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Last 5 graphic novels/comics I read

These are the last five graphic novels or comic books I’ve read and they all come highly recommended:

Town Boy by Lat, the story of a young man coming to age in Malaysia and realizing he would like to be an artist (it’s the sequel to Kampung Boy, which details his childhood in a rural village):

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes, of course, the basis for the movie starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson. But, the book’s story is more broad and nuanced. Clowes nails the idiom of angsty alt-rock adolescents too smart for their own good. I loved it:

Akbar & Jeff’s Guide To Life by Matt Groening. I was actually rereading this for the millionth time. I used to love Groening’s cartoons and characters back in the 1980s and 1990s. Akbar & Jef are my favorite. (And not just because they wear fezzes):

The 40 Hour Man by Stephen Beaupre, illustrated by Steve Lafler. It’s the autobiographical account of one man’s work history, from his stoner days in Boston record stores to his rise and fall as a tech writer during the dot com boom of the late 1990s and early ’00s. (The two authors actually met as bus boys in a Western-themed restaurant in the 1970s.):

Top Shelf Asks the Big Questions, co-edited by Rob Goodin and Brett Warnock, features work by an array of pretty big names. It includes a story by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie Cobweb that was banned by DC comics. It also includes an interview with David Chelsea, author of the seminal David Chelsea In Love:

Have you read any of these? I got them all in bargain bins, which is why they are all several years old. I’ve found a lot of great older treasures in bins where old comics are put to pasture.

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3 thoughts on “Last 5 graphic novels/comics I read

  1. Pingback: Last 5 graphic novels/comics I read | Bookmarks URL

  2. conner on said:

    if you haven’t read it yet it’s imperative that you read chris ware’s “jimmy corrigan, the smartest kid on earth.” it’s one of the most depressing things i’ve ever read (and one of the few graphic novels) but it ranks in my all time top ten pieces of fiction. GO NOW CHILD DO NOT HESITATE

  3. ginavivinetto on said:

    That’s spooky, Conner. I actually just finished reading an interview with Chris Ware on the plane home from Massachusetts.

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