Books about Comics

  1. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

    by Michael Chabon
    Two cousins create a comic book superhero and find success and adventure in 1940s New York.

    The novel begins in 1939 with the arrival of 19-year-old Josef "Joe" Kavalier as a refugee in New York City , where he comes to live with his 17-year-old cousin, Sammy Klayman. With the help of his ... (Wikipedia)

  2. Schulz and Peanuts: A Biography

    by David Michaelis
    A comprehensive biography of Charles Schulz, the creator of the beloved comic strip Peanuts, exploring his life and creative process.

    Charles M. Schulz, the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time, is also one of the least understood figures in American culture. Now, acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us ... (Barnes & Noble)

  3. Hellboy, Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction

    by Mike Mignola
    Supernatural detective investigates the dark and mysterious forces of the world.

    Dark Horse presents new editions of the entire Hellboy line with new covers, beginning with Seed of Destruction , the basis of director Guillermo del Toro's blockbuster films. Hellboy is one of the ... (Goodreads)

  4. Bone, Vol. 1: Out from Boneville

    by Jeff Smith
    Three cousins embark on an epic adventure, encountering danger, monsters, and mysterious forces.

    After being run out of Boneville, the three Bone cousins, Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone, are separated and lost in a vast uncharted desert. One by one, they find their way into a deep, ... (Goodreads)

  5. There's Treasure Everywhere

    by Bill Watterson
    A humorous collection of cartoons about the everyday adventures of a curious young boy.

    In the world that Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes share, treasures can be found in the most unlikely places, from the outer regions where Spaceman Spiff travels to the rocks in one's own ... (Goodreads)

  6. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

    by Scott McCloud
    Exploration of the visual language of comics and its role in storytelling.

    Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the ... (Goodreads)

  7. Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons

    by Bill Watterson
    A hilarious adventure as Calvin and Hobbes battle mutant snowmen wreaking havoc.

    Calvin and Hobbes are back in another thrilling adventure involving escapes from girls, parents, and snow goon monsters. In Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons, Calvin suffers a ... (Barnes & Noble)

  8. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

    by Chris Ware
    A story of a father and son discovering a shared past, and the power of connection.

    Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published. It won the Guardian First Book Award 2001, the first graphic novel to win a major British literary prize. It ... (Goodreads)

  9. House of M

    by Brian Michael Bendis
    A young man with reality-altering powers struggles to cope with the consequences of his actions.

    The Marvel event of the decade is here! The Avengers and the X-Men are faced with a common foe that becomes their greatest threat: Wanda Maximoff! The Scarlet Witch is out of control, and the fate of ... (Goodreads)

  10. Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon

    by Matt Fraction
    A look into the life of Marvel's iconic superhero, Hawkeye, and his journey to finding his place in the world.

    The breakout star of this summer's blockbuster Avengers film, Clint Barton - aka the self-made hero Hawkeye - fights for justice! With ex-Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he's out to prove ... (Goodreads)

  11. The Mansions of the Gods

    by René Goscinny
    A hilarious satire on urbanization, as the Romans try to build a luxury apartment complex in a small Gaulish village.

    With the intent to force the village of indomitable Gauls to accept Roman civilization, Julius Caesar plans to destroy the surrounding forest to make way for a Roman patrician colony , called the ... (Wikipedia)

  12. Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels

    by Scott McCloud
    A comprehensive guide to creating comics, exploring the art of storytelling, and the techniques used in comics, manga, and graphic novels.

    "Magnificent! The best how-to manual ever published." — Kevin Kelly,, Cool Tools, Scott McCloud tore down the wall between high and low culture in 1993 with Understanding Comics , a massive comic ... (Goodreads)

  13. Batman: Arkham Asylum - A Serious House on Serious Earth

    by Grant Morrison
    Dark and twisted exploration of the psyche of Batman and his rogues gallery of villains.

    Commissioner Gordon informs Batman that the patients of Arkham Asylum have taken over the facility, threatening to murder the staff unless Batman agrees to meet with them. , Among the hostages are ... (Wikipedia)

  14. The Vision, Volume 2: Little Better than a Beast

    by Tom King
    The Vision creates a family and tries to live a normal life, but his past catches up with him.

    Once upon a time a robot and a witch fell in love. What followed was a tale of the dead and the dying, of the hopeful and the lost, of the wronged and the avenged. And in the end, after both had ... (Barnes & Noble)

  15. Astonishing X-Men, Volume 1: Gifted

    by Joss Whedon
    A team of mutants challenge a powerful genetic engineer and fight for the survival of the mutant race.

    Dream-team creators Joss Whedon (TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer ) and John Cassaday ( Planetary , Captain America ) present the explosive flagship X-Men series - marking a return to classic greatness ... (Goodreads)

  16. Superman: Birthright

    by Mark Waid
    The origin story of Superman, his evolution from a young boy to a superhero.

    The story begins with a retelling of the destruction of planet Krypton . Jor-El laments the fact that his world accomplished "miracles no one will remember" while he is busy preparing infant Kal-El's ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Comics and Sequential Art

    by Will Eisner
    Eisner explores the art of comics and sequential storytelling, delving into the techniques and principles that make it a unique and powerful medium.

    Eisner presents the principles of graphic storytelling in this guide, which is based on his popular sequential art course at New York's School of Visual Art. Readers will learn the basic anatomy, ... (Goodreads)

  18. Superman: Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?

    by Alan Moore
    Last story of Superman as he faces his greatest challenge and makes his ultimate sacrifice.

    The story was originally published in Superman #423 and Action Comics #583 (both September 1986). The first half of the story, published in Superman , was billed as the comic's "Historic Last Issue" ... (Wikipedia)

  19. Avatar The Last Airbender: The Art of the Animated Series

    by Michael Dante DiMartino
    A collection of concept art, sketches, and behind-the-scenes information from the beloved animated series.

    A stunning masterpiece of animated storytelling., Avatar: The Last Airbender has been syndicated to more than 120 countries around the world, inspiring millions of fans and industry professionals ... (Goodreads)

  20. The Absolute Sandman, Volume Three

    by Neil Gaiman
    The third volume of the epic graphic novel series, following Dream through his fantastical and dark adventures.

    The third volume collecting Neil Gaiman's seminal, award-winning series starring the Dream King in deluxe format. ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 3 presents several key SANDMAN tales in a slipcased hardcover ... (Barnes & Noble)

  21. Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human

    by Grant Morrison
    A personal and philosophical exploration of superheroes and their impact on society and culture.

    From one of the most acclaimed and profound writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero The first superhero comic ever ... (Goodreads)

  22. DC Universe: Rebirth #1

    by Geoff Johns
    The DC Universe is reborn as Wally West returns from the Speed Force to warn of a greater threat. Heroes unite to uncover a sinister plot.

    It all begins here. Do not skip to the last page. Do not let a friend or message board ruin this comic for you. The future (and past) of the DC Universe starts here. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! ... (Goodreads)

  23. The Castafiore Emerald

    by Hergé
    Adventure and mystery unfold as the intrepid detectives Tintin and Snowy solve a crime.

    The classic graphic novel. When Tintin and Captain Haddock happen across a community of gypsies they invite them home... just as Bianca Castafiore, the famous opera singer, decides to visit Tintin. ... (Goodreads)

  24. Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants

    by Dav Pilkey
    A hilarious tale of two mischievous kids who battle a mad scientist in an epic battle of wits.

    A scientist from the country of New Swissland (a country that doesn't exist, with a foreign culture where everyone has a silly name) called Professor Pippy P. Poopypants goes to the United States to ... (Wikipedia)

  25. Hellboy, Vol. 3: The Chained Coffin and Others

    by Mike Mignola
    A thrilling supernatural adventure of a demon on a mission to save humanity from destruction.

    This Hellboy short-story collection includes the following stories with the author’s notes preceding each tale: “Wolves of Saint August”; “The Corpse and the Iron Shoes”; “A Christmas Underground”; ... (Goodreads)

  26. Absolute DC: The New Frontier

    by Darwyn Cooke
    A reimagining of the DC universe in the 1950s, where superheroes must come together to face a new threat.

    The story begins in 1945. A military unit known as The Losers – made up of Captain William Storm, Johnny Cloud, Sarge Clay, Gunner Mackey and the unit's dog "Pooch" – is sent to a remote island in ... (Wikipedia)

  27. Sunstone, Vol. 1

    by Stjepan Šejić
    Two women explore their BDSM relationship, navigating their feelings and desires.

    The primary focus of Sunstone is on the main characters of Lisa Williams and Ally Carter. Lisa is a budding writer who has kept her submissive desires secret for years, and Ally is a dominant and ... (Wikipedia)

  28. DC: The New Frontier, Volume 1

    by Darwyn Cooke
    A reimagining of the DC Universe in the 1950s, where superheroes must come together to face a new threat.

    The story begins in 1945. A military unit known as The Losers – made up of Captain William Storm, Johnny Cloud, Sarge Clay, Gunner Mackey and the unit's dog "Pooch" – is sent to a remote island in ... (Wikipedia)

  29. Bone, Vol. 7: Ghost Circles

    by Jeff Smith
    The seventh installment of the Bone series follows the Bone cousins as they try to stop the ghost circles and save the valley.

    The adventure starts when cousins Fone Bone, Phoney Bone, and Smiley Bone are run out of Boneville and later get separated and lost in the wilderness, meeting monsters and making friends as they ... (Goodreads)

  30. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier

    by Alan Moore
    A secret dossier containing the history of the League is discovered, leading to a journey through alternate realities and literary characters.

    Unlike earlier volumes, the comic book portions of Black Dossier are not set in the Victorian era; rather, they are set in 1958, after the fall of the Big Brother government from, Nineteen Eighty ... (Wikipedia)

  31. Hellboy, Vol. 9: The Wild Hunt

    by Mike Mignola
    Hellboy is hunted by an army of monsters and supernatural beings as he tries to uncover the truth about his destiny.

    When ancient giants begin to reawaken in the British Isles, Hellboy is invited to join an ancient band of fellow monster hunters called the Wild Hunt and help bring them down. But an unexpected ... (Goodreads)

  32. Batman: The Man Who Laughs

    by Ed Brubaker
    Batman faces off against the Joker, who is terrorizing Gotham with a deadly new toxin.

    Captain James Gordon and other officers are investigating a building filled with disfigured corpses; they have chalk-white skin, green hair, red lips, and rictus grins . Batman appears and pledges to ... (Wikipedia)

  33. Batman: Knightfall, Part Three: Knightsend

    by Doug Moench
    After being broken by Bane, Batman returns to Gotham to reclaim his mantle and face his ultimate foe, Azrael.

    In the final chapter of this series, Bruce Wayne completes his improbable recovery from his broken back and is ready to resume his role as Gotham's protector. But Jean Paul Valley, the man who now ... (Goodreads)

  34. Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again

    by Frank Miller
    Batman returns to fight against a corrupt government and a new generation of villains.

    It's been three years since the events of The Dark Knight Returns, and everything is just fine. At least on the surface. What the world at large doesn't know is that it's a total sham. A perfectly ... (Goodreads)

  35. Marvels

    by Kurt Busiek
    A photojournalist documents the emergence of superheroes in New York City, revealing the impact they have on society and the world.

    In 1939, Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch is created by scientist Phineas T. Horton, and the project is considered a success until the android catches on fire when air is projected into its ... (Wikipedia)

  36. Blue Exorcist, Vol. 1

    by Kazue Kato
    Rin Okumura discovers he is the son of Satan and enrolls in a school for exorcists to defeat his father.

    Fight Hellfire With Hellfire! Raised by Father Fujimoto, a famous exorcist, Rin Okumura never knew his real father. One day a fateful argument with Father Fujimoto forces Rin to face a terrible truth ... (Goodreads)

  37. Tentacles at My Throat

    by Zerocalcare

    Tre amici, un comprensorio scolastico, un segreto. E quindici anni dopo, scoprire che ciascuno di loro credeva che il segreto fosse uno solo, ma che ognuno aveva il suo. E che ce n'era uno, più ... (Goodreads)

  38. How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

    by Stan Lee
    A comprehensive guide to creating comic books, covering everything from character design to storytelling techniques.

    Written by the iconic Stan Lee,, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, is a must-have book for Marvel fans and anyone looking to draw their first comic strip. Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and ... (Goodreads)

  39. Avengers: Disassembled

    by Brian Michael Bendis
    The Avengers are torn apart by a mysterious force, leading to chaos and destruction. Can they come together to save the world?

    Jack of Hearts , who had been dead prior to the storyline, arrives at Avengers Mansion . The zombified hero explodes, damaging the mansion. Ant-Man , who approaches his former teammate, is seemingly ... (Wikipedia)

  40. It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken: A Picture Novella

    by Seth
    A man searches for the truth behind a cartoonist's life, uncovering his own past and present along the way.

    An Acknowledged Classic returns gorgeously re-designed. In his first graphic novel, It's a Good Life, if You Don't Weaken –one of the best-selling D & Q titles ever--Seth pays homage to the wit and ... (Goodreads)

  41. JLA: Earth 2

    by Grant Morrison
    The Justice League battles their evil counterparts from an alternate Earth, where heroes are villains and vice versa.

    Alexander Luthor, the lone hero from the antimatter universe , breaks the barrier between Earths 1 and 2, seeking the JLA's help. He imprisons and takes the place of his evil positive matter ... (Wikipedia)

  42. Hellboy, Vol. 4: The Right Hand of Doom

    by Mike Mignola
    Hellboy battles a Nazi scientist who seeks to use the power of Hellboy's stone hand to awaken the Ogdru Jahad and bring about the end of the world.

    Dark Horse presents new editions of the entire Hellboy line with new covers, beginning with Seed of Destruction , the basis of director Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film. Hellboy is one of the most ... (Goodreads)

  43. Bone, Vol. 3: Eyes of the Storm

    by Jeff Smith
    A fantasy adventure of courage and friendship, as a group of unlikely heroes battle a powerful ruler.

    In "Eyes of the Storm," book three in the epic BONE series, Gran'ma Ben reveals long-kept secrets about Thorn's royal heritage and the ancient enmities that may lead to war. In "Eyes of the Storm," ... (Goodreads)

  44. Hellboy: Weird Tales, Vol. 2

    by Scott Allie
    A collection of short stories featuring the supernatural hero, Hellboy, battling various monsters and creatures.

    Mike Mignola’s character has never been more popular, especially in the wake of the long-awaited feature film, and unprecedented success in bookstores. His award-winning series Hellboy has been ... (Goodreads)

  45. 'Toons for Our Times: A Bloom County Book of Heavy Meadow Rump 'n Roll

    by Berkeley Breathed
    A collection of comic strips featuring the quirky and satirical characters of Bloom County, commenting on current events and pop culture.

    Toons for Our Times, is the second collection of the comic strip series Bloom County by Berkeley Breathed . It was published in 1984. ... (Wikipedia)

  46. Hellboy, Vol. 6: Strange Places

    by Mike Mignola
    Hellboy travels to mysterious locations, encountering supernatural creatures and uncovering ancient secrets.

    Mike Mignola returns with his first new Hellboy collection since 2002's Conqueror Worm . After leaving the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, Hellboy's travels take him briefly to Africa, ... (Goodreads)

  47. Naruto, Vol. 09: Neji vs. Hinata

    by Masashi Kishimoto
    The battle between Neji and Hinata in the Chunin Exams reveals the dark secrets of their clan's history.

    Still in the thick of the Chūnin Selection Exams, the student ninja unleash their signature techniques as they spar in a series of one-on-one elimination matches. The heated battles bring out a new ... (Goodreads)

  48. Adventure Time Vol. 1

    by Ryan North
    Join Finn and Jake on their wacky adventures in the Land of Ooo, filled with magic, monsters, and mathematical equations.

    It's ADVENTURE TIME! Join Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, and Princess Bubblegum for all-new adventures through The Land of Ooo. The totally algebraic adventures of Finn and Jake have come to the comic ... (Goodreads)

  49. The Sandman Companion

    by Hy Bender
    A comprehensive guide to Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" comic book series, including interviews, behind-the-scenes stories, and analysis.

    The Sandman was a groundbreaking and award-winning series that told the dark and tragic tale of Morpheus, the King of Dreams. A fascinating mythology of horror and consequence, this epic masterfully ... (Goodreads)

  50. Hellboy, Vol. 8: Darkness Calls

    by Mike Mignola
    Hellboy returns to his birthplace in England to confront a powerful witch and his destiny.

    Hellboy has finally returned from his adventures at sea, but no sooner has he settled on land than a conclave of witches drags him from his respite and into the heart of Russian folklore, where he ... (Goodreads)

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