Comic Books and Graphic Novels

Discussion in 'Books' started by Zajko, Aug 21, 2005.

  1. Zajko

    Zajko Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

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    Wow! 53 pages of threads about books; and it's about time someone mentioned Comic Books. Comic books, like Tarot, present their message through lines on paper that work simultaneously as symbol and image - the image being what opens your eye to a depiction of reality while the symbol communicates directly with the inner mind. One of their strengths is the ability to depict human emotions and interactions with an immediacy and accuracy matched neither by prose, which is limited to language (symbol), or drama, which is limited to realistic portrayal (image).

    A short list of my favorites:

    George Herriman
    Walt Kelly
    Jules Feiffer
    Robert Crumb
    The Hernandez Brothers (especially Gilbert's Palomar stories)
    Alison Bechdel
    Roberta Gregory
    Jim Woodring
    Dave Cooper (both Woodring and Cooper delve deep into the wilds of the subconcious)
    Harvey Pekar (A good movie, American Splendor, was made from his work)
    Jason Lutes (his Jar Of Fools is one of the great graphic novels)
    Craig Thomson
    Christopher Baldwin (my current favorite; his Bruno books are available only through the internet at

    And there are many more gracing my bookshelf...

    Comic Book readers - come out of the closet! I invite your responses, comments and recommendations.
  2. the zen-man puck

    the zen-man puck Member

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    I like "The Crow" by James O'barr
  3. Oz!

    Oz! Hip Forums Supporter HipForums Supporter

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    Sandman.......hell, anything by Neil Gaiman

    Alan Moore spins a good yarn as well :D
  4. gnrm23

    gnrm23 Senior Member

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    the midnight son
    steven b miller

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