Recently read Amulet book 7, had a lunch break and whipped up some fanart for @boltcity of the elf prince Trellis, probably my favorite character in the series… I have a thing for character arcs like his. Kazu’s style at times reminds me of that old school 70s anime look (Galaxy Express 999, Captain Harlock, Space Battleship Yamato etc), which I tried referencing a bit here.
All of these graphic novels were awesome! If you are new to the genre, I especially suggest the Explorer series by Kazu Kibuishi, because they are an anthology with work from various authors. So, they are a great way to find what art styles, stories and authors you enjoy the most.
What are your favorite graphic novels? Do you have any recs?
I’ve never heard of it before, but it looks vaguely familiar. What’s it about?
I’ll basically copy ‘n paste from the wiki as well as say what I remember of this series-
is a graphic novel series illustrated and written by Kazu Kibuishi and published by Scholastic. Currently, there are a total of seven volumes in the series, with the eighth and a movie currently in the works.
(holy moly a movie coming out possibly?? i had no idea???)
The series focuses on a young girl named Emily Hayes, who has inherited a mysterious amulet from her great-grandfather, Silas Charnon. When her mother, Karen, is abducted by a monster, Emily and her brother, Navin, enter the world of Alledia to save her.
Using her new powers, Emily battles against malevolent forces alongside new allies.
So yeah man if ya’ll like magic adventure stories with kids kicking ass and learning to wield incredibly dangerous power then this would be a pretty good series for ya, especially if you were a fan of the BONE comics back in the day.
There’s elves, robots, anthropomorphic animal people, and a lot more in the world of Alledia from what I remember. Also it’s not just a series for “little kids”, there’s legit some blood and death in here so heads up on that.
Apart of fanfic, what books or authors you prefer ?
Oooh, thanks for this question. This is for everyone:
I read a lot of genres, to be honest. But because of the style I use and type of fanfics I write, I find it especially helpful to read a lot of “juvenile” fiction. This kind of books is usually frowned upon since critics (and people that like to think of themselves as superior to everyone else) believe that they have nothing good to offer. And while I won’t deny that a big part of this genre’s too basic and in some cases, it’s even badly-written, I think there are tons of incredible novels out there.
So, my first big series was Harry Potter. I started reading it on my own when I was 6, and I read every book as it got out. So, even though in time I’ve come to realize that there are so many things Rowling did wrong (I think of her as a 6/10 author, honestly; I don’t think she’s particularly good at her job), this entire saga is one of my favorites. I read them all in order once a year during my winter break, and it never disappoints me.
I have The Complete Seriesedition in my bookcase, in English, and with all that fantastic art by Kazu Kibuishi. I just love it.
A couple of years ago I was going on a 20 hours road trip in a car, and I wanted to have something to read during those boring hours, so I went to a bookstore near my house and started looking for something interesting to read. I decided to buy “The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan, and HOLY SHIT.
The first thing I did when I got to the new town (I kid you not), was going to the closest bookstore and buy the other 4 books of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians saga. I devoured them in a week or two. Since then I’ve bought the other 5 books of the Heroes of Olympus saga, the trilogy of The Kane Chronicles, the first book of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard and the first book of The Trials of Apollo, all of them by Rick Riordan and all part of his amazing universe. So I have 15 books from good ol’ Rick.
Well, that’s because Rick Riordan is my favorite author of all time, and I try my hardest to imitate his style, even though I add some of my personal touches. Too bad they fucked up the movies (TOTALLY NOT HIS FAULT, HE HATES THEM TOO), if they did justice to them they could have a Cinematic Universe that would give Marvel a run for their money.
IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE PERCY JACKSON SAGA BUY IT AND DO IT NOW.
(also, @viria , one of my favorite artist out there, is doing the official art for Riordan’s page, which is awesome)
But my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK SAGA is…
Memorias de Idhún, by Laura Gallego García.
I don’t know if there’s an English version of them. I suppose there is, and I hope there is since this 6 book saga is the best thing I’ve ever read in my life. So many plot lines without feeling confusing, so many interesting twists, so much romance (the love triangle here is like nothing you’ve ever seen, I bet you $500 you’ve never read anything like it), SO MUCH FRICKING AWESOME ACTION. It has magic, it has Gods, it has new races, it has dragons, it has a wonderful world, it has prophecies, it has… IT HAS EVERYTHING!
Look it up and read it, if you can. You won’t be disappointed.
(this is an image of the comic, but check out the novels)
Ready for Amulet 6: Escape From Lucien?! Here’s a sneak peek of one of the scenes from Kazu Kibuishi (boltcity) PLUS an explanation of how each page comes to be!
First Photo - Blue Line: While many of the pages in Amulet begin with a very rough and scribbly version of the page, this is one of the examples where I let the art direct me where to go with the dialogue and story. I knew I wanted to draw the large panel of the Colossus being prepared for battle, so I went right ahead and began penciling the page with a blue pencil and added dialogue after the drawings were done. I use a blue line so that when I go to ink the page, I can cancel out the blue color in the computer and leave only the clean black lines on the page. This process feels a bit like I’m drawing with invisible ink or pencil.
Second Photo - Inked Page: I call this the “inking” stage, but what I’m really doing here is using a regular graphite pencil and drawing over a large printed copy of the blue line image. After the page is “inked”, I scan the image into the computer and adjust the contrast of the penciled linework to make it look more like ink. Using a pencil is not only easier on my hand, but it creates a nice, flowing line that makes the image look a little bit like it’s moving. This is also the stage where most of the dialogue writing occurs. The font is one that is based on my own hand lettering, and I just type drafts of dialogue on the inked pages until I feel the dialogue works.
Third Photo - Colors: Once the inks are scanned into the computer, cleaned up, and adjusted, we add colors digitally. Working digitally allows us to paint a lot faster and adjust things much easier than if we painted everything on paper or canvas. We use Adobe Photoshop to achieve a painted look and feel. This stage is overseen by Jason Caffoe (jcaffoe), who works with me to establish the colors and settings in the books. On this particular page, I simply gave Jason notes on what kind of setting I wanted to see, and he established the imagery in the background. After working with me for so many years, Jason has a good sense of what I’m looking to achieve, and nearly always hits the mark.
#1 New York Times best-seller, Amulet, is a great series to introduce your kids to the fantastic world of comics as created by Kazu Kibuishi.
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.