Randall Munroe

Underdog Literature, February 2012: 15 fresh or artsy, off-the-wall titles

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Here are 15 graphic novels that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention:

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01: GREG RUCKA, „Stumptown“, 144 pages, 2011.

02: KEN DAHL, „Monsters“, 200 pages, 2009.

03: BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, „Fortune and Glory: A True Hollywood Comic Book Story“, 136 pages, 2000.

04: ALEX ROBINSON, „Box Office Poison“, 602 pages, 2001.

05: YOSHIHIRO TATSUMI, „A Drifting Life“, 856 pages, 2009.

06: GIPI, „Notes for a War Story“, 128 pages, 2006.

07: SARAH LEAVITT, „Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, my Mother and me“, 127 pages, 2010.

08: ANDERS NILSEN, „Don’t go where I can’t follow“, 244 pages, 2007.

09: EMMANUEL GUIBERT, „The Photographer“, 288 pages, 2003.

10: PAUL HORNSCHEMEIER, „Mother, come home“, 128 pages, 2003.

11: MANU LARCENET, „Ordinary Victories“, 128 pages, 2003.

12: FUMI YOSHINAGA, „Ooku: The Inner Chambers“, 216 pages, 2009.

13: PETER MILLIGAN, „Enigma“, 208 pages, 1995.

14: EROYN FRANKLIN, „Another glorious Day at the Nothing Factory“, 206 pages, 2009.

15: JONATHAN HICKMAN, „The Nightly News“, 154 pages, 2007.

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Here are three books that got great reviews, but left me disappointed:

01: AMIR; KHALIL, „Zahra’s Paradise“, 272 pages, 2011.

02: RAINA TELGEMEIER, „Smile“, 224 pages, 2009.

03: FUMIYO KOUNO, „Town of evening calm, country of cherry blossoms“, 104 pages, 2004.

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…and finally, here are seven books that I read – and that were really good:

1: 4 of 5 stars: JASON SHIGA, „Empire State: A Love Story (or not)“, 144 pages, 2011.

2: 4 of 5 stars: JASON SHIGA, „Bookhunter“, 144 pages, 2007.

3: 4 of 5 stars: JEFFREY BROWN, „Clumsy“, 224 pages, 2003.

4: 4 of 5 stars: JOE KELLY, „I kill Giants“, 184 pages, 2009.

5: 4 of 5 stars: PHILIP GELATT, „Petrograd“, 248 pages, 2011.

6: 4 of 5 stars: RANDALL MUNROE, „xkcd: Volume 0“, 120 pages, 2009..

7: 5 of 5 stars: FÁBIO MOON; GABRIEL BÁ, „Daytripper“, 256 pages, 2011. [best read of 2011, I’ve wrote about it here (German, Link)]

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XKCD: The best Comics about Love / Romance

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The nerdy, clever and incredibly diverse / ecclectic „XKCD – a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language“ (Link) is one of my favorite web-based comic strips. It’s been around since 2005, and there are more than a thousand strips, so far.

There’s also a fun print edition. Here’s the Amazon.de page (Link)!

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Last fall, I went through the 1000-odd strips and picked my favorites.

Here are 29 picks… about romance / love. Enjoy!

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http://xkcd.com/58/: Why do you love me?

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http://xkcd.com/112/: Baring my Heart:

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http://xkcd.com/150/: Grownups:

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http://xkcd.com/165/: Turn Signals

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http://xkcd.com/201/: Christmas GPS

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http://xkcd.com/275/: Thoughts

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http://xkcd.com/300/: Facebook:

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http://xkcd.com/310/: Commitment:

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http://xkcd.com/314/: Dating Pools:

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http://xkcd.com/333/: Getting out of Hand:

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http://xkcd.com/355/: Couple:

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http://xkcd.com/387/: Advanced Technology:

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http://xkcd.com/400/: Important Life Lesson:

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http://xkcd.com/414/: Mistranslations:

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http://xkcd.com/449/: Things fall apart:

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http://xkcd.com/458/: Regrets:

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http://xkcd.com/523/: Decline:

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http://xkcd.com/605/: Extrapolating:

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http://xkcd.com/634/: Date:

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http://xkcd.com/650/: Nowhere:

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http://xkcd.com/674/: Natural Parenting:

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http://xkcd.com/698/: You hang up first:

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http://xkcd.com/791/: Leaving:

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http://xkcd.com/817/: Mutual:

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http://xkcd.com/833/: Convincing:

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http://xkcd.com/943/: Empirical:

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http://xkcd.com/946/: Family Decals:

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and my favorite:

http://xkcd.com/642/: Creepy:

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http://xkcd.com/40/: Light:

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It’s hard to believe that the author of xkcd, Randall Munroe (Link), was born in 1984. He’s insightful, acerbic and sounds wise for his age.

It helps that he’s married… and ready to address the more complicated / existential sides of life (Link) if it helps the quality of his work.

I might post other selections of xkcd strips later on. Let me know your personal favorites, too!

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