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Postby BethP » Sun Sep 08, 2013 3:55 pm

I was hoping to get some recommendations for comics. My background is mostly reading comic strips in the newspaper and webcomics, but not so much with comic books. Part of the problem with comic books is there's just so much out there and I don't know where to start. Another part is that I sometimes feel intimidated because I'm female, and when I've ventured into comic book shops sometimes they feel like dude-space and I don't always know if I'd be welcome. (See also: social anxiety.)

In particular, I'd love to get some recommendations for comics that have some of the following: beautiful art, great storylines, 50% or more of the main characters are female, an intro into the classics of the genre, anything that kept you up at night because of its sheer awesomeness.
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Re: Comic recommendations

Postby Pete_Z » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:16 pm

I'm sure you'll get a lot of suggestions so I'll just name a few.
Quicken Forbidden (several graphic novels)
Kimmie66 by Aaron Alexovich
Kabuki by David Mack (several graphic novels)

A New Mexico creator—Tiffany Pascal Femme Schism
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Re: Comic recommendations

Postby bramjm » Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:21 pm

I'd say try out Bone by Jeff Smith and Castle Waiting by Linda Medley; both are available as collected editions, the former in various sorts of sizes and color combinations. Bone's a true classic of the genre, a real all-ages treat (in that every age finds something to love). Castle Waiting's a smart, beautiful fairy tale-ish story.

For an adventure thriller, read Whiteout (and probably skip the sequel). And if, after that, you're looking for a dark, cynical look at international espionage, read the Queen & Country series. Both with female protagonists, both written by Greg Rucka.

Your anxiety about being an outsider in a comic shop is not uncommon; I think you'll find most of the shops our members frequent are welcoming and accessible, and that the employees are more than willing to make recommendations — especially if you can give them ideas of stories and genres you like. Remember, it's in their best interests to find you comics that you enjoy.
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Re: Comic recommendations

Postby michael-ellis » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:04 pm

I second Kabuki.

Love and Rockets by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez is terrific too. It's a long running series, but there are some great collected volumes, notably these two: http://www.amazon.com/Heartbreak-Soup-Rockets-Gilbert-Hernandez/dp/1560977833/ref=pd_rhf_ee_s_cp_5_V1WH?ie=UTF8&refRID=1BNYFVRZT86WQMFZSEPM
http://www.amazon.com/Girl-HOPPERS-Love-Rockets-v/dp/1560978511/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1378753254&sr=1-6&keywords=love+and+rockets+complete

I've always wanted to check out Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore. I like his approach to realistically drawing women, and the stories always seemed interesting.
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Re: Comic recommendations

Postby Deimosa » Sun Sep 15, 2013 3:59 pm

Hey there, I am a librarian, so I thought I would pipe in with some resources.

The Eisner Awards is one place/site to browse, as they give awards in the categories you are asking about. For ex, these are the 2013 winners: http://www.comic-con.org/awards/eisners-current-info.

I like to follow this blog/review site, which has a review staff of mostly women, if I look further they probably have a tag they use for titles with strong female characters: http://noflyingnotights.com.

The American Library Association has lists (mostly for teens I believe) called "Great Graphic Novels". These are great for a librarian starting a collection or making recommendations, and also for someone looking for a reading list: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/great-graphic-novels.

That's 3 places to visit and revisit for suggestions, beyond what folks mention here. Personally, I am reading and loving SAGA right now.

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Re: Comic recommendations

Postby bramjm » Sun Sep 15, 2013 9:37 pm

Thanks for weighing in with the professional opinion, Deimosa, and great to hear from you.

OMG Saga how did I not mention that? It's our number-one recommended current series in the comic shop (Hawkeye and Fatale, close seconds).
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Re: Comic recommendations

Postby wintersoldier » Tue May 30, 2017 4:36 am

For those who loves Batman, check this out:

https://www.amazingcomiccon.com/copy-of-exclusives
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