Comic Challenge Completion

Since the beginning of October I have been taking part in a comic challenge of which I also host (at BA’s Reading Challenges) and today is the last day for it so I thought what better day than today to post my completion list?

Challenge Levels

  1. Pow! – Choose 5 comics to read
  2. Zoink! – Choose 10 comics to read
  3. Kerplunk! – Choose 15 comics to read
  4. Ka-Boom! – Choose 25 comics to read
  5. Holy Smokes! – Choose 35 comics to read
  6. Pow! – Choose 50 comics to read
  7. Bam! – Choose 75 comics to read

For non mix and match

  1. Graphics – Choose 40 graphic novels only to read
  2. Comics – Choose 40 comics only to read

I chose the Kerplunk level and these are the ones I read

  1. Warhammer 40K: Fire and Honour – Graham McNeil
  2. Godspeed: The Kurt Cobain Graphic – Barnaby Legg, Jim McCarthy, and Flameboy
  3. B.P.R.D. Hollow Earth and Other Stories – Mike Mignola
  4. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born – David, Furth, Lee, and Isanove
  5. The Great Gatsby: A Graphic Novel – Nicki Greenberg
  6. Vlad The Impaler: The Man Who Was Dracula – Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon
  7. The Crow: Flesh and Blood – James Vance & Alexander Maleev
  8. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives – Ed Brubaker & Bryan Talbot
  9. Alice in Wonderland: Campfire Graphic Novel – Lewis Helfand and Rajesh Nagulakonda
  10. Frankenstein: Campfire Graphic Novel – Lloyd S. Wagner and Naresh Kumar
  11. The Time Machine: A Campfire Graphic Novel – Lewis Helfand and Rajesh Nagulakonda
  12. Harry Houdini: A Campfire Graphic Novel – C.E.L. Welsh and Lalit Kumar Singh
  13. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter: The First Death – Laurell K Hamilton and Jonathon Green
  14. Dracula: An All Action Classic (Graphic Novel) – Michael Mucci, Ben Caldwell, and Bill Halliar
  15. The War of The Worlds (Graphic Novel) – Stephen Stern and Arne Starr

I enjoyed it, read some really good ones, and have found more to read later on. I’ll also be hosting a comic challenge for next year which runs throughout the year. Anyone can join in and you can find that on the reading challenges blog as well.

My Library Has Interesting Comics

So my comic challenge starts tomorrow (I know I keep going on about it enough hey?) and I decided to check out the library to see what they had. There’s some interesting stories that get turned into comics and graphic novels, but what surprised me is what I found at the library.

Of course there’s a whole lot of Batman, X-Men, and Superman comics at the library, none of which I borrowed because I had no idea where to start (if you’re a superhero comic reader and have a good idea input would be greatly appreciated), but I still ended up borrowing 15 comics and graphic novels (you can get up to 30 books from the library).

  1. The Wood Boy and The Burning Man by Raymond E Feist and Tad Williams – I borrowed this because I have heard of Feist, but never actually read his work.
  2. The Great Gatsby by Nicki Greenberg – Yep, The Great Gatsby, that’s actually adapted from the book. I have tried to read the book, but gave up and thought I might as well try the graphic novel which has some really nice art in it.
  3. Vlad The Impaler: The Man Who Was Dracula by Jacobson and Colon – Me = old school vampire lover and history buff. Enough said.
  4. Bram Stoker’s Dracula adapted by Mucci, Caldwell, and Halliar – Naturally I had to grab that one as well.
  5. The War of The Worlds adapted by Stern and Starr – I’m a Wells fan and am currently trying to collect every work by Wells so I have to check out graphic novels. I’d kick myself if I didn’t.
  6. Warhammer 40K: Fire and Honour – I like me some 40K. Haha geeky as…
  7. Bloodquest: The Eye of Terror Trilogy – Another 40K one.
  8. Daemonifuge: Heretic Saint – And another one.
  9. Warhammer: The Call of Chaos – I’ve never actually read or checked out Warhammer (not 40K, just Warhammer) before, but when I saw this I thought I might as well check it out.
  10. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born – The graphic novel of Stephen King’s novel which I didn’t really like, but I thought might be more enjoyable for me in a graphic novel.
  11. The Crow: Flesh and Blood by Vance and Maleev – The Crow never did it for me, but I’m curious enough. Plus it’s a female crow, not male so it’s not following the traditional story.
  12. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter: The First Death by Hamilton, Green, and Alves – I have a mate who is a Hamilton fan and although I question whether her books are up my alley I was always curious. I knew there was a graphic novel version out there so I grabbed this one when I saw it.
  13. B.P.R.D: Hollow Earth and Other Stories – I picked this one up because I saw the name Mike Mignola on it (of Hellboy fame) and he has also written The Amazing Screw-On Head which I really want a copy of.
  14. The Sandman Presents: The Dead Boy Detectives by Brubaker and Talbot – Little ghost detectives! How could I not? The art on the front was also intriguing. I’m a sucker for intriguing art.
  15. Last, but so not least, and the most surprising – Godspead: The Kurt Cobain Graphic Novel by Legg, McCarthy, and Flameboy – How could I pass that one up? It’s a graphic novel about Kurt Cobain for bucks sake. Kurt Cobain! And at my library to boot.

I plan on posting about each of these ones as I read them and there will be more added to the list over the next two months (like Neon Genesis Evangelion and Maus by Art Spiegelman) so keep an eye out if you’re interested. And if not I will still be posting about other things besides comics at some point. I promise I will try not to bombard with them too much….

Comic Challenge Reminder

I thought I’d post a reminder for anyone who missed it and who either wants to join in or just keep track. I guess it’s also a warning that if you’re a follower of

this blog you should be prepared to be bombarded with posts about comics

because starting this Friday the Two Month Comic Challenge that I’m hosting over at BA Reading Challenges begins.

If you want to join in it’s as easy as signing up. You don’t have to review them, you can change your level at any time, you can also start a bit later (it runs from the 1st of October to the 30th of November), and you don’t even need a blog to participate. You can always just leave a comment (I also use Intense Debate for comments because Blogspots comment forms can be a bit finicky which you don’t have to sign up for to use and you can subscribe via that as well. I actually have a very strong dislike for Blogspot’s comment form and know that other people try to avoid it as well).

The Challenge Levels

  1. Pow! – Choose 5 comics to read
  2. Zoink! – Choose 10 comics to read
  3. Kerplunk! – Choose 15 comics to read
  4. Ka-Boom! – Choose 25 comics to read
  5. Holy Smokes! – Choose 35 comics to read
  6. Pow! – Choose 50 comics to read
  7. Bam! – Choose 75 comics to read

For non mix and match

  1. Graphics – Choose 40 graphic novels only to read
  2. Comics – Choose 40 comics only to read

Of course you can do either graphic novels or comics for any level. This is all really a prelude for the one I’m hosting for next year which I’ll also be taking part in. I’m doing Kerplunk! because I think 15 comics for me is reasonable with my other reading (that’s right I’ll still be reading novels for other things like my book clubs and another challenge so it won’t be all comics all the time).

I’ll add what ones I’ve read to this post as I go and of course in my reading journal if anyone wants to keep up with it.

Now if you’ll excuse me I need to get down to the library to get me some comics!

Two Month Comic Challenge and Other Challenges

Two Month Comic ChallengeI’ve been a little busy lately so haven’t been reading or posting, but I have had time to work on reading challenges.

I mentioned in my last post that I wanted to do a comic challenge and have gone and created a two month one starting on the 1st October and ending 30th of November which I am hosting. I’m also hosting several other challenges (Dystopia, Get Steampunked! Century, Off The Shelf!, and a year long Comic one) which will begin for next year and I will post about each of them as time goes on (for my sign up post).

If you’d like to know more about the challenge or to sign up just click the banner otherwise following are the levels to choose from.

Challenge Levels

  1. Pow! – Choose 5 comics to read
  2. Zoink! – Choose 10 comics to read
  3. Kerplunk! – Choose 15 comics to read
  4. Ka-Boom! – Choose 25 comics to read
  5. Holy Smokes! – Choose 35 comics to read
  6. Pow! – Choose 50 comics to read
  7. Bam! – Choose 75 comics to read

For non mix and match

  1. Graphics – Choose 40 graphic novels only to read
  2. Comics – Choose 40 comics only to read

I plan on doing Kerplunk myself, but I don’t know if I will be reviewing them yet. I probably will, but it’s not something that is part of the rules of participation.

Let me know what you think of my blog and challenges if you wish to! I’d like to hear some feedback if anyone has any or even if anyone is participating in the later ones.

Read So Far

  1. Vlad The Impaler: The Man Who Was Dracula by Jacobson and Colon
  2. Warhammer 40K: Fire and Honour by McNeill and Parker

Comic Book and Graphic Novel Challenge

I’m already deciding on what challenges to do next year, but I also just feel like doing a challenge now and I feel like reading some comic books. So I’ve decided to do a comic/graphic novel challenge.

I’m not going to set a certain number or style or theme or anything like that. I’m just going to see how many I can read in a short amount of time (like a month) and go through a list of ones I have wanted to read as well.

So far on my list I have the following;

  1. Maus by Art Spiegelman
  2. Neon Genesis Evangelion
  3. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
  4. The Amazing Screw On Head by Mike Mignola (Hellboy author)
  5. The Stand (it’s been made into a comic and it’s one of my most read books)
  6. Dark Tower (graphic novel version)

That’s pretty much it so far. I don’t really know what to look for or where to start otherwise (besides Batman or Hellboy, but I don’t if I’m going to read those yet).

Otherwise I’m looking for suggestions if anyone has any. I’ve read V for Vendetta (loved it), 300 (disliked it), Watchmen (enjoyed it), Requiem Vampire Knight (absolutely love it), Dracula by Hippolyte (love it), and I read Heavy Metal.

I’m interested in dystopia, post-apocalyptic, horror, steampunk, historical fiction, supernatural, Warhammer 40K, and dark fantasy, but if there’s something else that might be interesting or worth reading I’ll consider it (as long as it’s not romance and I’m very particular when it comes to Manga or at least the art of it).

So if anyone has a suggestion please let me know! I would really appreciate it. I don’t think I’ll start doing this till November or December. Depends on my mood really.

In My Mailbox: Requiem and Forgotten

This post may be a tad excessive seeing as I have already posted today (I try not to post more then once a day. I try not to post every day as I think that is a bit excessive for me too), but I’m excited so decided to post anyway and schedule it for later today.

I’m so elated right now. After finishing The Time Traveler’s Wife I received the most recent special edition of Heavy Metal’s adult fantasy mag (it’s the mythical edition I was so hanging out for) and then I thought I’d have some me time and straighten my hair before doing a few quests on Oblivion (I’m playing the Shivering Isles expansion pack which is very entertaining).

I got to straighten my hair and then the buzzer went and it was the postie with a package. I couldn’t figure out what on Mother Earth it was. Yes I have been making quite a few purchases lately, but the most recent purchases either haven’t been posted yet because the weekend hasn’t passed or they’re the ones from America which I expect to take some time.

That led to me being pleasantly surprised! Heavy Metal showcased this graphic novel called Requiem Resurrection by Pat Mills and Olivier Ledroit some time ago and I bought the first volume and have been hanging out for the second one. A couple of HM issues ago there was an add announcing volume two will be out in March so I pre-ordered it and in the meantime bought Forgotten by Cris Ortega who is a Spanish Artist and I recently discovered has some lovely work (sort of it reminds me of Victoria Frances, but different).

Seeing as HM is in a different country and from experience, I was expecting those to arrive in late March or early April at the earliest, but they were in the mail today!

Woo! I’ve been so hanging for Requiem that I’m going to put The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying aside and re-read volume one and then two in a row.

Anyway, enough of me waffling, I’ll be posting about these beauties when I’ve read them, but for now you can have the websites and pictures.

The artwork of Olivier Ledroit

More about Pat Mills and his work on Wiki

The artwork of Cris Ortega