Ant has worked hard to become a recognised graphic artist in New Zealand. He garnered a cult following for his dharma punk series, which he created and published in the 90s. More recently he collaborated with Elizabeth Mitchell on the creation of bro’Town. His latest comic, Shaolin Burning, was nominated for the New Zealand Post Book Awards. Ant has chosen this week’s Graphic Novel Curated Collection. Here’s the full list of his picks and you can check out his Top 5 favourites below.
Ant Sang’s Top 5
I never liked you : a comic-strip narrative / Chester Brown.
“In one of the best graphic novels published in recent years, Chester Brown tells the story of his alienated youth in an almost detached, understated manner, giving the book an eerie, dream-like quality. For the new 2002 definitive softcover edition Brown has designed new layouts for the entire book, using “white” panel backgrounds instead of the black pages of the first edition.” (Syndetics summary)
Ghost world / Daniel Clowes.
“Back for an amazing ninth printing, this is our bestselling book ever, a Catcher in the Rye for its generation and the basis for the Academy Award-nominated film. It tells the story of Enid and Rebecca, two above-it-all best friends confronted with the prospect of adulthood and the uncertain future of their friendship.” (Syndetics summary)
Blankets : a graphic novel / by Craig Thompson.
“At 592 pages, Blankets may well be the single largest graphic novel ever published without being serialized first. Wrapped in the landscape of a blustery Wisconsin winter, Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith. A profound and utterly beautiful work from Craig Thompson.” (Syndetics summary)
Palestine / Joe Sacco.
“Based on years of research and extended visits to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, “Palestine” is the first major comics work of political nonfiction by Sacco.” (Syndetics summary)
The complete Maus / Art Spiegelman.
“Now in paperback, “the most affecting and successful narrative ever done about the Holocaust” (Wall Street Journal). “The power of Spiegelman’s story lies in the fine detail of the story and the fact that it is related in comic-strip form”.–San Francisco Examiner. New York Times 1991 “Editor’s Choice”.” (Syndetics summary)