I always loved, most of all with doing comics, the fact that I knew I was in the gutter. I kind of miss that, even these days, whenever people come up and inform me, oh, you do graphic novels. No. I wrote comic books, for heaven’s sake. They’re creepy and I was down in the gutter and you despised me. “No, no, we love you! We want to give you awards! You write graphic novels!” We like it here in the gutter.

-Neil Gaiman, as quoted in a NPR article.


Twenty Books I Mean to Read (Or Reread)

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. The Blood Between Us by Zachary Brewer
  4. Metamorphoses by Ovid
  5. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  6. Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  7. The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd series by Zachary Brewer (as Heather Brewer)
  8. Valhalla by Ari Bach
  9. Iliad by Homer
  10. Huntress by Melinda Lo
  11. The Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World by Margret Cavendish
  12. Paradise Lost by John Milton
  13. Vamped by Lucienne Diver
  14. Gothic Charm School by Jillian Venture
  15. Discworld by Terry Pratchett
  16. Word and Void series by Terry Brooks
  17. Suck It Up by Brian Meehl
  18. Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
  19. Princeless by Jeremy Whitley
  20.  Umbrella Academy by Gerard Way

The first step is honoring everything that came before it — and then completely fucking it all up. That’s the idea! When you’re writing “Doom Patrol,” I think it’s your job to go in and do your take, and completely throw it in a blender and fuck it up in the best possible way. That book is weirdness and chaos, and all that stuff.

– Gerard Way, in an interview about the Young Animal Imprint


Reading List

Books/graphic novels/comics I wanted to read when I saw them:

  • Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr
  • Surgical Knots & Suturing Techniques by F.D. Giddings
  • Tank Girl 3 by Alan C. Martin, Jamie Hewlett
  • Tank Girl: The Odyssey by Jamie Hewlett, Peter Milligan
  • The Power of Tank Girl by Alan Martin, Ashley Wood, Rufus Dayglo
  • Revival Volumes 1-3 by Tim Seeley, Mike Norton, Mark Englert
  • Outcast by Robert Kirkman
  • Squee’s Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors by Jhonen Vasquez
  • Morning Glories by Nick Spencer
  • Another Bullshit Night In Suck City by Nick Flynn
  • The Ticking Is The Bomb: A Memoir by Nick Flynn
  • A Conneticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  • Every Patient Tells A Story: Medical Mysteries & the Art of Diagnosis by Lisa Sanders
  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness by Susannah Cahalan
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
  • Alpha Girl by Jean-Paul Bonjour, Jeff Roenning
  • Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread by Nathan Edmondson, Phil Noto
  • Injection volume 1 by Warren Ellis, Jordie Bellaire, Declan Shalvey
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life In The Void by Mary Roach