Sorry to say this, but comic books and graphic novels are as integral and important an aspect of geek culture as video games and sci fi movies (or long-winded high fantasy books). You may call yourself a geek, but if you have not experienced these five insane and awesome graphic novels for yourself, in my opinion, you are only partially a geek. A FULL geek knows that comics are a huge part of our culture, and were essential in forming us into antisocial dreamers we are today. Though everyone may know Batman and Superman and the X-Men, there is much more to comics and graphic novels than just dudes who wear spandex and fight bad guys (though not to undermine, that is a HUGE aspect of it). Here are 5 graphic novels you all have no excuse for not reading, as they will make you better at being a geek.
Methinks we’ve got more than our fair share of Japanophiles in this community, and if you are one of them, you’ll be feasting your eyes on some pretty sick artwork.
If you’re a Japanophile and a Game of Thrones fan, then you’ll be in heaven. Even if you only watch the HBO’s Game of Thrones, and you haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire by GRRM, I bet you’ll have a lot to say about these Japanese Game of Thrones book covers.
Now, we have all sorts of covers for the English books, with readers having their preferred version. Here’s a sample – just for Book One, A Game of Thrones.
And that’s not all of it.
They’re not bad at all. In fact, these are awesome covers in my book.
However, the Japanese Game of Thrones book covers are something else. Huge images alert! Also, possible spoilers!
A Game of Thrones
Daenerys is also introduced in the first book, but she isn’t the Mother of Dragons we know today – yet. What I am wondering about is this: if Daenerys is portrayed like this in Japanese Game of Thrones book covers, what would Khal Drogo look like? Any ideas?
A Clash of Kings
Arya with Needle
Sansa didn’t have such a major role in the books as she does now in the TV series, and I have to admit she isn’t my favorite character – far from that. IMHO, this piece of art is perfect in that regard.
A Storm of Swords
A Feast for Crows
Brother and sister. Lovers. Enemies?
A Dance with Dragons
The latest book that has been published, A Dance with Dragons feature the following three characters heavily.
More Game of Thrones:
You’ve probably noticed that we’re going overboard with our Halloween posts. So yeah, the holiday spirit is definitely getting to us, but can you blame us? I am pretty sure that you’re quite stoked as well.
Today, we bring you Disney characters dressed up in their very own Halloween costumes. What better way to usher in the spooky season?
These works of art are brought to you by Isaiah Stephens, also known as izzydoodledump on Tumblr. He has created a series of doodles, which will delight the Disney fan in you.
Disney characters Halloween costumes
The Beast as The Hulk
The Beast is one of Disney’s most loveable characters, especially in his enchanted form. I think it’s fitting for him to dress up as The Hulk, whose character is just as loveable – in either form.
Milo as The Doctor
Mulan as Xena
Tinkerbell as Beatrix Kiddo
Belle as Hermione
You’ve probably guessed by now that Beauty and The Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies, but that tidbit aside, isn’t Hermione a perfect fit for Belle? I hate to say it, but Belle looks better in this costume than her normal self.
What do you think of the Halloween costumes of these Disney characters? Want more? See the entire gallery here.
More Disney and Halloween:
Superheroes were once kids, too, and even if they come from different universes, who is to say that they may not have been childhood BFFs?
That’s probably what artist Darren Rawlings had in mind when he drew up his series of artwork titled “Little Friends”. As the series implies, they’re little. And they’re friends.
Nevermind that they’re DC and Marvel superheroes.
Take a look at these delightfully playful pieces of art.
That’s just our choice picks, but there are more Little Friends where that came from. See the entire Little Friends series here.
More superhero art:
Before you ask, I have no idea what superhero-itis is, so you can give it whatever definition you want. RxMen, though, is whole new story. The guys at Shutterstock came up with a cool compilation of original artwork featuring cures (RxMen, Rx; get it?) for possible conditions that our superheroes may have. After all, many of them are human – or partially human – just like us.
So in case you turn out to be like your favorite superhero, and you get sick, make sure you know your RxMen.
Armorol for Tony Stark
Just in case you get a really bad case of heartburn due to that immense source of power you’ve got embedded in your chest like everyone’s favorite cocky billionaire, genius, and playboy (well not anymore).
Purple Smash for the Hulk
Dr. Banner may have said that his secret is that he’s always angry, but Purple Smash might just save him from having to be in that constant state of anger. For those of you who have extreme mood swings triggered by whatever, keep this RxMen cure in mind.
Cerebrex for Charles Xavier
Having the ability to read and control minds is awesome, but that probably gives you one heck of a migraine on a regular basis. Whether you have super mind abilities or not, if you get massive migraines and nothing seems to work, maybe this is what you have been looking for all your life.
Tortoisol for Barry Allen
The Flash is the fastest man on Earth, but I am sure he could use some calming down from time to time, hence this prescription. After all, even the fastest superdude could use some down time. And, if you’ve been called hyperactive one time too many…
Want more? Get them here.
Just can’t get enough…of superheroes?
Robots are cool, retro probably even better.
Brian Edward Miller, the owner, artist, and illustrator behind the Orlin Culture Shop (OCS for short) put these two elements together as a result of his initial response to a tweet by Giuseppe Castellano @pinocastellano), who works with Penguin US.
“Illustrators, lets do it again. We’re looking for an illustrator who can draw awesome, quasi-retro robots for a fun book. Let me know.”
As they say, the rest is history – Robot Workshop history, and we’re lucky to see the illustrations that Miller has created. Whatever your age may be, these illustrations are sure to strike a chord with you.
Here is a sneak peek, with the unfinished work shown before the final product.
That’s not enough? Of course, it isn’t! See more of Miller’s retro robot illustrations in his blog.
Need moar robots!!!
Unless you’re creepy, and you’re the one that creeps creepy creatures out.
Wednesday Wolf’s self-description is enough to explain the art.
I want to make the world a little stranger. You might have seen me on Reddit or Tumblr. Maybe you met me at a show or convention. Possibly you found me after searching for odd pornography. I am a member of the human species, a variant of ape originating on the third rock from Sol. My homeland is Hong Kong, though I currently reside in Los Angeles completely legally. There is no need to check the paperwork on the matter.
I paint with watercolour, ink, spit and blood. Everything on this website, dear reader, is a slice of my mind. If you find anything offensive or profane, I recommend googling small animals. If you find anything arousing, titillating or intriguing, inform me. If you are alone, lonely and isolated in the dark of the night, know I am sitting up with you.
Ready for Star Wars art that will give you the heebie-jeebies? I won’t even name names. You can surely recognize them even in this form.
What’s the verdict? Are these Star Wars art pieces really that creepy, or am I just too jumpy? Check out more of Wednesday Wolf’s art here. Creepiness aside, it’s actually great work.
Normal Star Wars stuff:
There are Disney princesses, princes, and warriors. Everyone has his own place in the story – even the villains. Especially the villains.
But what if someone took Disney characters and turned them into lean, mean, butt-kicking machines and turned them into Disney warriors?
Of course someone has done it, and he’s called calvinlovetheinternet on Tumblr. For these Disney warriors you’ve created, Calvin, the Internet certainly loves you back.
The Disney Warriors
Snow White and Bambi
Well, here’s a nice mix.
Ariel with a trident is the natural state of things…how proud daddy must be!
Latecomer she may be, but everyone just seems to love her.
What do you think of these Disney warriors?
I love this more, and you might, too: Doctor Who Disney
Fairy tales always have happy endings, with good little girls doing what they’re supposed to do but occasionally diverging from the right path. And that’s where the story gets interesting. But in the end, they always get the happy forever afters.
Marilen Adrover AKA TeeLamb on deviantART has shown us just how things can go wrong with fairy tale gals. Her art, which is basically a set of four fairy tale mugshots is amazing, from the novel concept down to the details of each piece.
A fair word of warning: if you’re still looking at the fairy tales of your childhood behind rose-tinted glasses, you might not like what you’re about to see. If you’re adventurous, humorous, and open-minded, though, you’re going to love the artist’s take on these popular fairy tale girls.
Red Riding Hood
More fairy tales for you:
Come July 5, Sailor Moon fans will either be raving or ranting about the reboot, Sailor Moon Crystal. In the meantime, why don’t you take a look at these redesigns, which are pretty kicka$$?
See all redesigns here.
And, just to keep you going, here’s the trailer for the upcoming reboot.
Also, you might want to read this: The Voices of Sailor Moon 20 Years Later.