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June 06, 2005



Eddie Campbell's Alec books

David Fiore

Cerebus man--

the whole crazy thing!!!!!!


I've recently gotten into Joe Sacco's books. They seem to be right up your friend's journalism/autobio/historical alley. I'd recommend Safe Area: Gorazde and Palestine.


Persepolis--Marjane Satrapi
Epileptic--David B
It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken--Seth
Ethel and Ernest--Raymond Briggs
Ghost World--Daniel Clowes
Summer Blonde--Adrian Tomine

Dave Intermittent

Just going off the books he grabbed (which isn't very helpful, not knowing what he passed over), and not repeating books others have mentioned:

The Golem's Mighty Swing
Mother, Come Home
Mail-Order Bride

If he takes a book one of us recommends, do we get a partial credit to our recruiting goals?


Get your own recruits, Dave - I've got my own thetan energies to think about.

An update: Bob may be most interested in looking at graphic novels for the various and unique storytelling possibilities they present, not for any particular genre. That should open it up a little, although again, I'm interested in recommendations that require absolutely no background in reading comics.

On another topic entirely, I would have posted long ago about how little I liked Mother Come Home but the comic couldn't even inspire enough feeling to trash it. Just to lob that little bomb out there.


well, if he's only interested in SERIOUS stuff: Gorazde, Chris Ware, and Palomar. maybe From Hell?

if fun? complete bone, a good kyle baker comedy (why i hate saturn or you are here).

horror? Gyo. action? Akira. for autobio... i like eddie campbell's books. those true science books by jim ottovani will have its fans-- i've always enjoyed those. history/sports? golem's mighty swing...

But I liked Mother Comes Home, so...


The three things I use to hook people when they show the slightest interest are Bone, Usagi Yojimbo, and Zot.


For storytelling, "I don't get out much anymore", Spiegleman. It's just a page. But it's a good page. And of course, more Eisner, Sims, Clowes,and Krazy Kat.


I'll try to hit some bases that might have been missed by earlier suggestions and your own list, Marc. Although take into account that I too liked Mother, Come Home.

For slice of life/done right: Derek Kirk Kim's Same Difference and Other Stories

A Canadian's Biography: Chester Brown's Louis Riel

The arc of the failed relationship: Jeffrey Brown's Clumsy

Voyeuristic mystery: Jason Little's Shutterbug Follies

Wannabe Hollywood insider tell-all: Brian Bendis's Fortune and Glory

Noir crimefiction: David Lapham's Murder Me Dead

Novel adaptation: Karasik and Mazzucchelli's take on Paul Auster's City of Glass

Oh, and for some superhero cred: Miller and Mazzucchelli's Batman: Year One.

Mike Loughlin

Peter Kuper - The System
Kyle Baker - Why I Hate Saturn
Jason Lutes - Jar of Fools
Will Eisner - Last Day in Vietnam; Dropsie Avenue
the Lone Wolf & Cub series
Dave McKean - Cages
Andi Watson - Breakfast After Noon

Michael Denton

Bone - Jeff Smith

Box Office Poison - Alex Robinson

Goodbye Chunky Rice or Blankets - Craig Thompson (I like GBCR better, but Blankets is more autobiographical)

American Elf - James Kolchaka (sp) - probably the best autobiography comic out there

Three Fingers - Rich Koslowski (ficitional biography)

Sparks - Lawrence Marvit

Above and Below - James Sturm (based on true events)

Torso - Brian Michael Bendis (based on true events)

Clumsy - Jeff Brown (autobiographical)

Queen and Country trades - Greg Rucka

Fables trades - Bill Willingham


Thanks to everybody for the suggestions. I'll collate 'em along with my own and pass them along to Bob.

This doesn't mean you have to stop posting, by the way. A list of accessible graphic novels for first-time comics readers is a handy thing to have.

Matt Brady

I try to get my wife to read comics (often with little success). Lately she's been reading more. I think I got my foot in the door with some manga. She especially liked Hot Gimmick and Imadoki (she loves soap operas). She also read Blankets and liked it. I recently bought Bryan Lee O'Malley's Lost at Sea (haven't read it yet). She saw it lying around and picked it up and read it, and seemed to like it a lot, so I gave her Scott Pilgrim to read, which she really liked. I'll keep trying and see what else she liked.

The other recruit I got recently is a girl at work. She saw me reading comics on my lunch break and asked to read one. She really seemed to like them, so I brought a bunch in for her to check out. She liked WE3, Y: The Last Man, and Preacher best.


Clumsy's terrific. Most of these are but...

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