Category Archives: Graphic Novels / Comics

A Comics Round-Up

With two of my favorite comics series (Fables and Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye) coming to an end this year, it seems like a good time to try out some other series. So I’ve been grabbing a few trade paperbacks from the … Continue reading

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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

This charming and quirky graphic novel by Stephen Collins is another recommendation from Pop Culture Happy Hour. In it, a previously bald man named Dave finds his predictable and tidy life taken over by a beard that won’t stop growing. … Continue reading

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Trillium

I first heard about this graphic novel by Jeff Lemire last December at the Pop Culture Happy Hour live show. Glen Weldon named it as his favorite book of the year, describing it as a science fiction time-travel romance. OK, … Continue reading

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Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event

I’ve written before about my tentative steps into the world of comics after years of interest that was always stifled by intimidation. As I’ve explored superhero comics, I’ve so far stuck with new titles that stand alone, like Hawkeye and … Continue reading

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Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea

I’m slowly making my way through A Suitable Boy, but as much as I’m enjoying it, I’m finding it useful to take breaks from it to read shorter things. So when I was last at the library, I picked up … Continue reading

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Fun Home and Are You My Mother?

In these two graphic memoirs, Alison Bechdel chronicles her ambivalent love for each of her parents. The first, Fun Home, deals with her father, who died, possibly by suicide, when Bechdel was in college, not long after she came out … Continue reading

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Catching Up on Comics

I had high hopes to get a lot of reading done over the last couple of weeks, but life keeps getting in the way. I did finish The Ringed Castle, the fifth book in Dorothy Dunnett’s legendary Lymond Chronicles, and … Continue reading

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Fables 14-18

Just a quick note to say that I’m now up to date with Bill Willingham’s Fables series (or at least all of the ones they have in my library.) I had been quite apprehensive about reading these last few, because … Continue reading

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Boxers and Saints

This two-volume graphic novel set by Gene Luen Yang looks at the Boxer Rebellion, the Chinese uprising in 1898 to 1901 against foreigners who had gained power in their country, from two perspectives. The first volume, Boxers, tells of a … Continue reading

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Y: The Last Man

Yorick Brown, it seems, is the greatest escape artist who ever lived—or at least he’s made the greatest escape ever. Somehow, he managed to be the only man to escape the mysterious plague that killed every single man on the … Continue reading

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