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I am putting together a Graphic Novel collection for the college library and while I already have a few and some on order, I need to order some more.

Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations and reasons why?

Date: 2009-10-26 02:16 pm (UTC)
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The Tale of One Bad Rat - it's a fantastic abuse-recovery story in graphic form.

Date: 2009-10-26 03:37 pm (UTC)
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I can't remember them all massively well, but the ones we studied at uni were:
Dark Knight Returns

They're all classics.

Date: 2009-10-26 03:38 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, yes those are all classics. V is for Vendetta is awesome too.

Date: 2009-10-26 03:48 pm (UTC)
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I saw Maus, but hadn't come across it before, I shall add that and One bad rat.

The rest were already on my list

Date: 2009-10-26 03:53 pm (UTC)
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opps that was me

Date: 2009-10-26 03:36 pm (UTC)
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World War Hulk!

Hulk gets angry - and beats everyone up! What's not to like?

Date: 2009-10-26 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Ask Dan Walker. He'll give you a required reading list...

Date: 2009-10-26 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Mouse Guard
Anything by Joe Sacco, though Palestine is very good
Scot Pilgrim
Warren Ellis's Crecy
Alan Moore's Promethea
Grant Morrison's We3 (Warning, if you've not read, it is likely to make you cry. It's Watership Down with Power Suits).
Edited Date: 2009-10-26 04:12 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-10-26 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Oh, reasons why:
Mouse Guard is very, very pretty, and well done. Also it's a cracking story.

Joe Sacco is a comic strip journalist. Food for thought.

Runaway's, both Vaughan and Joss Whedon's run, are fun teen drama storys, and come in cheap, £5 format. Addictive and funny.

Crecy is the battle of Crecy. It's fun to read, and informative. It's Ellis showing the world that comics don't have to have Spandex. (Global Frequency is also worth a gander for the similar reasons.)

Promethea is an occult handbook, and an amusing story. Again, another example of what the genre can do.

We3 is simply awesome.

Date: 2009-10-26 05:53 pm (UTC)
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An collection that look interesting. I've not seen or read any of these.

Date: 2009-10-26 04:19 pm (UTC)
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Another vote for Maus. It's amazing.

Kingdom Come
Batman Year One
Dark Knight Returns
Killing Joke
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

I can't remember which college you work at, but if there are under-18s in the library be careful - Lucifer and the League are probably not good choices.

Date: 2009-10-26 05:52 pm (UTC)
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Everything but Lucifer was already on my to get or maybe list.

Date: 2009-10-26 06:05 pm (UTC)
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Maybe some of Scott McLoud's comics about comic theory?

Like this, for example:

Date: 2009-10-26 09:35 pm (UTC)
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'Maus' gets my recommendation too.

It's hard to get hold of, but 'Cages' by Dave McKean. Mysterious and strange and beautiful.

'Black Orchid' by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. Beautifully painted and completely subverts the usual resolution of a superhuman conflict.

'Give Me Liberty' by Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons. Having a young, black, female lead is rare enough in comics, but it's also a cracking story of morality vs politics out of control.

'Powers' by Bendis and Oeming. Police officers who investigate superhuman crime. ('Alias' and 'Gotham Central' have similar superhuman/detective/police procedural themes set in the Marvel and DC universes respectively).

'The Books of Magic' by Neil Gaiman and various artists. This was subsequntly developed into an ongoing series (that eventually foundered due to Harry Potter comparisons, I believe, despite predating Potter by several years), but the original series is clever, scary, funny and wise by turns.

Date: 2009-10-26 09:45 pm (UTC)
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Rising Stars, by J. Michael Straczinski - very interesting take on there being just a very few normal people with powers, and a very few of them who use them in any way we'd see as superheroes

Kingdom Come - without a doubt, one of the best things things DC has ever released.

Identity Crisis - a superhero murder-mystery, essentially, and very well done.

Date: 2009-10-27 12:16 am (UTC)
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I guess it depends what you want the collection to do. There are grapic comic addaptaions of books which would show storytelling in a different light, there are brilliant British writers, so you could go looking at the collections from 2000AD - not straight forward graphic novels, but clearly demonstrating the growth of the British industy. You have a local talent in Tony Lee, Midnight Kiss or Hope Falls are both worth a read and gives you a local angle.
And if you're not worrying about being PC then The Boys and The Pro are both options.

Date: 2009-10-27 10:50 am (UTC)
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I'd second Black Orchid and Books of Magic - both dealing with growing up and taking responsibility for your action. Well-written, good character development and beautifully drawn.

I'd also suggest Garth Ennis' Troubled Souls. Nicely draws you in to the tale of two young men caught up in the tail end of the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Date: 2009-10-28 01:11 pm (UTC)
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I'd add Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki

plus any of the Appleseed graphic novels

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