Jan 25, 2008
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Attention, Philadelphia Sheldonistas!

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 12:51 PM

Today must be my day to recommend good cartooning. I had some spare time this morning to catch up on some reading, and it's put me in the mood to share great work you may not have seen.

So here's a recommendation that Philadelphians (and a whole host of non-Philadelphians!) are sure to love: "Phables."

Created weekly by my very good friend Brad Guigar, each installment of "Phables" is a wonderfullly drawn and intimately told tale of Philadelphia, with expansive, beautiful linework and heartwarming tales that earned it a nomination for cartooning's Eisner Award. I've never lived in Philly, myself, and I love it. I know you will, too.

Here's one of many great ones: Look at that linework!

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Girl Genius

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 10:22 AM

At last year's San Diego Comic-Con, I had the pleasure of meeting the immensely kind Kaja Foglio, who is part of the husband-and-wife team behind Girl Genius. After hitting it off and chatting for a bit, Kaja and I did a little swap: She getting the "Sheldon" books, and I getting the "Girl Genius" books. And I can tell you right now, I got the better part of the bargain: "Girl Genius" is a thoroughly wonderful story.

The Foglios describe it as "...gaslamp fantasy with adventure, romance and mad science." It's set in a (alternate-history) steam-powered, Industrial-Age Europe, where unique individuals have super-human abilities with technology and invention. These "sparks", as they're called, variously employ their abilities for good and evil... resulting in grand tales of conflict and heroism.

It's a great series of books, with particularly beautiful establishing shots and backgrounds. (The kind you look at for ten minutes, soaking up all the detail.) If you haven't read it before, dive on in online.

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