Watch: The first trailer for Netflix’s new Britney Spears documentary is finally here
Watch: The first trailer for Netflix’s new Britney Spears documentary is finally here

Sarah Finnan

5 fashion secrets from seriously stylish women
5 fashion secrets from seriously stylish women

Marie Kelly

CPW: the simple formula that will change the way you shop
CPW: the simple formula that will change the way you shop

Louise Slyth

It’s hard to believe that this luxurious Ballsbridge home used to be an eye clinic
It’s hard to believe that this luxurious Ballsbridge home used to be an eye clinic

Megan Burns

Uma Thurman shares her private abortion heartbreak in response to new Texas law
Uma Thurman shares her private abortion heartbreak in response to new Texas law

Sarah Finnan

Esther O’Moore Donohoe: ‘Back in the formal office structure, what have I taken away?’
Esther O’Moore Donohoe: ‘Back in the formal office structure, what have I taken away?’

IMAGE

The five beauty products to know used backstage at London Fashion Week
The five beauty products to know used backstage at London Fashion Week

Holly O'Neill

Kate Winslet wanted a ‘bulgy bit of belly’ left in one ‘Mare of Easttown’ scene and we love her for it
Kate Winslet wanted a ‘bulgy bit of belly’ left in one ‘Mare of Easttown’ scene...

Sarah Finnan

How do you know when it’s time to quit your job? 
How do you know when it’s time to quit your job? 

Sinead Brady

12 contemporary tile designs to inspire a kitchen makeover
12 contemporary tile designs to inspire a kitchen makeover

Shayna Sappington

Image / Editorial

5 Graphic Novels For Beginners


by Bill O'Sullivan
01st Jul 2013
blank

1. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

ghost-world_new1
Any girl worth her geek glasses knows the story of Enid Coleslaw and her much-maligned best friend Rebecca Doppelmeyer from the film of the same name, starring Thora Birch and pre-Dolce and Gabbana contract Scarlett Johanssen.? Even more so than the film. Ghost World captures the sheer agony of teen girl friendship, the ennui of suburban shopping centre life and how hard it is to leave such a life, and your friends, behind.

2.?The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume 1 (and 2, preferably) by Alan Moore and Kevin O?Neill

league-of-extraordinary-gent

If you’re a book lover and have yet to read any Alan Moore, you’re in for a treat – and a new literary obsession. In The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Moore takes characters from Victorian novels and throws them together as a top secret crime fighting force bent on uncovering a terrorist plot against at the good people of London. The Invisible Man meets Dr Jekyll meets Captain Nemo meets Mina Harker. Harker, now free of the clutches of Dracula, may just be the best female character in the graphic novel canon. If you can, read the second volume – there are Martians in it.

3.?Kiki de Montparnasse by Jose Catel and Luis Bosquet

KIKI_cvr_small
If there’s a nationality that knows how cool and chic reading graphic novels can be, it’s the French. The tradition of bande dessine? is huge in the land of romance and entirely black outfits and for one good reason – graphic novels are, like Zoolander, really, really ridiculously good looking. Kiki de Montparnasse is a graphic retelling of the life of one of Paris’ most outrageous, uncompromising artistic muses. Little Alice Prin grows up into the famous Kiki, gathers lovers faster than she can discard them in the Roaring Twenties, and eventually messes up royally.

4.?The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

maus
Detractors of the graphic novel claim, sometimes convincingly, that it’s the book for lazy people who want a story told to them – the bridge between reading and tv. Well, between you and me, those people don’t have the foggiest clue what they’re talking about – and Maus is the most comprehensive rebuttal to such an accusation. Maus is the true story of Art Spiegelman’s parents and their journey as occupants of Auschwitz to their eventual salvation in the US. However, this is also a story of Art and the fractured relationship he has with his father. It’s almost untellable? in novel form, but Spiegelman manages it with Jewish mice, Nazi cats and friendly American Labradors. While that sounds trivial, the artwork and Spiegelman’s dehumanisation of the Jews as mere animals just draws the central metaphor of predator and prey home, making an already powerful tale even more powerful.

5.?The Walking Dead Volume 1 by Robert Kirkman

Volume_1-Days_Gone_Bye
You would have to have your head stuck in a monumental pile of sand not to notice that the zombie has taken over from the vampire as the new nightmare-inducer of choice. As the basis for the TV series of the same name, The Walking Dead is the story of principled lawman Rick Grimes as he attempts to save his family and a band of survivors from the shuffling, flesh-eating hordes that have taken over the planet.? Zombies?aren’t the only things to beware though, as Rick quickly finds out…

Sarah Waldron is @The_Licentiate

Also Read

alternative asthma treatments
EDITORIAL
Three alternative asthma treatments to try this hayfever season

Approximately 80% of people with asthma also suffer from hayfever, which can make summer days a nightmare. These three alternative...

By Grace McGettigan

blank
EDITORIAL
“A slap in the face for all the victims”: Outcry over Bill Cosby’s release from prison

This is why rape victims think twice before coming forward, writes Amanda Cassidy He was once known as “America’s Dad”...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
Sarah Harding’s heartbroken mum announces the singer’s death aged just 39

Sarah Harding has died at the age of just 39, her heartbroken mother revealed today. The Girls Aloud star had...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
No, the Olympics haven’t given athletes ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds

Despite some media coverage, the beds are actually focused on sustainability as opposed to intimacy restrictions. Recently, distance runner Paul...

By Jennifer McShane

brain
EDITORIAL
8 easy ways to keep your brain healthy that you can do right now

Your brain health is just as important as that of the rest of your body, says psychologist and neuroscientist Dr...

By IMAGE

toxic
EDITORIAL
How to let go of toxic people, and the signs to recognise

By Niamh Ennis

Keith-_-Tara_130_Web Shantanu Starick painting kitchen cabinets
EDITORIAL
How to limit drips and brush strokes while painting kitchen cabinets

Painting kitchen cabinets can be transformative and can be achieved relatively low-cost, but you need the right equipment, and a lot of...

By Amanda Kavanagh