I used Amazon to buy some more film for my Photography class but I also took the liberty of buying a couple leisure purchases while I was at it. Since I don't have much money to begin with, I decided to spend what little expendable income I had on a couple books:
In an earlier blog, I noted how much I liked the Azumanga Daioh anime. It came to my attention shortly afterward that there was a manga series of the same name. Since I liked the animated series so much, I decided to pick up the complete, 670+ page volume of it for $15. I can honestly say that it was worth every last penny.
The layout of the series is mostly done in sunday paper-styIe 4-panel strips that are read vertically from top to bottom. This allows for the story to be condensed and have the jokes come out at a faster pace than the animated series. In fact, there's so much content in it that it saddens me that not all of it was translated over to the animated series. It's certainly a fantastic and flat-out funny read. I highly recommend it.
Also, you'll notice that I bought the 9th volume of Yotsuba&!. Well, seeing as this was made by the same author, I decided to give this series a try earlier this year. I. Freaking. Love. This. Series.
The entire story of the series revolves around the titular energetic little girl who lives with her adoptive single father in a city. The artwork is absolutely stunning, espescially the environments and set pieces. If there was ever a series that embodied the term "scenery porn," this would fit the bill perfectly. The characters all have their own distinct personality and the entire series has hints of Calvin & Hobbes peppered throughout, save for the philosophy. This is honestly one of the most entertaining, relaxing, and endearing graphic novels I've had the pleasure of reading. I own all the volumes insofar for good reason: it's all just so damn enjoyable. If you're into graphic novels, light reading, or just comedy in general; this is definitely something you should pick up.