior. He embarks on an epic quest that takes place simultaneously in his house, and a fantasy realm that mirrors aspects of his house. For instance, he turns on the water in his tub and it overflows onto the stairs. In the fantasy world this becomes a waterfall. The whole 8-issue story is him trying to get downstairs to get medicine or call his mom for help.
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"Habibi" by Craig Thompson is beautifully drawn. It's worth browsing to see if it's what you might like.
I am buying the first Joe the Barbarian.

I have Habibi on my wishlist. It is not available in reformat, though.

Oh, I have a rec. Heh. I loved Elfquest when I was a kid. They can't be downloaded but they are free to view online http://www.elfquest.com/gallery/OnlineComics3.html
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Nothing beats Sandman - a work of genius! However, there's lots and lots of great comics out there. Unfortunately I've no idea which ones are available in electronic form and which ones are not, so I'll just list my favourites:
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Jean Giraud/Mœbius (usually spelled Moebius) is pretty much an absolute must for anyone interested in comics. He almost single-handedly launched comics for adults upon the world (along with Philippe Druillet and Jean-Pierre Dionnet) in the form or the Métal Hurlant series (better known as Heavy Metal), which ran from 1974 to 1987. His work is often a fusion of Sci-Fi and Fantasy and is extremely imaginative, dreamlike and often very intricate. And when it's meant to be, very funny.

Mœbius' collected works are available in volumes entitled Mœbius X, where X stands for 0 to 9 (plus volume 2, entitled Mœbius ½). These ought to be in every collection, if only in deference to the the man who started it all.
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Enki Bilal is another shining pillar of the comics world, whose books are very well worth picking up. He is best known for The Nikopol Trilogy (La Foire aux Immortels, La Femme Piège and Froid Équateur, or The Carnival of Immortals, The Woman Trap and Equator Cold). Other titles to look for are The Hunting Party, The Cruise of Lost Souls and The Town That Didn't Exist.
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Sandman isn't Neil Gaiman's only great comic, there's also:

Hellblazer (well over 250 issues), which will be familiar if you saw the movie Constantine.

Lucifer (75 issues I think), a spin-off from Sandman by Mike Carey.

Three short series (3-4 issues each) featuring the character Death from Sandman, one of which has Gaiman listed only as a consultant (predictably the weakest one, both story wise and artistically. IMO) and entitled The High Cost of Living, The Time of Your Life and The Girl Who Would be Death.

The Books of Magic (75 issues, plus 4 prequels and various annuals), where the four prequels feature Gaiman as a writer.

The Children's Crusade (a 7 issue series).

Black Orchid (an 8 issue series) is a re-launch of an older, more traditional superhero series, resurrected in 1987 and written by Gaiman.

If you like (or love) Sandman, all of these ought to be safe bets.
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Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose (60 or so issues) is quite fun, if you don't mind the protagonist being scantily clad and imbued with the kind of voluptuousness one only finds in comics.
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El Mercenario / The Mercenary (13 issues, 11 in English so far) by Vincent Segrelles is a wonderful story and one of the great classics of the medium. If it's available or you come across it anyway, you should pounce on it at once.
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V for Vendetta and From Hell by Alan Moore and 300 by Frank Miller. Simply must-haves.
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These are just few, from off the top of my head, and admittedly a mix of what I think you're most likely to enjoy given the few you listed and what I think is obligatory for a comic book enthusiast to own. Hope it helps.

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Old 06-07-2012, 10:30 PM   #10
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I'll second pretty much all of Belfaborac's recs. Some of Alan Moore's best work (which probably won't hit Amazon anytime soon) was Swamp Thing and Miracle Man in the '80s. Miracle Man is a superhero, but not handled remotely "traditionally." Moore's run on Swamp Thing pretty much launched DC's Vertigo imprint for adults, as well as inventing John Constantine (Hellblazer).

DMZ is another good one, sort of a more grounded but more political Transmetropolitan (which is also fun, but uneven). DMZ is set in a near future US civil war between the red states and the blue, where Manhattan is a demilitarized zone that has been left to fend for itself. The main character is a young reporter who gets dropped in as camera crew, but ends up being the only one who can get people to talk to (and not kill) him. I want to say DMZ had about a four year run, wrapping up a year or so ago.
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Locke & Key, American Vampire, Planetary, Y the Last Man.

Swamp Thing and Animal Man from DCs New 52 are also phenomenal. Very trippy. Not traditional superhero in the slightest.

You might want to check out Comixology. They have routine sales; you can often pick up single issues for 99 cents, which usually works out to half as much as a trade. They actually had a Fables 10th anniversary sale last month, and a Grant Morrison sale (Invisibles, Joe the Barbarian, We3).

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Locke & Key, American Vampire, Planetary, Y the Last Man.

Swamp Thing and Animal Man from DCs New 52 are also phenomenal. Very trippy. Not traditional superhero in the slightest.

You might want to check out Comixology. They have routine sales; you can often pick up single issues for 99 cents, which usually works out to half as much as a trade. They actually had a Fables 10th anniversary sale last month, and a Grant Morrison sale (Invisibles, Joe the Barbarian, We3).
Ooooh. My brother had some of those when we were kids. I might like to check those out on Comixology, which is an awesome website/app, btw.

Thanks for all the recs, guys. I ejoyed Joe the Barbarian from Comixology and might get Y the Last Man, too.
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I would recommend Unwritten by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. It is strongly metafictional like Fables and well written. It is about people who manipulate fictional universes.
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For something a bit different, I would recommend Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, but it is only available for online viewing, not for downloading.
It is a complete graphical conversion of the original book, including the entire text.

Oh, and even if you don't want superheroes, you might still want to check out Batman: Year One, and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. I would have the latter up there with Watchmen for the best graphic novel ever.

For online webcomics, Girl Genius (available as PDF downloads) and Megatokyo, which oddly doesn't appear to by buyable in e-form.

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Got any reccomendations for me, guys? I have Sandman and Fables in DTB, I know about Watchmen, V, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (and scanned my brother's copies of those but didn't care for them, especially no LEG as much as I thought I would). Anyway, Sandman and Fables are my favorite. I also loved Daytripper and liked the first volume of American Vampire (the only one in eFormat, both purchased via the Kindle App on my tablet).

So, given that, any reccomendations for me? No manga, no superheroes (at least not used traditionally). I want some instant graphic gratification and it has become so difficult to search through the dreck on Amazon.
All good titles! Walking Dead and Batman are also amazing. If ya wanna try something new, check out some emotobooks. Short stories with some art, but their not graphical novels though. I like em, some of the other members like em, some of the other members don't like em. Worth checking out though, might be your cup of tea
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