Getting Graphic

I may not be doing the Graphic Novel challenge this year but I’m still reading these. I have to say that graphic novels continue to surprise me and entertain me and so I’ll definitely keep reading them. So, which ones have I read recently?

lifesucks.jpgFirst is Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria and Warren Pleece. Dave is stuck at the ultimate dead-end job, a night manager at the Last Stop convenience store. To make matters worse he is a vampire and his boss is his master. Yes, eternal life sucks, but there may be a glimmer of something good for Dave when he meets Rosa, a pretty girl who is into all things goth.

Of course there are all sorts of complications that come up, mainly another vampire who is trying to get the girl too but why don’t you read the story to find out what happens. An entertaining read which actually left me wanting more. Here’s my review.

whatitis.jpgMy next read is Lynda Barry’s book What It Is. It’s a bit hard to classify this book because it can be anything from a memoir to a how-to book but it’s one I highly recommend and one I hope to add to my personal library.

This is one of those books you could probably open to just any page and take something from it. Bold and bright illustrations along with the story of how the author fostered her own creativity make this book a joy to read. You can’t help but want to pick up a pen and paper and write or draw, no matter what the outcome because there is no room for criticism here. It’s all about taking delight in the artistic process. Here’s my review.

I do have another graphic novel waiting for me, Ethel & Ernest by Raymond Briggs, so that’s something to look forward to. And, I’ve just found out that the folks at have a new site for those of us who can’t get enough graphic novels: Graphic Novel Reporter. It’s filled with reviews, resources, a blog and more. I can just see my wish list exploding. Got a good graphic novel to recommend? Let me know and I’ll add it to my wish list.

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