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Mendalla
Posted: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 2:05:20 PM
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I am currently reading the Transmetropolitan series by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. Darkly humourous s-f graphic novels compiled from a comic series that ran from 1997-2002. Definitely not your usual comic book fare as it tells the story of an eccentric gonzo journalist living in a weird future. Lots of cyberpunk and transhumanist elements. Also very much not for kiddies or sensitive folks. A faithful movie version would get a hard R for sure, probably an NC-17.

And I find those are sometimes the best graphic novels for me. Not the superheroes, but the fantasy, sf, and other genres. A couple other faves are Neil Gaiman's fantasy series Sandman (which had various artists over the original comic books run) and Jeff Smith's excellent (as in better than a lot of straight literary fantasy) fantasy series Bone.

Anyone else into non-superhero comics and graphic novels? Or even high quality superhero material?


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Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2021 6:47:28 AM
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Been reading the first volume of Love & Rockets. The original comics came out about 40 years ago and were part of an early wave of indie comics and graphic novels (ie. not from big publishers like Marvel and DC) that told stories very much not about superheroes. While L&R is told in a odd, magic realist version of our world at the time, the stories are about fairly ordinary people living their lives, having relationships, and so on. There's weird stuff there, for sure, but the characters are fairly ordinary and relatable. The brains behind the series were brothers Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez. This arc is by Jaime (IIRC). As I understand it, Gilbert had another whole arc of his own about a fictitious Latin American town which is covered in other volumes of the collection.

Also, the series is fairly LGBTQ friendly (the lead in the early issues is a bi woman and one of her friends is a lesbian who is also sometimes her lover). It gets sexy, but softcore. So some nudity and sexuality, but nothing horribly explicit. Could probably go on here as an 18+ for the most part.

FYI, I am getting my graphic novels from Hoopla. it's a library e-lending service that my local public library subscribes to. We get to borrow 6 items per month and they have e-books, audiobooks, videos (divided into TV and Movies), and comics/graphic novels.


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Mendalla
Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2021 7:16:26 AM
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Trivia: I first heard of Love & Rockets in the early nineties from a TV show called Prisoners of Gravity. The show was on TV Ontario (though I think it got some distribution internationally, too) and covered s-f and comics with interviews and commentary from "Commander Rick", who was supposedly broadcasting from a space station where he lived. They even opened with a short comic story about how he got there. Commander Rick was actually Rick Green of the Canadian comedy troupe The Frantics. The producer was Daniel Richler, whose late father Mordecai is a legend in CanLit (Canadian Literature).

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rolandlytle
Posted: Saturday, February 27, 2021 12:39:39 PM
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I am a big fan of graphic novels. Titles such as 'Maus,' 'Deadpool: Bad Blood,' 'The Watchmen,' 'V: for Vendita,' and 'Batman: The Dark Knight Returns' are just the tip of some of the best. I once collected comic books and graphic novels from the late 1970s till the mid 1990s and still have most of them. A magazine I read, 'Heavy Metal,' is very similar to the graphic novel format.

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