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    I just finished reading "The Killing Joke" by Alan Moore

    I was blown away. There's some genius writing in there, and the artwork was amazing. I think it's one of the best paper depictions of The Joker yet. For a "graphic novel" that was released the year I was born, I can say it definitely stands the test of time. I'm also a big fan of Jhonen Vasquez's "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac", "Squee", and "I Feel Sick" series. So, does anyone else have anything to suggest along those lines?

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    Eh. I liked it (the song part was awesome), but I say that it's overrated.

    No clue what to recommend here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psychotime View Post
    Eh. I liked it (the song part was awesome), but I say that it's overrated.

    No clue what to recommend here.
    Imagine if the whole thing was done like this. What then?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa0R_2K9iec

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    Few, if any, can match Alan Moore.

    You might want to check out "Batman: Arkham Asylum" by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean.

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    Check out 'The Dark Knight Returns,' or 'Batman: Year One', by Frank Miller, and if you haven't read it after all the hype around the movie, 'Watchmen'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidmonk3j View Post
    Few, if any, can match Alan Moore.

    You might want to check out "Batman: Arkham Asylum" by Grant Morrison and Dave McKean.
    I would also recommend the game as well

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    I still have to order the Killing Joke, want to check the edition with the new coloring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mucky88 View Post
    Imagine if the whole thing was done like this. What then?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa0R_2K9iec
    Bleh. Maybe if it really was Hammil and not an imitator. How does that change anything, anyway?

    Quote Originally Posted by Portus View Post
    I still have to order the Killing Joke, want to check the edition with the new coloring.
    I like it better than the original, plus it's Bolland's intended colors, anyway.

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    I'll have to read this again some time. Last time I read it, I was around 12

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    Well, I just found out that my friend down the hall has "The Dark Knight Returns" by Frank Miller. I'll be reading that next. And I finished the new game a couple weeks ago. It's what turned me back on to my interest in the Joker. I might just order the entire animated series from Amazon purely for Mark Hammill.

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    Paul Pope's Batman Year 100 might be of interest.

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    Check out anything made by Alan Moore. Nuff said.

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    Actually I just discovered my local library has the entire Sandman series of graphic novels. I'm currently on number 4, "Season of Mists" and I have to say I've fallen completely in love with it. I've known about the series for quite some time now, having been a fan of Dave Mckean since the "Dust Covers" collection of Sandman covers he did rocked my world in college. However I always stayed away from the series for a couple of admittedly dumb reasons. The first being that I wasn't really sure where to start...there seemed to be a lot of it, of course a little bit of research would've cured this but that leads me to point two. I checked out a couple of the books and was largely disappointed by the art work inside so I just kind of wrote it off. (dumb...I know) Coming back to it now I have a much larger appreciation for the internal art and actually I think just reading the last few books has subconsciously improved my pen and ink work. Aside from that, the writing, and the concepts behind the book are just so fucking cool that the art almost seems like an aside. His incarnation of Death as a cute, largely upbeat, friendly little goth chick is also just too cool for words. It's also kind of funny seeing the early 90s clothes and hair styles in some of the stories.

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    If you like Death in the "Sandman series", you're going to love her in "The High Cost of Living".

    Also, if you want to -really- experience the possibilities of the medium, check out the seminal graphic novel "Cerebus" by Dave Sim...a 6000 pages long sustained narrative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squidmonk3j View Post
    If you like Death in the "Sandman series", you're going to love her in "The High Cost of Living".

    Also, if you want to -really- experience the possibilities of the medium, check out the seminal graphic novel "Cerebus" by Dave Sim...a 6000 pages long sustained narrative.
    Nice I actually checked that one out too, although I haven't gotten around to reading it.

    I've read bits a pieces of Cerebus, and I liked it, I've just never been sure where to start. (once again )

    Has anyone read Dave Mckean's graphic novel "Cages"? It's like 500 or so pages. That's another I've meant to get to and haven't yet.

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    America's Best Comics has a 5 dollar book contains a lot of previews/samples of titles from the publisher. Almost all of them have Alan Moore named on it. I found my copy at Forbidden Planet, NY. I would just search for Alan Moore on Amazon and buy as much as you can, period. The guy has god-like writing powers.

    As far as horror titles...I would also recommend "The Secret" by Mike Richardson. Pixu by Ba, Cloonan, others is also good.

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    well, that's Alan Moore for ya, ain't it? He's one of the few friggin lunatics out there, that can only be topped by their other works. That's why we say for Frank Miller for example: "Ronin was good, not as good as Sin City, but good". So is Dave McKean, he's a genius, Mignola off course, and in my opinion, the best of them all, Neil Gaiman. He's like the Midas of comics. Never, ever, have I read something of his and not be amazed...

    There are very few of these people's works I wouldn't reccomend. Check: V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, From Hell, the whole Sandman series, Hellboy, these are good enough to keep you busy for months.

    There are also many, many other great graphic novels and series of novels you could follow. Check for example Y: The Last Man, Fables, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Hellblazer. These are all ongoing stories. Flip through them at a comic store, pick the one that catches your eye.

    Sorry for the babbling, but names keep popping in. Skydoll, The History of Violence, anything from Enki Bilal if you can get your hands on it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cthogua View Post
    Nice I actually checked that one out too, although I haven't gotten around to reading it.

    I've read bits a pieces of Cerebus, and I liked it, I've just never been sure where to start. (once again )

    Has anyone read Dave Mckean's graphic novel "Cages"? It's like 500 or so pages. That's another I've meant to get to and haven't yet.
    The Cerebus saga is a linear narrative collected in 16 paperbacks, so I suggest you start at the beginning It -really- starts to reveal its potential in the story arc of "Jaka's Story", but part of the fun is following Mr. Sim's gradual mastery of the craft

    Cages is a small gem...playful, funny and serious comic about Art.

    If you haven't read them already, I'm fairly certain you'd like Grant Morrison's "The Invisibles" and "The Filth".

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