Library Comic & Graphic Novel Haul

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Library comic and graphic novel book haul: William Goldsmith, Russ Kick, Ben Gijsemans, Scott McCloud, and John Martz

After finally returning a large amount of books and films I knew I wasn't going to consume to work, I picked out a few things from our comics and graphic novel section that I've either had my eye on for a while or liked the look of the art. It's been a while since I've read a graphic novel that I hadn't heard of before so I'm excited to experience, maybe, some less popular titles.

Destination X - John Martz (2013, Nobrow Press) -- A tiny comic set in space. I know nothing about this but the art is adorable and I'm excited to get stuck in.

Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionising an Art Form - Scott McCloud (2000, William Morrow Paperbacks) -- Published in 2000, it will be interesting to see how much things have changed regarding comics since then. I'm expecting a lot. I've read McCloud's Understanding Comics (as well as his beautiful fiction piece, The Sculptor) so naturally it's time for me to pick up the next book in this non-fiction series. I've also met McCloud, so that's cool. /brag

Hubert - Ben Gijsemans (2016, Jonathan Cape) -- I'm now a bit nervous about this one after seeing Jean from Jean's Bookish Thoughts rating it with one star on Goodreads. I was drawn in my the art and lack of dialogue, so it's looking like a quick read. I believe this tells the story of a lonely man who spends his day wandering art galleries.

Vignettes of Ystov - William Goldsmith (2012, Penguin Random House) -- More stunning art. This graphic novel contains vignettes of a fictional city called Ystov. It looks a bit dark and mysterious, but with a lot of human emotion and experiences.

(Not pictured because it was too heavy to carry home with the rest) The Graphic Canon, Vol. 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liasons - ed. Russ Kick (2012, Seven Stories Press) -- This has been on my Amazon wishlist for years. The Graphic Canon is a series of anthologies containing extracts from various comic and graphic novel adaptations of works of literature. Flicking through this copy as I took it off the shelf I could see a section reprinted from a graphic novel of The Odyssey that I've actually already read and enjoyed. If anything this will be a fun way to discover new things to read.

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