Graphic Novels

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Today we’ve got graphic novels donated by bookstores, comic publishers, and the authors themselves.

These first ones are from Dreamhaven.

  • Five hardcover graphic novel copies of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest – Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!” With this sinister snatch of piratical song echoing along the English coast, the mysterious Billy Bones ushers young Jim Hawkins into an undreamed-of world of danger and adventure on the far-flung, mist-shrouded Treasure Island… the excitement is all here, in words and pictures of vibrant color – skillfully adapted by award-winning writer Roy Thomas and artist Mario Gully.

“These are all-ages comics: simple enough to be enjoyed by kids, yet with enough philosophical depth to keep adults interested as well.” – Popmatters

Donated by IDW Publishing.

Pat’s Note: this is a really great series that pretty much defies description. It’s sort of like a more surreal version of a Lovecraft story. Less existential horror, more creepy mystery.

“Novelist Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box, crafts a gripping account of the shattered Locke family’s attempt to rebuild after the father/husband is murdered by a deranged high school student and the family subsequently moving in with the deceased father’s brother at the family homestead in Maine. But as anyone who has read horror fiction in the past 70-odd years will tell you, it’s a bad idea to try to leave behind the gruesome goings-on in your life by moving to an island named Lovecraft… ” – Publisher’s Weekly

  • One hardcover copy of Dave Stevens: Complete Sketches & Studies.

Dave Stevens self-published four sketchbooks to sell at the San Diego Comic Con. These were very limited editions and are now highly sought-after collectibles. This volume collects the entire contents of those four sketchbooks, plus approximately 100 additional pieces that have never before been published.

  • One numbered hardcover graphic novel copy of Bloom County The Complete Library Volume Four: 1986 – 1987 by Berkeley Breathed. Signed by the artist and numbered 441/500.

This is Book Four of Berkeley Breathed’s Eisner Award-winning series. It features some of the most fondly remembered Bloom County cartoons, both from a humor standpoint and from a biting, political one. This is the period for which Breathed won a Pulitzer Prize, the highest award in journalism, for editorial cartooning. Breathed is one of only two cartoonists to win a Pulitzer for editorial cartooning.

  • One hardcover copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: the Ultimate Collection, Volume 1.

Rediscover the underground roots of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starting with this special edition hardcover collection of Mirage Studios” issues #1-7 along with the Raphael one-shot by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird! With over 300 pages of mutated-martial arts action, this volume is perfect for fans to relive the glorious days of the Turtles” origins as well as an excellent place for new readers to see where the TMNT phenomena began.

  • One hardcover copy of The Rocketeer The Complete Adventures by Dave Stevens.

“Speeding across the sky like a jet-propelled dream, Stevens’s Rocketeer is one of the most enduring and endearing images of ’80s comics. Set in the ’30s, these tales follow Cliff Secord, an impulsive young stunt pilot who finds a mysterious jetpack that enables him to fly. And then his troubles—and the fun—begin….” – Publishers Weekly

A special adaptation of the big-screen retelling of the ancient myth from filmmakers Neil Gaiman, Roger Avary and Robert Zemeckis! In the sixth century, the warrior Beowulf must do battle with the monster Grendel as well as Grendel’s mother and a dragon who has a personal connection to the Scandanavian warrior. Adapted by Chris Ryall and Gabriel Rodriguez.

From Sea Lion Books.

“Knaak carves deep into the cornerstones of fantasy bringing forth darkness and horror while weaving subterfuges of a long-lived magic destined to wreak havoc on a world that thought war and bloodshed was a thing of the past.” – Chris Evans

  • Six graphic novels of Dark Swan: Storm Born Volume 1 by Richelle Mead.

Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she”s been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld”s most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past…

From Dynamite.

  • Five graphic novels of Fear Nothing: Volume One by Dean Koontz.

“Dean Koontz is not just a master of our darkest dreams, but also a literary juggler.” – The Times (London)

“There is plenty to like in this comic. Fans can revel in the careful realizations of familiar characters. Newcomers can delight in high quality, evocatively colored art, including numerous two-page spreads. The story feels like it was intended for the comic book medium . . . due in no small way to Chuck Dixon’s hand in this. Top flight.” – ComicCritique.com

Acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, has joined the Dynamite Entertainment family with the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight. For the past five years, readers have been thrilled by the Harper Connelly series which follows a woman who has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people!

  • Three graphic novels of The Dresden Files – Stormfront by Jim Butcher.

“The Dresden novels are already New York Times bestsellers, and this comic looks like another winner.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Six graphic novels of Wild Cards – The Hard Call by Daniel Abraham.

“Set in the world of the novels edited by George R.R. Martin and featuring a brand-new set of characters, as well as appearances from many old favorites, “Wild Cards: The Hard Call” is an original story written specifically for comics that will enchant new readers and old fans alike.”

Pat’s Note: This book is huge. Perfectly in keeping with a collection featuring the god of thunder.

Thanks to IDW for this gorgeous hardcover collection of Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor. Scanning from Simonson’s original art has ensured that all the pages of this masterpiece are reproduced with the highest possible quality.

Interested? You can bid on this book over here.

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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on our Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and over a thousand others.

Even better, if you chip in before February 7th of 2012, Worldbuilders will match 50% of your donation. So you’re making the world a better place by half again as much.

If you’d like to see all the auctions Worldbuilders is currently running, you can find them over here.

To see the other books we’re giving away, you can head over to our main page HERE.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2011By Pat25 Responses

25 Comments

  1. Rhia
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 1:27 AM | Permalink

    Omg, omg, omg! Tove Jansson!

    If you ever happen to be in Tampere, Finland, you should make sure to go to the Moomin-Museum, it’s pretty cute.

    • Posted January 18, 2012 at 7:13 AM | Permalink

      Yeah. I’ve never heard of her before this book showed up as a donation. But the comic looks cool.

      Yet another thing to add to my reading list….

      • Zeppe
        Posted January 18, 2012 at 12:32 PM | Permalink

        The books are better! The Invisible Child (or whatever the translation is called) is wonderful.

      • Little My
        Posted January 18, 2012 at 1:38 PM | Permalink

        Invisible Child is usually part of “Tales from Moominvalley”, a collection of short stories set in the Moomin world. I think that’s an amazing book, but for an intro to her work, I’d recommend “Finn Family Moomintroll” as a starter. It’s on the more juvenile end of the scale (by the time you get to “Moominvalley in November” they’re hardly children’s books at all) but is magical and fun and introduces most of the players. “Moominland Midwinter” is probably my favorite, though you appreciate it more with some context, I think.

  2. Little My
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 6:39 AM | Permalink

    I know, eh? I have to go get this collection anyway. I have actually collected her more obscure picture books (“Moomin, Mymble & Little My”; “Who Will Comfort Toffle”; “The Dangerous Journey”) – such gorgeous artwork. But I only got to like her illustrations because the stories were so wonderful. (Not as much in the picture books, where the translations seem generally dreadful, but in the original eight children’s books.) Tampere, Finland, is certainly on my bucket list!

  3. PHXDale
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:06 AM | Permalink

    Thor is mine. For one, brief, sweet moment in time those magical words of ‘current highest bidder’ allow me to once again boldly and proudly tread the Rainbow bridge of my distant youth. But alas, I fear Loki has maliciously interfered with my checking account; no doubt deeper pockets will soon prevail and wrench the keys to Asgaard from my clenched, impoverished fingers!

    Perhaps a mad dash to sell all of my earthly possessions would allow me to prevail – yet I fear the God of Thunder himself would whimper, cower and piddle upon his codpiece were he to face the inevitable wrath my lovely bride would fling upon me should I choose this course of action.

    Touch the grand tome for me, fair Patrick. Caress it and whisper to it that once -ever so briefly- it was bound for a home where it would be cherished and loved like no other. A parting kiss for my fleeting moment in Valhalla.

    I’m off to weep bitter tears in my coffee. Just please tell me that the binding smells like mead and other Norse-y things! :0)

    • PHXDale
      Posted January 21, 2012 at 10:20 AM | Permalink

      My grasp of Thor held sway for three whole days! Should’ve been rich instead of good looking.

      May the coffers of WorldBuilder’s fill to busting! A toast to kindness, Pat’s generosity and the deep pockets of your fan base. Cheers!

      • Posted February 2, 2012 at 2:57 PM | Permalink

        I won it! $83 (plus amazingly pricy shipping) go to worldbuilders! Wanna know the funny thing? I bid low once and was outbid the next day, but then thought I would bid $80. Then I thought people would think I would bid $80 so they would bid $81. But then I thought that people would think I would think that, so they would in turn bid $82, but I outsmarted them! I bid $83 and then promptly forgot all about it. You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – The most famous of which is “never get involved in a land war in Asia” – but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go against a Marvel zombie child of the 80s comic geek when Simonson’s Thor is on the line”! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha…

    • Posted February 2, 2012 at 2:48 PM | Permalink

      Loki? I don’t call *you* names!

  4. Shadow
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 9:51 AM | Permalink

    Ya know it’s funny but the one thing I don’t like about Worldbuilders is that it grows my “To read” list to gargantuan proportions and makes it’s unmanageable for nearly 9 months of the year. Then when it just seems to be a manageable size again Worldbuilders comes around and it grows like some nasty fungus. I’ve actully had to put my list on the desktop of my computer for quick easy access so I can update it everytime I read this blog (and so I’m not also killing umpteen million trees).

  5. IvoryDoom
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 11:14 AM | Permalink

    Oh man, I was hoping this post would have some Serenity graphic novels to bid on. I just finished Firefly for the first time and have been wanting to pick them up! Especially the one about Shepard Book! (What is with that guy?) Would have been great to buy them and have proceeds go to world builders. Oh well, enough rambling….I think I shall go see current bids on this TMNT book.

  6. kris.rudin
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 12:30 PM | Permalink

    I’m a little confused – I have donated to the cause. Do I then have to specifically bid on items? I thought it was just kind of a lottery thing. thx.

    • Posted January 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM | Permalink

      Yup. It’s a general lottery. The only things you have to bid on specifically are the auction items.

      • kris.rudin
        Posted January 20, 2012 at 12:03 PM | Permalink

        Ah, so there are TWO ways to support: donate to be entered into general lottery or bid directly on auction items. *LIGHTBULB_ON*

        :-)

  7. JoelRovira
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 5:42 PM | Permalink

    Hello Pat!
    This is my first ever comment on your blog and I’m surprisingly and unexpectedly nervous about it… Really hope you read and answer my query.
    Today I met the British children’s fantasy writer Sam Wilding, he is not overly famous but I recognised the name, and I was convinced that the reason I for this was that I he had donated some of his stuff to Worldbuilders. So I said as much to him and this started a long and really interesting conversation. But now having checked I cant find a mention of him or any of his novels!
    I’m going to see him tomorrow morning again and I don’t want him to think I was making it up (I gave him the name of your blog so he could check it out)
    Please could you tell me if in fact I was lieing to him or not?

    By the way I check your blog every day I think that despite not having ever met you I have a bit of a mancrush!

  8. QWOPtain Crunch
    Posted January 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM | Permalink

    Bloom County?? I have GOT to get my hands on that.

  9. RowdyTheDog
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 2:04 AM | Permalink

    Hey Pat!
    Amazing amount of books and other very desirable things! It makes it ever so hard not to go overboard with the giving, :D
    Just wanted to point out the FAQ still says the contest ends at the end of Jan, and that might confuse those very people who need less confusing.
    Can’t wait to see the 150k surprise!

  10. Marcus Cox
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 12:50 PM | Permalink

    I’ve only made my way through the first two volumes of Locke and Key and it’s up there on my favorite graphic novels list.

    Have you read any Joe Hill’s other work? I really enjoyed Heart Shaped Box. Horns and 20th Century Ghosts are on my to read list.

  11. Colf
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM | Permalink

    I hate to be this guy, but I am going to be this guy. You are doing great work with this fund raising thing but… can we have a little news about book 3 pleease? You’re the man

    • IvoryDoom
      Posted January 20, 2012 at 11:00 AM | Permalink

      I’d love hear some about how book three is coming along also! I just finished Wise Man’s Fear last night and…WHAT AN ENDING!? I just read 4 really awesome books in row (two of those being Pat’s) and I cannot decide what the follow up is going to be!

  12. Posted February 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM | Permalink

    “Please note: this auction does not include food, lodging, or transportation to the convention.”

    Not even Nachos? What about Mountain Dew?

  13. Posted February 2, 2012 at 3:03 PM | Permalink

    Hey, btw, In case any of you comic geeks are into listening to podcasts and Patrick Rothfuss, you should listen to Pat on our podcast. He even answers a question that he would never answer on his blog. It’s on iTunes or you can link directly right here:

    http://www.comicsonline.com/COP/COPS12E05-PatrickRothfuss.mp3

    I’m sure Pat will put up the link after all this stuff is over, but in the meantime, enjoy!

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