I’m glad I put some funds down and went to see this weekend’s Graphic Novel Panel 2013 by the Seattle chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild, because in addition to being a chance to chat with friends, it was also an opportunity to learn more about some books worth reading. Here are three:
You are not Michel Gagne. Michel Gagne is nothing like the rest of us. A former Don Bluth animator, he has seen things we people have never dreamed. He has successes in production we could never understand. If you have the chance to meet him at a booth somewhere, you should, because one day he will become the stuff of legend. Don’t read Zed. Experience it.
When a cute little alien named ZED demonstrates his invention to the Hierarchy of the Galaxy, something goes wrong—terribly wrong! Before long, ZED’s universe is thrown into complete turmoil and our little hero must face nearly insurmountable odds trying to survive and save the very fate of his home world.
David and Frank did exhaustive research for this book. They put years and years into the making of this book. This book deserves to be in your home, where it will sit in a corner, pick a mandolin and sing about young women who died before their time. Also, David wears suspenders and thinks my karoake singing is pretty good, so you know, why not?
The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song is a rich and compelling original graphic novel that tells the story of the Carter Family—the first superstar group of country music—who made hundreds of recordings and sold millions of records. Many of their hit songs, such as “Wildwood Flower” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” have influenced countless musicians and remain timeless country standards.
I was riveted to this frank account of learning to control a bi-polar disorder. There are simple charts contained for people like me who can’t decipher psychological profiles. The Seattle locations don’t hurt either. I learned a lot more from this book than I ever learned in health class.
Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions and creativity.