I’ve never really been into comics. The comics published by Marvel and DC never really appealed to me. I’ve been working around books for the past 10 years and someone always tried to convince me to give them a try, and I would hold firm. Manga never really appealed to me either.
This means that I am relatively new to comics and their library friendly counterparts, graphic novels. I didn’t read my first one until I was in grad school (Fray by Joss Whedon) and the only reason I started reading comics was because Buffy the Vampire Slayer was doing a season 8 via comics. All that changed this past year.
A friend suggested I read The Goon by Eric Powell. I loved it. It’s definitely not for everyone, but it’s hilarious and soon found myself reading all 9 volumes in less than a month. Soon I was hungry for more non-mainstream comics. Then I was reading Chew by John Layman and am currently making my way through Hellboy and B.P.R.D by Mike Mignola. In addition to all of the above being great reads, all authors have won Eisner Awards for their works in Goon, Chew and Hellboy.
Do you have any “off beat” graphic novels that I should check out? I’m always on the look out for new stuff!