Selected Gems from the Little Fish Library

It would be a dizzying task to itemize every book in our impressive catalogue, but some are so special to us that they deserve a special mention.

 

Little Fish Gems: 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die
1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die
Paul Gravett (Ed)
Universe Publishing, 2011

"Packed with fantastic reproductions of classic front covers and groundbreaking interiors...truly a must-have for any fan of the medium or collector." Not only does the book inspire the studio to find new books to read, it also prompted this very page of the website!

Little Fish Selected Gems: The World of Edena by Jean "Moebius" Giraud
The World of Edena
Jean "Moebius" Giraud (Wr&Ar)
Dark Horse Books, 2016

"Stel and Atan are interstellar investigators trying to find a lost space station and its crew. When they discover the mythical paradise planet Edena, their lives are changed forever. The long out-of-print Edena Cycle from Moebius gets a deluxe hardcover treatment!" Beautiful pages in full vibrant color. Not enough can be said about Moebius' mastery! 

Little Fish Selected Gems: City of Glass by Paul Auster, asapted by Paul Karasik and David Mazzuccheli, foreword by Art Spiegelman
City of Glass
Paul Auster (Wr),
Adapted by Paul Karasik & David Mazzuccheli (Ar)
Picador, 2004
 

"Auster's novel (about a novelist named Quinn who's mistaken for a detective named Paul Auster and loses his mind and identity in the course of a meaningless case) ...it's mostly about the breakdown of the idea of representation..." A very surreal detective noir that tells a story in a way that shows the medium's strengths. Some of the things that happen here can ONLY be done in comics!

Little Fish Selected Gems: Barefoot Gen, Kenji Nakazawa
Barefoot Gen, vol.1
Keiji Nakazawa (Wr&Ar)
Last Gasp, 2004

"...The author's first-person experiences of Hiroshima and its aftermath, is a reminder of the suffering war brings to innocent people...Nakazawa, a Hiroshima survivor, effectively portrays the strain of living in this environment and shows how efforts to stay upbeat in dire circumstances sometimes manifest as manic, irrational humor. " Very moving story with graphic and powerful scenes. 

Most Talked About Books at Little Fish

Every year, there are a few books that both the Instructors and the students love bringing up. A lot. Either because of the works' popularity, or because the book does something really cool that we think should be shared with our students.

Moebius Stories from Epic Comics
Moebius Stories
Jean "Moebius" Giraud (Wr&Ar)
Epic Comics, c.1989
The Multiversity by Grant Morrison
The Multiversity, Deluxe Edition
Grant Morrison (Wr)
DC Comics, 2015

Not only are these series of books out of print, rare, and a collector's item; they also showcase his Moebiusness' long varied career in fine illustration and storytelling. It's easy to understate how much influence this man has had on the art for comics. Take a look for yourself!

A complex book that hasn't been shelved in months because one of our most ambitious students Adrian Perez idolizes Mr. Morrison's work. "...A highly layered commentary on different comic genres told through different universes". It's the inventive ideas and experimental writing techniques that keep Morrison's books ever-present in the studio.