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    Not a praying man Melville's Avatar
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    Favorite comics

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    1. Jimmy Corrigan (Chris Ware, 2000)
    2. Quimby the Mouse (Chris Ware, 2004)
    3. The Trumpets They Play! (Al Columbia, 1998)
    4. Peanuts Treasury (Charles Schulz, 1968) - lots of other great Peanuts strips, but this collection is the most consistently great
    5. Louis Riel (Chester Brown, 2004)
    6. Amphigorey (Edward Gorey, 1972)
    7. Frank (Jim Woodring, 2003)
    8. From Hell (Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, 1997)
    9. The Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders (Chris Ware, 2005)
    10. Hellboy (Mike Mignola, 1990s) - standout stories: Wake the Devil, all the short folk tales
    11. Abstraction (Shintaro Kago, 2000)
    12. Watchmen (Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons, 1986)
    13. The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller with Lynn Varley and Klaus Janson, 1986)
    14. City of Glass (P. Karasik & David Mazzucchelli, 1994)
    15. The Acme Novelty Library #19 (Chris Ware, 2008)
    16. Hey, Wait… (Jason, 2001)
    17. Cerebus (Dave Sim, 2004) - standout volumes: Jaka's Story, Minds, and Guys. The last two volumes are almost unreadable though.
    18. Daredevil: Born Again (Miller & Mazzucchelli, 1986)
    19. Elektra: Assassin (Miller & Sienkiewicz, 1987) - I just read this recently. Gloriously gonzo. Also just read Elektra Lives Again. Also great.
    20. Bone: The Great Cow Race (Jeff Smith, 1994) - really, all of issues 1-17 will do
    21. Batman: Year One (Miller & Mazzucchelli, 1987)
    22. Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Days (Al Columbia, 2009)
    23. Weapon X (Barry Windsor-Smith, 1991)
    24. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Lorenzo Mattotti & Jerry Kramsky, 2002)
    25. In the Night Kitchen (Maurice Sendak, 1970)
    26. Ghost World (Daniel Clowes, 1998)
    27. V for Vendetta (Alan Moore & David Lloyd, 1989)
    28. Black Hole (Charles Burns, 2005)
    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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    In ranked order:

    Watchmen
    From Hell
    Jimmy Corrigan
    Sandman
    Maus
    Fun Home
    Promethea
    Safe Area Gorazde
    V for Vendetta
    Asterios Polyp
    Shortcomings
    City of Glass
    The Invisibles
    Batwoman: Elegy
    Marvels
    Dropsie Avenue
    Persepolis
    Y: The Last Man
    Bone
    Transmetropolitan
    Blankets
    Blue is the Warmest Color
    Planetary
    A Contract with God
    Palestine
    Deus Ex Machina
    Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
    Jerusalem: Chronicles from the Holy City
    Kingdom Come
    Preacher

    Utter meh:
    Pride of Baghdad
    Are You My Mother?

    If Calvin and Hobbes count, they'd be near the top. I haven't read the Hernandez brothers, so that's a gap. Not a big fan of Clowes, either...

    If a book hasn't concluded yet, I've left it off the list (so no Saga or Locke and Key).
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    I have a hard time remembering all my favorites off the top of my head but here goes:

    Watchmen
    Runaways (BKV run)
    Gotham Central
    Alias
    Daredevil (Bendis run)
    Saga
    Asterios Polyp
    Fun Home
    Sandman
    Black Hole
    Criminal/Incognito/Fatale
    Scott Pilgrim
    Starman (James Robinson)
    Planetary
    Pluto (Naoki Urasawa)
    Essex County
    Astonishing X-Men (Whedon run)
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    I'll work on something, but there's bound to be a fair amount of overlap with the lists here.

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    copied this from another board, probably hasn't been updated in at least a couple years

    Nextwave by Warren Ellis & Stuart Immomen
    Young Avengers by Allen Heinberg & Jim Cheung
    Captain Britain & MI-13 by Paul Cornell & Leonard Kirk
    Whiteout by Greg Rucka & Steve Lieber
    Top 10 by Alan Moore & Gene Ha
    Sleeper/Criminal/Incognito by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
    Omega The Unknown by Jonathan Lethem & Faryl Dalrymple
    All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely
    New X-Men by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely/Various
    Astonishing X-Men by Joss Whedon & John Cassaday
    Runaways by Brian K. Vaughn & Adrian Alphona
    Seven Soldiers by Grant Morrison & Various
    The Parker books by Darwyn Cooke
    Madman Atomic Comics by Mike Allred
    Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison & Richard Case/Various
    Human Target by Peter Milligan & Various

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    I won't repeat stuff that's been mentioned already:

    1. Akira - Otomo
    2. Nuaiscaa - Miyazaki
    3. Appleseed - Shirow
    4. Black & White - Matsumoto
    5. Groo the Wanderer - Aragones
    6. Grey - Tagami

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    Couple others that haven't been mentioned:

    Maus
    Batman: The Long Halloween
    Superman Birthright

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    I'll add in a few I haven't seen yet.

    Flex Mentallo
    Ex Machina
    Justice League International
    Formerly Known as the Justice League
    Hawkeye
    Batman: Year One
    Batman: RIP
    David Boring
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    I should read some more comics, but I think these are quite good:

    1. Epileptic (1996, David B)
    2. Drawn Out (2005, Don Nace)
    3. The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch (1994, Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean)
    4. Fun Home (2006, Alison Bechdel)
    5. Jonas Fink (1991, Vittorio Giardino)
    6. Akira (1982, Katsuhiro Otomo)
    7. The Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius (1976, Moebius)
    8. Stitches (2009, David Small)
    9. Arkham Asylum (1989, Grant Morrison & Dave McKean)
    10. Road to America (1990, Jean-Marc Thévenet & Baru)
    11. The Arrival (2006, Shaun Tan)
    12. Exit Wounds (2007, Rutu Modan)

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    51 Comics that Sven Likes

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    Been meaning to do an updated list because I've read lots of great comics since.

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    Ten top of the head additions:

    Adventures of Luther Arkwright
    Outlaw Nation
    Ferals
    Violent Messiahs
    Connor Willumsen's work
    X-Men Legacy
    Queen and Country
    Deathmatch
    Wasteland
    Kate Beaton's work

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    Quote Quoting dreamdead (view post)
    Safe Area Gorazde
    How does this compare to Palestine?

    I was perusing that thread the other day. A lot of interesting-looking comics, of which I've read literally not a single one.
    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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    Quote Quoting Melville (view post)
    How does this compare to Palestine?
    It's better! Safe Area is probably Sacco's best comic, which is really saying something. His style is much more polished and sophisticated in that one than it is in Palestine, which is great as well of course.

    Anyway, here's a rough top 10 off the top of my head, probably leaving out a lot.

    1. Love & Rockets (Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez)
    2. Krazy Kat (George Herriman)
    3. From Hell (Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell)
    4. Jimbo In Purgatory (Gary Panter)
    5. Stray Bullets (David Lapham)
    6. Acme Novelty Library #19 (Chris Ware)
    7. Frank (Jim Woodring)
    8. Madman (Mike Allred)
    9. David Boring (Daniel Clowes)
    10. Travel (Yuichi Yokohama)

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    Quote Quoting Melville (view post)
    How does this compare to Palestine?
    It's much stronger in my eyes. Better art, more conflict between official narratives of the Bosnian War and the focus on the people (that is, better contrast between the words and the art that critiques those narratives), and nice engagement of how American music featured throughout the text undercuts some of the optimism ("Hotel California" especially).
    Ant-Man and the Wasp - 5
    Hereditary - 7
    Won't You Be My Neighbor? - 7.5
    The Tale - 8

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    Quote Quoting sevenarts (view post)
    4. Jimbo In Purgatory (Gary Panter)
    I've owned this since it was published, took it with me when I moved across the ocean, and yet have never read it. Have you written anything on it?

    6. Acme Novelty Library #19 (Chris Ware)
    7. Frank (Jim Woodring)
    Nice.

    Quote Quoting dreamdead (view post)
    It's much stronger in my eyes. Better art, more conflict between official narratives of the Bosnian War and the focus on the people (that is, better contrast between the words and the art that critiques those narratives), and nice engagement of how American music featured throughout the text undercuts some of the optimism ("Hotel California" especially).
    Sounds good. I'll add it to the to-read list.
    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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    Quote Quoting Melville (view post)
    I've owned this since it was published, took it with me when I moved across the ocean, and yet have never read it. Have you written anything on it?
    Just a short blurb in my best comics of the 2000s countdown.

    Gary Panter's magnum opus is his epic mash-up of the Purgatory section from Dante's Divine Comedy with Panter's own punk everyman character Jimbo and a wide array of cultural reference points, ranging from Boccaccio's Dante-inspired Decameron to Frank Zappa, John Lennon, 50s sci-fi movies, pin-up models, punk rock, and more. It's a dazzling pastiche, with every page laid out in a tight grid of nine panels, and each panel starting with a quote from Dante and relating it to all sorts of other cultural reference points, images and quotes. The panels don't just stand alone either, but instead form unified patterns and images at the level of the page, so that each page can be read both as a sequence of nine panels and as a single image in itself. The denseness of Panter's references and cross-references makes the experience of reading this book a truly overwhelming experience; every line, every image, spirals into multiple other references and ideas, pulling in the whole wide expanse of world culture as a stomping ground for Jimbo's wanderings through the Purgatory of modern existence towards enlightenment.
    It's really unlike anything else in comics or anywhere else for that matter. It's just a blast to read and is packed with so much on every level, not to mention Panter's batshit/beautiful imagery. Panter's one of the all-time greats in general and this book is his masterpiece.

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    Quote Quoting sevenarts (view post)
    Just a short blurb in my best comics of the 2000s countdown.

    It's really unlike anything else in comics or anywhere else for that matter. It's just a blast to read and is packed with so much on every level, not to mention Panter's batshit/beautiful imagery. Panter's one of the all-time greats in general and this book is his masterpiece.
    Very cool countdown, even if I'm indifferent to (A Drifting Life, Epileptic,...), dislike (Lost Girls), or loathe (Promethea) many of the entries. Interesting inclusion of Dark Knight Strikes Again. The Mattotti looks great.
    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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    After reading more comics in the last year than in the preceding decade (maybe. A lot of comics, anyway), I decided to rejig my list. New additions in bold.

    1. Jimmy Corrigan (Chris Ware, 2000)
    2. Quimby the Mouse (Chris Ware, 2004)
    3. Peanuts Treasury (Charles Schulz, 1968)
    4. The Trumpets They Play! (Al Columbia, 1998)
    5. From Hell (Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, 1997)
    6. Frank (Jim Woodring, 2003)
    7. The Acme Novelty Library #19 (Chris Ware, 2008)
    8. Hellboy: the folk tales, especially ‘The Corpse’ and ‘The Troll Witch’ (Mike Mignola, 1990s-2000s)
    9. Amphigorey (Edward Gorey, 1972)
    10. Louis Riel (Chester Brown, 2004)
    11. Short stories in Lose and Very Casual (Michael DeForge, 2009-2015)
    12. Daredevil: Born Again (Miller & Mazzucchelli, 1986)
    13. Abstraction (Shintaro Kago, 2000)
    14. Elektra: Assassin (Miller & Sienkiewicz, 1987)
    15. Watchmen (Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons, 1986)
    16. The Dark Knight Returns (Miller, Varley, and Janson, 1986)
    17. The Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders (Chris Ware, 2005)
    18. Hawkeye (Fraction, Aja, and Wu, 2015)
    19. Hellboy: Wake the Devil (Mike Mignola, 1996)
    20. The Ticking (Renee French, 2006)
    21. Zero (Ales Kot et al, 2015)
    22. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Lorenzo Mattotti & Jerry Kramsky, 2002)
    23. Batman: Year One (Miller, Mazzucchelli, and Lewis, 1987)
    24. Elektra Lives Again (Miller & Varley, 1990)
    25. Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Days (Al Columbia, 2009)
    26. Bone: The Great Cow Race (Jeff Smith, 1994)
    27. City of Glass (P. Karasik & Mazzucchelli, 1994)
    28. Cerebus (Dave Sim & Gerhard, 2004), especially Jaka’s Story, Minds, and Guys, and ignoring the last two volumes
    29. Sundays with Walt and Skeezix (Frank King, 2007, original pub. dates 1920s & 30s)
    30. Nijigahara Holograph (Inio Asano, 2006)
    31. Clumsy (Jeffrey Brown, 2002)
    32. Weapon X (Barry Windsor-Smith, 1991)
    33. Hey, Wait… (Jason, 2001)
    34. In the Night Kitchen (Maurice Sendak, 1970)
    35. Black Hole (Charles Burns, 2005)
    36. When the Wind Blows (Raymond Briggs, 1982)
    37. Ghost World (Dan Clowes, 1998)
    38. V for Vendetta (Alan Moore & David Lloyd, 1989)
    39. Stray Bullets: Killers (David Lapham, 2014)

    1 or 2 crime comics, even though I feel like I'm a fan of crime comics
    2 manga
    2 picture books, and one standard comic by a picture book author
    2 collections of comic strips
    7 or 8 horror comics of some variety
    9 super-hero comics
    5 Frank Miller comics from 1986-1990
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    New and improved list I made a few months ago:

    1. Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth (Chris Ware, 2000)
    2. The Cage (Martin Vaughn-James, 1975)
    3. Peanuts Treasury (Charles Schulz, 1968)
    4. Quimby the Mouse (Chris Ware, 2004)
    5. The Trumpets They Play! (Al Columbia, 1998)
    6. Daredevil: Born Again (Miller & Mazzucchelli, 1986)
    7. Frank (Jim Woodring, 2003)
    8. Hellboy: the folk tales, especially ‘The Corpse’ and ‘The Troll Witch’ (Mike Mignola, 1990s-2000s)
    9. From Hell (Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell, 1997)
    10. First Year Healthy (Michael DeForge, 2015)
    11. The Acme Novelty Library #19 (Chris Ware, 2008)
    12. Louis Riel (Chester Brown, 2004)
    13. Short stories in Lose and Very Casual (Michael DeForge, 2009-2015)
    14. The Acme Novelty Library Annual Report to Shareholders (Chris Ware, 2005)
    15. Abstraction (Shintaro Kago, 2000)
    16. Kierkegaard strip in Schizo #4 (Ivan Brunetti, 2006)
    17. Amphigorey (Edward Gorey, 1972)
    18. Fires (Lorenzo Mattotti, 1986)
    19. Elektra: Assassin (Miller & Sienkiewicz, 1987)
    20. Watchmen (Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons, 1986)
    21. The Dark Knight Returns (Miller, Varley, and Janson, 1986)
    22. Hawkeye (Fraction, Aja, and Wu, 2015)
    23. Hellboy: Wake the Devil (Mike Mignola, 1996)
    24. Weapon X (Barry Windsor-Smith, 1991)
    25. The Ticking (Renee French, 2006)
    26. Mind MGMT (Matt Kindt, 2016)
    27. Elektra Lives Again (Miller & Varley, 1990)
    28. Batman: Year One (Miller, Mazzucchelli, and Lewis, 1987)
    29. Cerebus (Dave Sim & Gerhard, 2004), especially Jaka’s Story, Minds, and Guys, and ignoring the last two volumes
    30. Beautiful Darkness (Fabien Vehlmann & Kerascoët, 2014)
    31. Bone, issues 1-16 (Jeff Smith, 1991-94)
    32. Clumsy (Jeffrey Brown, 2002)
    33. Lucille (Ludovic Debeurme, 2006)
    34. A Girl on the Shore (Inio Asano, 2013)
    35. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (Lorenzo Mattotti & Jerry Kramsky, 2002)
    36. Pim and Francie: The Golden Bear Days (Al Columbia, 2009)
    37. Panther (Brecht Evens, 2014)
    38. City of Glass (P. Karasik & Mazzucchelli, 1994)
    39. Sundays with Walt and Skeezix (Frank King, 2007, original pub. dates 1920s & 30s)
    40. Zero (Ales Kot et al, 2015)
    41. Nijigahara Holograph (Inio Asano, 2006)
    42. Hey, Wait… (Jason, 2001)
    43. In the Night Kitchen (Maurice Sendak, 1970)
    44. Black Hole (Charles Burns, 2005)
    45. When the Wind Blows (Raymond Briggs, 1982)
    46. Essex County (Jeff Lemire, 2009)
    47. V for Vendetta (Alan Moore & David Lloyd, 1989)
    48. Stray Bullets: Killers (David Lapham, 2014)
    49. Weirdworld (Jason Aaron & Mike del Mundo, 2015)
    50. The Filth (Grant Morrison & Chris Weston, 2004)


    I feel like Goodnight Punpun will be high on the list when I finish it.
    I am impatient of all misery in others that is not mad. Thou should'st go mad, blacksmith; say, why dost thou not go mad? How can'st thou endure without being mad? Do the heavens yet hate thee, that thou can'st not go mad?

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