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Wondermark: Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death

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Which is more mainstream: a book that everyone has read, or a book that you think everyone has read?

There is a tendency in the media and among people who don’t read comics to associate all comics with superheroes and bookshelves, when the internet has been producing endless pages for free. Webcomics enjoy creative freedom, both for their creators and readers, as fans can discover new series or visit established hits and click “Go to page 1” for the complete experience. Given enough popularity, publisher interest, and perhaps some crowdfunding, many webcomics lead to print editions.

What follows is a list of comics that you can jump into with no preparation, save for an open mind and a tendency toward bizarre humor. They feature characters that are not mentioned in most conversations about comics and probably will not see big-budget movie adaptations, but they represent the medium to millions of people anyway.


Amazon Says: Dark Horse Comics presents this second hardbound collection of David Malki's nationally syndicated Wondermark, a sarcastic, silly, and razor-sharp gag comic strip created enti more...
Amazon Says: Dark Horse Comics presents this second hardbound collection of David Malki's nationally syndicated Wondermark, a sarcastic, silly, and razor-sharp gag comic strip created entirely from nineteenth century woodcuts and engravings. A follow-up to 2008's critically acclaimed Beards of our Forefathers, Clever Tricks to Stave Off Death contains over one hundred comic strips originally published in The Onion and on Wondermark.com, as well as many pages of additional material - such as Malki's eight-page graphic story "Ransom!" and, as promised, a bevy of techniques intended to help the reader delay the inevitable onset of their own demise - written and designed in Malki's trademark hilarious style. less...
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Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Amazon Says: FEATURED ON MORE THAN TWENTY BEST-OF LISTS, INCLUDING TIME, AMAZON, E! AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY! Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through more...
Amazon Says: FEATURED ON MORE THAN TWENTY BEST-OF LISTS, INCLUDING TIME, AMAZON, E! AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY! Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and comics sensation Kate Beaton. No era or tome emerges unscathed as Beaton rightly skewers the Western world's revolutionaries, leaders, sycophants, and suffragists while equally honing her wit on the hapless heroes, heroines, and villains of the best-loved fiction. She deftly points out what really happened when Brahms fell asleep listening to Liszt, that the world's first hipsters were obviously the Incroyables and the Merveilleuses from eighteenth-century France, that Susan B. Anthony is, of course, a "Samantha," and that the polite banality of Canadian culture never gets old. Hark! A Vagrant features sexy Batman, the true stories behind classic Nancy Drew covers, and Queen Elizabeth doing the albatross. As the 500,000 unique monthly visitors to harkavagrant.com already know, no one turns the ironic absurdities of history and literature into comedic fodder as hilariously as Beaton. less...
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Tails Book 1 by Ethan Young
Amazon Says: At first, Ethan may seem like your typical struggling cartoonist.  He works at a NYC animal shelter, lives with his folks, and fosters a huge amount of cats -- all while tr more...
Amazon Says: At first, Ethan may seem like your typical struggling cartoonist.  He works at a NYC animal shelter, lives with his folks, and fosters a huge amount of cats -- all while trying to successfully publish his comic strip, Crusader Cat. But Ethan's not typical, nor is anything else in his chaotic life. The trouble is, Ethan's just too hapless to realize it yet.  As his life gets weirder in the real world, it also does on the comic page. Before he knows it, Ethan gets in over his head when fantasy and reality combine -- and then things get really weird. Tails: Book One collects Chapters 1 through 9 of the semi-autobiographical webcomic by Ethan Young (Comic Book Tattoo: Tales inspired by Tori Amos, Comeback Kings), and includes all-new, never-before-seen pages.   less...
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Amazon Says: Riding high on the success of The Great Outdoor Fight, Achewood and Dark Horse Comics have compiled an extensively annotated collection of the first few years' worth of Achewo more...
Amazon Says: Riding high on the success of The Great Outdoor Fight, Achewood and Dark Horse Comics have compiled an extensively annotated collection of the first few years' worth of Achewood comics. This is no mere companion volume to the cult-classic online strip: the entire prehistory of Achewood is set forth for the first time, and all of the celebrated alt-texts are included. Additionally, author Chris Onstad has literally littered the book with observations and rudities. TIME magazine named back-to-back Ignatz Award-winner Achewood its 2007 Graphic Novel of the Year, and legions of devoted fans consistently report that it makes them feel the way Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes did when they were young. less...
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