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Are Comic Books…Cool?

Are Comic Books…Cool?

We are entering a new era where the ‘nerds’ on Big  Bang Theory are making top television ratings, countless blogs are recounting the weekly drama of HBO’s Game of Thrones and The Avengers is killing it at the box offices. Since when did this stuff become mainstream?
Well, whether or not you’re a fan or follower of the superheroes, there’s a lot more to gain in comics than just fighting bad guys. There’s something for everyone.

If you are interested in cultural or historical non-fiction, pick up the Persepolis series by Marjane Satrapi for a graphic, heartbreaking look into the Iranian revolution. Most people with an introductory knowledge of comics have heard of the award winning book Maus by Art Spiegelman and his approach to his father’s experience in the concentration camps of WWII. Joe Sacco, with over twenty years of journalism history has been reporting on war torn nations from Bosnia to Israel, including with his recent book Footnotes in Gaza.

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Lynda Barry, a college friend and associate of Simpson’s creator Matt Groening, has been mixing mediums and story telling for over 30 years. She is best known for her series Ernie Pook’s Comeek, as well as many biographical pieces, which Canadian publisher Drawn and Quarterly is looking to fully re-release. Another series which cannot go overlooked is Alison Bechedel’s Dykes to Watch Out For, a funny and awesome look at the daily lives of a ‘regular Joe’ group of lesbian friends. Perhaps following in this lineage comes the work of Vanessa Davis. Her diary like sketches and personal accounts complied in Davis’ latest book Make Me A Woman are whimsical, funny, and thoughtful.

Make Me A Woman by Vanessa Davis

I can’t leave off without mentioning indie comic’s own hero, Daniel Clowes. Most people remember or at least heard of Ghost World or Art School Confidential, both movies based off of Clowes’ comics. He is one of few such artists that have broken into Hollywood. Don’t let his dry humor and cynicism fool you, his attitude and sheer love for comics is obvious in his art, making it some of the most powerful work out there.

Wilson by Daniel Clowes

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Aidan Koch

Aidan Koch is an illustrator, artist, and writer. Her formative years were spent in the heart of the Puget Sound in Olympia, WA. Though Portland, OR has been her home base for some time, she always has an adventure around the corner.

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5:58PM PDT on Jun 7, 2012

Persepolis is amazing. I like the traditional comics and I love graphic novels. Great books can be read as comic books. I think it is good to encourage readers to enjoy literature, even though I think they can be appreciated on their own.

11:39AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Thanks for sharing

11:39AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Thanks for sharing

7:11AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Comics are pretty cool! Thanks!

10:39AM PDT on May 29, 2012

It's just another medium of expression, just like writing, just like music.

8:40AM PDT on May 22, 2012

I never understood why people considered comic books to be dorky or whatnot

5:23PM PDT on May 18, 2012

Thanks

10:43PM PDT on May 17, 2012

There are some many great webcomics around now! Pretty much something for everyone. As a geek, one of my personal favourites is xkcd, but any kind of quirky humour, love, everything is somewhere on the net!

5:04PM PDT on May 17, 2012

Yes they are! :)

8:57AM PDT on May 17, 2012

my husband and and son are huge comic nerds..i dabble.

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