Good Graphic Novels
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If I'm ever going to make one I figure I should familiarize myself with some of the better ones.

My meager collection so far:
-Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall
-Watchmen
-Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
-Batman: Year One

Can you recommend any?

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I love Chris Ware, get your hands on any of his 'Acme Novelty Library' books. I found #18 in an art museum in Vancouver, it was sold out in the shop so I sat and read it in the exhibition. Sad, sad stories, but great style, humour and typography, not to mention the beauty of the book bindings themselves (particularly on the 'Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders' ). I can't recommend them enough!
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Honestly, I don't know about this 'graphic novel' business, but if you want some honest opinions, check out any of the works by Eddie Campbell (sometimes associated with Watchmen's Alan Moore), and definitely Dave Sim's "Cerebus". The latter is probably the most unique and powerful attempt to expand the medium I've ever come across. He gets dissed a lot because he went insane in the last 1/3rd of his 300 issue run, but it's absolute genius as far as extended comics work goes. Nothing compares.
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reubennegronProfessional Traditional Artist
Forgive me if I suggest anything that has already been listed below but these are books that I cannot live without and were HUGE influences in my own art and storytelling process:

- Sandman - the whole series written my Neil Gaiman and illustrated by various artists [link])

- Cages - written and illustrated by Dave Mckean [link])

- Violent Cases - written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Dave Mckean [link]

- Domu - written and illustrated by Katsuhiro Otomo [link]

- Bone - written and illustrated by Jeff Smith [link])

- Stray Bullets - written and illustrated by David Lapham [link]

- Maus - written and illustrated by Art Spiegelman [link])

- M - written and illustrated by Jon J Muth [link]

I hope that helps at all.
Happy reading!
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mattahanProfessional Digital Artist
With links and everything, thanks :)

all have been added. Sandman is one I'm definitely getting.
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reubennegronProfessional Traditional Artist
Great! It was a personal fav for a long time. When the series ended I took a break from comics for a very long time - I felt that with Sandman gone, there wasn't anything worth reading anymore. Obviously I found others...
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reubennegronProfessional Traditional Artist
Oh man! I don't know how I felt this off my list:

- Understanding Comics - by Scott Mccloud [link]

- Stuck Rubber Baby - written and illustrated by Howard Cruse [link]
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You've got a great list so far. Here's some humble suggestions.

The Fountain - Aesthetically beautiful, brilliantly passionate story line

Superman Red Son - Fun look into history and how a great American Icon would have looked if he had been Russian.

Sandman Series - Strange, profound at times, comical, stomach churning again at times, really the best way to describe it is that it is difficult to quantify
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In case no one has recommended these:

Preacher is a great series. So is Hellblazer (at least selected stories), Criminal, first twenty something issues of The Authority (should be collected in a GN), and my all-time favourite, Transmetropolitan (got it laying on my coffee table for people to ask :lol: ).

:peace:
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failinginplaceProfessional Filmographer
get everything else Fables. it's worth it.
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these aren't novels, a group of short stories... still good though.
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AshleeHGProfessional
Any Lone Wolf & Cub book.
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if no one's mentioned it yet, you could try the league of extraordinary gentlemen, which was written by the guy that wrote watchmen.
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Lots of my other faves have already been mentioned, so: Kissing Chaos by Arthur Dela Cruz.
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Hmm, let's see, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez is pretty awesome. A lot of emo kids diggin' it, but it really is great. And The Loosers by Andy Diggle also kicks ass.
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I'm a big fan of the Ultimate series. Mainly Ultimate Spiderman, 'cause I really like the art.

But yah, they have Ultimates of most of the big superhero comics, like Superman, etc.

: )
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SMannHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm going to sugest the amory wars by claudio sanchez from coheed and cambria
[link]
or the invisables by grant morrison
[link]
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mattahanProfessional Digital Artist
added The Amory Wars, thanks
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Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, adapted by Mike Carey, this is a great history.
Kingdom Come as somebody mentioned before.
Astro City: Confession by Kurt Busiek.
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mattahanProfessional Digital Artist
Astro City looks pretty cool, added.
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mattahanProfessional Digital Artist
hmm...on the fence about this one.
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count-joshulaHobbyist Digital Artist
Preacher, Transmetropolitan, 100 Bullets
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mattahanProfessional Digital Artist
Added, thanks.
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