Sunday, July 14, 2013

Who's On Top: Graphic Novels






Top 5 Graphic Novels:
Hardcover:
1. Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero, by Travis Beacham and Sean Chen
2. A Game Of Thrones, Vol. 2, by Daniel Abraham and Tommy Patterson
3. Batman And Robin, Vol. 2, by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason
4. Hellboy, Vol. 6, by Mike Mignola and Others
5. Solo: The Deluxe Edition, by Various
#Spotlight:
Hellboy, Vol. 6
by Mike Mignola and Others

Mike Mignola returns with his first new Hellboy collection since 2002's Conqueror Worm. After leaving the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy's travels take him briefly to Africa, then for a two-year stint at the bottom of the ocean. An ancient witch doctor, a giant fish woman and keeper of the secret history of the universe force Hellboy to either accept his role in the coming apocalypse, or have that role stolen from him. Weird undersea creatures and talking lions populate this turning-point adventure, which reveals secrets buried since Hellboy's very creation. This volume collects Harvey-and-Eisner-award winner Mike Mignola's Hellboy series The Third Wish and The Island with over a dozen unused pages and a new epilogue. 

Paperback:
1. Saga, Vol. 2, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
2. The Walking Dead, Vol, 18, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
3. Sweet Tooth, Vol. 6, by Jeff Lemire
4. The Graphic Canon, Vol. 3, by Russ Kick
5. Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
#Spotlight:
The Graphic Canon, Vol. 3,
by Russ Kick

Publisher's Weekly "Best Summer Books of 2013"

The Daily Beast's "Brainy Summer Beach Reads"

"These works of literature do not reside just on the shelves of academia; they flourish in the eye of our imagination...will leave you awe-struck."
—New York Times Book Review

"It's easily the most ambitious and successfully realized literary project in recent memory, and certainly the one that's most relevant for today's readers"
—NPR, Indie Booksellers Pick 2012's Best

“Verdict: Russ Kick brings it on home – to the home library – with style.”
—The Austin Chronicle

The classic literary canon meets the comics artists, illustrators, and other artists who have remade reading in Russ Kick's magisterial, three-volume, full-color The Graphic Canon, volumes 1, 2, and 3.

Volume 3 brings to life the literature of the end of the 20th century and the start of the 21st, including a Sherlock Holmes mystery, an H.G. Wells story, an illustrated guide to the Beat writers, a one-act play from Zora Neale Hurston, a disturbing meditation on Naked Lunch, Rilke's soul-stirring Letters to a Young Poet, Anaïs Nin's diaries, the visions of Black Elk, the heroin classic The Man With the Golden Arm (published four years before William Burroughs' Junky), and the postmodernism of Thomas Pynchon, David Foster Wallace, Kathy Acker, Raymond Carver, and Donald Barthelme.

The towering works of modernism are here--T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and "The Waste Land," Yeats's "The Second Coming" done as a magazine spread, Heart of Darkness, stories from Kafka, The Voyage Out by Virginia Woolf, James Joyce's masterpiece, Ulysses, and his short story "Araby" from Dubliners, rare early work from Faulkner and Hemingway (by artists who have drawn for Marvel), and poems by Gertrude Stein and Edna St. Vincent Millay.

You'll also find original comic versions of short stories by W. Somerset Maugham, Flannery O'Connor, and Saki (manga style), plus adaptations of Lolita (and everyone said it couldn't be done!), The Age of Innocence, Siddhartha and Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers" by Langston Hughes, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Last Exit to Brooklyn, J.G. Ballard's Crash, and photo-dioramas for Animal Farm and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Feast your eyes on new full-page illustrations for 1984, Brave New World, Waiting for Godot, One Hundred Years of Solitude,The Bell Jar, On the Road, Lord of the Flies, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, and three Borges stories.

Robert Crumb's rarely seen adaptation of Nausea captures Sartre's existential dread. Dame Darcy illustrates Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece, Blood Meridian, universally considered one of the most brutal novels ever written and long regarded as unfilmable by Hollywood. Tara Seibel, the only female artist involved with the Harvey Pekar Project, turns in an exquisite series of illustrations for The Great Gatsby. And then there's the moment we've been waiting for: the first graphic adaptation from Kurt Vonnegut's masterwork, Slaughterhouse-Five. Among many other gems. 

Manga:
1. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, Vol.2, by Hajime Yatate and Hajime Yatate
2. Spice And Wolf, Vol. 8, by Isuna Hasekura
3. Attack On Titan, Vol. 5, by Hajime Isayama
4. Naruto, Vol. 61, by Masashi Kishimoto
5. Kingdom Hearts, Chain Of Memories, by Shiro Amano
#Spotlight:
Kingdom Hearts, Chain Of Memories
by Shiro Amano

The door to Kingdom Hearts was sealed, dealing a blow to the heartless and restoring the worlds to normal, but Riku and King Mickey were trapped inside! Now Sora, Donald and Goofy's search for their friends leads them to the mysterious Castle Oblivion where a hooded figure tells them, "Ahead lies something you need, but to claim it, you must lose something dear." But what could be more dear than one's own memories?



Disclaimer: All blurbs come from Goodreads.com and all list come from NYTimes.com.

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