Science Fiction and Fantasy


Stinz: Horsebrush and Other Tales by Donna Barr
Stinz is prominent member of a half-horse (i.e. centaur) community in a remote German valley. This is a collection of short stories about his youth, older years, and some of his kin. Donna Barr is probably my favorite creator, and this is simply an amazing book. Very realistic and moving in spite of its weirdness.



Stinz: Charger by Donna Barr
This volume details Stinz's time serving in the German militray during WWI. In fact, he's the only half-horse that's ever served in the German army, and all parties involved are trying to decide where and how he fits in. Again, I cannot overstate my admiration for Donna Barr's work.



BONE: Out from Boneville by Jeff Smith
Sometimes described as a mix of Walt Kelly's "Pogo" and "Lord of the Rings" (and not inaccurately so), BONE is a great mix of epic fantasy and whimsey. This first volume is, by analogy, sorta like "The Hobbit"... lighter, and only hinting at things to come.


Leave It to Chance by James Robinson & Paul Smith
This is just fun comics... not dark, or serious, or shocking... just fun. Lucas Falconer is the magical gaurdian of the city of Devil's Echo. Chance is his daughter, who wants to follow in his footsteps. Against his wishes, of course. A great mystery adventure, drawn with simplicity and grace by one of my very favorite artists, Paul Smith.

Moonshadow by J.M. DeMatteis & Jon J. Muth
"The unlikely story of the child of a spherical alien being and a nice Jewish girl from Brooklyn.'" A meandering fairey tail for adults, all in beautiful watercolors by Muth.
"Beautiful, original, haunting." - Ray Bradbury


The Adventures of Luther Arkwright by Bryan Talbot
Sex, drugs, violence, interdimensional terrorists, super-human secret agents, an alternate history for the British Empire, and a glowing introduction by Michael Moorcock. Very weird and very British, but very good.


Preacher: Gone to Texas by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
Almost certainly the most violent, depraved, offensive, blasphemous non-politically correct series in my library. And possibly the most entertaining. Certainly not for the squeemish or easily offended, this is nonetheless a superbly crafted comic book that I deemed an essential part of this collection.



Preacher: Until the End of the World by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
Preacher is the story of the Reverend Jesse Custer, his gun-toting (ex-?) lover Tulip, and Cassidy (an Irish Vampire). Also thrown in the mix are the spirit of John Wayne, God, the Saint of Killers, and a whole cast of bizarre, depraved characters that defy description. This volume explores Jesse's twisted childhood, and Cassidy is kidnapped by the Grail.



Preacher: Proud Americans by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
Jesse goes to the Grail's compound in Massada, France to rescue Cassidy. More is learned about the Grail, Jesse's powers, and Cassidy's past. And we meet the savior. Humperdido.
-thanks to Brian Roney


Preacher: Ancient History by Ennis, Pugh, Ezquerra & Case
This volume is not part of the Preacher series proper, but rather reprints various other Preacher tie-ins. Included are a four-issue mini-series revealing the origin of the Saint of Killers, the one-shot origin of Arse-face, and a random story about Jody and T.C., the rednecks from hell.
-thanks to Brian Roney


Preacher: Dixie Fried by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
Jesse and Co. go to New Orleans to get some answers about Jesse's powers and where God might be hiding, and run into some old friends of Cassidy's. Also, Arse-face arrives seeking revenge and departs on the road to stardom.
-thanks to Brian Roney


Preacher: War in the Sun by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
Starr assumes control of the Grail, and goes after Jesse and the Saint of Killers... goes a little overboard, really. Several body parts are lost.
-thanks to Brian Roney


Preacher: Salvation by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
Everybody's gone their seperate ways, so Jesse goes to Texas. Salvation, Texas. A really messed up little town that needs rescuin'.
-thanks to Brian Roney


Preacher: All Hell's A-Coming by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
Jesse and Tulip are reunited, Cassidy continues to show his true colors, Starr struggles for control of the Grail, and things start moving towards a resolution.
-thanks to Brian Roney


Preacher: Alamo by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
The final showdown for everybody.
-thanks to Brian Roney


Cerebus (Vol I) by Dave Sim
Cerebus is unique in the world of comics. It is the longest running title by a single creator (currently on issue 260+), and the longest running independent (i.e. not Marvel or DC) comic. This volume ("phone book") collects the first 25 issues of the series from the late 70's.


Cerebus: High Society by Dave Sim
This volume details Cerebus's rise to power in the city-state of Iest. Although Sim's style is still evolving here, these are wonderfully crafted, intricate (often bewildering) stories, that are also as funny as anything in the "Humor" section.


2001 Nights by Yukinobu Hoshino
Although I used to collect a fair amount of manga (Japanese comics), this is the only one that I had to add to the library. This is the best "hard" science fiction I've ever read in comic book form. It is very "realistic" both in artistic style and in its view of the future and of human nature.

2001 Nights: Journey Beyond Tomorrow by Yukinobu Hoshino
The series chronicles the exploration of space via a collection of vignettes, showing moments across the future of space exploration. Although it is a collection of short stories, there are common themes throughout, and the pieces stand together as a marvelous whole.

2001 Nights: Children of Earth by Yukinobu Hoshino
In the last volume, man has been travling the depths of space for hundreds of years, and found no intelligent life. Mankind begins to withdraw homewards even as evolution begins to adapt others to a spacefaring existence.

Finder: Sin Eater, Vol One by Carla Speed McNeil
I discovered this book last fall while staying at a friend's house (thanks, KAM!). She doesn't collect nearly as many comics as I do, but typical of her, she had found one of the best things on the market, and I'd never even heard of it! Finder is too rich and complex to begin to describe here, but check out these reviews by the likes of Charles Vess, Scott McCloud and Donna Barr.



Finder: Sin Eater, Vol Two by Carla Speed McNeil
Again, this series defies my attempts to describe it, but you can read all of issues #15 and #19 on-line, neither of which currently appear in the library. #19 was nominated for an Eisner award- the comic book oscars- for best single issue.




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- Highly recommended!
I highly recommend all the comics in my library... they wouldn't be here otherwise. But these are either seminal works in the medium (e.g. Maus, Watchmen), or things that you probably haven't heard of but that I love dearly and think everyone should read.
- Warning
As I said in my disclaimer, I don't consider any of this material pornographic. On the other hand, I'm sure there's someone that would be offended by anything in this collection. Items with this mark, though, are a little severe, and trying their damnedest to offend. Good for them!
- A Complete Story
These titles are either a complete story unto themselves, or, like the Sandman, contain multiple volumes, but all volumes are here in the library. That is to say, there's no more to run out and buy.
- Ongoing
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