I'm very excited to be starting my Graphic Novels and Comics class that I'm taking as part of my MLS. The last time I took a lit class, several of you wanted to see the reading list, so I thought I'd share the graphic novels I'll be reading over the next three weeks (yep-it's a three week summer class-I'm going to be busy!) I've kept in my professor's annotations for more info.
1. Understanding Comics. by Scott McCloud
2. Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections, by Steve Miller.
Graphic Novel Required Reading:
1. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale, by Art Spiegelman.- Pulitzer Prize winner that explores the life and family dynamics of a Holocaust survivor. Adult content.
2. Watchmen, by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. -- Eisner award winners present their classic story, a complex murder mystery that explores absolute power, love and the medium of comic books.Teen and adult content.
3. Persepolis: Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi. -- Written by one of the few women graphic novelists, explores a young girl's life under the Islamic Revolution. Teen and adult content.
4. Pedro and Me, by Judd Winick. -- Winick, a professional cartoonist pays tribute to his Real World housemate and friend Pedro Zamora, an AIDS activist and educator..
5. Choose one -- either a or b:
a. Stuck Rubber Baby, by Howard Cruse -- Eisner award winner, sets a story in the South in the early '60s and deals with homophobia, racism and gay culture. Adult content.
b. Cancer Vixen, by Marisa Acocella Marchetto. -- Cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto's graphic memoir about her battle with breast cancer.
6. Two other graphic novels of your choice, at least one must be manga, please.
We also have to do one comic/movie pairing and we get to choose from this list:
FILM: Frank Miller’s Sin City, 2005, Rated R, directed by Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez TEXT: Frank Miller's Sin City: The Hard Goodbye (1st or 2nd edition)
FILM: History of Violence, 2005, Rated R, directed by David Cronenberg
TEXT: History of Violence by John Wagner ISBN: 1563893673
FILM: American Splendor, 2003, Rated R, directed by Shari Springer and Berman Robert Pulcini TEXT: Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
FILM: Persepolis, 2008, Rated PG-13, directed by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud
TEXT: The Complete Persepolis ISBN 0375714839 or Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood AND Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return ISBN:
FILM: Elektra, 2005, Rated PG-13, directed by Rob Bowman
TEXT: Elektra The Movie Sean McKeever
FILM: Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, 2001, Rated PG-13, directed by Simon West
TEXT: Dan Jurgens and Andy Park’s Tomb Raider, Vol. 1 : Saga of the Medusa Mask (Paperback)
FILM: Astro Boy, 2009, Rated G, directed by David Bowers
TEXT: Astro Boy: Volumes 1&2
FILM: Fantastic Four, 2005, Rated PG-13, directed by Tim Story
TEXT: Essential Fantastic Four Volume 1 by Stan Lee
FILM: The Incredibles, 2004, Rated PG directed by Brad Bird
TEXT: Incredibles graphic novel by Brad Bird Dark Horse comics
Super Hero – Action
FILM: Iron Man, 2008, Rated PG-13, directed by Jon Favreau
TEXT: Ultimate Iron Man: Volume 1 Orson Scott Card
FILM: Spiderman 3, 2007, Rated PG-13, directed by Sam Raimi
TEXT: Spiderman the Birth of Venom by Jim Shooter
FILM: The Dark Night, 2008, rated PG-13, directed by Christopher Nolan
TEXT: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller
FILM: The Ring (Japanese or American Film), 2003, Rated PG-13, directed by Gore Verbinski
TEXT: The Ring Volume 1 by Hiroshi Takahashi
Should be fun-I'll let you know how the class goes! I'd love to hear suggestions of what you think I should read for the two I get to pick!