Saturday, March 11, 2006

Up Early on a Saturday

last night, phillip and i went out with some friends for dinner. they took us to a greek restaurant on Eat Street, but i can't remember the name of it. i had crab and artichoke dip. it was delicious. they hung out at our place till about 11:30, and i was intending to go to bed as soon as they left, but i got sucked into playing Super Mario Brothers on my gameboy. so i didn't get to bet till 1:30.

and now i'm wide awake at 9:30 on a saturday. sheesh.

i've been reading a lot of graphic novels as of late. i don't know why. actually, yes i do. the walker library has them out in full view as soon as you walk over to the "new fiction" section, so i'm temporarily blinded by their fancy color schemes and awesome pictures. i ended up checking out two when i was there last week: Summer of Love and The Best of American Splendor.

Summer of Love wasn't bad. i read it in about 20 minutes. i didn't like the color scheme so much. it was a three color print of black, orange, and green, which was kind of hard on the eyes. but i did sort of relate to the angst that the main character, lily, was going through, as far as boys, social awkwardness, and having an "annoying" family is concerned. even though it takes place in the 60s, i think girls today can relate.
i just started American Splendor. i loved the movie adaptation of harvey pekar's comics/life. but i'm also a huge fan of robert crumb, so that helped out a lot. it also helps that i like to read books/comics about people's angst and self loathing. i think it makes my life look a whole lot brighter. i'm only about 20 pages into the book, but i like it so far. of course, my favorite character is tobe radloff, hands down. how could one person be so nerdy, that's what i want to know?
if anyone has any recommendations for some interesting graphic novels, please leave a comment. although i should say that i'm not into fantasy, sci-fi, and i refuse to even touch a japanese comic, even if it saves my life.

8 comments:

Jessi said...

Have you read Neil Gaiman's Sandman series?

Honey Bunny said...

jessi-

no, because i'm not into sci-fi or fantasy. sorry...i just can't get into it.

Clurg said...

Black Hole by Charles Burns. It does have a sexually transmitted plague so that might not be for you.

You might like Persepolis.

City of Glass is really good.

Maus if you haven't read it--although the characters are animals so that may be too fantasy for you. Then again, it's about the Holocaust.

Most anything by Dan Clowes or Chris Ware is worth a read.

Renee French and Hope Larson are really good, too, but might also fall into that fantasy category.

I guess I'll stop there.

Clurg said...

Or not.

One of the most important guys doing "real world" comics combined with reporting is Joe Sacco.

Jessi said...

That's so funny, I never would have considered it fantasty, because I'm not into that either. But I guess it is. Sorry!

Honey Bunny said...

Clurg! where you been!?!

thanks for those titles. i will look into them. and i don't mind the STD plague. stuff like that doesn't bother me. hell, i read The Gas by charles platt in '96 (it's banned in the UK and other nations. i had to special order it and wait months for it to come in a sealed package). you can read my review on amazon if you want. it's listed under "slickkat", my now defunct screen name.

Honey Bunny said...

jessi-

no worries! i've tried reading some of his stuff, but just couldn't get into it.

Honey Bunny said...

oh, and i have read maus...a long, long time ago.