Panels’ Read Harder Challenge!

Andi recently put up her latest update for her Panels Read Harder Challenge. I’d seen this on Panels previously but wasn’t thinking of joining in. But as I read Andi’s post, I realized that hey, I could easily fill most of these categories with the comics I’ve read this year – and it’s only March! I’ve got plenty of time to finish up!

The comic book links are to my mini reviews.


Read a comic book from the Golden Age (30s to early 50s)

(Ok I am stuck on this one. And that link to Wikipedia isn’t helping).



Read a comic book that features a creative team representing more than one gender 

Ms Marvel – writer G. Willow Wilson, and artist Adrian Alphona


Read a comic book originally published in Europe 

Glacial Period – Nicolas de Crecy (first published in France)


Read a piece of comics journalism

Showa: A History of Japan, 1926-1939 (Showa: A History of Japan #1) – Shigeru Mizuki



Read a self-contained graphic novel 

Ethel and Ernest by Raymond Briggs


Read a comic book from an independent publisher 

Deadly Class Vol 1: – Rick Remender (published by Image Comics)


Read a comic book by an all-female creative team

Pretty Deadly Vol 1: The Shrike – Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Ríos


Read a comic book about a culture other than your own

I Remember Beirut – Zeina Abirached

Read a comic book about a religion other than your own

Just requested Buddha 1 Kapilavastu by Osamu Tezuka from the library

Read a comic book marketed for children or all-ages.


Read a comic book that features an LGBTQ character

A + E Forever – I Merey



Read a comic book that won an Eisner Award 

Saga. Volume three – Brian K. Vaughan, writer ; Fiona Staples, artist

Read a webcomic 

I did read Nimona by Noelle Stevenson but I’m using that for the ‘villain as protagonist’ category. So I’m going to see what other webcomics there are! Maybe I’ll try Thunderpaw (read it here), partly because I’m intrigued by the use of animated gifs.


Read a comic book starring anthropomorphic animals  

Wonderland – Tommy Kovac, Sonny Liew. The White Rabbit!


Read a volume of manga 

Children of the Sea – Daisuke Ishigara



Read a comic book written and drawn by the same person 

Rose and Isabel – Ted Mathot

Read a collection of comic strips.


Since there’s a Peanuts movie coming out this year, maybe that’s what I’ll read


Read a comic about a non-traditional superhero 

Shadow Hero – Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (obviously, Ms Marvel would fit here too!)

Read a book about comic books.

Just requested one from the library!

Read a comic book featuring non-traditional art.

Er….I’m not sure



Read a new-to-you comic from the library 

Will and Whit – Laura Lee Gulledge (many others would fit in this category, as I get almost all my comics from the library!)


Read a science fiction comic book

Pluto Naoki Urasawa x Osamu Tezuka – robots! Androids! Set in the future!


Read a fantasy comic book

 The Last Unicorn – Peter S Beagle; Peter B. Gillis; Renae De Liz


Read a comic set in a country other than your own 

A Chinese Life – Li Kunwu and P. Otie


Read a controversial comic book.

Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan (Showa: A History of Japan #2) – Shigeru Mizuki (well, its translator calls it controversial. And since this second book is about Japan’s involvement in WWII, it is almost definitely controversial)


Read a comic with a villain for the protagonist

Nimona – Noelle Stevenson


So I’ve still got some categories to figure out. And one in particular – Golden Age comics?? – I’m not sure if I can get my hands on… but hey, that’s not too shabby.


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