Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Posted by Goodreads on December 8, 2015
Fiona Staples

Rate this book
Clear rating
When Brian K. Vaughan teamed his wildly original vision for an epic space opera/fantasy comic book with the equally bewitching artwork of Fiona Staples, a classic was born. The duo's hugely acclaimed Saga series has been picking up awards since its 2012 launch, so it's no surprise Volume 4 just won the best graphic novels and comics category in this year's Goodreads Choice Awards. Likened to everything from Star Wars and Game of Thrones to Romeo and Juliet and the New Testament, Saga deploys both out-there sci-fi/fantasy (trees as rocket ships, characters with televisions for heads, a talking cat) and authentic human storytelling—in essence it's the journey of new parents battling to raise a child in a warring, hostile world.

The hit adult series, often praised for its humor and inventiveness, grew out of a fictional universe Vaughan invented as a kid as well as his experiences of becoming a parent. Here Vaughan and Staples share five of their favorite books with stellar worldbuilding.

BRIAN K. VAUGHAN's picks:

The Ballad of Halo Jones by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson
Rate this book
Clear rating
"If Alan Moore had only written this one comic, he would still be one of the medium's most important creators ever. Too many sci-fi/fantasy stories spend all of their time building worlds instead of making sure that there are people on those worlds worth caring about, but this feminist space opera always keeps its deeply relatable characters at the forefront of its imaginative settings."


Orc Stain by James Stokoe
Rate this book
Clear rating
"Currency should be an important part of worldbuilding, but most of us just fall into the habit of using unimaginative 'credits' or the like. The economy that cartoonist James Stokoe created for his dark fantasy world is ingeniously revolting, just like every other exquisite detail of this fearless story."



FIONA STAPLES'S picks:
The Spire by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely
Rate this book
Clear rating
"A murder mystery set in a fantastical desert land. The city's twisty towers and dark alleys are drawn with great intricacy, the elaborate costumes look lived in, and the misshapen goblinlike townspeople have a bizarre charm."


Dungeon Quest by Joe Daly
Rate this book
Clear rating
"This is straight-up a D&D game come to life. South African cartoonist Joe Daly takes our heroes—Millennium Boy, Steve, Lash Penis, and Nerdgirl—on a long quest through a psychedelic version of Cape Town. And talk about worldbuilding: Included are excerpts from the books the characters find, such as the Romish Book of the Dead. This comic has an insane amount of lore, 99 percent of it totally irrelevant, all of it hilarious."


D4VE by Ryan Ferrier and Valentin Ramon
Rate this book
Clear rating
"The world of D4VE is our world, but the humans are dead and everyone is a robot. Society continues as normal, but now machines are living in suburbs and commuting to office jobs. Artist Ramon slips all kinds of visual gags into products and advertisements in the background."


No comments have been added yet.