Tightwad Tuesday — Free or Affordable eBooks — Graphic Novels

August 14, 2012

I love graphic novels.
As much as I read many people assume I’m a book snob, OK – maybe, but I do appreciate the graphic novel format. I haven’t been able to figure out the eFormat of graphic novels yet. I read a few on my nook but had to transfer them over to the computer, it simply didn’t work for me but it’s getting better.

The story telling in graphic novels takes much talent and work. One cannot simply draw a picture of men in tights, it takes thought, articulation on at least two fronts (writing and drawing), sometimes three (color) and even more. Even though comics have a reputation of being for kids, many comics and graphic novels (a long comic or a collected series) are actually for adults. Believe it or not many graphic novels are written in college level English and several comic book series are the longest running publication using college English (The New York Times is written in 8th grade level English).

That being said – below are a few graphic novels I found which are free (at the time of this post).

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 Dark Elements Series: Witches Curse by Erik Herrera (Author), Jeff Rivera (Illustrator), Tim Hampton (Translator)

Dark Elements Series: Witches Curse
by Erik Herrera (Author), Jeff Rivera (Illustrator), Tim Hampton (Translator)

Dark Elements – Witches Curse!

A story about a young woman that is viscously murdered, but little did the
Murderers know that they have just killed a two hundred year old witch.
With her last breath of death she utters a powerful incantation and curses
the two men that she will return for revenge!!!

Let Dark Elements take you into a journey of journeys where reality isn’t
Quite what is seems…

 Wandering Koala challenges the Scientific Method (Black & White) 1by Jeff Thomason (Author), Jeff Thomason CE (Illustrator)

Wandering Koala challenges the Scientific Method (Black & White) 1
by Jeff Thomason (Author), Jeff Thomason CE (Illustrator)

He’s done it! Brent Jakes has discovered the Unified Field Theory, the Holy Grail of Physics! It will provide unlimited energy, new medical breakthroughs, and other advances only dreamed of before. There’s just one on catch: it’ll cost three men their careers, and they’ve vowed to prevent it at all costs. Science is not immune to the corruption of greed and politics. Only the intervention of a silent wanderer can stop them…

 CRIME AND CONSEQUENCES: A Story Minute Selection (Reformatted) by Carol Lay (Author, Illustrator), William Glass (Editor)

CRIME AND CONSEQUENCES: A Story Minute Selection (Reformatted)
by Carol Lay (Author, Illustrator), William Glass (Editor)

“I dig Carol Lay’s work because it’s weird yet friendly yet disturbing yet funny — a good combination.” — Matt Groening

“Carol Lay does these docu-fables that mix deadpan fantasy with stoic, understated reality. She writes and draws (splendidly) in a cartoon monotone that masks the wit, intelligence, and reflective anger that hums beneath the surface. It’s a pleasure to know she’s around.” — Jules Feiffer

“If he has a conscience he will suffer for his mistake. That will be punishment — as well as his prison.” –Fyodor Dostoevsky

This one dreamed of becoming a serial killer. That one just wanted get rid of an annoying idiot. Those there planned perfect murders. One guy thought to find a way to protect himself from the world’s evils; another, how to escape his own karma. CRIME AND CONSEQUENCES is a selection of STORY MINUTES strips about people who thought they were going get away with it.

STORY MINUTE told twelve-paneled stories designed to be read in about a minute. It ran for almost twenty years in the L.A. WEEKLY and other weekly and daily newspapers. It offered fables, stories about relationships and the foibles of the media, peeks into the competitive undercurrents within families, arched-eyebrow looks at humanity’s self-destructive impulses, and scenes of the skirmishes between infallible fortune teller Madame Asgar and that less-than-competent devil, Nick.
The later, more-loosely-structured, WAYLAY strip continued Story Minute tropes while allowing Carol to comment on 9/11 (and the subsequent Bush Era), and to offer glimpses into her own world and life.

[] Story Minutes are best sipped, not gulped. []
[] Story Minutes are formatted to be read in Landscape orientation. (ie.: Hold your Kindle sideways.) []
[] Press the top of your 5-way controller and hit Enter to full-screen an image. []

Optimized for larger screens. Large file size means a longer download.

CAROL LAY’s work has appeared in Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, More, Mad Magazine, and The New Yorker. She’s worked for both Marvel and DC, and wrote and drew the underground comic Good Girls, and currently writes and draws Simpsons stories for Bongo Comics.. Her books GOODNIGHT, IRENE: The Collected Stories of Irene Van de Kamp, THE BIG SKINNY: How I Changed My Fattitude, and WONDER WOMAN: MYTHOS, a text novel, are all still available through Amazon. She is currently writing and drawing Simpsons stories for Bongo Comics while developing projects as yet unrevealed. For updates, and more art, check her out a carollay.com.

 Graceful Blur (Just Cause Universe) by Ian Thomas Healy (Author)

Graceful Blur (Just Cause Universe)
by Ian Thomas Healy (Author)

At Speed Week, superhero Mustang Sally aims to be the first person ever to break the speed of sound…on foot!

A “distant sequel” to JUST CAUSE.

*NOTE: Although listed in the Graphic Novels/Superheroes category, this is not a graphic novel, but it’s the only place to list the Superheroes genre.

Zohar – Man of la Book

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