Keeping It Real

May 13th, 2009 by | Tags: , , ,

Yesterday, Justin suggested I pick up Aya from Drawn & Quarterly. I’ve got some spare Amazon credit, so I’m going to order it today I think.

I want a couple of other titles, too, though. Esther and Gav have superheroes pretty well locked down now, so I get to indulge myself with a bit of non-Big Two (or non-Big Four) fare. Sell me on a book that’s published by houses like Top Shelf, D&Q, First Second, Fantagraphics, and so on. No qualifiers or reservations or pickiness on my part– just tell me why you like it. I’ll pick it up if I like your pitch and review it when I finish.

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3 comments to “Keeping It Real”

  1. Doug Tennapel’s “Creature Tech” from Top shelf was “Nextwave” before there was “Nextwave”. To summarise: the story pits a young, theologically confused scientist with an alien bonded to his chest against a zombified Englishman who turns housecats into demons in a desperate bid to reclaim the long-lost shroud of Turin.

    But even that’s barely scratching the surface. I haven’t even gotten into the Anthropomorphic hillbilly praying mantis named “Blue” yet.

  2. David, thanks for the shout. I’m really curious to see what you think of Aya. “Trees Never Grown” inspired me to think about my own dream list of projects, so I got started. A few ideas here if you want to check it out: http://www.thirteenminutes.blogspot.com

  3. Rafael Grampa’s first graphic novel Mesmo Delivery from ad house was one of the most gorgeous, mindblowing comics I read all last year. It’s a compact, gloriously sleazy crime story featuring truckers, prostitutes and a knife-wielding Elvis impersonator, with hyper-detailed artwork that brings to mind a cartoonier hybrid of Geoff Darrow and Frank Quitely. Some of the stuff Grampa does with page design and his choices in depicting action show a level of confidence that is astounding from a first-timer.

    On a more literate note, Dash Shaw’s Bottomless Belly Button from Fantagraphics is a 720 page monster chronicling how a family reacts to the news of their elderly parents’ plans to divorce. Shaw’s deceptively simple cartooning style manages to evoke the entire range of emotions from the characters, and though it’s fully possible to speed through the book in one sitting, it’s also dense enough to reward multiple readings.