December 5, 2010

2011 Graphic Novels Challenge

Hey guys! It's Vasilly and I'm the newest host for the the Graphic Novels Challenge. I want to thank Nymeth and Chris for keeping this challenge going strong for the rest of us in 2010. This was one of the challenges that Dewey started and I'm happy to see that it's still going on years later.

So the rules are basically still the same:

  1. The challenge starts January 1, 2011 and ends December 31, 2011. You can start anytime you want to especially if you want to start early.
  2. The level of participation: Beginner (3 comics or graphic novels), Intermediate (3-10 books), or Expert (10+)
  3. Overlaps with other challenges is definitely okay
  4. Re-reads count
  5. Feel free to post your list at any time
One of the things that will change is mini-challenges. I don't think I'm going to have them this year but I will host a monthly spotlight on one book or author every month. I'm also hoping to feature a guest post every month along with monthly prizes. So sign up!

June 10, 2010

Surely it's not the 10th of June?!

In other news, I am a horrible challenge host. Here's a new Mr Linky for your reviews.

I also wanted to point you towards In Spring it is the Dawn's June Hello Japan! mini-challenge, as it's devoted to manga and therefore might interest some graphic novels challenge participants. We might also have a cross-over with the manga challenge later this year, but you can't have too much of a good thing, right?

March 28, 2010

April Mini-Challenge

The next graphic novels mini-challenge is hosted by the wonderful Heather at Tales of a Capricious Reader, and the theme is non-fiction. Make sure you drop by Heather's blogger for the details, and also for information about the great prizes she'd giving away. And look - isn't the button gorgeous?

April Mini-Challenge

March 7, 2010

March (ETA: and April) Mr Linky

First of all, apologies for the fact that this is one week late. And also for the fact that I'm unsurprisingly behind on updating the review index. For now I'll leave the February Mr Linky up, and I'll add those reviews as time allows. Meanwhile, here's a place for your new reviews. I hope everyone's been enjoying their reads.

February 28, 2010

February Mr Linky, Mini-Challenge and Review Index

At the bottom of this post, you'll find the Mr Linky for your February graphic novels reviews. Because we're using the free version of Mr Linky, this means that the one for January will disappear. We considered upgrading to a paid account, but Mr Linky is a service we've had enough problems with in the past that we'd rather wait for something better to come along.

Anyway - the solution we came up with was to edit the Mr Linky post at the end of the month and add permanent links to everyone's reviews. But then, inspired by Teresa's Diversify Your Reading project, we had a more ambitious idea. Why not create a permanent alphabetic index of graphic novels reviews, one that anyone, challenge participant or not, could contribute to? We thought this could be a useful resource to anyone considering giving the medium a try but not knowing where to turn. Sadly our previous idea of coming up with a list of recommendations for newcomers wasn't as well-received as we hoped, but we have confidence that this one will be.

If you click here, you'll see that the January Mr Linky was edited into a review index. If you have any reviews to add to the index, no matter how old, just leave us a comment and we'll happily add your links. We would very much appreciate your contribution, so feel free to leave as many links as you want, and also to spread the word.

Last but not least, I wanted to announce the February Mini-Challenge, which is being hosted by my co-host Chris. The goal is to read graphic novels about or featuring animals - please visit Chris' blog for all the details!

Happy graphic novel reading in February!

January 31, 2010

Graphic Novels Review Index


A Family Secret by Eric Heuvel - Reviewed at Helen's Book Blog

Adventures in Burrwood Forest
by John Lechner
- Reviewed at The Purple Crayon

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain - a graphic adaptation - Reviewed at Tales of a Capricious Reader

Akira Vol 1 by Katsuhiro Otomo - Reviewed at The Book Mine Set

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang - Reviewed at Helen's Book Blog, Good Books & Good Wine, Stephanie's Confessions of a Book-a-holic, Melody's Reading Corner

Aya by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie - Reviewed at Helen's Book Blog

The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s Great Idea by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier - Reviewed at Outside of a Dog

Benny and Penny in The Big No-No by Geoffrey Hayes - Reviewed at Books & Other Thoughts

Binky the Space Cat
by Ashley Spires
- Reviewed at Maw Books

Britten and Brulightly
by Hannah Berry
- Reviewed at Eclectic/Eccentric

by Craig Thompson
- Reviewed at Stuff as Dreams Are Made On, things mean a lot, Booklust

Bone by Jeff Smith - Reviewed at The Book Mine Set (Vols. 2 and 3)

Calamity Jack by Shannon and Dean Hale and Nathan Hale - Reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews, Maw Books

Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation by Michael Keller and Nicolle Rager Fuller - Reviewed at My life plain and simple, Dick-o's Deep Thoughts, things mean a lot

Crime & Punishment: a graphic adaptation - Reviewed at The Zen Leaf

Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie
- A Graphic Adaptation by Francois Riviere and Solidor - Reviewed at Secret Dreamworld of a Bookaholic

De avonden
by Dick Matena
- Reviewed at Graasland

Dracula: A graphic adaptation - Reviewed at Tipping Towards Lucidity

Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamako - Reviewed at A Striped Armchair

Essential X-Men Volume 7 by Chris Claremont - Reviewed at Reading in Bed

Essex Country Vol 2 Ghost Stories by Jeff Lemire - Reviewed at A Season to Read

The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim - Reviewed at
Gig Harbor High School Library Blog, things mean a lot

Excalibur Classic 1: The Sword is Drawn
by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis
- Reviewed at Reading in Bed

Fables: Animal Farm by Bill Willingham - Reviewed at Beth Fish Reads

Fables: Sons of Empire by Bill Willingham - Reviewed at Back to Books

Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch, The by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli - Reviewed at Jenny's Books

The Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde by Oscar Wilde and P. Craig Russell - Reviewed at Jenny's Books

Four Letter Worlds edited by Eric Stephenson - Reviewed at My life, plain and simple

First Escape
by G.P. Taylor - Reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews

French Milk by Lucy Knisley - Reviewed at Tripping Towards Lucidity

Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott edited by Tom Pomplun - Reviewed at Back to Books

Graphic Classics: Special Edition edited by Tom Pomplun - Reviewed at Back to Books

Heaven’s Ladder by Waid, Hitch and Neary - Reviewed at Mervi's Book Reviews

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and JM Ken Niimura - Reviewed at things mean a lot

Irredeemable by Mark Waid - Reviewed at Back to Books

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: a Graphic Adaptation - Reviewed at Book-a-rama

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevension: A Graphic adaptation - Reviewed at The Book Mine Set

Laika by Nick Abdazis - Reviewed at Helen's Book Blog, things mean a lot

Manga Shakespeare: As You Like It - Reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews

Manga Shakespeare: Julius Caeser
- Reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews

Manga Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing - Reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews

Maus by Art Spiegelman - Reviewed at Eclectic/Eccentric, The Zen Leaf, things mean a lot

The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka - a graphic adaptation - Reviewed at Helen's Book Blog

Murder Mysteries by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell - Reviewed at The Bookling

Nevermore: A Graphic Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe's Short Stories - Reviewed at things mean a lot

Oishinbo: Ramen & Gyōza by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki
- Reviewed at Bookie Mee

Ordinary Victories II by Manu Larcenet
- Reviewed at Jenny's Books

Pedro and Me by Judd Winick
- Reviewed at Helen's Book Blog

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- Reviewed at Serendipity, Helen's Book Blog

Pictures that Tick
by Dave McKean
- Reviewed at Stuff as Dreams are Made On

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan and by Niko Henrichon
- Reviewed at Helen's Book Blog

Prince of Persia: The Graphic Novel by Jordan Mechner and A.B. Sina
- Reviewed at Red House Books

Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451: The Authorized Adaptation by Tim Hamilton - Reviewed at This Purple Crayon

The Sandman: A Game of You by Neil Gaiman et al - Reviewed at Books & Other Thoughts

Science Fiction Classics edited by Tom Pomplun
- Reviewed at Becky's Book Reviews

The Ultimates by Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch - Reviewed at Susan Hated Literature

V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd
- Reviewed at Reading in Bed

The Vietnam War: A Graphic History by Dwight Jon Zimmerman and Wayne Vansant
- Reviewed at Dick-o's Deep Thoughts

Vögelein: Clockwork Faerie by Jane Irwin and Jeff Bernd
- Reviewed at Books & Other Thoughts

The Wall by Peter Sís
- Reviewed at Helen's Book Blog

Wonderland by Tommy Kovac and illustrated by Sonny Liew
- Reviewed at The Purple Crayon, things mean a lot

January 3, 2010

Welcome To Graphic Novels Challenge 2010!!!

Hello again Fanboys and Fangirls!! The Graphic Novels Challenge, the 2010 edition has officially started!! As promised, we have lots of fun things lined up for this year, and the first thing is a mini challenge hosted by the oh so sweet Teresa at Read All Over Reviews!! It's all about reading the classics reinterpreted by the Graphic Novel medium. Head on over to this post to learn more about how to sign up. She also has a super awesome button for the mini-challenge!

Work behind the scenes is still going on and we're at work still compiling a list of recommended Graphic Novels for the newbie to the medium! So you can expect that still, we're just a little behind schedule with the holidays :/ And you should see a Mr. Linky appear in the next day or so that will allow you to link up all of your reviews for the month of January so that we'll have a central place to collect some awesome reviews.

As always, if you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact us at the challenge email address: graphicnovelschallenge(at)gmail(dot)com or just leave a comment in the comments section!! Above all, have fun!! And if you haven't signed up for the challenge yet, please do!! Sign-ups are open all throughout the year, so hop on in whenever you feel like it! The Mr. Linky is found just a post or two down to sign up :) There are still spots open if you're interested in hosting a mini-challenge, by the way. Just let us know at the above email address. I'm off to bury myself in a book now!