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15 Books Comics Fans Will Love

15 books comic fans will love

Greetings Planet Jinxatron readers! I am Brenda from Daily Mayo, and I am so happy to be writing here today!

Comics and books are closely linked - yet for some reason, many comic lovers remain reading comics and many book lovers remain reading books. I am currently on a quest to read more comic series, which is why I was so excited to do this post exchange with Skye!

She is writing about comics you should read if you like certain genres of books, and I am writing about books you should read if you like certain comics. Read both posts for some great comic and book recommendations!

If you like V for Vendetta...

V for Vendetta is all about government conspiracies, dystopian-like worlds, and terrorism for good. If you like this comic, you will probably like other stories about conspiracies, the hidden darkness of people, and dystopian nuclear fallout universes. You may like to read:

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

It doesn't get much starker than this novel from Cormac McCarthy. In The Road, a man and his son travel through the complete desolate wasteland that occurs after nuclear war. In this universe, nothing can grow and everyone is slowly dying.

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My 4 Favorite Comics About Spies and Secret Agents

Dangerous missions! Conspiracies and betrayals! Fast cars! Deadly weapons! There's a reason James Bond is so popular. I know the spy genre owes a debt to Ian Fleming for practically creating it with his superstar, and I'm glad he did, because these books came out of it, and they are way cooler than any James Bond movie. After all, comics have an infinite budget for special effects and different locations! And to be honest? Characters with more interesting personalities.

(If you need to get caught up, here are all of my comics recommendation posts: all-ages comics for both kids and adults, or for grownup comics see these posts: zombie comics, comics about magic, post-apocalyptic comics, comics about race and social justice, monster comics, comics about conspiracies, history and mythology comics, science fiction comics, crime comics, GLBTQ comics, comics about growing up, and comics about war. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

Velvet by Ed Brubaker, art by Steve Epting, colors by Bettie Breitweiser, letters by Chris Eliopolous. When one of the world's top secret agents is killed, the evidence points to... a secretary? Velvet Templeton may be a secretary now, but we're about to find out that she was much more than that. And possibly still is.

I waited and waited for this book to come out, collecting the first five issues of the comic, and it was worth the wait! Brubaker and Epting were a good team on Captain America (creating the Winter Soldier) and they knock it out of the park with this one. It's full of secrets and lies, manipulation and action, and a superb female character at the center of it all. We should have more books like this.

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Getting To Yes

I'm not sure he quite gets how this trick is supposed to work...

Boy Detective: You love me, right?

Me: Yes.

Boy Detective: And you like me, right?

Me: Right.

Boy Detective: And you're eating right now, right?

Me: Right.

Boy Detective: Give me a dollar.

Me: No.

Boy Detective (aggrieved): Awwwww, man!

Me: Nice try, though.


Thanks to C-Man for the photo from their recent camping trip.

5 Kids' Books About Boys That Adults Can Love Too

I am remiss! Back in 2013, I posted our list of favorite kids' books about awesome girls, but I haven't given the boys their spotlight! Let's remedy that. From quiet to loud, here are the boy stories that have made both the grownups and the kid in our house very, very happy.

Any suggestions? Leave 'em in the comments!

(If you need to get caught up, here are all the children's picture book posts: friendship, dogs, pirates, bedtime, awesome girls, robots, magic, gardens, cats, superheroes, love and marriage, knights, family, animals, science fiction, food and cooking, art and creativity, dinosaurs, princesses, pets, dragons, spooky and monster books, nature, and kids' poetry books. WHEW, that's a lot of books! You should also check out Good Comics For Kids (Even Little Ones!). Does this post use affiliate links? Yes! More about that if you're not familiar.)

The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey. If you know the name "Dav Pilkey" and think "Captain Underpants," try to push that aside. The Paperboy is a beautifully painted, quiet story about a young boy and his dog going out in the pre-dawn hours to do the boy's paper route. It's almost a set of feelings more than a story, from those quiet magical hours when it seems like you're the only one awake in the whole world. You need to see it!

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10 Must-Read Comics About War

I don't watch many war movies, or read military history. These graphic novels about war, though? Some of my favorite comics. Something about the medium of comics connects me with the characters in a way that war stories in other formats have not. The art and storytelling in these books are amazing, too, which certainly helps. So give one of them a try!

(If you need to get caught up, here are all of my comics recommendation posts: all-ages comics for both kids and adults, or for grownup comics see these posts: zombie comics, comics about magic, post-apocalyptic comics, comics about race and social justice, monster comics, comics about conspiracies, history and mythology comics, science fiction comics, crime comics, GLBTQ comics, and comics about growing up. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang, with colors by Lark Pien. The Boxer Rebellion in China between 1899 and 1901, through the eyes of two Chinese teenagers: a young man in the forefront of the anti-foreign, anti-Christian movement, and a young woman who converted to Christianity and whose home comes under attack.

Yang does an amazing job humanizing the real people caught up in the conflict, and showing how tragic the whole conflict was for everyone no matter what "side" they were on.

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Eight Years

Until today, I would have told you that I post a wedding picture every year on our anniversary, except for the year I was not blogging, and last year when I posted a picture of the inside of our freezer instead... and backdated it.

Today I discovered that I also skipped year two. While doing NaBloPoMo when I had a 10 month old. (Because that made so much sense?)

So really, this can barely be called a tradition.

And yet here it is.

Even though neither of us has remembered to say Happy Anniversary to each other today.

So here's possibly the best character shot ever taken of us...

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And now I'm going to head downstairs and fix that forgetting issue.

I love you, babe. You're the one for me.

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