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In reply to an earlier post on 27 May 2012 17:05:52 BDT
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I tend to buy off of ebay much like yourself. I do order books from Amazon, if there's something specific I'm after which I cannot find on ebay after a few weeks.
I collect the Pokemon manga also, which I get from my local comic store, but that is only due to the constant 3 for 2 offer they have on for manga.
You're better off giving the stores like Forbidden Planet a wide birth due to the cost; That said, I do enjoy checking out books I've seen online, in the store. Makes it easier for me to decide wether or not to order them, after I've been able to have a little look through the book myself!

Posted on 11 Jun 2012 20:12:10 BDT
monica says:
Jack Heslop, Ice Haven is wonderful, isn't it? Gradually I'm trading in all my other Clowes comics; they seem slightly self-indulgent & quite samey, and Chris Ware is the only one who can carry that off. Wish Clowes had writtten another like Ice Haven.

I third Book Depository recommendation. If like me you live outside UK it's almost always cheaper than amazon to order from. (if the Better World S. Rustlerose mentions is a shop in Indiana in US, I've no time for them; the one book I ordered fr. them never arrived because the idiots thought a parcel addressed to IE would make its way to Ireland . . .)

Lothar, what an excellent list. Many books to look into there. A few that like yours are neither superhero nor series and that don't get much mention here:

Julius Knipl: Real Estate Photographer Rather haunting little vignettes of Jules K. in a vaguely old-fashioned version of a city. (Has anyone else read The Cardboard Valise, and if so, what did ye think? Only Katchor that I didn't race through, perhaps because b & w more suited to his style, more likely because some of his characters in it are concerned w. social issues rather than dwelling in usual isolation.) Katchor seems to me a big influence on the art in Vignettes of Ystov which is also worth a look.

Pim & Francie: ""In the Golden Bear Days"" Sketches--I don't know whether Columbia has ever written a complete comic--with kittens, soda fountains, cute little children, incest, mutilation, and murder.

MUSEUM VAULTS, THE: Excerpts from the Journal of an Expert One of several comics done in partnership with the Louvre. This one an account of an archivist's attempt to catalogue all the museum's collection, housed in endless House-of-Leaves sort of levels.

A couple of antholgies that mightn't be well-known are Drawn Quarterly Anthology: v. 3 (several in the series, all good) and my favourite (no link as not available here) C'est Bon Anthology, European comics some containing some fabulous artwork.

Pistolwhip: Yellow Menace is a detective story with a very original approach--not quite like anything else I've read. Eye Classics: At the Mountains of Madness is a good take on the short story and it's an enormous plus that you don't have to wade through Lovecraft's awful prose to get the story. Tomine is better-known than most of the others, but I think his Summer Blonde is especially good.

Posted on 19 Jun 2012 12:14:06 BDT
Black Mask says:
Volume 3 of Joe Daly's weird stoner fantasy 'Dungeon Quest' is just out, definitely worth checking out.

And everyone should be constantly reading and rereading all of Eric Powell's 'The Goon' titles.

Posted on 19 Jun 2012 12:19:01 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2012 20:49:55 BDT
The Reader says:
Even when you try to put it in as a product link, it still doesn't work!? Oxymoron lol

Posted on 21 Jun 2012 20:22:17 BDT
LOTHAR says:
Thank you Monica! I was secretly hoping someone would comment on my list.... And I loved yours, by the way. Julius Knipl is an often overlooked work of quiet genius, and I don't know anyone else who has read Pistolwhip: Yellow Menace. It took me 3 attempts to actually get into it, but was well worth the effort. I have often wondered about Pip and Francie, and will check it out based on your recommendation.
I must also agree with Black Mask - we should all be reading and rereading The Goon at every opportunity. It feels like years since the last trade paperback was out! Soon....
Nice to see James Kochalka get a mention, even if Amazon did delete the comment soon after for containing an encrypted version the title OF A BOOK THEY ACTUALLY SELL! Mind boggling...
Does anyone else here enjoy wordless graphic novels? I already mentioned House by Josh SImmons (and now I'm mentioning it again. Check it out. You'll like it. I wouldn't lie to you), but I'd also like to sing the praises of Brian Ralph and his books, Cave In and Climbing Out. Both are beautiful and entirely wordless and easily bear regular revisiting. I'd also highly recommend Goodbye Chunky Rice by Craig Thompson. It's a surprisingly emotional story, considering the title and the fact that the main characters are a turtle and a mouse. If you have ever had to move and leave people you care about behind, you seriously must check this one out, even if it does leave you with a lump in your throat...

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 21:32:22 BDT
monica says:
Thanks so much for further recommendations. I don't know anyone else who reads comics, never mind anyone who's read Pistolwhip . . . Perhaps one of us should start a thread for obscure comics worth reading.

Myself, don't remember reading any comics w/no text; the ones I have that come closest are Mauretania (Penguin graphic fiction) and Secret Language by Molly Brown. (Haven't read them for yonks, so not necessarily recommendations.) Are Ralph's books about caving? Seems that would be especially good subject for such a comic--and diving, I suppose, even more so.(And by the way, do you know how to link? only I'm a lazy sod . . . ) Wordless stories are something I associate with woodcuts; if you're especially fond of them(stories w/out words, that is) , you might like Frans Masreel's work. . .

Posted on 26 Jun 2012 10:07:40 BDT
Black Mask says:
A.L.I.E.E.E.N. weird and wordless. It's billed as a kids' book but it's actually quite disturbing.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2012 21:34:38 BDT
monica says:
Bl. Mask, that's the sort of thing I would never have heard of except for this forum. It sounds/looks my cup of tea, but I've a couple of reservations: The amazon synopsis makes me worry that it might be ever so slightly, er, morally instructive--and a review uses the word 'sweet'. Is it quirky & dark without sentimentality & lessons to be learned? if so, it's going onto my wish list . . .

Posted on 29 Jun 2012 20:48:41 BDT
Lots of relatively modern books mentioned on this thread, so I'm going to give a big thumbs up to the Titan reprints of Dan Dare.
I mostly read Silver Age American books, but a couple of years ago I picked up the first Dan Dare reprint at my local library. I was absolutely stunned by the quality of both the writing and the art. I now have all of the reprints, including the final volume that doesn't have Hampson's involvement (but it does feature some stunning work by Frank Bellamy.)
The 50's Dan Dare is now one of my favourite strips. There are a couple of missed opportunities, but it's one of the most consistent strips I've ever read. I'd imagine that it's much easier to produce a great story over a one year or twelve issue run, but Hampson and team kept the quality high for a decade. Really beautiful stuff.

Also worth a mention:
Jeff Hawke (2 vols)
Batman (Dailies & Sundays)
Enemy Ace by Kubert

Posted on 5 Jul 2012 11:19:00 BDT
Black Mask says:
monica, it's lesson-free. Enjoy.

Posted on 7 Jul 2012 12:05:11 BDT
LOTHAR says:
That's so funny. Comics (or other entertainment) with a moral or overt sentiment are a major turn-off for me, too. As a kid it always used to drive me crazy when I would stay up until midnight to watch The Twilight Zone, only to find the episode being aired was one of the feel-good, shmaltzy ones. I've put off checking out A.I.L.E.E.N. for exactly that reason, even though I like Trondheim's other books (well, Harum Scarum and The Hoodoodad, anyway. Actually, I'm now officially adding those to my reccommendations for this forum....). But thanks to your input, I'm gonna check it out.
S. Erber Perry, thanks for adding some golden age goodies to the mix! I have never read a single Dan Dare but will have a look. I am a HUGE fan of all the old E.C. comics; not just the horror and suspense (which are my favourite books of all time), but also Two-Fisted Tales and Frontline Combat. Even as an E.C. addict I avoided the war books for ages, as that is really not my thing at all. It was only when I had consumed everything else E.C. had ever produced that I gave them a go. What an amazing surprise! The best war (or should I say anti-war) comics ever written. If you enjoy golden age comics and haven't read the E.C. line, you have a treasure trove awaiting you.

Posted on 8 Jul 2012 14:40:47 BDT
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Cheers Lothar.
I've got maybe 20 EC issues, all of which I've really enjoyed, but they are all horror comics. I've nothing against war comics, but it's usually the British strips that I enjoy (Drkie's Mob is another book I love and Eagles Over the Western Front is often overlooked but superb, anything that combines my two passions of WW1 air war and comics is a must have.)
But I never did get around to expanding my knowledge of the non-horror EC books. And worst of all, they did a WW1 air book for their new direction run, Aces High I believe. Oh...and a pirate book. Good Grief, looks like I'm about to spend some money.

**Unbelievably, even though Amazon sell it, I'm not allowed to spell "Drkies Mob" correctly as it's offensive**

Posted on 9 Jul 2012 16:42:20 BDT
LOTHAR says:
Incredible! Gotta love the hypocrisy... "Drkie's" Mob is another one I've been meaning to look into, actually. And I should make a correction to my earlier post - I have read everything EC put out pre-code, but a lot of the new direction stuff struck me as to anaemic to bother with. I thought Impact was a pale imitation of Shock SuspenStories (my favourite of all their titles), and Aces High, Psychoanalysis and even the EC Pictofiction just didn't feel like real EC material to me anymore. If you enjoy the EC horror books, you should keep an eye out for a comic called Twisted Tales, by Bruce Jones. They came out in the 80's and there were only about 10 issues, but he came closer to replicating the EC feel than anyone else has, IMHO. If you pick up Ace's High (and the pirate book, whose title escapes me at the moment), please give me your honest opinion of them, as I'd love to find some new ECs that are worth my time!!
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