01-22-2011, 03:23 AM
I'm going somewhere in a couple of days and there's this really big comic book store (ok, comics aren't exactly manga, but whatever). I know many illustrators in nearly every other medium/art form, but I've never really been informed on the comic scene. I love Scott Pilgrim and Watchmen, but I heard about the former thanks to its likeness to manga, and the latter from a friend who was drawing comparisons with its movie adaptation. I like James Jean (Fables is amazing) and Jean Giraud's (a.k.a. Moebius) illustration style is very nice, though I've never completely read any of his works (any suggestions?). I was wondering, does anyone have any comic books/graphic novels they'd recommend or know any artists I should know about? I'm not necessarily looking for super hero fare (though I'd appreciate suggestions). I'm open to experimental and unique narratives and illustration that happen to be in the comic book format. I'm open to everything whether its serious or has more of a comical tone like Scott Pilgrim. Just a little info to narrow down suggestions:

1. Are any of them explicitly violent, graphic or sexual? I don't mind a little violence, but if it it's over the top, then it has to be part of the story (like in Watchmen) and not just there for kicks. I'm a bit more lenient when it comes to sex, well, in the sense that I want it to be there only if it develops the story, and not just for pornographic uses.

2. I like Star Wars and I've heard good things about Knights of the Old Republic, but there are many other series so I'd like other suggestions as well.

3. I'd prefer starting off with "basic" comics. I'm not really looking for anything that's too "indie." You know, works that are pretentious for the sake of being pretentious and abstract for he sake of being abstract. I like that kind of content, but after I've read the basics and have understood the various concepts and philosophies of the medium. Is there anything you would recommend that's along the lines of, say, Watchmen? Simple and basic in presentation, but with deep undertones related to many global/societal subjects and enough philosophy to spend time thinking about even after you've out the book down.

4. As I said, I'm not necessarily looking for super hero fare. When I say "along the lines of Watchmen," I mean something with a good story and competent/decent art (having or not having super heros doesn't really make a difference is the story and art are good).

5. I don't mind the art style used for the illustrations, but I'd like it to have at least some quality.

I'd appreciate any and all suggestions.

01-26-2011, 03:46 AM
You might get better responses in the comic thread.

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But, based on what you've said, I'd recommend Transmetropolitan and Planetary by Warren Ellis as well as Y: The Last Man by Bryan K. Vaughn.

I'd also suggest Alan Moore's Miracleman, which I think is his absolute best work. It's out of print, but you can download it here:

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It has very graphic nudity, but it's a part of the story.

01-27-2011, 01:13 AM
Thanks for the suggestions. I didn't know there's a comics thread. Will definitely check these out. :)

03-28-2011, 12:03 PM
I don't know much about the comic scene either. Usually I just pick up comic series that are based on TV show series like Charmed and Doctor Who. If you got a show you really like and would like to read its comic counterpart, try googling the show's name and the word "comic" and see if it exist. =)

06-15-2011, 07:33 PM
I would recommend a graphic novel Infex, which is still rather unnoticed by mainstream, but I find it absolutely unique in presentation and art, which blends western and japanese (anime) style perfectly.
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Also works of Christopher Shy are top notch: ASCEND, SILENT LEAVES, PATHFINDER, SOUL STEALER, etc...
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06-15-2011, 10:15 PM
Craig Thompson's Blankets is rather amazing

06-15-2011, 10:37 PM
The Darkness is one of the best comics in my own opinion.

06-26-2011, 04:15 AM
The Dark Knight Returns is a competent series with pretty good art and you dont really have to like batman to enjoy it.