11.10.11 by Jeff

Drawn and Quarterly / Giveaway

My friends at Drawn and Quarterly have sent over two amazing books for me to giveaway! “The Death Ray” by Daniel Clowes, and “The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists” by Seth.

So who wants to win these two books?

the death ray daniel clowes

If you’d like to win these two books leave a comment below telling me the name of the last good book you read!

I’ll pick a winner next Tuesday!

PS – Dan and Seth are going on tour! Tour dates here.

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • An Episode in the Life of a Landscape Painter

    César Aira

    • Elle Bean

      Eightball comics are incredible. Daniel Clowes is brilliant.
      The Sisters Brothers by Patrick dewitt. Like reading Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid without Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head playing in the background. Hilarious.

  • Oh man, I looooove Daniel Clowes!!!! “Wilson” is my favourite graphic novel/comic.
    Last great book, “How to talk dirty and influence people” – the autobiography of Lenny Bruce.

  • The Mere Future – challenging but worth it. Quite funny as well.

  • Oh man, being the first commenter isn’t good for my odds! Nevertheless, here I am.

    The last good book I read is the book I am currently reading: The Anthology Project vol. 2. It is one of the most beautifully done graphic novel anthologies I have seen in a long time and I wish them tons of success with it. http://www.theanthologyproject.com

  • Jordan Schinkel

    Last good book I read is a children’s book by Colin Meloy of the Decemberists: Wildwood Chronicles.

  • the last good book i read was Just Kids Patti Smith

  • The last good book I read was Seymour Chwast’s CANTERBURY TALES. So fun!

  • John

    The last good book I read was a biography of Marshall McLuhan, written by Douglas Coupland. Excellent read!

  • Neil

    Last good book I read was Habibi by Craig Thompson.

  • The last great book I read was the Lost Thing by Shaun Tan! This book is so great, the story grips you from beginning untill the end! The graphics are personal and stunning! It left me grinning wide and inspired through and through!

  • The Water Method Man by John Irving. The best book you will read about urinary track infections and prostitutes!

  • Anne

    The last good book I read was Agaat, by Marlene Van Niekirk, which was amazing.

  • Harriet Kennedy

    The last good book I read was the TPB of ‘Daytripper’ by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon. It drew me in and left me slightly dazed when I was done. I just loved it. Immersive, moving and beautiful.

  • The last graphic Novel I read was “X’ed Out” and I’m currently re-reading “The World According to Garp”, a favorite :)

  • Life of Pi – Yann Martel

  • Oishinbo: Fish, Sushi & Sashimi !

  • “Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker”, by Kevin Mitnick. Great insight into the mind one of the greatest hackers.

  • Kafka on the Shore, by Murakami Haruki. ghost-sex-good.

  • Just finished The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto! It was pretty damn awesome.

  • The last really really good (comic) book I’ve read was “Capacity”, from Theo Ellsworth!

  • ‘Get a Life’ by Philippe Dupuy & Charles Berberian, also from D&Q.

  • “The Open Door” By Michael Morrison & “In the Air” by Brenda Hickey!

    Love me some new graphic novels to read -pick me! Pick me!

  • Letícia

    The last good book I read was The Pleasure of the Text, by Roland Barthes, and not for the first time. Barthes is awesome, to say the least.

    I love Dan Clowes (though it’s hard to be a fan in Brazil, where hardly any of his books are published).

  • I just read Make Me a Woman by Vanessa Davis!

  • kevin

    Je veux gagner!
    Last good book I read was Solomon Gursky was Here, by Mordechai Richler.

  • Maureen

    i loved stories for nighttime and some for the day by ben loory. i’ve read it about 18000 times now. :)

  • Rob

    City of Thieves.

  • Last good book I read was Love & Rockets: New Stories #4… Absolutely amazing!

  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell!

    And I fell in love with Robert Frobisher, that cad.

  • Antonio Lanza

    Already got my ticket to the Seth/Clowes show in Montreal! My favorite recent book nominee is Karen Russell’s Swamplandia (fingers crossed!)

  • Scott

    April 1991 issue of Penthouse Variations. Amazing.

  • Brad

    The Lies of Locke Lamora. Fantastic.

  • Jason Smith

    The last book that I really loved was Hammered: The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. It was so well written. Loved it so much.

  • Bossypants, by Tina Fey. Important info about how to live your life if you’re balancing motherhood and running a sitcom!

  • Len

    Marquee Moon by Bryan Waterman, part of the 33 1/3 series. Fantastically detailed.

  • The Last book I read was How to Rap: The Art and Science of the Hip-Hop MC By Paul Edwards

  • Zvi

    Hello! Last good book I read was The Best American Comics 2009, guest edited by Charles Burns. Great collection. –Z

  • Joshua

    huxley’s the devils of loudon

  • The last good book I read was The Shadow Over Innsmouth by H.P. Lovecraft.

  • Jennie

    I’ve been reading a ton of birthing books, the last thing I truly enjoyed was “The Name of the Wind” by Rothfuss :)

  • Garrett

    My last good book read was The Operated Jew by Oskar Panizza for school and it was hilarious but unsettling at the same time. It was about a stereotypical jewish man agreeing to undergo all these weird medical procedures to become “aryan perfection”. All kinds of crazy in that one. Loved it.

  • jeffk

    Mother Come Home by Paul Hornschemeir

  • Entirely driven by http://xkcd.com/928/ the last book I read was Lost Boys by Orson Scott Card. Not bad either.

  • Justin

    I adored Reamde by Neal Stephenson

  • Gina

    The last good book I read was Michael Ondaatje’s “The Cat’s Table”. I felt I needed to read at least one Giller Prize shortlist book. :) Although the last good graphic novel I (re)read was The Sandman Endless Nights.

  • Gregg

    “Skippy Dies: A Novel” by Paul Murray.

    Fantastic, amazing, engrossing, and highly recommended.

  • Big Baby by Charles Burns

  • Joe Thompson

    Last great book I read: Mr Peanut by Adam Ross

  • just started a grapnhic novel from Argentina called “El Hipnotizador” by Pablo de Santis & Juan Saenz

  • Edward fendley

    The Dirt-the autobiography of Motley Crüe


    The last really good book I read? Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie.

  • Mike Koo

    I read Moneyball and loved it!

  • Fiona

    The great book I’ve almost finished reading (but don’t want to end) is ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline.

  • Aaron

    I just read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Man, was it tasty.

  • Ryan

    the last really good book i read was Eating Animals – by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

  • Dean McCaughan

    The last book I read was the Lost Symbol by Dan Brown, but I wouldn’t say it was a good book. I’m currently reading I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak — now that is a good book. And recently read (most of) Stories, the Neil Gaiman edited collection of short stories. Looking forward to re-reading American Gods (10th anniversary edition), too. (OK, that was more than you asked for…)

  • Eve

    Cages – Dave McKean, and The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana, Umberto Eco!

  • The last good book I read is “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern. I’m having a hard time putting it down.

  • taf

    I just finished “The Shallows” by Nicholas Carr – what the internet is doing to our brains. It sort of freaked me out and left me feeling kind of depressed, but was totally enlightening and definitely changed how I think about media/computers/life. That being said, I think I’ll go read some David Sedaris now.

  • Ross CleaveR

    one bad rat by bryan talbot

  • Sara

    Cloud Atlas, which I loved. Now I’m on War and Peace!

  • DOUG

    Stardust by Neil Gaiman

  • Will van Wyngaarden

    The last good book I read was the Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

  • Rodrigo

    Sleepwalk by Adrian Tomine C:

  • Nicola Manning

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close x

  • James

    Love & Rockets New Stories #4 was the best book I’ve read all year.

  • mac

    Sherlock Holmes :P

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky

    Can’t go wrong with the classics.

  • Emmy

    The last good book I read, and am currently reading is, “The Republic of Trees” by Sam Taylor. I recommend it to everyone.

  • brian

    The Book of Shadows by James Reese

  • Kelly

    The Tiny Wife by Andrew Kaufman.

  • Charles Wat

    The Thousandfold Thought, Book three of the Prince of Nothing series by R. Scott Bakker. Awesome stuff!!
    (Just opened across the Nightengale Floor by Lian Hearn)

  • Hmm – lots of interesting books. – am reading and loving ‘Habibi’ by Craig Thompson at the moment. ‘keats’ a biography by Andrew Motion. And the GREAT ‘what it is’ by Lynda Barry was my summer read of joy. If I win this competition I will be VERY happy. Thank you and all the best, Emma Adams

  • Sarina

    The last book I really enjoyed reading was Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys.

  • Nadine P

    “A Short History Of Tractors In Ukrainian” by Marina Lewycka. Read it over the course of my 16 hour flight to Montreal, and then promptly picked up “The Wolves in the Walls” by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean because I was frightfully homesick once my parents left. Either one’s fantastic, for entirely different reasons.

  • John

    The last good book I read was Mrs. Dalloway. :3

  • Ashley

    The last good book I read was “Of Bees and Mists: A Novel” by Erick Setiawan.

  • my name is aaron brassea, and the last good book i read was habibi.

  • C Andersson

    I literally just finished ‘Hey, wait’ by Jason. It broke my heart in two. It was a gift from my brother who will get the give away books in return should I be so lucky.

  • Jen J Walker

    I read Stephen Fry’s “Making History”.

  • Neo

    The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

  • The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler…

  • William Fitzpatrick

    The Human Stain – Philip Roth

  • HelenDamnation

    Love and Rockets #4! :)

    And Something Wicked This Way Comes before that – I am just the right age for it I think.

  • susan

    The last good non-D+Q, non-sequential art book I read was Patti Smith’s Just Kids.

    The last good read that was sequential art but was not a D+Q book was Allison Bechdel’s Fun Home.

    The last good sequential art book that was also a D+Q book was Paying For It.

  • EliSe

    The Hunger Games (don’t judge me!)

  • i read the short stories by mark twain
    and also chromosome 6 by robin cook

  • Steve Leedale

    ‘The Psychopath Test’ by Jon Ronson

  • Caroline

    The last reaaaally good book I read was A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Lovely story, excellent graphics/art. Read it in one session and found it very hard to stop crying at the end.

  • Matt Perkins

    “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline

  • Lindsey

    Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

  • Felicia

    the last great book i read is called Lamb, by Bonnie Nadzam. part Lolita homage, part superb experimentation with third person narration. you’ll be thinking about who narrates this for some time after..

  • Just finished Will Eisner’s “Life, in Pictures” and I loved it!

  • “just kids” – patti smith

  • David

    The Devils Paintbrush by Jake Arnott

  • Judy

    Hi! I wanna win!

    “Like Velvet a GLove Cast in Iron” by Dan Clowes

    Although I read it few times in the past, I still like to read it again and again.

  • justin

    Everybody Pays by Andrew Vachss

  • Jarred

    I haven’t read any good books recently, but I have re-read a FANTASTIC book, American Gods by Neil Gaiman. For the fifth time. Love it. Also, recently I finished up House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielowski again. Brilliant works both of them.

  • I had a good time reading Anansi Boys by Gaiman

  • Anne

    Leonora carrington: surrealism, alchemy and art

  • The last GREAT book I read was EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL BEGAN AFTER by Simon Van Booy, which I’ve been trying to shove in front of the eyes of everyone I know.

  • The Satanic

  • Craig Thompson’s Habibi.

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  • The last book I read were actually three books because I have a few going all at once:

    Too Soon? by Drew Friedman (Fantagraphics)
    Black Cracker by Josh Allen Friedman (New Texture)
    and The Complete Dick Tracy Volume 1 (I.D.W.)

  • Lindsey McDD

    The last great book I read was Shipbreaker, a young adult novel Paolo Bacigalupi. It’s a thrilling and brilliantly realized dystopia, even if you’re older than the target audience.

  • Min

    Birds of America – Lorrie Moore

  • Satanic

  • Kai Charles

    Last great book I read was Horns by Joe Hill

  • Verses by Salman Rushdie! Duh!

  • olivia

    the koran

  • I recently read “7th Sigma” by Steven Gould. It’s a modern reworking of Kipling’s Kim, but with less racism.

  • Amy

    I LOVE DANIEL CLOWES, I hope I win. :)

    The last good book I read was “Room”, by Emma Donoghue- it was extraordinary.

  • Zach Collins

    Keith Haring The Authorized Biography by John Gruen

  • Judy

    Kafka on the Shore
    by Haruki Murakami

  • Joanna Compton Mys

    The last good book I read was The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie

  • Rachel

    I liked The Uncoupling by Meg Wolitzer

  • flats / quake (one book, the / is part of the name)
    by rudolph wurlitzer

    and yes, wurlitzer as in wurlitzer jukebox!!

  • rui

    Freedom by Jonathan Frazen

  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King. It was pretty good!

  • sd

    adventures of augie march by saul bellow

  • lee

    Last good book I read was Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb, the final volume in an awesome fantasy trilogy from the Nineties.

  • Chris

    The last book I read:
    “The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo” by Stieg Larsson

    Last book I super-duper liked:
    “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Trout Fishing in America by Richard Brautigan

  • hugo yuen

    Where The Wild Things Are!!!

  • Carina

    The last good book I read was White Fang by Jack London

  • Brian O’Neill

    I love Daniel Clowes!

    Last book I read was Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

  • Bil MacLeslie

    The last book or last GOOD book?

    Ok, the last good book was The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. I had an advance readers copy and finished it 2 days before publication. Lovely novel.


  • Albert

    monster men bureiko lullaby by takashi nemoto

  • Juliet Baldwin

    The Yet Unknown Hundertwasser, compiled by Doris Truppe and the Hundertwasser Archives, Vienna. Published by Prestel Verlag, 2008.

  • Kurtis Wilson

    The Incal — By Alejandro Jodorowski
    illustrated by Moebius

    Everybody should read this book

  • dave hayden

    Patti Smith’s “Just Kids” – beautiful, heart breaking account of her deep rooted bond with Robert Maplethorpe.

  • Wellington Lemmer

    I just finished George R R Martin’s Fire and Ice all 5k pages.

  • Yarey Carrillo

    The last good book I read was “The left hand of darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin.

  • Agnes

    I just finished reading Sputnik Sweetheart by Murakami. A short book but it has stuck with me.

  • Gia

    Wildwood by Colin Meloy, which was good, but I’m slowly but surely reading Harry Potter to my kid, which is infinitely more exciting because I get to remember what it’s like to discover that world through someone else’s eyes.

  • Wendy Marshall

    Seldom Disappointed: A Memoir, by Tony Hillerman. Engaging and inspiring!

  • Erica Mao

    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

  • Brian Frey

    The Night the Old Nostalgia Burned Down by Frank Sullivan – very fun tale of yearning for the “old” new york city, circa 1900.

  • Katrina

    Kafka on the Shore

    by Murakami

  • Stathis Paraskevopoulos

    The last good book I read was The Last Book by Zoran Zivkovic. I probably aren’t even eligible as I live in bankruptland

  • J.D.

    White Noise by Don DeLillo

  • The last great book I read was Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman. I’ve read it twice already, but it blows my mind every time.

  • Fernando

    For me it was If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things, by Jon McGregor.

  • Thomas More’s UTOPIA. Essential.

  • Gary Gray

    Habibi,best gn since Asterios Polyp

  • As I Lay Dying – William Faulkner

  • Hemingway’s For whom bell tolls

  • Steph

    Or RE-read? Anna Karenina. Book-nerd alert!

  • The last book i read was Kolor Klimax which is out (i guess) from Fantagraphics and features only artists from Scandinavia.

    Dead curious to see how the Death Ray has evolved (if at all) from the Eightballseries

  • Marty

    The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time
    by Mark Haddon

    Totally unexpectedly fun/emotional book from the eyes of a teenage detective with autism. I’ve never really been able to put my self in the mindset of someone else and see through their eyes as clearly as I had with this book. Bought it on an impulse and I’ve been recommending it to everyone around me since.

  • The last great book I read was Never let me go by Kazuo Ishiguro.

  • lauren carnall

    Last good book i read was “the most beautiful woman in town” By Charles bukowski

    He has a great use of the english language (especially the filthy side)

  • Corey

    The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter was the last good book I read.

  • Nick

    40 days dans le desert B

    by Moebius / Jean Giraud!

  • the brief wondrous life of oscar wao

    by junot diaz

  • Scott

    Pryor Convictions by Richord Pryor


    Mr. Wonderful by Daniel Clowes

  • The City & The City, by China Miéville.

  • Dog years

    by Gunter Grass.

  • currently re-reading ghostworld… i’ve started watching the movie on a weekly basis

  • Sergio

    The last good book I read (and technically, I’m still reading) is 2666 by Roberto Bolaño…

  • Re

    The Grapes of Paradise, H.E. Bates

  • Le front #3 by the qc bd collective front froid http://www.frontfroid.com/

  • Kathryn

    Nickel & Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America

    By Barbara Ehrenreich

  • caleb harrington

    im currently listening to breakfast of champions on audiobook whilst i paint

  • Cleo

    The Bell Jar
    by Sylvia Plath

  • Indra

    Street of Crocodiles – Bruno Schulz

  • Chris Fortney

    The last book I read was “The Disposessed” by Ursula K. Leguin. The last book I read that I really enjoyed was probably “Contact” by Carl Sagan. But I still wasn’t blown away by either! Shit! I think the last incredible book I read was Return of The King. Ha!

  • anna

    the last good book i read was on the road by jack kerouac

  • KT

    Raymond Chandler’s The Lady in the Lake :)

  • i have say ‘scenes from an impending marriage’ by adrian tomine. my 2nd anniversary is this month and it reminded me of all we had to go through too. it’s a pretty fun book.

  • Madelyn

    I am reading “Sway” by Ori Brafman

  • Catherine

    The last good book I read, when I didn’t have to read a gazillion textbooks, was “Handling the Undead” by John Ajvide Lindqvist. It was a breath of fresh air on the whole zombie craze.

    I fell in love with Clowes when I, by chance, picked up an Eightball years ago in a dusty old box, forgotten in a corner. Best luck ever!

  • Chad Henry

    Philip K. Dick
    A Scanner Darkly
    don’t know which I like better the book or the movie..both are classics

  • Laura

    Adrian Norvid – Nogoodniks,although there wasn’t too much reading involved 8)

  • Dean Day

    The Gringo Trail by Mark Mann

  • Valentina

    I just read the graphic novel/comic book Akira by Tatsuhiro Otomo. Great stuff!

    As for the last good novel, Ninteen Eighty-four by George Orwell.

  • JC

    Fuzzy Nation by John Scalzi

  • Abloc

    Hamlet by Shakespeare very good trama!

  • Jessica

    Possibility of an Island by Paul Ouellette

  • Broadsides from the other orders. a book about bugs.

  • Ruth

    The founder of cyberpunk itself, William Gibson’s Neuromancer. I’m way late to the party, but this book blew my mind last month. Being Canadian makes me a little bit happy this man is one of ours now.

  • Jerrrrrry

    Book of the Secrets V by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

  • “Down and Out in London and Paris” by George Orwell.

  • doktormabuse

    Last book? A Dance With Dragons by George RR Martin

  • Aaron

    The Hatter M trade paperbacks by Frank Beddor.

  • Ben

    Just Kids, by Patti Smith.

  • Kat

    Oddly enough, the Wild Magic series by Tamora Pierce. Reliving my childhood favorites! Also, Room by Emma Donahue.

  • Sean Coco Elliott

    Last book I read was a brilliant….. Recommended by a friend, it’s called Wonderland Avenue “Tales of Glamour and Excess” by Danny Sugerman.

    It’s his tale. Excessive, scandalous, comic, cautionary and horrifying, it chronicles the 60s dream gone to rot and the early life of a Hollywood Wild Child who was just brilliant at being bad….


    if u get the chance read it y’all….

  • Dan Gibas

    I would love to win a copy of “The Death Ray” by Daniel Clowes

  • freefall by william golding

  • Sarah

    The best book I’ve read lately was Mr. Wonderful. So many good books by him lately :)

  • Coco

    Slaptsick by Kurt Vonnegut. Also, feel free to read this post about the last time I won something: http://radioalice.radio.com/2011/10/11/once-i-won-a-pumpkin-carving-contest/

  • Lyndsay G.

    Plastic Girl by Usamaru Furuya

  • Stevil

    Last good book I read: The Flash Chronicles Vol. 2

  • “sea of poppies” by Amitav ghosh

  • Shaun

    Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut.

    It’s a beaut.

  • Lucas M

    “Une Vie De Maupassant” par Guy de Maupassant.

    It’s French, yup…..

  • Trevor

    Design and Art

  • Abandoned Cars by Tim Lane.

    Interesting. Weird. Beautifully awkward.

  • Gabrielle D.

    I just read Essential Deren – Collected writings on film by Maya Deren. This woman is so inspiring!

  • Stephanie


  • hd

    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente

  • karina

    the last good book i read was black hole by charles burns!

  • Drag Bandits comic by Colleen Frakes & Betsy Swardlick

  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie

  • Luis Enrique

    Hopscotch by Julio Cortazár. I read it in Spanish (it’s original language) but the mere concept of the book of having multiple endings makes it interesting in any language.

  • Any Empire, by Nate Powell

  • Daryl

    Accelerando by Charles Stross, chronicling the rise of the singularity. It’s full of … ideas!!!

  • Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoevsky.

  • Dennis

    Just finished re-reading Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett.

  • Erica S.

    Genderqueer: Voices from Beyond the Sexual Binary – eds. Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins, Clare Howell
    Expands the mind for the better!

  • Tyler

    keeping the comic theme, I recently read the incal by moebius and jorodowsky and I cannot recommend another comic epic more than i would recommend this.

  • “Embassytown” by China Mieville. It’s quite good, less atmospheric but more focused than much of his other work.

  • ‘Boneshaker’ by Cherie Priest

  • Des

    “Rumo and His Miraculous Adventures” by Walter Moers. A great illustrated novel!

  • Sydney

    Like Life, Lorrie Moore, baddest bitch in fiction

  • “Call if You Need Me” by Raymond Carver

  • Erik

    Nipper 1965-1966 by Doug Wright (also by D&Q)

  • The Game by Anders Nilsen, not quite a book but still great.

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde.

  • battle hymn of a tiger mother

  • Currently finishing the 6th Man by Baldacci but I wouldn’t call it a good book. The last good book I read was Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunis, an explanation of his concept of micro-lending as a means to raise people out of poverty for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize

  • Well the last book I finished was No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, but the last REALLY GOOD book I finished was probably Sum: Forty Tales from Afterlife by David Eagleman. It was a collection of simple short stories about the different variations of life after death, and it was pretty mind-blowing and thought-provoking. Something not that conventional.

  • joey

    on the road by jack kerouac

  • The last two good books I’ve read. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which incorporates found photographs into the story. Every Day Matters which is a hand-drawn memoir by Danny Gregory.

  • the last good book i read was We Need To Talk About Kevin, my favorite book that i read more than 5 times. it’s wonderful

  • Vivian

    The last amazing book I read was Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

  • Brin Sanford

    I just took Karen Russell’s St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and ended up reading it all in a night.

  • ‘Live From New York’ by Tom Shales and James Miller. Turns out, Chevy Chase is a dick.

  • “seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees; over thirty years of conversations with Robert Irwin”

    by Lawrence Weschler

  • The last book I read was Une Saison en Enfer by Arthur Rimbaud.

  • I recently read/marveled at Adrian Tomine’s “Summer Blonde”. It was like nibbling on a clementine while shredding on a tiny skateboard in southern California.

  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Goodness!

  • The Immoralist by André Gide.

  • Chris B.

    Chronopolis by J.G. Ballard. Like all short story collections, hit and miss. But the hits were amazing.

  • jason wegger

    last great book… michel houllebecq – the possibility of an island.

  • jaycie

    a visit from the goon squad by jennifer egan. it didnt just win the pulitzer prize for its amazing cover art.

  • Mike

    the Harry Potter series

  • Jasmin Neophytou

    by far my last great book read was Absurdistan- Eric Campbell! it’s an account of this guys weird journalism expeditions around the globe ending with his camera man being the first fatality in the war on terror.

  • difa

    Graphic novels by genius David B., Epileptic.

  • Last night, after I made a late night visit to the book store to score the next book in the continuing saga, I finished The Magicians by Lev Grossman. Pretty damn good.

    Tonight I get back into book three of the Game of Thrones.

  • rapolas

    Walden or Life in the woods by Henry David Thoreau.

  • The last book I “read” was “They Called Her Styrene”, wich shows most of the paintings of Ed Ruscha.

  • Zack

    The Shallows by Nicholas Carr. Brilliant book on the impact to our minds of our ever-increasing dependence on the internet. I took about 30 pages of notes (hand-written notes, of course.)

  • Chris

    Th Tortilla Curtain

  • The last good book I read was about a blind kitten who could do anything a sighted cat could do. It was heart-warming, sad, happy and amazing.

  • Ada

    My name is Ada Lau and the last great book I read was “It’s not how good you think you are, it’s how good you want to be” by Paul Arden.

  • You’ll be sorry when I’m dead by Marrieke Hardy

  • dan

    Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

  • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

  • The last book that really resonated well with me was In Watermelon Sugar by Richard Brautigan. I’m currently re-reading it with someone I care about. We take turns reading it aloud to each other until one of us falls asleep or gets hungry.


    The last book I read was The Libertines – Bound Together.

  • “De 100 jarige man die uit het raam glom” (The centenarian who climbed out of the window and disappeared) by Jonas Jonasson

    i’m now reading “De begraafplaats van Praag” (The Prague Cemetery) by Umberto Eco

    I’m a slow reader. NEED MORE PICTURES!!

  • Christina G.

    The last good book I read was called “The Glass Castle”. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Larry Farkash

    The Iron Council

  • Laurent

    The Book of Human Insects
    By Osamu Tezuka

  • hmm the last book I read was “Magic Whistle” #9 by Sam Hendersen :-)

  • tk

    The Sandman series. So good!

  • Krista

    The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand.
    Great architecture book for an architecture student.

  • Christoph

    Hell’s Angels by Hunter S. Thompson

    A nice dive in the “Outlaw” world at 1965

  • Espen

    Freedom by Jonathan Franzen

  • LAST good book i lookd at the pictures in was ‘REMBRANDT’ by Michael Kitson..
    and ‘The god of small things’ by Arundhati Roy..

  • Macauley Mathieu-Busher

    A Contract with God by Will Eisner
    Truly an amazing graphic novel

  • A Maggot by John Fowles

  • Frank Herbert’s God Emperor of Dune

  • “Everything Is Illuminated” by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • The Unbearable lightness of being, Milan Kundera

  • Jacob

    Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Re-read it after watching a trailer for the recent film, which was well made yet didn’t capture the feeling of the novel.

  • emma

    oh my god i would love to win this so much, just look at my icon! (daniel clowes/ghost world, much?) ahh. and i’ve always wanted to read something by Seth but have never seen one of his graphic novels in a store. please pick me!!

    the last good book i read was ‘the flowers look like people at last’ by charles bukowski. really good selection of his poems, by one of the best writers ever.

  • noga klein

    actually, the last book i read was gestaltens paper craft :D and its awesome..

  • Haunted, by Chuck Palahniuk.


  • Frida

    I recently read Emotional Design – Why We Love (Or Hate) Everyday Objects. It was for school, but it’s really very interesting!

    • Frida

      And, oh – it’s by Donald A Norman!

  • Dylan Danger Batty

    “kingdom beyond the waves” alternate reality with political intrigue and adventure… fuck yeah

  • Jimmy Corrigan The smartest kid on Earth by Chris Ware

  • Daryl

    Re-read “Long Story Short” Elyse Friedman .. she is long over due for a new one.

  • ‘On The Road’ By Jack Kerouac, This book changed my life and for the good!

  • Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

  • Simone B

    the jokers by albert cossery

  • fiorella

    “mother night” by kurt vonnegut

  • Man I would love to win this so bad !

    Last good book I read was The Motel Life by Willy Vlautin – one of my favourite books ever.

  • Jason

    Just re-read David Mitchell’s “Ghostwritten.”

  • David Gerkin

    Game of Numbers – Nick Murray

  • Doris Walter D.

    The last great book I read was “Decline and Fall” by Evelyn Waugh.

  • Dante’s Divine Comedy.

    So I could do with something a little more light hearted next, please.

  • Byron Mackenzie

    The Human Brain: A Guided Tour by Susan A. Greenfield

  • The last good book I read was the notes of Leonardo DaVinci. Interesting stuff! I hope I win!

  • Alex

    Call Of The Wild by Jack London

  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    Daniel Pink

    read and re-read

  • I think this is quite the sneaky way to form your own extensive reading list, but I digress:

    Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor

  • Oscar

    Last good book i read was the second book in the Hunger Game series. but not the 3rd, because that one sucked ahaha

  • That “Death Ray” looks amazing!

    Last book read is “Everything we miss” by Luke Pearson.

  • Buba

    Jimmy Corrigan The smartest kid on Earth by Chris Ware.
    Great Comic Boooooook!!

  • Ben

    A Brave New World – Aldous Huxley’s

  • Sundbird by Wilbur Smith.

  • Kaleena

    The last good book I read was The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. It was one of the most intense and disturbing books I’ve ever read. I don’t think I could read it again, but I’m glad I did read it. It showed a perspective of Afghanistan that no one really talks about as a backdrop to a heart-breaking story.

  • Oliver

    Jasper Jones by Craig Silver

  • ‘The Shadow of the Wind’ – Carlos Ruiz Zafon

  • Erik

    Paintings, drawings, and tall tales by Jeremy Fish.

  • Cian

    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

  • SVEN

    Last book read is “By Nightfall” by Michael Cunningham.

  • Francis

    Portnoy’s Complaint

    by Philip Roth


  • Derek

    “The Invisible Dragon” by Dave Hickey was the last book i ate and it was delicious!

  • Tales of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin, in tandem with McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern no 13 (the comics issue). Both really marvellous.

  • I read Seeing is forgeting the name of the thing one sees by Weschler. A book of conversations with artist Robert Irwin. Inspired me to stop looking inside my head for answers but to look places like here and other artist’s blogs for inspiration. :)

  • I read Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees by Weschler. A book of conversations with artist Robert Irwin. Inspired me to stop looking inside my head for answers but to look places like here and other artist’s blogs for inspiration. :)

  • Jared

    The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach

  • Blake

    Smiley’s People by John le Carre. Actually I read the whole “Karla” trilogy in which George Smiley is the main protagonist. Classics of the spy genre.

  • I’m trying to wrap my head around the classics at the moment. Read War and Peace which was ace but going for Oliver Twist now. Something a bit lighter.
    The 2 competition books look fab.

  • Geneva

    Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins was definitely the last good book I’ve read.

  • D Le

    Book of Human Insects by Osamu Tezuka.

  • the last good book i read was on

    photography by susan sontag

  • Viltė

    Valentinas Masalskis: in a search of theater by Daiva Šabasevičienė.

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

  • the last good comic book i read was gogo monster by taiyo matsumoto, and last good book i read was (hmmm) time among the maya by ronald wright. the both books are fantastic,l love them

  • Henry

    Holes by Louis Sachar

  • The last good book I read was “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury. It took martian stories to a whole new level.

  • michael

    John Niven – Kill Your Friends

    It’s like American Psycho for UK music fans.

  • “Dance, Dance, Dance” by Haruki Murakami.

  • kevin mummery

    The last good book I read was The Book Of Genesis as illustrated by R. Crumb. I’d never read anything from the Bible before, but Crumb’s reputation got me to pick up “Genesis” and give it a look and it was fantastic. Fantagraphics is to be commended for getting him to do this, I just wish Chester Brown’s Biblical work would be compiled all into one volume, too…not that I’m becoming religious or anything, but people might not be so inclined to cite the Bible as an exemplar of moral guidance if they read the actual stories in it and saw how salacious a lot of it really is.

  • J P G

    “The World As I See It” . Albert Einstein .

  • Moses

    Bluebeard, by Kurt Vonnegut. Reading Galapagos now. Still gotta read The Sirens of Titan.

  • Zack Auron

    Waiting for Godot.

    I read it while I was on an existentialist kick last summer, reading The Sunset Limited, The Sirens of Titan, The Death of a Salesman, and David Boring. After reading David Boring and noting a review that compared Daniel Clowes to Samuel Beckett, I picked up Waiting for Godot.

    Clowes got me reading Beckett.

  • Ernesto

    “All-Star Superman”. By far the best Superman story ever written, made him look as super as he would ever be, but at the same time made him just as human. Grant Morrison is a God.

  • Emma

    Yoko Ogawa, Housekeeper and the Professor.

  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson. It’s the book about the man who fights terrorism through building schools in Pakistan. Excellent!

  • The last good book I read was “Enough Rope”, by Dorothy Parker – she’s amazing, so funny and smart, and her poems have such rhythm!
    No one asked, but before that I read “Paying for it”, by Chester Brown, and it was a great read – he’s a very intelligent guy, and his art is really sophisticated!

  • DJ

    Three Piece Suit by Eddie Campbell

  • Hardcore zen by brad warner, about Buddhism and zen. from a punk musician to Buddhist monk.

    and as far as comics go, GOGO Monster by Taiyo Matsumoto, get this book!

  • The last great book I read – best book EVER :
    “I Am Still The Greatest Says Johnny Angelo” by Nik Cohn.
    An hymn to rock’n roll wet dream literature.
    Elvis and Bowie would love it.

  • graeme jamieson

    The Life & Death of Yukio Mishima.

  • Cymone

    the last town on earth by thomas mullen.

  • Marta

    The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera and The Armed Garden by David B.

    Both incredibly awesome and recently consumed.

  • it has to be BRAVE NEW WORLD
    amazing Huxley novel

  • Rico Macias-Zepeda

    The last book I read was Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse. Life changing.

  • It’s a brazilian book called Homens e Caranguejos, by Josué de Castro. It’s so beautiful and poetic (its about our culture, most precisely about the northeast region of brazil’s culture), I can’t even make a good synopsis about it.

  • Taylor

    The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman.

  • ABARAT: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker

  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though I may not even be considered for the competition, as it’s not just the last good book I’ve read, but the last ineffably fantastic book EVER!

  • Gabe Garza!

    The last great book I read was Vertigo’s volume one of Animal Man by Grant Morrison. so fantastic.
    Also, Daniel Clowes is the greatest graphic novelist of the last 30 years

  • i think it might have to be permutation city by greg egan, incredible exploration of the idea of the self, wrapped in mind-warping fictional computer science.

  • Minh Singer

    Hiya Jeff!

    Last book I read and it was AMAZING was this comic book called Daytripper set in Brazil by twin brothers Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba. Magical realism and art at its best.

  • I think I’m meant to win this giveaway.

    A good friend of mine just moved away, and just before he moved he had a yard sale where I purchased his copy of “Of or pertainging to the astonishing & confounding adventures of young David Boring Esquire whom we join on a search for fulfillment in north america during the waning months of the second millenium” by none other than Daniel Clowes. It was an amazing read, and I’m sure these two books would be a great additon to my collection.

  • Neave Griffin

    Never Use More Than Two Different Typefaces: And 50 Other Ridiculous Typography Rules

  • The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.

    Awesome short sci-fi stories! A must!

  • Definitely gonna have to say ‘The Cheese Monkeys’ by Chip Kidd. It’s one of the most hilarious and honest accounts I’ve read about University life, specifically art university, and the exposure of all the absurd notions of ‘growing up.’ Truly a great read.


    The last book I read was Al Azif: The Necronomicon by Abdul Alhazred. As I chanted the names of the Elders, names never spoken by Man, I pierced the veil of this Reality & tore an unholy gash. I need not “Drawn & Quarterly”, for I hath Drawn & Quartered the fragile laws of your humanity; the only “Death Ray” I seek is the emanation of the doomful eye of Shub-Niggurath. As a foulness shall ye know Them. Their hand is at your throats, yet ye see Them not; and Their habitation is even one with your guarded threshold. Man rules now where They ruled once; They shall soon rule where man rules now. After summer is winter, after winter summer. They wait patient and potent, for here shall They reign again.

  • andreas mette

    felix salten – bambi

  • ileana gonzales

    The last book I read was called Terroryaki! and was a 3 Day Novel written by Jennifer Chung. It was refreshing to just sit down and crank out a fun novel about a girl, her vast knowledge for teriyaki and the hunt for the mysterious food truck that evades her taste buds.

  • Justin B

    Shortcomings by Adrian Tomine.

  • The las book I had read was this summer, and I could say it was pretty good. The book was The Beach by Alex Garland – the book was then turned in to a movie The Beach, but I liked the book, cause it was a bit differen and it had more detailes, images, story, everthing was a bit deeper and more layerd. The interesting thing about this book and how I decided to read it was, I had a pretty bad year and this summer I got to think about my unfinished bussines, and one of my unfinished bussines was that I started reading this book about 5-6 years ago and I never finished it, so I tried to finish it knaw.

  • pbo

    “Slightly Out of Focus” by Robert Capa

  • Lina Zainal

    Henry and June by Anaïs Nin.

  • Tiffany

    Tao Te Ching!

  • Steve

    ‘Gerhard Richter The Daily Practice of Painting: writings and interviews, 1962-1993’ by Gerhard RIchter.

  • Matt Box

    I read Reverse psychology by Charles Ludlam
    but I read it backwards to get the full effect.

  • Brandon

    Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins. Never been more inspired by beets in my life.

  • Fran

    “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury. Simply amazing and thinking of adapting it to a film

  • Ed

    Forming (from Nobrow) – Jesse Moynihan

  • Liisa

    “THE PSYCHEDELIC EXPERIENCE: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead” by Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner & Richard Alpert :)

  • Klara

    Flann O’Brien “The Poor mouth”

  • game of thrones

  • Arabella
    a romance novel written by Georgette Heyer

  • Lowri

    ‘A Single Man’ by Christopher Isherwood. I couldn’t believe it was written in the early 60s, it hadn’t dated very insightful.

  • I think that the last good book that I read is; The Wrong Place by Brecht Evens

  • Lucas

    It would be “La Reina Isabel cantaba rancheras”

  • The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories By Philip K. Dick.

  • feehee

    nabokovs dozen – vladmir nabokov….

  • asa kay

    in illogical preperation for the oncoming apocalypse… i read the Popol Vuh

  • ellie levine

    ooh…did i miss the cut off? i hope not, have been eager to read The Death Ray.

    anyway, the last great book i read was The Slynx, by Tatyana Tolstaya. highly recommended. check it out here: http://www.nybooks.com/books/imprints/classics/the-slynx/

  • The last good book I read was The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Ana G.

    Tarántula (Mygale), by Thierry Jonquet.

  • G. Orwell ‘1984’ and C.S. Lewis ‘Prince Caspian’

    I always ten to read more than one book at the same time.
    Now Reading A. Burgess ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and E.M.Remarque ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’

  • David Boring by Daniel Clowes, loved it!! Daniel Clowes is amazing :)

  • “Once upon a potty” by Alona Frankel was the last good book i read. Learned heaps! http://www.onceuponapotty.com/

  • The First and Last Freedom – J. Krishnamurti

  • Hannah

    Paying For It by Chester Brown!

  • Graphic novel? Sweet Tooth. Prose novel? Ready Player One.

  • Troy Wilson

    “Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk” by David Sedaris.
    Animal fables served up with exactly as much darkly humorous panache as you would expect from Sedaris.

  • The last good book I read was “X’ed Out” by Charles Burns: it’s an exemplary bit of comic surrealism.

  • K-MONT

    The Graphic Novel: Paying For It by Chester Brown

  • The last good book book i read was called “Glass Coffin Girls” by Paul Jessup. The last good comic book I read was Junqueland #2 by Jason Fisher. I hope I win!

  • Jason Willis


  • Katie

    “Talking To Girls About Duran Duran” by Rob Sheffield

    sweet and funny like his Rolling Stone writing and also my induction to the genius of L’Trimm’s “Cars That Go Boom!” which I want as my karaoke song

  • Satiristas! by Paul Provenza and Dan Dion, a series of interviews and pictures of famous comedians. Provenza is a fantastic interviewer.

  • Faith Anna

    books! there is no time to read books in art school! you’re supposed to be researching (stealing) other artists ideas!

    i sneak in a short story every now and then: The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell

  • The last great book I read was The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst. A great read and very educational! :) I wanna win Dan & Seth’s books!

  • Byron Black

    The last great graphic novel I read was Epileptic by David B. It was beautiful.

  • Ian

    “Everything Matters” by Ron Currie Jr.

  • Luke van der Veen

    Harry Potter. The first one. I know. I’m sorry.

  • Already Dead by Denis Johnson

  • most definitely, CULT-URE (IDEAS CAN BE DANGEROUS)
    incredible book filled with design that rocks my world, you don’t read the book, it reads you.

    the bible for the boutique hotel.

    see a short video where RIAN talks about the book + shows it to us: http://youtu.be/qN-lLX-7Zew

    i’m absolutely addicted to good design and art books/ magazines. included everything BOOOOOOOM!

    yours extremely hopeful
    FRANCOIS [editor(at)loookkk(dot)com]

  • ashton ireland

    just finished reading
    ‘cities of the red night’ – W.S.Burroughs
    ‘burning of the vanities – Tom Wolfe

    both were great.

  • “How to Build A Dinosaur” by Jack Horner.

  • Naked Lunch

  • Wow once again I am stunned at the amount of entries – Im gonna refer back to this page for the next few books i read that’s for sure!


    Sara H – check your inbox!!!

26.07.17 by Staff

“Copy Kitty” by Illustrator Kyung Me

Illustrator Kyung Me explores the various ways we construct false identities in romantic relationships with a series of drawings surrounding a character named Copy Kitty. Going to great lengths to be accepted and adored, Copy Kitty gradually descends into a vortex of fantasy and paranoia. Check out more images from Me’s elaborate narrative series below.

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26.07.17 by Staff

Artist Spotlight: Vadis Turner

A selection of recent work by artist Vadis Turner (previously featured here). See more images courtesy of the artist and Geary Gallery in New York below or on display that The Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville until September 10.

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26.07.17 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Vincent Giard + Singeon

I recently stumbled across this tumblr called Brousse, an older project by illustrators Vincent Giard and Singeon. If you’re looking for some drawing inspiration, the blog documents a game of visual ping pong between the two artists (they’ve also released a couple books). Check out some more images below.

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26.07.17 by Jeff

Photographer Spotlight: Mike Chalmers

A selection of work by photographer Mike Chalmers, who was born in Scotland and is currently based in London. More images below.

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25.07.17 by Jeff

Illustrator Spotlight: Alice Conisbee

A selection of work by illustrator Alice Conisbee. More images below.

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