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  •  Greetings graphic fans... (16+ / 0-)

    and connoisseurs of illustration, imagination, design, story-telling, fantasy, surrealism and true-life confessions. Thanks for reading. I'm hoping to learn much from this new series, THE ILLUSTRATED IMAGINATION, especially re books you recommend that I might have otherwise missed; obscure, highly-regarded or innovative books (or all three). How do we come to read comics? How do they manage to keep hold of some of us throughout our lives? I looked at comics before I could read and it was comics that taught me how; Tom Terrific on Pine and Mighty Mouse on Dell, 10 cents a stapled volume. My Aunt Lizzy's three oldest kids were comic fanatics and generous. They passed new issues on to their cousins as soon as they'd read them a couple times.  As the youngest of a bunch, I was fourth cousin in line. But eventually I brought home grocery sacks of Action and Detective and all the name-sake DC releases, Superman, Batman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, you know them all. Here were worlds I hadn’t imagined and the visual inspiration to imagine more. My cousins' devotion to DC was one reason I didn't catch on to the Marvel guys when they started making waves. DC had become passe.  The brave new underground world of Robert Crumb and S. Clay Wilson and Zap comics were a revelation. I've been reading alternatives -- they're hardly underground anymore -- for longer than the world's known about Supergirl. I see the illustrations, the drawing styles and their relation to the narrative – fantastic, comic or seriously real -- and I'm captured. Raw and Art Spiegelman's Maus added serious dimensions to representational art. Comics still go through serialization. But now as often, they go into novelization.  I read a fair amount of print fiction and poetry, the occasional non-fiction book. Always have. And I've always got a graphic novel going …or often, like now, two…as well. How about you?    

    •  Capes & Tights or graphic novels (8+ / 0-)

      Like the gap between SF and fantasy, I deal with the divide by reading both. Currently working on Irredeemable, a series based on a simple concept: A superman-like hero turns supervillian. Can't be stopped, can't be killed. What can humans do to survive? Reminds me a bit of Watchmen.

      Staying current on Invincible and the  Fables series. and it's Jack of Fables spinoff.

      It helps that I am a librarian and can see/get most everything I want through the system. Been reading them since The Dark Knight and Maus.

      The center of my reading interest is myth based fiction, so Neil Gaiman is a centerpiece. American Gods and the Sandman series.

      This bleeds into my general fiction reading - Donaldson and the Covenant series, Holdstock and Mythago Woods.

      •  Yes, that's the way to deal with the divide... (7+ / 0-)

        read both, read everything (if only there was enough time!). I'm not familiar with the INVINCIBLE series but will check it out on your recommendation. My little town's library has a modest graphics section and a decent young adult's section of comics. It's where I read Gaiman's SANDMAN among others (here's to the librarians!). I don't find that my comics/graphic novel reading bleeds into my fiction reading, but stands alone...maybe because of what's available to me. I'll pay more attention to this. Thanks.

      •  Have you tried (1+ / 0-)
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        Powers by Bendis? Police procedural in a superhero universe.

        It feels like Invincible in having a realer edge without being cranked down to a gritty power level.

        "All things are not equally true. It is time to face reality." -Al Gore

        by Geek of all trades on Fri Jul 01, 2011 at 09:29:26 AM PDT

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      •  I've been (0+ / 0-)

        surprised on how well stocked are my local libraries on comics/graphic novels. It's awesome on things like manga that I really like to read but not necessarily own and anyhow there is no space for 23 volumes series.

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