Comic Bookish People to Follow on Twitter

I spend a lot of time on Twitter, so, I follow a lot of people. People that I think are great. Particularly, I love following my curated feed of comic people. Not only are they hardworking and talented at their actual profession, but they’re funny, passionate, and seem to just have a drive to find and create good art.

Some of these people I’ve been following for a while, some are artists I’ve found because of the other artists that I follow. If you’re on Twitter, and you love comics, I think all of these people are worth your time.

This post is done as part of The Broke and Bookish Top Ten Tuesday.

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Books On My Fall To-Be-Read List

I looked at my summer to-be-read list, and saw that I only got to half of those books! Woops! Which is why you’ll see some repeats this go around. But I got through some of the nice big thick ones, and even an extra monster book, Words of Radiance, the second in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series, so I think I did pretty good.

Here’s what I think I’m going to read this fall — but we’ll see!

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. This fall is actually made a little easier, since there are some books coming out I’m looking forward to. One is Carry On, the oversized fanfaction that that Cath writes in Rowell’s Fangirl. I have to read this one, because if I don’t, I just failed as a version of my own self.

Ice Like Fire by Sarah Raasch. This is the sequel to Snow Like Ashes, a majorly fantastic YA fantasy. I devoured the first one, and I look forward to slurping this down when it comes out in October (right after Carry On!!)

Fairest by Marissa Meyer. This was there last time! But I really do need to read it, because in November I’ll have to get…

Winter by Marissa Meyer. The last book in the series! I can’t wait! Exclamation points!!

Saga volume 5 by Brian Vaughan. Saga is one of the greatest comics I’ve ever read. Period. Done. I only haven’t read it because I’m getting it through the library, and it hasn’t. Come. In. Yet. Blargh.

Jingo by Terry Pratchett. I actually got to Feet of Clay, and now I’m back on my Terry Pratchett / City Watch kick. Next bookstore stop, I’m grabbing this.

Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton. Kate Beaton is hilarious and smart and beautiful. I’m going to buy this one and it will sit so pretty next to Hark! A Vagrant.

These are the books I know I’m definitely going to read — I mean it! What’s in your pile?

 

This post is done as part of Top Ten Tuesday on The Broke and the Bookish.

Weekly Finds: Meditation, Running, and Lists

MeditationAsapSCIENCE is a fun science YouTube channel I follow, and this week they had a great video on meditation, if it works, and does it change your brain. (Yes to both.) Basically, meditation can make you more empathetic and less stressed out. I want to watch the video again, and also actually try to meditate.

I’ve been linking to Kate Beaton a lot on here lately, haven’t I? Well, let’s do it again! The latest series of comics she published on her website is about Tom Longboat, a Canadian Olympic marathon runner and World War I soldier. Having recently started running and being interested in reading about it I thought this was great, plus Beaton gave me another book I want to read.

Puke It Out
Yeah I’ll be sticking to jogging not marathons I think.

A writing friend posted a list of Books to Make You More Interesting. I’ve only skimmed it, but there are some cool books on there that I’d like to read, like Bad Feminist and Nabokov’s Speak, Memory, and even some that I’ve read and talked about, like Persepolis and Fun Home. Which I guess makes me already interesting? But I could be more interesting.

What do you think? Did you find anything awesome this week?

My Favorite Graphic Novels

Top Ten Tuesday this week is a freebie, and I decided to just keep it simple and list my favorite graphic novels, in no particular order.

  • How to be Happy by Eleanor Davis. I just finished reading this collection, and it instantly became one of my favorite things. Consisting of short stories ranging in length from a couple to several pages, they’re emotional, sweet, sad, and sometimes weirdly funny.
  • Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton. I love Kate Beaton. I think I’ve mentioned that? I her sketchy drawings, her differently but perfectly timed humor, and comics that center on history and literature. Really, she hits a lot of nerd buttons.
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. I read this for a literature class in college, and I’ve reread it a few times since. This was one of my first encounters with any writer from Iran, which helped develop better understanding and empathy for me.
  • Stitches by David Small. David Small is a children’s picture book illustrator, and those books are charming. This graphic novel, which recounts his childhood and bout of cancer that caused him  half his vocal chords, is haunting and hypnotic.
  • Scott Pilgrim by Brian Lee O’Malley. Funny, action packed nerdy, magical realism, so many video game references…I was glad I started collecting it before the final volume came out, just so I could take part in the excitement for its release.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa. Yeah, I’m not going to have a graphic novel list without this on it. This series took so many turns, and was heartbreaking and poignant pretty much all of the way. I became truly hooked early on, with a certain little girl, her dad, and her dog (readers, you know what I mean). On the surface it’s a nasty bit to have pulled me in, but for me it proved just how high the stakes were in this story.
  • American-born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. My first encounter with Yang’s work, and still my favorite. It tells three stories simultaneously, which seem to have nothing to do with each other, but then…
  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier. I cringed and sucked on my teeth when Raina shows us how she fell on her face and knocked out her two front teeth. But if you can get past the descriptions of her long-term dental work, this is a really great story about growing up. I think I cheered out loud when she finally tells off some truly awful friends.

  • Twin Spica by Kou Yaginuma. Here’s another manga series I love, and need to reread. Slightly science fiction, a little bit fantasy, it’s a story I felt slightly sad, slightly happy every time I went to it. Once I opened up a package with a new volume, and started reading on the floor — took me 20 minutes to remember to go sit in a chair.
  • Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. Another graphic memoir. What can I say, when they’re done right, I love these. Here, we get the story of her dad, a closeted gay man.

Those are some of my favorites! There are others I could have mentioned, and some I may have forgotten altogether, but these are books that have meant a lot to me, at least since I reached adulthood. What are your favorite graphic novels?

Twitter Comics

When I find an artist that I enjoy, I like to see if they have a Twitter account, then follow them, adding them to different lists so that I may better stalk them. A big reason I like to follow comic artists, aside from learning when new books they have are coming out, is to see random pieces of art they post online.

Faith Erin Hicks put up a bit of Sleepy Hollow fanart that was the final straw to get me to watch the show.

I love seeing what Natasha Allegri (creator of Bee and Puppycat) plops on her twitter, with her weird delightful humor and random sketches of her cat.

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Most recent, Kate Beaton from Hark! A Vagrant! put up several quick comics about this holiday season with her family, and though they’re messier than what she puts on her website (which is still a wonderful kind of messy) they remind me why I love her: raw rough art and humor that comes out of things happening rather than punchlines or awkward situations. She makes me think (in a perfectly flattering way, I assure you) that if I stopped being dumb and picked up my sketch pad again I could make my own random comics about my life and they wouldn’t be so completely horrible (probably a little horrible, but not completely).

Thank you, comic artists, for putting all your wonderful stuff on Twitter. I appreciate it so much.

I think I might go reread my Hark! A Vagrant! collection again.