My reading pile: graphic novels and comics

One of the glorious plus sides of working in a Library is that I get access to their stock. In a health Library that’s not so great, but in a multi-discipline Library – woot! I’ve currently got a few books out (two Roman history, The God Delusion and Jonathan Stroud) and sitting in my TBR pile, but I was shelving yesterday and remembered that my Library does comics too – they’re in the graphic design section so I always forget about them!

I’ve picked up Maus as I’ve been meaning to read it for years. I also picked up Road To Perdition, Blankets, a silly comic about a depressed vampire that I can’t currently remember the name of but looks like fun [edit: it’s Vampire Loves], and Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure, which looks completely silly but is set at the BM so of course I want to read it! I also read Gaiman’s Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr Punch while I was sitting at the desk – beautiful artwork and haunting story, but it didn’t grab me in the same way that some of his others do.

I also glanced at a Sin City and Batman, but I’ve never really got on with Frank Miller’s writing/drawing, and I don’t get on with the ‘traditional’ comics. I loved the Sin City film (although I haven’t yet seen A Dame To Die For) and did like the Batman ones, but…I dunno. The writing in the Sin City books annoys me and the graphics aren’t as clean-cut as the films managed, so I seem to just put them down again every time I consider trying to read them. And Batman, urgh. Between muddled and intricate plots, the fanatic fan-base, the unrealistic caricatures and stereotyping, the lazy artwork and the sheer amount of effort to work out wtf is going on…count me out. I detest the traditional comic world (well, in the forms of DC and Marvel), and I’m so glad that the world has moved into indie comics and webcomics. There’s so many other things that I’d rather read!

I’m going to work my way through the shelves over the summer, and they also have some films I want to see – Cowboy Bebop for a start! I also found Neon Genesis Evangelion. I seem to be going slightly Japanese at the moment.