Oct. 16th, 2015

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In 2014, I read 24 volumes of graphic novels.

Series I discovered:

Saga - A big epic space adventure, that at its heart is about two people in love trying to raise their child while on the run for their lives. This is so much of what I love about science fiction: strange fantastic worlds of wonder, full of people who are literally aliens or robots or ghosts, but still very much people like us. Vivid, funny, and occasionally a little disturbing.

The Drops of God - Thanks to this manga, my knowledge of wine has increased from practically nothing to an awareness of what the hell is a grand cru and why terroir is a thing. One of the reasons I love this type of manga is gaining an appreciation of things people love and why they love it - whether it be ballet, boxing, or baking - plus all the fascinating, esoteric detail, wrapped up in a story with grand! dramatic! stakes!

Series I continued to enjoy:

Oishinbo - A food manga about a newspaper team researching the dream menu, and delving into cooking techniques and ingredient hunting along the way. It's really educational and entertaining! Volumes I read this year were "Fish, sushi and sashimi", "Vegetables", and "Rice".

Standalones I enjoyed:

Hyperbole and a Half - Allie Brosh collects some of the best comics from her website, including Cake Versus Pie: A Scientific Approach, This is Why I'll Never be an Adult, and Adventures in Depression and Depression Part Two. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes devastating, always honest.
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A pretty thin year for musicals, though the two I saw were good adaptations of classic movies about the power of dance. (And love!)

Strictly Ballroom - "A life lived in fear is a life half lived."

Dirty Dancing - "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

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