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Book Club: Next Round of Books

Help pick our next books. What you do want to read next?

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Alice / February 14, 2007 10:03 AM

One of the things we were thinking about is reading a graphic novel this summer, but which one? Something by Jessica Abel? Chris Ware? Daniel Clowes? Jeffrey Brown? Someone else?

JT Helms / February 19, 2007 3:31 PM

I recently got Chris Ware's Acme Novelty Library for Valentines, and I can easily say it's among my favorite gifts I've ever received. I've always appreciated Ware's work visually, but I had never actually read any of his graphics. There is a slight learning curve, but once you connect with his story-telling tendencies, it amount of emotion revealed in the content is sometimes overwhelming. No graphic novel has had me laughing this hard and feeling so heartbroken. I couldn't put it down once I started.

So I would highly recommend this book, as it served as a great primer for me, being someone who had never read Ware's work. I think the short story snippets (most are only a page long) give a great understanding of the world he has created on paper.

I'm not too familiar with the other people's work you mention, but I'll be looking them up for sure.

Alice / February 20, 2007 10:55 AM

Yes, Ware's books are visually beautiful. We have several of his books in my library, and every time we get a new one, I can't stop myself from flipping though them and just admiring them.

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