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Hating it here – The caustic genius of Transmetropolitan

Transmetropolitan is a graphic novel series about a gonzo journalist in a future society not so much dystopian as utterly disinterested in social advancement. It reminds me most of the society in search of continual distraction seen in Brave New World, except there’s no attempt at conformity. Instead there’s so much as raging personal satisfaction that individuals […]

Comic books and graphic novels course

I’m signing up for the free university course in graphic novel appreciation run over the web by University of Colarado Boulder through Coursera and wanted to check which of the readings are available through the Gold Coast Library Service. If you are also going to be following the course, please comment, so that we can get a […]

The Walking Dead: the comic books and the tv show

The Walking Dead is the first comic book I have read. I was inspired to read it after watching the first season of the tv show. Well, the comic was definitely an interesting read for me. I admit it was a little struggle for me as I find the format difficult to engage with and the fact that it is colourless – it’s all in black and white did not help. To my suprise I did enjoy reading the stories that were played out in the tv series but the stories that were new didn’t excite me too much. I suspect that if I had not loved the tv show I would not have read the comic. I predict the stories in the later part of book 1 will be played out in future seasons of the show. Now to the tv series and the incredible talent of the make-up artists and special effects team who have created such awesomely gross zombies! The way each zombie is individually designed and how you can pick some really grotesque ones out in a crowd is amazing. Each zombie has unique detail and some seriously looked real. They came across as utterly disgusting, terrifying yet also with a sense of longing and sadness. The world screams zombie apocalypse!! The show certainly has a dark nature and the violence is rather severe so I wouldn’t recommend it if you have a weak stomach! The violence helps to portray the horrible zombie plagued world these people are living in. Andrew Lincoln (the actor) perfectly captures the central character of Rick Grimes. A man who starts out dazed and confused but slowly emerges as the leader of the few surviving people. He sucessfully portrays an upstanding man of the law who wants to do the right thing even if it endangers him and sometimes the people around him. I also liked Steven Yeun portrayal of Glenn, the pizza delivery boy who is often sent into dangerous missions as he is young and care free and a little crazy. The other characters who I felt play a significant part in the story are Morgan and Duane Jones, a father and son who Rick encounters early on. They part ways but make a pact to try to remain in contact yet this proves to be unattainable as the plot thickens. My heart was in my mouth during the scenes when Morgan trys despertaley to shoot his undead (zombie) wife. I felt his pain as he so desperately wanted to pull that trigger.

Both The Walking Dead graphic novels and the tv series can be borrowed from the Gold Coast Libraries.

Aya of Yop City

Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clément Oubrerie Post by Susan from Southport Branch Library.   Aya of Yop City is a graphic novel set in the Ivory Coast in the 1970s. Originally written in French and inspired by Marguerite’s own childhood, it has received swags of awards. As a reader relatively new […]

Contract with God – the first graphic novel?

The Contract With God Trilogy contains what is arguably the first graphic novel.  It’s a series of stories linked by location and social group: about poor, first generation immigrants with New York during the Great Depression. Poverty is an obvious theme of the book, but on a higher level, it’s also about the meaning of life, or at […]

Maus – a survivor’s tale

Maus is the only graphic novel to win a Pulitzer prize. The author, Art Spiegelman, converts a series of interviews with his father about the Auschwitz experience into graphic form, interleavening them with his family’s life in America, after the war. The central character of Maus is the narrator’s father, Vladek. Vladek is a vivid character, because he is, in a sense, […]

Book of Genesis illustrated by R Crumb

Robert Crumb was a leading light in the underground comics scene. As an oversimplification, underground comics were small-run comics published in the 1960s and 1970s, which used satire to criticise society, and which had content that placed them outside the Comics Code Authority’s standards. Crumb’s works before The Book of Genesis, which was released in […]

Strangers in Paradise

Strangers in Paradise is a complicated story, particularly popular with female readers, and people who generally do not read graphic novels. It can be boiled down to a simple set of elements. In the very first story, you meet a woman perhaps in her late thirties or early forties named Francine, and another woman nicknamed Katchoo. It’s clear […]

Truly great web comics

Girl Genius is an award-winning steampunk fantasy story, suitable for teenagers and adults. The lead character, Agatha, is a “spark”: a person with the ability to make almost-magical machines. She’s the hidden heir to a great, if perhaps evil, family. Girl Genius is about her heading to her family’s castle and claiming her birthright. Girl Genius has been written […]

A quick review: which graphic novels have been reviewed here before?

Welcome to graphic novel month on the blog!  Tomorrow you’re going to be getting some great webcomic reviews, and then at least one challenging graphic novel per week for the rest of September. To start off, though: we’ve been doing this for years now, and we’ve reviewed some cool stuff, so this is a retrospective […]


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