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November 19, 2012


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Help a graphic novel noob: Suggest stuff!

frillion Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Anyone out there who can help me pick a new graphic novel title to read? I'm not that into the superhero type of story, I'm more into the fantasy or science fiction category. Big titles that I can name are Lucifer, Sandman, Fables, Watchmen. (and yes, those are the titles I've sort of finished/ or in the process of finishing).

I'm also open to manga recommendations (It's been a looonnng ttimee since I've read them though). I do not like too much romance and like graphic novels, I'm more into sci fi, fantasy with a bit of seriousness / humor in them.

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VillarealVal Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
100 Bullets is a Very good one! Worth getting IMO.
Cenaris Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
All-Star Superman
habla-babla Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Saga and Skullkickers. Theyre fresh and entertaining, I think you would enjoy :)
finkgraphics Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You MUST read "Y: The Last Man". It is separated into a few different volumes but it is a completed story, and it is AMAZING.

I am currently reading "Saga" and that is amazing, and will continue to be. Also reading "Fatale" at the moment which I highly suggest for a noir/horror crime story.

Last I'll suggest "My Friend Dahmer" written by one of Jeffery Dahmer's high school friends, about the crazed killer Jeffery Dahmer growing up. It is a pretty disturbing story that humanizes the Dahmer that most of us know as a monster.
Dhr-Bosch Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
just a random selection.


rice boy (Completed)
dresden codak (still running)
ascent (Completed)
digger (Completed)
wormworld (still running)
Hemlock (still running)
endstone (still running)

the incal.
anything by schuiten.
storm: the chronicles of pandarve
the arrival


lone wolf and cub
akira (I'm shocked this wasn't mentioned yet!)
Requiemthefallen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Professional General Artist
Marvel's Runaways -- surprisingly fresh, in comparison to the rest of their universe

The Umbrella Academy: Apocolypse Suite -- It's neat, very visually impressive, but it has some odd quirks with writing.

Gotham City Sirens -- Yes, it's advised to know a little bit about the backstory of each of the leads. However, a quick wikipedia article summary can get you up to speed. The plots and chemistry between the characters is what makes it stand out.
frillion Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've read the Runaways, I'd be interested with graphic novels like that. Thanks for the recommendations!
Requiemthefallen Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Professional General Artist
My best advice when it comes to graphic novels... don't look at Marvel and DC. Instead, look to the more varied sections of the graphic novels.
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
So, I know this is an old thread, and I'm going to try to not repeat stuff. I think people hit a lot of the giants of the genre, so definitely check those out.

A series I've been obsessed with for a while now is Carla Speed McNeil's Finder saga. Either start with Sin Eater or just Volume 1. It's one of the most interesting, complex sci-fi/fantasy universes I've read in a while. Generally the stories are either about someone solving a mystery, coming of age in this bizzarre society, or coming to terms with a mysterious past...all of which might make it sound cliche, when it's anything but. It's beautiful, haunting, and endlessly fascinating.

You can read a prequel here: [link] , although personally I'd start at the beginning.

Also, a must-read for anyone interested in sci-fi graphic novels: Katsuhiro Otomo's groundbreaking classic Akira. I'm surprised no one has mentioned it so far. It's surreal, intense, heartbreaking, and a vivid exploration of mankind's obsession with violence and war. Akira was the first manga ever to be translated from Japanese to English, and was responsible for influencing many western comic artists to explore eastern style artwork.
frillion Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks for reviving the thread. I'll put your recommendations to my graphic novel list. :D
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
You're welcome!
stonycurtis67 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
1989 Havoc & Wolverine Meltdown_Epic Comics Marvel

great art and a fun read
Ronin356 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Cages by Dave Mckeen
Anything with David Mack as the Artist.
Ronin356 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Neil Gaiman's Sandman Series. Blankets. I also love the 90's Jack Knight Starman Series. One of my favorite superhero books.
hobfrog07 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
I recommend BPRD, Sgt. Frog, and Gundam, and Maus is very interesting.
dr-shadowbell Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Student General Artist
DEMO by Brian Cloonan and Becky Cloonan ~ if you love the supernatural, sci-fi, and magical realism, you'll love this. It's a collection of one-shots that are simply stunning. Try The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite and The Umbrella Academy: Dallas by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba.

This manga could be a bit hard to find but I really liked Jyu Oh Sei. The setting is a planet where the plants are the top of the food chain. It's AWESOME. Another good read is Immortal Rain (just a tiny bit of controversial romance), and Akira.
gamerdude500 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good of you to read Watchmen, that's one of the best comics i've ever read. You may want to consider V for Vendetta :) It was originally a graphic novel that was turned into a movie. However, the graphic nove is far better than the movie, which is the same case for Watchmen :)
TonyyyG Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SAGA really you cant go wrong with saga. It'll make your sci fi senses tingle
Id recommend Chew, its not really fantasy or science fiction but its pretty out there and dont worry its not superhero lol pick up the first trade and see if its your cup of tea or not
if you liked sandman check out HELLBLAZER..pretty rad

Y the last man
all great books!!
let us know which ones you pick out and what you think! :D
frillion Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
I have to wait til I go home to the Philippines to get some of those graphic novels. So far, I'm going to try the web comics. I'll post what I've read here for you guys to check my "progress" ahhahah.
TonyyyG Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha nice!
AprilMcGuire Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012   Digital Artist
A friend gave me the comic Saga for a christmas present a week ago. It was oh so good. You should pick it up :) There's only one book out right now.
frillion Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks for all the titles guys! I think I have too much to check out now, but keep it coming. I'm making a list for all of these so that I won't run out of stuff to read.
egypturnash Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You want SF comics? Boy, have I got a treat for you.

Moebuis & Jodorowsky: The Incal.

Actually pretty much anything by Moebius that you can find. But The Incal will blow your mind, and introduce you to the magic of French comics. (Or bande dessiné, lit. "drawn strips".) I have a hardbound collection of the whole thing that came out recently; it was well worth the forty bucks I paid for it. You've probably been seeing homages to this masterpiece for years without knowing it.

Brandon Graham: King City. It's a story about a dude whose secret ninja weapon is a special cat that does all kinds of crazy things when he injects it with drugs. Full of puns, very silly - and also very serious and heartfelt. Graham's one of my favorite creators working today. And then go start picking up issues of the reboot of Image's <cite>Prophet</cite> that he's helming, I can't believe I'm eagerly anticipating every issue of a fucking Liefeld creation.

Jack Kirby et al: Fourth World Omnibus. Yeah it's superheros. But only barely. This is the man who did more to define what superheros "were" than anyone else at the peak of his powers, going absolutely crazy. Every third page brings some wild new vision, until the tragic fourth volume which collects the point when DC decided to cancel three of the four interwoven series that this story lived in, and turn the last one into something that stood alone as single issues.

While we're straying close to the superhero world I'll also suggest
Grant Morrison et al: The Invisibles. This will also blow your mind.

Jeff Smith: RASL. A tight SF story from the creator of "Bone", adults only, involves parallel worlds, fisticuffs, romance, and Tesla.

Sfar/Trondheim et al: Dungeon. This is silly, sexy French fantasy. Warning: despite its cartoony art, people fuck in it. Really clever, inventive, irreverent, and delightful. There's three different series; it started with "Dungeon", then later they did "

Mike Mignola: Hellboy - Wake The Devil. There's a lot more Hellboy but this is a great introduction to the character. It's not the first Hellboy story Mignola did but it's the one where he really found the groove.

Paul Pope: Heavy Liquid. Oh man this is gorgeous, it's this crazy SF story about a Mick Jagger lookalike who's dealing this obscure drug that comes from space and gets hired to look for a sculptor who's also… Just read it, okay? It's got space drugs, assassins who wear masks taken fro Picasso's <cite>Guernica</cite>, an evil little girl dressed like a pirate, and more.

If you can find anything by Matt Howarth then snap it up, next to nobody in the States knows about him and it's a damn shame. And I can tell you why: his entire contact with the superhero publishing industry was a backup story in one issue of Green Lantern, and a miniseries about a woman who fell in love with a sentient asteroid for DC's short-lived SF "Helix" imprint. If you like SF you'll like him.

Naoki Urasawa: Pluto. This is a retelling of one of the best-regarded arcs of Osamu Tezuka's <cite>Astro Boy</cite>. It's about robots, humanity, and a mysterious murderer. Some parts made me cry. That's a good thing.

And finally allow me to humbly suggest my own SF graphic novel in progress, Decrypting Rita. It's about a robot lady who's come unstuck from reality.
0rg Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012
ghost in the shell is the obvious recommendation, although remember to put your thinking cap on before reading it

especially the last few chapters, oy vey
zsoca-san Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
2001 Nights - Hard science fiction manga, one of the best sci-fi mangas I say.
DMZ - A 72 issue comic book series, located in a demilitarized New York. Awesome mature title, ideal to have a brake from the superhero genre.
The Incal - THE INCAL! :) Its Möebius. Nuff said.
Prophet - I just started to read it, but looks promising. Science-fiction title.
Transmetropolitan - Insane sci-fi set in the far future, a story of a crazy journalist Spidar Jerusalem. Amazing.

Just a few I recommend. :)
Nicocc98 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
Grant Morrison's run of Doom Patrol.
The Incal.
The Maxx.
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
I totally recommend Freakangels.
You can buy the books but it's also all online as a webcomic so it depends on what you prefer.
drebom Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012
If you're into fantasy and don't mind manga, then Fairy Tail might be a good choice. The basic story revolves around a guild of mages, called fairy tail. The crazy antics of these guys are sure to leave you laughing, and there's also some serious plot lines, the most recent involving the apocalypse.
the-ketchup-kommando Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Try the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. Great work. Other I'd suggest are

Blankets by Craig Thompson
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Watchmen by Alan Moore
A Contract with God and other tenement stories by Will Eisner
Lifeforce by Will Eisner
Dropsie Avenue by Will Eisner (all three of those being apart of the Contract with God trilogy)

All good reads.
Black-Allison Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012
Those are great ones you read. You might wanna try League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta). A good Japanese one would Litchii Hikari Club, has robots not of the giant fighting variety kind and some awkward puberty.

Also I have to re-emphasize what a lot of people said. MAUS. It's amazing, it's historical, it's critical, it's personal, it's sometimes uncomfortable, and really beyond human. Art Spiegelman, Neil Gaiman, and Alan Moore are like the holy trinity of alternative 80's and 90's comics or something. And they all appeared on the Simpson's together.
LeapingLela Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

Take the Fast&The Furious, Touched by an Angle, and Constantine and make a webcomic.

So in heaven there is a file for everything, you me, and the rocks on the ground. and Angles keep track of these files. And one day a pot smoking angle screws up by placing two teenagers in the wrong file. One is bound for Harvard only to have the last two years subtracted from her life, and a street racer punk turned into a girl.

It has been outgoing since 2003. Still an amazing web comic.
RobStrand Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
In terms of webcomics I have a few.

One of my favorite is Oglaf. It is very adult, very crude, and very funny. To sum it up, it's a D&D quest gone horribly wrong.

And Manly Guys Doing Manly Things. It is hilarious video game and pop culture references everywhere!
frillion Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Haha, I read Olgaf once in a while when he uploads. It's insane. I'll check out your 2nd recommendation. Thanks!
neurotype Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Since you mentioned webcomics, Girl Genius is fun.

Try the 'Flight' series for great visuals. The stories are hit and miss, but oh man pretty.
Lucy-Merriman Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
:heart: You know, the Flight series is what got me seriously reading graphic novels? Like, I'd read the "mainstream" comics like Watchmen and Persepolis, but I started making a habit of it after reading a few of the Flight collections. It was kind of like, "Wow, there is a whole crazy, diverse genre of stories that I'm totally missing out on!"
neurotype Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooooh. And all of the people in it are best known for their webcomics (except Kazu himself, I think) ;p
nightrhino Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you're into the supernatural and folklore, anything to do with Hellboy or other Mike Mignola properties (B.P.R.D, etc). There's also the Mouse Guard series by David Petersen (it's like Redwall in a way) and I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Nimura. And though I haven't had a chance to pick it up I hear Joe the Barbarian by Grant Morrison is very good.
I think it's kind of in between romance and sci fi so I'm not sure if it's for you, but I'd recommend giving Scott Pilgrim a try. It's my all time favorite graphic novel. It's worth a read.
bugfacegard Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012
Dogs, Blade of the immortal and Biomega.
WhisperedMuse Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
Have you tried any Webcomics? is a good comic, it is a mix of science fiction and fantasy, and full of plot and subplot. Right now there is a bit of exposition going on so this is the first page. [link]

A good comic(a print one) is Locke and Key. It is rated Mature I believe and can be violent at times. I would look at a review to see if you are okay with it's violence. It isn't too bad, I just want to make sure that you are okay with this. It is a really good comic about a family who moves to an old house with a lot of secrets. The house is also filled with keys that are well magic for lack of a better word. The Plot and settings are superb, the art is gorgeous and the characters are all well developed and their own people. In any other comic the two homophobic women who pick fights in bars would be two dimensional at best but in Locke and Key they have lives and families and fears.

There are some more but these are the ones I would recommend the most.
frillion Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
I'm open to webcomics as well! They're the most easily accessible. I'm ok with violence as long as it isn't senseless. Thanks for the suggestions, I think I'll have to make a list of this from all of the posts! ahahah.
ensoul Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2012  Professional General Artist
Unsounded and String Theory are quite good also
Deizzan Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012
frillion Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
Currently reading Fables, but stopped (also because I forgot where I left off/bookstore does not have complete volumes). Have a hard time looking for digital copies as well.
Deizzan Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
Ugh, digital copies of Fables are a nightmare. I think I stopped right after 1001 Nights.
frillion Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, you could say that again. It's been so hard to locate complete sets of Fables. HURRR.
Deizzan Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012
I know exactly what you mean.
DoctorStevehatten Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Professional General Artist
Some good ones I haven't seen mentioned yet a Y: THE LAST MAN by Brian K. Vaughn, LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN by Alan Moore, GLOBAL FREQUENCY by Warren Ellis, DUNGEON QUEST by Joe Daly, BONE by Jeff Smith... well there's a ton a great stuff out there.

If you allow for SOME superheroics, you'll have a lot more options. EX MACHINA by Brian Vaughn is fantastic, and I think NEXTWAVE is my favorite superhero parody EVER.
frillion Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
I've seen Y: The Last Man while figuring out which series to pick up and start with. At least I know it's available in my bookstore. Thanks for all the recommendations, I'll check them out.

As for superheroes, as long as it isn't too mainstream of a plot/story I'll be interested.
DoctorStevehatten Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
NEXTWAVE uses actual obscure Marvel characters (Machine Man, Boom Boom, ect) to lampoon the marvel universe and tropes of superhero comics; while at the same time being an excellent superhero comic in its own right. Plus, it's really funny, and I LOVE Stuart Immonen's artwork in it.

On one two-page spread, the team battles an army of mutant chimpanzees in Wolverine costumes.
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