I didn’t really have much of an interest in graphic novels or comics until quite recently. When I started watching The Walking Dead about 3 years ago, I bought The Walking Dead Compendiums 1 and 2 so I could get more. Those things are pretty brick-like but they didn’t last me very long.
After that, I was looking through Amazon, as one does, and found Craig Thompson. I have two of his books – Habibi and Blankets. Habibi still stays with me. Thompson’s style is so beautiful and captivating that I often found myself reading right through the night. Not only that, but the way in which he presents his stories really make you feel as though you are the character, and the out of body moments that his characters have really let you into their minds so that you, as the reader, can truly understand what they’re feeling and going through.
Next we have Shaun Tan. His style is so weird, and I love it. I somehow only have two of his books, The Arrival and The Lost Thing. The Arrival has no words, nor does it need any. I don’t really have much more to say about it other than if you are unfamiliar with Tan’s work, definitely start here because it will take your breath away. I briefly studied The Lost Thing in uni, and then got the opportunity to create a short television promotion about an exhibition for it at an internship I had last year. This one isn’t very long, but is very relatable, as everyone has experienced the feeling of not fitting in at some point in their lives.
I mentioned previously that I’d started reading the Saga series by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples. I love me a good fantasy story, and this definitely provides. I love how it’s not told from the perspective of the main characters, rather their child telling the story from the future as it provides a sense of suspense throughout. My only problem with this is that now I’ve caught up, I’m just waiting for the next issues to come out. Hurrrrryyyy!
There are other random ones in this list, but I can’t seem to find them on my bookshelf… Only now to do is expand the collection! And also wait for that one I ordered a couple weeks ago to arrive…