10-03-2008 01:45 PM
I'm reading through the Fables series from Vertigo. It's great! Definately an adult comic book series though.
Concept: All of our mytical fairy tale and "fable" creatures (goldy locks, snow white, frog prince, mother hubbard, etc) have lost their homes and lands to a bad guy and his huge army and have been forced to flee to the only land not yet under his control....Our land. The fables that look like human live in NYC on a block they call Fabletown. All the non-human looking fables live on a farm in upstate New York. Each "graphic novel" is a series of 2-3 comic books centered around a common storyline. All of them tie together, but each one is like an "episode".
I am greatly enjoying this read. It's fun and entertaining.
10-08-2008 07:06 AM - edited 10-08-2008 07:07 AM
I love the Fables books! I've lost track of them--we don't have any comic shops really close by--but I do really enjoy them. Sigh, I love Bigby, and I just think they're so clever and fun.
I also loved Preacher and Sandman. I loved Alan Moore's run on Swamp Thing (just about anything Moore does, really); Garth Ennis's run on Hellblazer... If you're looking to really get into graphic novels (or if you already are but haven't read those yet) any of those are great places to start.
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10-08-2008 06:23 PM
10-09-2008 08:05 PM
I'm with Stacia. I loved the Fables stuff. Here's my big question about graphic novels: as a longtime bookstore manager, I saw this "prejudice" firsthand for years – some SF/Fantasy fans, I think, consider graphic novels like a sort of red-haired stepchild. They don't get the respect they deserve and I don't know exactly why. It makes me laugh when people throw graphic novels like Sandman in with comic books – to me, they're two separate categories...
10-09-2008 08:55 PM
All in the same boat to me, a wonderful way to entertain myself. I never bought into the lesser media status.
10-09-2008 10:54 PM
Graphic novels are great especially for those that have hard time reading regular books but still want to read.
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10-09-2008 10:58 PM
"Fables" is the only comic I read these days on a regular basis. I like Bigby, but I also like current Sheriff Beast as well.
I discovered Grant Morrison's run on "Doom Patrol" relatively recently, but love the installments that I have read.
10-10-2008 05:20 PM
I was planning to read Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters for one of my Halloween choices. And then I stumbled upon a graphics novel of two of his books. I looked at the preview on B&N and thought this might be real fun and a perfect introduction to the Discworld series. I was already chuckling my way into it.
I think Discworld would be great as a Graphics series but I haven't found any others yet. Love to find the Wyrd Sisters. Has anyone read this recent graphics Discworld? It just came out last June.
10-11-2008 05:43 AM
I just placed a order for the first 5 vols of the Fable series. I am looking forward to reading them.
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10-11-2008 05:52 AM
I never bought into the lesser media status.
Same here. I am not an avid comics reader - that would be my brother - but I have enjoyed a number of comics and graphic novels over the years. Most of the Vertigo titles, "Hellboy," "Sin City," "The Crow," "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," "The Goon," stuff like that.
10-11-2008 11:11 AM
I don't know if this is of interest but I was just looking through a Random House Publishing Group catalogue for fall/winter 2008 and there was a section where Del Rey announced the Dabel Brothers Graphic Novel series, which are "based on the bestselling fantasy and science fiction of today's hottest writers!"
The three titles listed were:
1. Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle (9780345507464, $19.95) pub date 10/21
2. George R.R. Martin's Wild Cards: The Hard Call (9780345506412, $19.95) pub date 12/2
3. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son (9780345506405, $19.95) pub date 12/23
I think this could be a fantastically successful partnership between Del Rey and Dabel Brothers Publishing. Any thoughts on this venture?
10-17-2008 01:36 PM
I was lucky enough to be able to get all volumes of this series at the local library. I'm heading over there tomorrow for my weekly exchange and I will look for the Preacher series. Thanks for the recommendation!
I'm not sure why the graphic novels genre seems to be looked down on by the sci-fi/fantasy readers. It's almost like a "comic books are for kids" mentality. What's up with that?
10-17-2008 02:22 PM