Archive for the ‘Reading List’ Category

Last Monday, actor, director, writer, debutante and all round tall guy, Shaun Leonard, took time out of his busy schedule (scraping ceilings) to drop into our weekly meeting to drop a few superhero knowledge bombs on all of us. I now profess myself as something of a no-cape zone, but found myself very pleasantly caught up in Shaun’s sheer enthusiasm for all things traditional. Admitting that not all Marvel comics are a safe bet for a good read, Shaun took us through 5 of his personal favourite Marvelisms. For those of you unable to attend last Monday, we’ve captured this list for your future reading pleasure:



The wonderful and lovely (not SHOUTING. never SHOUTING) Matt Burke came to visit ComicSoc’s Monday meeting tonight, and schooled us all in a world of comic books (most of us) had unheard of – til now. We hope very shortly to have Matt’s mellifluous tones and accompanying presentation online for you all to see and hear, but in the mean time, here’s his list:

And now….the presentation:

James Hardiman Library – Comic Reading List

Posted: September 19, 2011 by comicbooksociety in Committee Contribution, Reading List

This literally just in. Eoin Butler Thornton, being the fearless discoverer of information that is required of him, recently discovered a small amount of essential comic book reading material available in the library. Here follows a short list

Alan Moore & Dave GibbonsWatchmen, Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons:
This graphic novel is perhaps one of the most influential graphic novels of all time and the only one to make it on to the Times 100 Best Books of the 20th Century.

Link to Library Availability Page



Batman: Year One, Frank Miller & Dave Mazzuchelli:
An essential starting point for wannabe contemporary Batman Fans, follows Miller’s reinvention of a darker, more realistic Gotham. Fans of Batman Begins may see comparisons.

Link to Library Availability Page



Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Frank Miller:
Miller’s original reinvention of the Batman universe shows Batman coming out of retirement to combat new threats to Gotham.

Currently on order



A Contract With God
, Will Eisner:
Often dubbed the first graphic novel ever written, this book will never let you forget the address 55 Dropsie Avenue with its simple stories of human life in the pre-war Bronx.

Link to Library Availability Page



Blankets, Craig Thompson:
This simple story of childhood, growing up and a first love showcases a perfect synthesis between words and pictures. Highly recommended.
Also recommended reading, a review of Blankets from our former auditor, Matt Burke – LINK!

Link to Library Availability Page

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
, Chris Ware:
This graphic novel tells the story of a father and son and what a little courage can do to a seemingly desperate and awkward separated family.

Link to Library Availability Page


V for Vendetta, Alan Moore & David Lloyd:
This political thriller, massively different to the simplified and sanitised movie adaptation, dwells on Anarchism Vs Fascism and was a response to the Thatcherism that ruled in Britain at the time of its publishing.

Link to Library Availabilty Page






Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi:
This book is the equivalent of The Diary of Anne Frank for Tehran during the Iran-Iraq War. Only Book 1 is available.

Link to Library Availability Page



One Bad Rat
, Bryan Talbot:
A young girl runs away from home and follows the path of her favourite author, Beatrix Potter.

Link to Library Availability Page



Logicomix: An Epic
Search For Truth, Apostolos Doxiadis & Christos Papdimitriou & Alecos Papadatos:
This graphic novel focuses on Bertrand Russel and the struggle for the so-called ‘’foundational quest’’ in Mathematics.

Link to Library Availability Page


Jar Of Fools, Jason Lutes:
This is the story of a down-and-out magician who struggles to get his life back on track after the drowning of his escapist brother.

Link to Library Availability Page



Ghost World
, Daniel Clowes:
What happens when a friendship becomes so close, exclusive and insular that those involved start shutting themselves off from everyone else?

Link to Library Availability Page


Sin City: Chapter IV – That Yellow Bastard
, Frank Miller:
It is what you think it is.

Link to Library Availability Page




Hard Boiled, Frank Miller & Geoff Darrow:
Think Blade Runner, but on lotsa lotsa steroids.

Link to Library Availability Page 




Also, some great books on Comic Books:

Comics And Sequential Art, Will Eisner. – Library Location

Understanding Comics, The Invisible Art – Library Location
Making Comics – Library Location
Reinventing ComicsLibrary Location
All by Scott McCloud.

This has been brought to you, the reader, as part of a new continuing series of reading lists. Personally, I’m running out to grab Hard Boiled first, just one of you try and stop me!