For episode seven of Come Read With Me, I was joined by my friend Dalton. He chose The Adventures of Captain Underpants (link to my review) and I am glad he did. This isn’t a book I would have gone out of my way, but it’s one of those books that is as much a part of pop culture as any cartoon show I grew up watching! Make sure to check out his Tumblr The Whet Whitch Whistler and follow him on Twitter @barleypoop.
I think we kept it PG-13 enough, not to warrant an explicit label, but suffice to say we discussed whether or not Dav Pilkey was a bit of a pervert, whether The Adventures of Captain Underpants could be Fifty Shades of Grey for nine-year-olds, AND whether or not Dalton writes fan-fiction or erotica. (Inquiring mines want to know!) To make it even more exciting, I may have even compared Dalton and his sister, Hayley, to the Brontës. Now that is praise from me for sure!
I think we kept our tangents to a reasonable amount, but I’m so glad we went of on the comic book and graphic novel tangent as I now have so many to look into! e did touch on a huge list of books including my favorites Jane Austen and Star Wars:
- The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
- The Jedi Academy Trilogy – Kevin J. Anderson
- Emma – Jane Austen
- Mansfield Park – Jane Austen
- Juvenilia – Jane Austen
- Juvenilia – Charlotte Brontë
- Magic School Bus Books – Joanna Cole & Bruce Degen
- Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
- The Han Solo Trilogy – A.C. Crispin
- Dirk Pittadventures – Clive Cussler
- Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James
- Twilight – Stephanie Meyer
- Magic Tree House Books – Mary Pope Osborne & Sal Murdocca (Illustrator)
- Eragon – Christopher Paolini
- The Westing Game – Ellen Raskin
- Harry Potter – J.K. Rowling
- A Series of Unfortunate Events – Lemony Snicket
- Goosebumps – R.L. Stein
- The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Presents America (The Book) – Jon Stewart & The Writers of The Daily Show
Comic Books and Graphic Novels
- Wonder Woman (The New 52) – Brian Azzarello & Cliff Chiang (Illustrator)
- The Sandman – Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth (Illustrator) & Mike Dringenberg (Illustrator)
- Watchmen – Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (Illustrator)
- Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi
- Batgirl (The New 52) – Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf (Illustrator) & Vincente Vincente (Illustrator)
- Maus – Art Spiegelman
- Y: The Last Man – Brian K. Vaughan & Pia Guerra (Illustrator)
I’ve got the next two episodes in progress, but nothing definite yet. Right when I start to get delusions of grandeur, life smacks me on the back of he head and says “Slow your role.” Now this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but when it comes to juggling work, relationships, family, friends and everything else it’s easy to get overwhelmed.
Mostly I’m happy this is posted with 24-48 hours of when I wanted to publish it. So enjoy the episode and as always let me know if you have any suggestions by emailing email@example.com.