Resources: Below you will find a list of books and videos that I think are useful for those new to the medium, as well as those who would like to gain a deeper understanding of it. With that said, this list is by no means complete and will be added to as I discover new sources of information.
Essays: Below you will find a list of comic book/graphic novel related essays I think are well written and insightful. If you would like your essay or article included, PLEASE leave a comment on this page, because I am always looking to read and share new and interesting material.
- Very interesting essay on Batman and the Joker’s relationship: “Hannah Barbera Presents”
- A discussion of realism and superheroes in Alan Moore’s Watchmen: “Who Watches the Watchmen?
- An exploration of the difference between comics and graphic novels: “Comics Vs. Graphic Novels: Semantic Showdown”
- A great essay for those new to comics about how to tackle this exciting medium: “Oh the Comics You’ll Read”
- Fantastic, albeit long and very academic, essay concerning politics and panel space in “The Dark Knight Returns”:“Breaking the Frame: Political Acts of Body in the Televised Dark Knight”
Recommended Reading: Below you will find a list of monthly and collected works that I or other comic enthusiasts and scholars recommend. As with the other lists on this page, it will be continually updated.
Graphic Novels/Self Contained Works
- Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
- Will Eisner’s The Contract with God Trilogy: Life on Dropsie Avenue
- R. Kikuo Johnson’s Night Fisher
- Jeff Lemire’s Essex County
- David Mazzucchelli’s Asterios Polyp
- Frank Miller’s Batman: Year One
- Frank Miller’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
- Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta
- Alan Moore’s Watchmen
- Grant Morrison’s We3
- Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
- Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Survivor’s Tale
- Jacques Tardi’s Like a Sniper Lining Up His Shot
- Andrian Tomine’s Shortcomings
- Brian K. Vaughn’s Pride of Baghdad
“The Manhattan Projects”