Friday, October 05, 2007

Give Me A List And Break My Bank


Again, no art, deal with it. I should be finishing X-men on Sunday...I can't wait, I'm going to shut the door to my studio for a week and you will get nothing...I'm kidding. I'm going to spend some time sketching outside of the studio so I will still be updating.

Ok, now onto the post. I asked everyone to recommend some books that they've enjoyed and I was shocked at the number of responses. I've been reading a lot of graphic novels lately, mainly things that I have just passed on over the years. Whether the free time wasn't there to read them or I just wasn't interested at the time, I missed a shit load of comics over the years. I've enjoyed what I've read for the most part, but still have not found something that has really shook me to the core. It's like everything almost gets there and then falls a little short. Maybe because comics are focused on an ongoing style of storytelling and it seems that there is never an ending. I never get paid off. Maybe after years of one story, the writer or artist isn't feeling it as much and just want to move on. I don't know the reason, I just feel that over the last year of me reading more comics, I'm starving for some more finite tales to spark my imagination. So, I've decided to give a little more time back to books.

So, I took a trip to Borders today with a list of books that you all and a few friends have recommended and fill a bag with whatever they had available. Before I went, I ran thru Amazon to get descriptions to make sure I like the subject matter and for the most part I was digging them all. I left out the Sci Fi stuff, not really my thing...at least for now. I also had to pick up a book for my lady (hmmm...I wonder which one) And you know I can't come home with out wasting more cash on movies to add the insanely large collection. Hey, it's all "research" right.

So pat yourselves on the back then take the Red line straight to hell for making me spend more money. You all should know I have a "buy too much shit" disease. Seriously though, thanks for taking the time to turn me on to these new books...that is if I like them. If I hate them, then fuck you all!!!! haha

s.

21 comments:

ragdoll80 said...

Hey Skottie, I am probably your biggest Jamaican fan, all your recommendations have been dead on so far so I'm sure these books will be worth the read. By the way dude,I am listening side bar as I type. Thanks for all di links, you rock. Keep posting cause you are my biggest inspiration at this point. Bless

Justin Castaneda said...

SWEET MAN! Glad you picked up "I Love You Beth Cooper" I just finished it and it was one of the funniest things I've read in a good long while. I also noticed the Hornby books. Good pics, even the movies are great. Speaking of movies, good on ya with 1408. Let me know how the director's cut is. Who ever isn't a John Cusack should be kicked in the nards.

L8R man.

COMIKXGUY said...
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Skottie Young said...

This comment was originally posted by COMIXGUY [I edited out the quotes]

this could be a big reason why comic books get no love from "civilians"?

i think this part sums up alot of what some old readers and on again / off again readers might be thinking too

they just need to put out more finite stories with 1 writer/1 artist and if it is a series keep going with that but have an actual ending

[note: to help keep the comments section an easy read, please try not to paste in copy from my blog post.]

Tannerama said...

After those Charlie Huston books you are so going to want to read all his other ones. Hank Thompson Trilogy is my favorite series of books maybe ever.

David Wilber said...

While I'll try and get you a list of a few awesome books over the next few days or so - in the meantime, you might want to think of looking at booksfree.com (or another comparable site) that's basically a netflix for books. My girlfriend found out about it a few months back and it's already saved us a ton of money.
Congrats on nearing the end of the X-Men run!

neil adams said...

High Fidelity is one of my favorite books (and movies). Also, the director's cut of 1408 has a more satisfying ending than the regular version. Good stuff!

Stephen said...

Hey Skottie. If you like "Kavalier and Clay" you should read "Men Of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book" by Gerard Jones. It's the story of the creation of DC's Big Three (Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman) as well as Mad Magazine, EC Comics, Marvel etc.

frank said...

Glad you pickd up the Huston stuff. You will blow through it in 3 days, seriously. Hornby is also awesome. A Long way Down is one of the best novels I've ever read.

murf said...

Give "Sonn I Will Be Invincible" a try. Quick, good read.

Enjoy your stuff.

murf said...

"Sonn?"

I meant "Soon."

Typing lessons for me; soon.

messytimbo said...

i've just finished one that i picked up a week a ago. it's just had a u.s release as one whole graphic novel. if you haven't already read it i highly recommend it!

it's called tekkonkinkreet ( it's also known as black and white)

the story is really deep. the art work is great as well, it's got a really 90's punk style to it.

i think that the art work alone is right up your street.

plus it's just been made into a film by studio 4oc, that i also recommend. though it's not as good as the comic.

Jan said...

Awesome. The Jim Butcher stuff is really really good. I basically worked my way through all the books in that series in about 2 months. Good stuff.

And Nick Hornby is my favorite author. You have some good books in front of you.

Jan

Anonymous said...

If a movie is $22 ON SALE, you know you're getting ripped off. You could have probably gotten those movies much cheaper at Best Buy or someplace else.

Michael H. Morris said...

That top row is gold, minus the one for the lady of course...though i've heard he's good in his own right, just not my bag.

if you like Beth Cooper check out "Apathy and Other Small Victories" you will love both.

Bear With A Tie said...

You picked up Storm Front, eh? If you like it...they get exponentially better as the stories progress. Storm Front was my least favorite of the books, but the audio, read by james marsters of Spike fame makes it a lot more entertaining, in my opinion. Jim Butcher was my recommendation..so I hope you enjoy!

Callen said...

High Fidelity is my favorite book of all time.

John said...

Skottie,

Do yourself a favor and pick up The Road and No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy. Both are incredible reads with The Road being my personal favorite.

Seriously. The Road will change your life. It's that good.

John said...

Ooh...I also meant to say that I've read I Am Legend and The Road is far superior.

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