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1Akestra
Jun 5, 2011, 12:38pm

Okay, I'm a huge comic dork, and someone mentioned Elfquest as their first comic obsession on a thread the other day. So, a comics thread.

I just finished reading "The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For" by Allison Bechdel (of the Bechdel test), and it. is. amazing! Not only for all the hilarious send-ups of lesbian dating culture, but also because it begins in 1986 or so and continues until about 2008, so it is like reading a condensed timeline of all the political and cultural movements going on in the US throughout my childhood and adolescence. Hugely recommend it.

I also highly recommend "Fables" by Bill Willingham, and "Madame Xanadu", altho that just finished it's run, sadly.

2Ysmene
Jun 5, 2011, 7:18pm

Preacher by Garth Ennis is a really good and fairly feminist series (at least, more feminist than many other graphic novel series). It's REALLY graphic and bloody, though - even I started to get squicked by some of the scenes.

I'm a huge fan of Alan Moore, and really got into From Hell and Watchmen. V for Vendetta is also really good, though a bit dated and I'm on the wrong side of the Pond to get some of the jokes.

There is, of course, Sandman which is AWESOME. I also really liked the spin-off Lucifer comic, which goes more into the Lucifer and Mazikeen characters (and Mazikeen turns out to be pretty badass). I'm not a big fan of superhero comics, but there's one series called The Authority which pokes fun at the Justice League (one superhero is a solar powered superbeing named Apollo, in a gay relationship with a black-clad vigilante called The Midnighter).

3Akestra
Jun 6, 2011, 10:26am

I *love* Mike Carey's Lucifer! I followed him to "A Map of Midnight" and now I'm on to his "Unwritten." His writing is so dense and challenging; he really makes the reader work to grasp all of his threads of plot and character. Mazikeen may be one of my favorite characters in comics!

4darksidecat
Jun 10, 2011, 1:26am

Does manga go on the comics thread? Or should discussions of Kuroshitsuji, Half Prince, and Gravitation have its own thread?

5Akestra
Jun 10, 2011, 12:19pm

Manga totally counts as comics! One of my first Manga loves was "Battle Angel Alita", then I got really into Yuu Watase's "Ayashi no Ceres" (Ceres: Celestial Legend in English). Now I'm eagerly anticipating Kauru Mori's "A Bride's Story" (Awesome preview here! http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/book-news/comics/article/47460-panel...)

6Snowy86
Jun 10, 2011, 12:24pm

I really loved the Persepolis graphic novels

7Akestra
Jun 10, 2011, 12:26pm

The Persepolis movie was also amazing! I loved the animation.