Monday, 18 July 2011

Reading Suggestions: Graphic Novels Part 3

Here are a few books I've been exploring lately

‎'Castro' the graphic novel by Reinhard Kleist (Self Made Hero) is a visual dash through time showing that from the 1940's to this very day the people of Cuba have been caught up in the agenda of those that despise or hate them and those that love them like a domineering parent. Viva Cuba!

‎'Abstract CO MI CS' edited by Andrei Molotiu (Fantagraphics Books). This book shows how abstraction combined with comic panels is storytelling, examples of work by Crumb, Gary Panter and Kochalka. Stick that in your pipe and smoke it to a certain someone!

‎'Black Paths' by French dude David B. (Self Made Hero) is worth a good long look. The complex fight scenes are crafted tapestries of violence. Set in a post WWI Italian city run by a mad war poet you'll be enchanted and confounded at the same time. I got mine from GOSH!

And finally 'The Alcoholic' (Vertigo). Written by Jonathan Ames; Art by Dean Haspiel. A touching and troubling story of one man's inability to cope with his true emotions and needs. It will surprise and shock but feels very true. Stay on the wagon if you can. Watch out for Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky!

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