Welcome to my love of graphic novels.
I never read comics growing up. The term “graphic novel” didn’t exist for me in the 1990’s. Instead, I read cartoons – the Sunday Funnies. Perhaps no other author and illustrator impacted me more as a young adult than Bill Watterson with his comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. I have him to thank for motivating me to decide to merge my love of writing and drawing into a life-long passion I hope to always nourish.
I am also thankful for the following comics: The Far Side by Gary Larson, Get Fuzzy by Darby Conley, The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder, Overboard by Chip Dunham, and Non Sequitur by Wiley Miller.
Additionally, I am inspired by the following graphic novels and graphic memoirs: Maus by Art Spiegelman, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki, The Watchmen by Alan Moore, Palestine by Joe Sacco, The White Donkey by Max Uriarte, and Will Eisner’s grand-daddy of graphic novels: A Contract With God.
And finally, I dabble in online comics from time to time such as The Oatmeal, Homestarrunner, and Hyperbole and a Half.
The Adventures of Captain Leatherneck in “Unexpected”