I’ve somehow managed to go to the library three times in the last two weeks: twice to return my interlibrary loan books and then one more time because they called me the day after my second visit to say a book I’d requested had just come in. Of course I took out more books every time! Here then is my loot:
On my first trip, I grabbed Barefoot Gen: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima and Barefoot Gen: The Day After by Keiji Nakazawa. I feel slightly apprehensive about these two, since they may be really hard to read. Has anyone else read them?
On my second trip, I grabbed Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection – 1987-1991 by Scott McCloud because my friend Michael had highly recommended it to me. What I’d forgotten is that this collection starts at issue 11; luckily Michael then lent me Zot!: Book 1, which contains issues 1-10. While looking for another McCloud book (which was supposedly in the library, although I didn’t find it this time around), I came across The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels by Danny Fingeroth and Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know by Paul Gravett. I’m hoping these two will both introduce me to new graphic novels and teach me a few things about how to get more out of reading them.
Finally, on my most recent trip to the library, I picked up The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs (which I’d requested based on Vanessa’s review) and found the McCloud book I’d been looking for: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art.