James Hardiman Library Reading List

This is by no means an exhaustive link, please feel free to contact us and let us know if we’re missing something!

(NOTE: We’ve been made aware there are Asterix and Tintin comics available…)

Author: Eoin Butler Thornton

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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

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

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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 Comics – Library Location
All by Scott McCloud.


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