Sunday, December 21, 2008

Graphic Novel Challenge

In 2008 I completed several challenges (The 1st Canadian Book Challenge, The Obscure Challenge, The Short Story Challenge, The Russian Reading Challenge, and The Shakespeare Reading Challenge). While I had fun with each, I wasn't exactly challenged. It's not to imply the requirements were too few, but basically I picked books I'd be reading anyway. I've always read Canadian, Shakespeare, and from the other categories listed above, so even had I not joined the challenges, my reading choices and habits wouldn't have looked any different. Next year, however, I'm truly going to be challenged. I'm joining the Graphic Novels Challenge. I've read only one book in my life that could even come close to being called a graphic novel: an anthology of works by Edward Gorey entitled Amphigorey. Nor was I really into comics as a kid. Joining this challenge should really broaden my horizons.

But not too much. Because it's my first foray into this genre, I'm working towards the bare minimum (6 books) and picking from what are probably obvious choices:

1. Art Spiegelman's The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale
2. Seth's It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken
3. Chester Brown's Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography
4. Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis Boxed Set
5. Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira: Book 1
6. Joe Sacco's Palestine

This list could change depending on availability. I'm none too keen on buying books and I'll be looking to borrow, borrow, borrow if at all possible. Plus, the Spiegelman and Satrapi books could technically count as 2 each, so I haven't quite decided how to use them yet. Wish me luck!


Beth F said...

I'm totally new, too. But I decided on 12. My niece and nephews are waiting impatiently for the books when I'm done! So I'll be extending my reading zone while giving the kids something to look forward to.

Dale said...

Sounds like fun. You might enjoy "Watchmen" or "Epilepric", both I enjoyed terrifically.

raidergirl3 said...

Good luck!
I read a few this year and enjoyed them. I read them fast since I scan at the best of times.
Maus and Persepolis was v. good.
I also like American Born Chinese.

The local library's copies of graphic novels are always lost. What does that say about patrons who borrow them?

Remi said...

The Seth and Chester Brown books are both good. I'm also partial to Joe Matt's stuff. It's all very autobiographical about a cartoonist living in a rooming house in Toronto who meets up with Seth and Chester Brown once in a while.

Dale said...

Maybe I was having a seizure, I meant to type "Epileptic".

John Mutford said...

Beth: 12's more ambitious than mine. Good luck!

Dale: I'd like to read Watchmen before the movie.

Raidergirl: I'll update you once I find out if our library has the same issue.

Remi: I read your review of It's A Good Life. Until then I just thought it was a Tragically Hip song.

Dale: I'd thought Epilepric was just another word I didn't know.

Olga said...

I agree with Dale—Epileptic is quite good. It's a thick graphic novel, but the story is well-written. It made me look at epilepsy in a totally different light.

Good luck in the challenge!