Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Alas, poor Y...

Many thanks to Shailaja and Jason for the great CD they gave me containing the 34 comics that make up the Y: The Last Man series. It’s about a young man named Yorick and his pet monkey who find themselves the last surviving males in a world where all other Y-chromosomes have been mysteriously destroyed. Despite my reluctance to read for long periods on a computer screen, I’m looking forward to getting through the whole thing soon - Jason says it’s better than Sandman, which is a very big claim. (Incidentally a knowledgeable little birdie tells me the series doesn’t end at #34.)

Lots of other on-computer reading to do as well. The New Yorker DVDs have been gathering dust for the last three weeks and there’s something else I can’t mention here, which I want to try and finish before December. And of course there are always blogs – being Internet-deprived for 5-6 days at a stretch (as I recently was) can be scary when you have around 120 Bloglines subscriptions and you know there will be 600-odd unread posts a-waiting when you next log in (even if 150 of those are from Boing Boing and can be skimmed over).

10 comments:

  1. Jai - I am apalled that you had not heard of Y earlier. Particularly you, given that you know your graphic novels so well.

    And, by the way, Y: The Last Man will end with issue #60, another 4 years from now.

    Icidentally, I'll be in Delhi next month - will probably stay with the Duck, and I will be bringing the first 5 GN's of the series (#1 - #31) with me, as well as the first 6 GN's of 100 Bullets, so if you would like to actually turn paper pages with your fingers, give me a call when I'm there.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ani: had a feeling you'd comment on this post! Actually, I don't know graphic novels as well as I'd like to - really only know the best-known/most accessible ones: Maus, LXG, From Hell, Sandman, Palestine and a few others. So I have much to learn from you grandmasters. Young duck has my number. Get in touch when you're here.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Will certainly do. Looking forward to it.

    ReplyDelete
  4. also, while Y-TLM is lovely, its not quite up there with sandman/watchmen, at least not yet. i think its about as good as fables, or ex machina...stunning concept, though. i think i have till #39.
    ah, so ani IS staying at my place. glad to know :) get here fast.

    ReplyDelete
  5. that's right, feel free to use my Comments section to discuss your living-in plans...

    ReplyDelete
  6. I have it till 36, and it's one of the best new series I have read. Vaughan has my utter respect - he's pulled a great twofer with Ex Machina and this one.

    I'm surprised nobody noted the stunning artwork by Pia Guerra. At times minimalist, at times detailed, it's always brilliant. I didn't see the need for the guest artists they used in a few issues.

    ReplyDelete
  7. ah, now that i have been introduced to the world of graphic novels, how do i get hold of the whole lot? where should a novice go? and what should he look for?

    ReplyDelete
  8. Aditya: yes, Aishwarya told me you'd been going on about the series for ages.

    Puranjoy: didn't we have a graphic novels discussion once before? Thought we did. Anyway, they're available in India to a much greater extent than before. Can't tell you how to get the "whole lot", because there are thousands, but a few off-the-cuff recos (based on my limited knowledge) would be: Art Spiegelman's Maus, Marjane Strapi's Persepolis and especially Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vols 1 and 2 - have blogged about all these before.

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ah yes. It is a lovely series. And I discovered comics very late (just a few months ago) so I'm expressing all the pent-up fascination of my tender years right now. :)

    Thanks for blogrolling me!

    ReplyDelete