So, I’ve actually been reading a lot of graphic novels lately and I decided to do a follow-up on my graphic novels post. If you want to see my first graphic novels post, click here: http://rea1itylapse.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/notable-in-graphic-novels/, or search notable in graphic novels on this site. I hope you guys like!
1) Foxtrot: The Works by Bill Amend
I actually didn’t know about Foxtrot until a few weeks ago. I have got to say, I genuinely enjoy it and it was a very nice comic strip that made me laugh and kept me amused. There’s a sort of Bill Watterson feel to Bill Amend’s voice as a writer that I really liked. I can’t believe that there is no more Far Side, no more Calvin and Hobbes, no more Foxtrot…. :(
Synopsis: The strip revolves around the daily lives of the Fox family, composed of parents Andrea (Andy, 42) and Roger Fox (45), and their children, Peter (16), Paige (14), and Jason (10). It covers a wide range of subject matter, including spoofs of pop culture fads, nerd culture, and popular consumer products. Foxtrot is a comic strip with attitude, wit and a big dose of reality. Bill Amend’s brilliant understanding of sibling rivalry and generational struggles comes to life in this long-beloved comic strip.
pg count for the paperback: 256
2) Always Postpone Meetings With Time-Wasting Morons by Scott Adams
Ah, here we are. The very first Dilbert compilation book. I love Dilbert, personally, and I love this first book. When I saw this book for the first time, the title was what really drew me in. Always Postpone Meetings With Time-Wasting Morons. The book is just as interesting and completely worthy of that name.
Synopsis: Dilbert is an American comic strip written and drawn by Scott Adams. First published on April 16, 1989, Dilbert is known for its satirical office humor about a white-collar, micromanaged office featuring the engineer Dilbert as the title character.
pg count for the paperback: 112
3) The Whole Shebang! by Rob Schrab
This was a really fresh, cool graphic novel that has a great story. I was really impressed by this book and the storyline Rob Schrab set out for the characters. A very nice comic. Lots of action and adventure. The books are kind of long, but I felt it was really exciting and totally worth the read.
Synopsis: In the world of Scud, bullets are cheaper than human life. Corner vending machines provide any weapon you might need. The most popular weapons are Scud disposable assassins: Robot hitmen that self-destruct when they kill their target. This volume follows Scud 1373, assigned to take out a hideous female man-eater named Jeff. While fighting the indestructible Jeff, Scud discovers his infamous warning panel in a bathroom mirror. Realizing that to kill Jeff is to kill himself, Scud blows off her arms and legs and hospitalizes her. Her life support bills will have to be paid, and Scud will have to find more work to stay alive.
pg count for the paperback: 786
Series: Scud: The Disposable Assassin
4) Level Up by Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham
I love Gene Luen Yang, and I thought this was a great story. A big part of it centers on our parent’s beliefs, and what they want for us as we’re growing up. Parents, especially Asian parents, really push the doctor thing, and I thought this book was hilarious because of that. It was also heartbreaking though, and heartwarming at the same time. I really liked Dennis and how he eventually found what he wanted to do.
Synopsis: Dennis Ouyang has always struggled in the shadow of his parents’ expectations. His path is laid out for him: stay focused in high school, become a gastroenterologist. It may be hard work, but it isn’t complicated…Until suddenly it is.
Between his father’s death, his academic burnout, and his deep (and distracting) love of video games, Dennis is nowhere near where his family wanted him to be. In fact, he’s just been kicked out of college.
And that’s when things get…weird.
Four adorable–and bossy–angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Dennis’s life. And so Dennis finds himself herded back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. But nothing is ever what it seems when life, magic and video games collide.
pg count for the paperback: 160
5) Binky the Space Cat by Ashley Spires
I swear, these little stories about Binky are so cute and heartwarming that I smiled the entire time I read this series. Binky is a funny, cool little dude with a great personality.
Synopsis: Binky is a space cat – at least in his own mind. He’s really a house cat who has never left the family “space station.” Unlike other house cats, Binky has a mission: to blast off into outer space (outside), explore unknown places (the backyard) and battle aliens (bugs). Binky must undergo rigorous training so he can repel the alien attacks that threaten his humans. As he builds his spaceship, he must be extremely careful with his blueprints – the enemy is always watching. Soon Binky is ready to voyage into outer space. His humans go out there every day and he’s sure they need a certified space cat to protect them. But just as he’s about to blast off with his co-pilot, Ted (stuffed mousie), Binky realizes that he’s left something very important behind ? and it’s not the zero-gravity kitty litter. In the first book in the Binky Adventure series, graphic-novel readers will delight in watching where this lovable and quirky cat’s imagination takes him.
6) Laika by Nick Abadis
This book broke my heart. Snapped it right in half. (Don’t worry, it rebuilt itself). Laika is such an awesome little dog, and the things she goes through were terrible. I was happy that she got someone to take care of her that genuinely loved her though.
Synopsis: Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth’s first space traveler. This is her journey.
Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the intertwined stories of three compelling lives. Along with Laika, there is Korolev, once a political prisoner, now a driven engineer at the top of the Soviet space program, and Yelena, the lab technician responsible for Laika’s health and life. This intense triangle is rendered with the pitch-perfect emotionality of classics like Because of Winn Dixie, Shiloh, and Old Yeller.
Abadzis gives life to a pivotal moment in modern history, casting light on the hidden moments of deep humanity behind history.
NOTE: DEEP HUMANITY? DID THEY NOT READ THE BOOK?!
pg count for the paperback: 208
7) Robot Dreams by Sara Varon
This is a great graphic novel about friendship and the people (or inanimate objects, i.e. laptops, your first car, your first phone, books, rocks, stuffed animals, robots), that stay in your heart forever.
Synopsis: Richly endearing and full of surprises, Robot Dreams follows an ill-fated friendship between a dog and robot. After a Labor Day jaunt to the beach leaves Robot rusty and immobilized in the sand, Dog, unsure what to do, abandons him. As the seasons pass, Dog tries to replace his friend, making and losing a series of new ones, from a melting snowman to epicurean anteaters. Meanwhile, Robot passes his time daydreaming, escaping to better places…Through interwoven journeys, the two characters long to recover from their day at the beach.
pg count for the paperback: 208
8) Childhood is Hell by Matt Groening
The name says it all. This book is for anyone who has ever been a kid. You may know Matt Groening as the creator of the Simpsons, but he also makes really funny comic strips that I, personally, love.
Synopsis: Jampacked with 48 of the wittiest cartoons from Matt Groening’s syndicated “Life in Hell” comic strip. You also get 25 chapters of the “Childhood is Hell” maxi-series and a bunch of bonuses. (Sorry about the useless Synopsis).
pg count for the paperback: 48
9) Sidekicks by Dan Santat
This is a great, heartwarming action/adventure novel that is great for pet lovers. A wonderful story with an awesome ending.
Synopsis: INTRODUCING: METAL MUTT! STATIC CAT! AND… FLUFFY!?!
Captain Amazing, hero of Metro City, is so busy catching criminals that he rarely has time for his pets at home. He doesn’t even notice when they develop superpowers of their own.
So when he announces that he needs a sidekick, his dog, hamster, and chameleon each decide to audition. But with each pet determined to win the sidekick position, the biggest battle in Metro City might just be at the Captain’s house.
Then archvillain Dr. Havoc returns to town, and suddenly the Captain’s in serious trouble. Can the warring pets put their squabbles aside? Or is it curtains for the Captain?
pg count for the paperback: 217
10) Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
Tbh, I’m not a fan of Doug TenNapel. I liked this book Cardboard, but I’m not a fan of his other works. Ghostopolis was different. Even though I felt it was a little bit too long and it felt like some parts were kind of clumped together, Ghostopolis was fun, exciting and had a great story behind it.
Synopsis: Imagine Garth Hale’s surprise when he’s accidentally zapped to the spirit world by Frank Gallows, a washed-out ghost wrangler. Suddenly Garth finds he has powers the ghosts don’t have, and he’s stuck in a world run by the evil ruler of Ghostopolis, who would use Garth’s newfound abilities to rule the ghostly kingdom. When Garth meets Cecil, his grandfather’s ghost, the two search for a way to get Garth back home, and nearly lose hope until Frank Gallows shows up to fix his mistake.