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Journal Entry: Thu Mar 19, 2009, 7:33 PM
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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chairmanofthebored Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
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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Riotfish Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
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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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Professional 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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mattahan Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
With links and everything, thanks :)

all have been added. Sandman is one I'm definitely getting.
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reubennegron Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009  Professional 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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reubennegron Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2009  Professional 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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jajssblue Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2009
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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b-g-k Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2009
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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failinginplace Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional Filmographer
get everything else Fables. it's worth it.
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cyborg-gurl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Flight 3, Flight 5
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cyborg-gurl Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
these aren't novels, a group of short stories... still good though.
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AshleeHG Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009  Professional
Any Lone Wolf & Cub book.
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kuroki13 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2009
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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aliasdagain Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
Lots of my other faves have already been mentioned, so: Kissing Chaos by Arthur Dela Cruz.
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Smackodack Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
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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IllustraShu Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
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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SMann Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist 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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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
added The Amory Wars, thanks
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Im-iC Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
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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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Astro City looks pretty cool, added.
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Rubius Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Black Hole :nod:
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
hmm...on the fence about this one.
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count-joshula Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Preacher, Transmetropolitan, 100 Bullets
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Added, thanks.
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AliceMeichi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I second Preacher! I'd also like to add Promethea by Alan Moore. In fact, anything by Alan Moore. He applies the genius he used in Watchmen to so many other books.
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
"Everything by Moore" is the first item on my list :)
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furred-cattle Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Bone again and definitely.
The two first episodes of Sin City.
Those guys are just pure genius.
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dtbsz Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
x-man dude
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Zavorio Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional General Artist
My Favourites besides Watchmen and Sandman are Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid on Earth, Epileptic (by David B.) and Persepolis.
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
All added, thanks.
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JohnYiannacopoulos Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
The Umbrella Academy is really good. It was written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance. My girlfriend loves him, so I decided to pick up the novel as part of her Christmas gift. Of course I read it before I gave it to her. ;) I was shocked at how good it was, since it was his first published work. The characters are really creative and different from most Graphic Novels in my opinion. It has a whole different style.
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Cool, it was already on the list, but I'll move it into the top 10.
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slugo Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
Walking Dead, very good series.
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Already added, thanks.
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Timeturner Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
here's a bunch that i love:

Batman Year 100 by Paul Pope
100% by Paul Pope
From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell
Ode to Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka
Britten & Brulightly by Hannah Berry
Crecy by Warren Ellis & Raulo Caceres
Torso by Brian Michael Bendis and Marc Andreyko
My. Punch by Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean
Local by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly
Joker by Brian Azzarello & Lee Bermejo

Demo by Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd
DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
The Spirit vol.s 1&2 by Darwyn Cooke
Jinx by Brian Michael Bendis
Channel Zero by Brian Wood
Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughn & Niko Henrichon
Phonogram: Rue Britannia by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie
WE3 by Grant Morrison & Frank Quietly
Final Crisis by Grant Morrison et. al. (this doesn't come out until June, but i'm including it anyway)
JLA: Earth 2 by Grant Morrison & Frank Quietly
Black Hole by Charles Burns
John Constantine, Hellblazer: All His Engines by Mike Carey & Leonardo Manco
The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba



sorry for the heavy overload, but as you can tell i read a lot of comics, so i had a lot to recommend...
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Aw man, can you recommend like 3 of your favourites from that lis?
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Timeturner Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
hahahaha, sure

100% by Paul Pope (anything by Paul Pope is gold, really)
From Hell by Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell (in my opinion the best book Alan Moore's ever written)
Ode to Kirihito by Osamu Tezuka
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
those look pretty cool, 100% specially. added, thanks
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VitoDGK Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artist
If you're into autobios; Blankets by Craig Thompson.
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Added, Thanks
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RCWikkydArtist Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
Maus by Art Spiegelman

A book about the author interviewing his father about his life during WWII and the Holocaust. And each nationality has certain animals representing them (Mice are Jews, Cats are Germans, Pigs are Poles, Dogs as Americans, etc.). It is unlike anything I have ever read. Read it, it's worth it.
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Added, looks good.
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AliceMeichi Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Also seconding Maus.
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RCWikkydArtist Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Hobbyist Filmographer
It is
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redkidOne Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Professional Filmographer
The original Books of Magic, written by Neil Gaiman, is beautiful and has lots of mystical allusions and good humour.

Stray Toasters by Bill Sienkiewicz is very odd but is chock full of amazing artwork and a great version of the Devil.

There's a bazillion more I could recommend, but it looks like you've a pretty hefty list building up here. enjoy the reading!
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Books of Magic does look awesome, thanks. Stray Toasters does look pretty odd, but I'm into odd. Both added.
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MissusHow Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Student Artist
All of the sandman. <3

Check out persepolis as well...
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Already on the list, looking forward to Persepolis in particular.
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MissusHow Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Student Artist
Oh. V for vendetta!
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mattahan Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I'm getting all the Moore stuff for sure.
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