December 29, 2008

Nichole's List

Hi, I'm Nichole. This is my first book challenge, which I'm doing because Jenn invited me. 

I'm only going to do the Minor challenge since last semester of school left me with practically zilch in the time for leisure reading department (AGH!), and I'm not positive of what the next semesters of school will hold!

My library suddenly sprouted a small Graphic Novel section some months back (probably the new library director!), but it's very random. I picked up Sandman: Endless Nights because of it being Neil Gaiman, and I quite liked it. The middle-of-the-series collection of Sandman they had didn't interest me much though... there's a big difference in style between the two,and Gaiman's writing probably improved by Endless Nights. I've looked at a few others there, but since I can't recall anything specific, I guess they weren't noteworthy.

Here's my planned list:
1. The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
2. Clumsy - Jeffrey Brown
3. Blankets - Craig Thompson
4. The Plain Janes - Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
5. Fox Bunny Funny - Andy Hartzell
6. Abe: Wrong for All the Right Reasons - Glenn Dakin

December 28, 2008

Vasilly's List

Hey! I'm Vasilly from 1330v. I'm participating at the Doctorate level. Here's my list:

1 -11. Fables series by Bill Willingham
12. Mouseguard: Fall 1152 - David Peterson
13. Exit Wounds - Rutu Moran
14. Stuck Rubber Baby - Howard Cruse
15. Hellboy Library Edition Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction - Mike Mignola
16. V for Vendetta - Alan Moore
17. From Hell - Alan Moore
18. Flight Vol. 4 - Kazu Kibuishi
19. The Three Incestuous Sisters - Audrey Niffenegger
20. The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle - Jim Butcher
21. Glacial Period - Nicola De Crecy
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Hi everyone,
Sherrie from Just Books! Sorry, I haven't learned how to put links in my posts. Not that I haven't tried! I have, but just can't seem to get it! This is the address of my book blog:

I am doing the Doctorate Level

1. The Battle of Gettysburg - Michael Burgan
2. Young Riders of the Pony Express - Jessica Sarah Gunderson
3. Tiger Moth and the Dragon Kite Contest - Aaron Reynolds
4. Corpses and Skeletons - Rob Stone
5. Ancient Treasures - Rob Stone
6. Fantastic Fossils - Rob Stone
7. Babymouse - Jennifer L. Holm
8. Indiana Jones & The Spear of Destiny Vol. 1 - Elaine Lee
9. Indiana Jones & The Spear of Destiny Vol. 2 - Elaine Lee
10. Indiana Jones & The Spear of Destiny Vol. 3 - Elaine Lee
11. Indiana Jones & The Spear of Destiny Vol. 4 - Elaine Lee
12. The Dung Beetle Bandits - Aaron Reynolds
13. The Fortune Cookies of Weevil - Aaron Reynolds
14. Insect Ninja - Aaron Reynolds
15. Kung Pow Chicken - Aaron Reynolds
16. The Pest Show on earth - Aaron Reynolds
17. Billions of Bats: A Buzz Beaker Brainstorm - Scott Nickel
18. Robot Rampage: A Buzz Beaker Brainstorm - Scott Nickel
19. Backyard Bug Battle: A Buzz Beaker Brainstorm - Scott Nickel
20. Mad House: The Hardy Boys - Scott Lobdell
21. Identity Theft: The Hardy Boys - Scott Lobdell
22. The Ocean of Osyria: The Hardy Boys - Scott Lobdell
23. The Haunted Dollhouse: Nancy Drew - Stefan Petrucha
24. Writ in Stone: Nancy Drew - Stefan Petrucha

December 27, 2008

Jenn's List

Hi everyone. I'm Jenn and I have to confess right off the bat that this is my first ever book challenge! I got hooked on graphic novels when my boyfriend gave me Persepolis for Valentine's Day this past year. I'm going for the major level of participation, with twelve novels, since one per month seems like a thoroughly attainable goal. You're all sharing some great ideas so I expect my list will change (and expand) over time, but for now here are ten initial picks:

1. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes (one of my favorite movies, so about time I saw where it all began, right?)
2. The Sandman # 01 by Neil Gaiman (I'm a huge Gaiman fan but have never so much as peeked inside the cover of a Sandman novel!)
3.Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
4. Summer Blonde: Stories by Adrian Tomine
5. Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown (this one has been sitting on my shelf for a few months)
6. Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci (loved The Plain Janes!)
7. A Really Super Book About Squirrels by Graham Roumieu
8. At a Crossroads: Between a Rock and My Parents' Place by Kate T. Williamson
9. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
10. Box Office Poison by Alex Robinson

I can't wait to get started.

Carrie's list

Hi, everyone - I'm Carrie from Books and Movies. I "discovered" graphic novels in 2008, and enjoyed the ones I read very much, with Maus, Persepolis, American Widow, and 1602 standing out.

I'd love to try for the "major" level, but don't think I'll have time with all my other challenges. I'll stick to the "minor" level. Here are my graphic novels:

1. Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies (technically, this is a graphic memoir, but hey...)
2. Black: The Birth of Evil by Ted Dekker, adapted by Matt Hansen & Bob Strachan
3. Red: The Heroic Rescue by Ted Dekker, adapted by Matt Hansen & Bob Strachan
4. White: The Great Pursuit by Ted Dekker, adapted by Matt Hansen & Bob Strachan
5. Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes
6. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

My library has the first four titles, and my friend has title six, so at least I won't be purchasing any.

December 26, 2008

Olga's List

Hi everyone! I'm Olga from Get Thee to a Punnery! I'm really excited about this challenge. Not only is it unique, but it's also super-cool. I've been a fan of comics since I was a wee girl, overdosing on Asterix and Archie when I should have been studying instead. As I grew older, my tastes broadened, but comics (and graphic novels) have remained a huge part of my reading list.

Given that I'm fairly certain I'll do well at this challenge (not to toot my own horn or anything, I just really love graphic novels), I'm opting for the Major level. Here are my picks:

1. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
2. The Umbrella Academy: Vol. 1 by Gerard Way
3. Bottomless Belly Button by Dash Shaw
4. Watchmen by Alan Moore (re-read; it's been awhile since I've read it)
5. Too Cool to be Forgotten by Alex Robinson
6. The Sandman Vol. 1-? by Neil Gaiman (how many of them can I read in 2009?)
7. Mister Wonderful by Daniel Clowes
8. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
9. Loca: The Maggie and Hopey Stories by Jamie Hernandez
10. Berlin, Book Two: City of Smoke by Jason Lutes
11. Red Colored Elegy by Seiichi Hayash
12. Aya of Yop City by Abouet & Oubreri

Ambitious? Yes. Really fun? Most definitely. Some of these I have been dying to read for ages, though. Nothing like a challenge to finally cross them off my list! I thought about cheating and putting the two graphic novels I'm currently reading on the list, but I decided not to. There were too many choices as it were. I couldn't think of what to remove!

Here's to 2009—'the year of the graphic novel.

Kelly (Kailana's) List

Howdy folks! I put two names up there because right now I post as Kailana, but I plan to switch to Kelly for the new year... Anyway, I wasn't going to join this challenge because I don't have any graphic novels on my TBR pile right now. I got some for Christmas, though, so I changed my mind. I am going to do the minor level, just because I have to buy everything I read for the challenge, but I might read more!

My List:
1. Maus I: My Father Bleeds History
2. Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began
3. Fables: Legends in Exile
4. Fables: Animal Farm

December 23, 2008

Ali's List

Hi everyone! I'm cross posting this list at Worducopia. Glad to be joining you here! I'm so glad Laza is continuing this challenge that Dewey started. Thanks, Laza!

I'm doing the Minor level, though I reserve the right to move up later. ;-) I'm also combining this with my Diversity Rocks! challenge. If any of you want to combine the two as well, all it requires is to include one book by an author/artist of color. And I even have quite a few suggestions at the challenge site:

For the record, I just learned how to make an image into a link, right this very minute. :::Patting myself on the back:::: So, click on it, because you can! (Just kidding. But Laza suggested I could plug the other challenge here, so there it is).

OK, so here's my list:

1. Incognegro, by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece (Counts for Diversity Rocks because the author is African American)
2. Janes in Love, by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg (because I loved The Plain Janes )
3. Embroideries (because I really liked Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis; this also counts for Diversity Rocks because she's Iranian)
4. Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston. (Tamaki's Skim was well-loved by many and I thought it was just okay, so I'm compelled to try another by her to see if I like it better. And it also counts for Diversity Rocks, because she's Asian Canadian)
5. Maus, by Art Spiegelman (because it's waiting for me at the library...or at least, it was, until the library closed for 3 days due to snow and my hold expired! So it may be a while, I guess!)
6. Aya by Marguerite Abouet & Clément Oubrerie (because I needed one more. I found this on Boston Bibliophile--Marie is a great source for unique graphic novels!--and it also fits for Diversity Rocks because the authors are from the Ivory Coast).

I'm looking forward to sharing graphic novel info with you all!


CafeShree's List

Hi everyone. I did this challenge last year and got hooked on graphic novels. This time around I'm going for the doctorate level. Here's my list so far:

Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way
Scalped: Casino Boogie by Jason Aaron
Scalped:Dead Mothers by Jason Aaron
Witchblade by Ron Marz
Madame Mirage by Paul Dini
Rogue Angel by Barbara Randall-Kessel
DMZ: Friendly Fire by Brian Wood
DMZ: Hidden War by Brian Wood
Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
Wormwood by Ben Templeton
Sandman: Brief Lives by Neil Gaiman
Sandman: Worlds’ End by Neil Gaiman
Sandman: the Kindly Ones by Neil Gaiman
Sandman: The Wake by Neil Gaiman
Sandman: Endless Nights by Neil Gaiman

I'll be looking here for more suggestions.

December 21, 2008

Jessi's List

Hey, everyone! I'm a big fan of comics and graphic novels, so I chose the Doctorate level. This list is cross-posted on my blog, casual dread.

Here's my list so far:
1. V for Vendetta, Alan Moore
2. 300, Frank Miller
3. The Hard Goodbye, Frank Miller
4. A Dame to Kill For, Frank Miller
5. The Big Fat Kill, Frank Miller
6. That Yellow Bastard, Frank Miller
7. Family Values, Frank Miller
8. The Doll's House, Neil Gaiman
9. Dream Country, Neil Gaiman
10. Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman
11. A Dream of You, Neil Gaiman
12. Fables and Reflections, Neil Gaiman
13. Brief Lives, Neil Gaiman
14. World's End, Neil Gaiman
15. The Kindly Ones, Neil Gaiman
16. The Wake, Neil Gaiman
17. A People's History of American Empire, Howard Zinn
18. Palestine, Joe Sacco
19. Death: The Time of Your Life, Neil Gaiman
20. Death: The High Cost of Living, Neil Gaiman
21. Blue Monday: Thieves Like Us, Chynna Clugston
22. Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen, John Layman
23. Coraline: The Graphic Novel, Neil Gaiman
24. The Dangerous Alphabet, Neil Gaiman

As you can see, I'm a big fan of Neil Gaiman. :) It's about time I got around to reading the rest of the Sandman series...

John's Initial Choices

(Cross-posted at The Book Mine Set)

In 2008 I completed several challenges (The 1st Canadian Book Challenge, The Obscure Challenge, The Short Story Challenge, The Russian Reading Challenge, and The Shakespeare Reading Challenge). While I had fun with each, I wasn't exactly challenged. It's not to imply the requirements were too few, but basically I picked books I'd be reading anyway. I've always read Canadian, Shakespeare, and from the other categories listed above, so even had I not joined the challenges, my reading choices and habits wouldn't have looked any different. Next year, however, I'm truly going to be challenged. I'm joining the Graphic Novels Challenge. I've read only one book in my life that could even come close to being called a graphic novel: an anthology of works by Edward Gorey entitled Amphigorey. Nor was I really into comics as a kid. Joining this challenge should really broaden my horizons.

But not too much. Because it's my first foray into this genre, I'm working towards the bare minimum (6 books) and picking from what are probably obvious choices:

1. Art Spiegelman's The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale
2. Seth's It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken
3. Chester Brown's Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography
4. Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis Boxed Set
5. Katsuhiro Otomo's Akira: Book 1
6. Joe Sacco's Palestine

This list could change depending on availability. I'm none too keen on buying books and I'll be looking to borrow, borrow, borrow if at all possible. Plus, the Spiegelman and Satrapi books could technically count as 2 each, so I haven't quite decided how to use them yet. Wish me luck!

December 20, 2008

Beth's List

Thanks for hosting Laza! My full post is on my blog, Beth Fish Reads. I'm joining at the major level, which is 12 books. I've picked only 6 so far.

1. Nancy Drew #1: The Demon of River Heights by Stefan Petrucha (W) and Sho Murase (A)
2. Artemis Fowl: The Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin (W) and Giovanni Rigano (A)
3. Bone #1: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith (W, A)
4. Bone #2: The Great Cow Race by Jeff Smith (W, A)
5. Amulet #1: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi (W, A)
6. Mouse Guard #1: Belly of the Beast by David Petersen (W, A)

*W = writer (author); A = artist.

I'll be posting reviews here and on my blog. Can't wait to start!

Alea's List

Hi everyone! I've decided to go with the Doctorate level based on what I have to read (i really hope i can do it!) I'm taking the term graphic novel a bit loosely to include some anthologies, smaller comic books and an illustrated zine anthology that I want to read. Here is where I posted the list on my own blog. I definitely can't wait to start this and see what everyone else is reading!

1. 32 Stories by Adrian Tomine
2. At A Crossroads: Between A Rock and My Parents Place by Kate T. Williamson
3. Best American Comics 2008 edited by Lynda Barry
4. Delayed Replays by Liz Prince
5. Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man by John Porcellino
6. Breaking Up by Aimee Friedman
7. French Milk by Lucy Knisley
8. Funeral of the Heart by Leah Hayes
9. Girl Stories by Lauren Weinstein
10. Invincible Summer Volume 2 by Nicole J Georges
11. Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci
12. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware
13. Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Daniel Clowes
14. Little Things: A Memoir in Slices by Jeffrey Brown
15. Mome Vol. 10 Winter/Spring 2008 edited by Gary Groth
16. The New York Four by Brian Wood
17. Nothing Better: No Place Like Home by Tyler Page
18. Ojingogo by Matt Forsythe
19. Pussey! by Daniel Clowes
20. A Year in Japan by Kate T. Williamson
21. Watchmen 
22. Unlovable by Esther Pearl Watson
23. The Lagoon by Lilli Carre
24. Romeo and Juliet by Esther Pearl Watson

December 19, 2008

Laza's List

Ok, I'm going to go for the doctorate, which is 24 graphic novels. Here is a list of some I think I want to read:

  1. Cages, Dave McKean
  2. Berlin: Book One, Jason Lutes
  3. Berlin: Book Two, Jason Lutes
  4. Jar of Fools, Jason Lutes
  5. Mother, Come Home, Paul Hornschemeier
  6. Violent Cases, Neil Gaiman
  7. Mr. Punch, Neil Gaiman
  8. The Books of Magic, Neil Gaiman
  9. The Contract with God Trilogy, Will Eisner
  10. Ghost World, Daniel Clowes
  11. Epileptic, David B.
  12. Paul Auster's City of Glass, Paul Karasik
  13. The Alcoholic, Dean Haspiel
  14. Blue Pills, Frederik Peeters
  15. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam
  16. Cairo, Willow Wilson
  17. Fables Vol. 11
  18. Sandman Vol. 1 and 2 (possibly more?)
I'll always be on the lookout for more. :)

December 18, 2008

Challenge Button

Ok, so I'm new at this, but here is what I came up with. I hope you all like it. It's basically just a picture of some of the graphic novels I own. (My collection isn't very extensive, they are so expensive.)

December 17, 2008

What Should I Read?

Don't know what graphic novels to choose? Check out Dewey's former Graphic Novel Challenge blog for great ideas and reviews.

Also, I've posted some "top" lists in the left-hand sidebar. Or, you can check out some of my posts here.

**Editor's Note: "Graphic Novel" can include anything graphic in book form as far as I'm concerned. So traditional comics, manga, etc. all count. If you have any lists of these other types, please let me know, I'll add it to the blog. I'm definitely no expert, I need all the input I can get. :) Thanks!

Challenge Rules

Here are the rules:

1. Choose a level of participation:

Minor: Read 6
Major: Read 12
Masters: Read 18
Doctorate: Read 24

2. Challenge begins Jan 1, 2009 and ends Dec 31, 2009. You may join at any point during the year.

3. Can I Overlap? Titles may overlap with any challenges and your list can change at any time.

4. Join the Blog!

Leave a comment expressing your interest in the challenge and shoot me an email at gimmemorebooks10 at gmail dot com and I will add you as an author of the blog. Also, send me your blog address and I'll add you to the blog roll.

Once you're added, come back and leave a post introducing yourself and listing your possible choices. Feel free to link back to your blog as much as you want!

As far as posting goes, I don't really mind how you want to set it up. Label your posts and mark them as a review, if that is the case. Let's be creative.