Illustrated and adapted by Rafael Albuquerque
The Neil Gaiman Library is a series of graphic novels by Dark Horse Comics that partners fantastic artists who adapt a short story by Gaiman. Every Comic Con, I see a shelf full of new ones and I scoop them all up. Gaiman has appeal to comicbook readers thanks to his creation of The Sandman, and he also appeals to novel readers thanks to Coraline, American Gods, Stardust, The Graveyard Book (which was adapted into a fantastic graphic novel), and many others. The books in this series are that same blend of gothic and fantasy that readers enjoy from Gaiman's other works, and they showcase art by some fantastic creators.
Fans may know Albuquerque from his run of various characters in the DC franchise, but most recently, Albuquerque has been tapped to work on a Dark Horse art book for The Witcher 3, an increasingly popular video game.
Scott pilgrim by bryan lee o'malley
O'Malley's 2004-2010 classic is still a tale that resonates with today's teens. This is one of those rare non-Japanese manga that actually has staying power. The manga version is close to the movie adaptation (one of the books-to-movies that turned out alright) in that Scott is dating a high schooler, he dreams about a mysterious girl, and he has to fight off the evil exes of his dream girl, Ramona. Scott has other adventures and battles, and yes, the baddies do disappear into a pile of coins just like most video games.
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