As there are only a handful of days left in 2012, it’s time to finish up my book backlog. I read quite a few books in 2012, but neglected to post reviews of, well, any of them.
This third and final installment of the book backlog covers the graphic novels I’ve read this year.
Book Backlog: Graphic Novels
- The Anime Club by KC Green
- The Anime Club was originally a story arc published at Gunshow, and details the self-destruction of, what else, the Anime Club. The tone of this book is rather different from the usual fare at Gunshow, which might be described as episodic Twilight Zone-esque oddness. If you enjoy oddness as much as I do, check it out.
- Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
- This book is a collection of strips originally published at Hark! A Vagrant. Victorian literature, the French Revolution, and Shakespeare are all food for gags in this book. Although it sounds boring, it really isn’t. Even re-skimming the book put me into fits of giggles.
- Homestuck, Volume 1 by Andrew Hussie
- If you haven’t heard of Homestuck, it’s a semi-animated sequential art experience which borrows heavily from the tradition of adventure games in the style of King’s Quest and Monkey Island. I can’t explain more without giving too much away. It can be found at mspaintadventures.com, but be warned: it is long. (But worth it, in my opinion.) The book trades off music and animation for author’s commentary in footnotes. The story is best experienced in its native medium.
- Johnny Wander Volumes 1 and 2 by Ananth Panagariya and Yuko Ota
- This is a collection of autobiographical strips published at johnnywander.com. It’s basically the adventures of Yuko, Anath, and friends (and cats). The strips are delightful, and there’s something about the artwork that I find charming.
- Never Learn Anything From History by Kate Beaton
- This is a collection of earlier strips from Hark! A Vagrant. It is interesting to compare this book to the later Hark! A Vagrant and observe how the author’s style has changed over time.
- Problem Sleuth, Volume 1 by Andrew Hussie
- Problem Sleuth was the predecessor to Homestuck. It, too, was a semi-animated sequential art experience that drew inspiration heavily from graphical adventures. In Problem Sleuth, the game-inspired elements persist throughout the story, whereas they eventually take a backseat in Homestuck. The Problem Sleuth story is worth reading if you find yourself going through Homestuck withdrawals.
- Tales of the Beanworld by Larry Marder
- The Beanworld is tiny island somewhere in the Big⋅Big⋅Picture that is inhabited by a tribe of beans, their hero, Mr. Spook, and their spiritual guardian and source of life, Gran’ma’pa. This book collects Beanworld shorts that were published here and there during Beanworld‘s long hiatus. (The original comic series ceased publication in the mid-1990′s, and Beanworld finally continued in 2009 with Remember Here When You Are There.) Most unusual for a Beanworld book, this one is in color. I don’t usually envision Beans as even having color, so this was a novel new way to experience the Beanworld.
And so, we’ve come to the end of the 2012 book backlog. As long as we’re on the topic of reading, I’ve decided to embark on the 2013 Sci-Fi Experience. Starting January 1 and lasting until February 28, I’ll be sharing all sorts of science fiction reading, television viewing, and movie watching. Well, all that I can manage, anyway.