Ahh, the long-awaited day of graphic novels. Some people may say that graphic novels shouldn’t really count as novels, because they’re “picture books”. What I believe, however, is that graphic novels can contain some of the most well-thought out, meaningful stories ever written. And because of it’s format, you can’t skim any of it. There’s so much to be taken into account when looking at a graphic novel, and everything comes into play.
Today, on the RealityLapse Christmas Count Day 4, our theme is graphic novels, comics and cartoons. I just wanted to explain that today, I was going back through my graphic novels/comics/cartoons category and was completely swamped with all the graphic novels I had read. I haven’t done a graphic novel post in a while, so today I felt like I should spotlight some of the lesser-known or maybe forgotten graphic novels, comics and cartoons. For more amazing graphic novels, you should check out my graphic novels, comics and cartoons category. But I couldn’t resist from throwing some classics in here….
The first collection of the increasingly popular comic strip that features a rambunctious 6-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger who comes charmingly to life.
This was the book that started it all. Yup, that’s right. CALVIN AND HOBBES was the very first comic I ever read. After finishing the whole series and reading it over and over again, my brother introduced me to many other comics, but throughout the years I’ve always come back to the two of them. Bill Watterson is a genius, and I will always be thankful to him for making my first comic read such an amazing one. Though I’ve read many comics I’ve loved, and many of them have made my 4.5 star list, only C&H made it to my five star list. You can see Calvin and Hobbes online here and you can see them MOVE here!
Bones will be broken and heads will roll The Goon is a laugh-out-loud action-packed romp through the streets of a town infested with zombies. An insane priest is building himself an army of the undead, and there’s only one man who can put them is their place: the man they call Goon.
THE GOON was one of the very first books I reviewed for RealityLapse and discovered because of it. I love THE GOON and while it’s suited for a YA audience because of it’s violence and some cursing, I loved the elements to it. There was so much to be had with the characters. Spider, Goon and Franky were not the only characters that I grew to love, and the story behind THE GOON was heartwarming, heartbreaking and action-packed. You can read my full review here!
DILBERT fever is sweeping the country. From mountain and valley, from hill and dale, people are asking , “How can I have more DILBERT in my life?” Now, at last, help is at hand. ALWAYS POSTPONE MEETINGS WITH TIME – WASTING MORONS, the first compilation of DILBERT comic strips by Scott Adams, has arrived.
Dilbert. You know you love a book when you’re in a very public place and you laugh out loud while reading and you don’t even care if people think you’re crazy. DILBERT was one of the comics that was like that. While DILBERT may not teach the best lessons or have the best story behind it, DILBERT has it’s own special quality to it that makes me laugh every time I read it. You can find Dilbert online here.
Anyone who’s ever experienced the turmoils of family life will relish thisFoxTrot treasury, Enormously FoxTrot. A wild and witty compendium comprising the best-selling collections Bury My Heart at Fun-Fun Mountain and Say Hello to Cactus Flats, this colorful saga of the Fox family will inspire laughs and instant recognition.
From the endurance test of together-time vacations to the always chaotic goings-on at work, home, and school, the Fox family exhibits the day-to-day lunacy that comes with family life–a life that includes the trials of dad Roger’s computer ineptitude and mom Andy’s culinary adventures. The Fox siblings–Peter, Paige, and Jason—display a recognizable, albeit quirky, look into the real world of growing up.
I actually didn’t know about Foxtrot until about a year ago, but I’m glad I found it. I have got to say, I genuinely enjoy it and it was a very nice comic strip that made me laugh and kept me amused. There’s a sort of Bill Watterson feel to Bill Amend’s voice as a writer that I really liked. I loved reading about the Fox family and I had a great time watching them go through their daily lives.
Jampacked with 48 of the wittiest cartoons from Matt Groening’s syndicated “Life in Hell” comic strip. You also get 25 chapters of the “Childhood is Hell” maxi-series and a bunch of bonuses.
This was the first book that I read in Matt Groening’s LIFE IS HELL series. For those of you who don’t know, if you think that style is familiar–it probably is. Most people know Matt Groening as the creator of THE SIMPSONS. Through this book, it’s great to get an early feel for Matt Groening and it’s great to see where his early work ended up. This book is hilarious and anyone who has ever been a kid will enjoy it. Even if you don’t, you can always check out WORK IS HELL, SCHOOL IS HELL, LOVE IS HELL or even just LIVING IN HELL.
INTRODUCING: METAL MUTT! STATIC CAT! AND… FLUFFY!?!
Captain Amazing, hero of Metro City, is so busy catching criminals that he rarely has time for his pets at home. He doesn’t even notice when they develop superpowers of their own.
So when he announces that he needs a sidekick, his dog, hamster, and chameleon each decide to audition. But with each pet determined to win the sidekick position, the biggest battle in Metro City might just be at the Captain’s house.
Then archvillain Dr. Havoc returns to town, and suddenly the Captain’s in serious trouble. Can the warring pets put their squabbles aside? Or is it curtains for the Captain?
This is a great, heartwarming action/adventure novel that is great for pet lovers. A wonderful story with an awesome ending. Fluffy, Roscoe, Shifty and Manny are all great and I loved reading about them. Though SIDEKICKS is a stand-alone, I do hope that Dan Santat brings them back in a later book.
All Jin Wang wants is to fit in. When his family moves to a new neighborhood, he suddenly finds that he’s the only Chinese American student at his school. Jocks and bullies pick on him constantly, and he has hardly any friends. Then, to make matters worse, he falls in love with an all-American girl…
Born to rule over all the monkeys in the world, the story of the Monkey King is one of the oldest and greatest Chinese fables. Adored by his subjects, master of the arts of kung-fu, he is the most powerful monkey on earth. But the Monkey King doesn’t want to be a monkey. He wants to be hailed as a god…
Chin-Kee is the ultimate negative Chinese stereotype, and he’s ruining his cousin Danny’s life. Danny’s a popular kid at school, but every year Chin-Kee comes to visit, and every year Danny has to transfer to a new school to escape the shame. This year, though, things quickly go from bad to worse…
These three apparently unrelated tales come together with an unexpected twist, in a modern fable that is hilarious, poignant and action-packed.American Born Chinese is an amazing rise, all the way up to the astonishing climax–and confirms what a growing number of readers already know: Gene Yang is a major talent.
Gene Luen Yang is awesome. Even if he hadn’t written this book, I would still really respect him for having written the AVATAR books. But this book… The way that Yang wrote this book is incredible. It couldn’t have been told as well any other way, and only Yang can tell it the way he did. I love the story behind this book and often times, I laughed out loud with how true and realistic this book can be. I love the way Yang and Derek Kirk Kim bring real life into their stories and artwork. While Kazu Kibuishi is amazing in his own way, Yang and Kim really hit home with the stories they tell.
Quiet, brilliant Portia has just moved to a new neighborhood with her mom. Adjusting to life without a father is hard enough, but school is boring and her classmates are standoffish — and even Portia’s mom is strangely distant. But things start looking up when Portia mounts a late-night excursion into the woods behind her house and discovers a shy, sweet-natured purple monster. Life with Jellaby is a lot more exciting, but Portia’s purple friend has secrets of his own; secrets that may even lead to the mystery of Portia’s father’s disappearance!
I first heard about Kean Soo through her work in the FLIGHT series. I got into Jellaby later on, around the time I read BINKY THE SPACE CAT and OWLY. Jellaby and Portia are both extremely cute and to make up for the dialogue that I feel they sometimes lack, Soo makes up for in the adorable pictures and the adventures of Portia and Jellaby.
In 1923, Nikola Tesla’s career is in its twilight… until he unveils a robot with automatic intelligence – ATOMIC ROBO! After decades of dealing with all manner of weirdness, Atomic Robo and the so-called Action Scientists of Tesladyne become the go-to defense force against the unexplained! See ROBO take on Nazis, giant ants, clockwork mummies, walking pyramids, Mars, cyborgs, and his nemesis, Baron von Helsingard, in his first trade paperback graphic novel.
I found ATOMIC ROBO about the same time I found FOXTROT, and I was really happy to have found it. ATOMIC ROBO is fun, action-packed and has a fresh premise that I really enjoyed. I thought the different sicence parts to it and the way Robo was made was really fun. Even for MG readers, this story can be really enjoyable.
Well, that wraps up Day Four. Do you enjoy graphic novels? What is your opinion on them? Come back tomorrow for Day Five, Awesome Characters.