2014: An Exciting Year of Graphic Novels & Comics

Last year I started following two great series — one is a prequel of a highly acclaimed series started back in the late ’80s and the other started a whole new fandom by the writer of Y: The Last Man.

Sandman Overture

Sandman Overture Covers created by J.H. Williams, III and Dave McKean
Overture covers created by either J.H. Williams III or Dave McKean. I always have a difficult time deciding which cover to take home.

If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series you need to go get Sandman Overture now at your local comic book shop. It provides Morpheus’s origin story with gorgeous art illustrated by J.H. Williams III that I drool over every time. The latest issue #4 was released last month on Dec 17 (not pictured). The release dates haven’t been consistent but I don’t mind. I savor the story I have so far and wait patiently for the next installment. There’s only two more issues left …

Saga
Saga volume 1 deluxe edition
Inside peek into the first deluxe edition released Nov 25, 2014.

The first issue of Saga was released back in March of 2012. I fell into the series late and only became aware of it last year. I can’t believe it took me that long because Brian K. Vaughan‘s creation has everything I appreciate in great storytelling. A story combining sci-fi and fantasy? Yes, please! Characters who are physically portrayed as ethnically diverse? Hell, yes! A rocket that’s also a tree?!?! I’m a fan for life!

And the artist for the series is wonderful! I love Fioana Staple‘s line work and vision. She portrays scenes so beautifully and with such warmth. I was lucky enough to see her and Vaughan in Saga’s panel at last year’s SD Comic-Con. One could see that Vaughan and Staples have a great partnership and play off of each other’s strengths to evolve the story to something even bigger, better, and more beautiful.

Here

A page spread inside Here by Richard McGuire.
A page spread inside Here by Richard McGuire.

As a bonus to end the year was the publication of Richard McGuire’s Here. It is the book equivalent of your own visual time machine. (Possibly better than a “blue box”? Ok, that may be going a bit too far.)

I was unsure at first whether I should buy a copy. People from different eras were depicted in an indoor or outdoor setting. What was happening? At first glance I felt confused and wondered what was I looking at? But as I perused a copy in a bookstore I started falling in love with the concept and the art. I found there are threads of continuity running through the book as a whole once you really take a few moments to look through it. Very much worth your time and money!

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2014: An Exciting Year of Graphic Novels & Comics

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