This post, which is the third of four, will be the listing of all of the miscellaneous grab bag of other stuff that I read this year. Be warned, there's a lot of this stuff, too.
My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf, 224 pagesDerf Backderf was in high school with Jeffrey Dahmer, and this is his account of the experience. Dahmer was failed by pretty much every single adult in his life, and the kids who knew him didn't really know how to react to him. This graphic novel is dark but very good. I liked the art style and the meditative reflections from Backderf. He treads the line of sympathy and condemnation really well.
Sheltered Vol. 3 by Ed Brisson and Johnnie Christmas, 128 pagesThe conclusion to the Sheltered series that I started reading last year, about a group of preppers who have the apocalypse thrust upon them early by an extra-paranoid teen. I was kind of expecting the ending, and this entire series didn't quite give me what I wanted narratively, but it wasn't bad by any means.
Anatomy of Melancholy by Joey Comeau and Emily Horne, 138 pagesWhen Comeau and Horne announced that they were ending their webcomic, A Softer World, I was very disappointed. I'm not sure how long I'd been reading it for, but I think it must've been close to a decade. Anyway, it wasn't even really a decision for me to contribute to a Kickstarter for the first time ever and get a copy of this book, a collection of their favourite comics that they'd written over the years. So it's probably obvious that I loved this immensely. And the truth is that I've always loved A Softer World for its combination of melancholy and defiance, and this captured that so well, and was exactly what I needed when I finally read it last fall.
Attack on Titan by Hajime Isayama
- Vol. 1, 193 pages
- Vol. 2, 189 pages