100 Graphic Novels in 100 Days
It seemed like a doable goal in December. I had lots of time! I made lists, I placed holds, and I read at my leisure. Now, it’s March 19, little more than a month until my deadline and only 38 graphic novels read and the race is on.
Can I do it? Can I read 62 graphic novels by April 26?
I did give myself a few rules for this challenge. First of all, the graphic novels have to be new to me, I’m not counting any graphic novels I have read in the past.
Second, I can’t just read a whole series, it has to be 100 individual graphic novels.
Third, I can read different books by the same author; Alan Moore’s Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: the Killing Joke, From Hell, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will count as separate entries.
Fourth, I must read as much of a mix as possible. I am reading different age levels, different subjects, new titles and older classics, and different formats (i.e.manga, comics etc.).
And finally, I am encouraging myself to read things I don’t really want to read. Except The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman; no one can convince me I need to read The Walking Dead.
Some of the books I have read so far…? Watchmen by Alan Moore. Watchmen was the only graphic novel to appear on Time’s 2005 “All-Time 100 Greatest Novels” list. The BBC described it as «The moment comic books grew up.” Watchmen, Maus, and The Dark Knight Returns are considered the beginning of the graphic novel/comic coming into the mainstream.
Watchmen is a story about superheroes, but not superheroes as we have come to know them. I was really dreading this book. It had a lot going against it. A dystopian/alternate future (although it’s set in the 80’s), it’s dark and depressing and I am coming to realize I am not a big fan of reading in the superhero genre.
Despite all this, Watchmen engaged me immediately and I wanted to keep reading, this book is a classic for a reason.
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang. This is a brand new graphic novel that is getting a lot of buzz. It’s the story of Prince Sebastian, who secretly loves dressing up in women’s clothing.
He meets Frances, a dressmaker with extraordinary talent, and together they try to help each other fulfill their dreams. I cried in my office when I read it over my lunch. It is so lovely: the story, the relationship between the two main characters, and the illustrations. I loved it all!
Bone by Jeff Smith. This is another classic. I recommend it to parents all the time for their kids, but had never read it.
When I started this challenge it was one of the first things I pulled off the shelves to read. Bone is the story of the three Bone cousins: Fone, Phoney and Smiley who are run out of Boneville after a bizarre money making scheme goes wrong, then get separated and lost in the forest.
So, I didn’t love this book and I was really annoyed at the story while I was reading it. Yet when I got to the end, I wanted more and I couldn’t quite understand why. There is humour and a mystery, and I will go back for more.
What will I be reading in the next 30 days…?
Giant Days by John Allison, Sweet Tooth by Jeff Lemire, Babymouse by Jennifer Holm, ElfQuest by Wendy Pini, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, March by John Robert Lewis, The Wicked and the Divine by Kieron Gillen, Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan, Locke and Key by Joe Hill, Ghost World by Daniel Clowes, Marvels by Kurt Busiek, and the list goes on.
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