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[US] Graphic novel shrinking bookbox:

I have quite a few graphic novels that I'd like to get moving, and thought I'd offer a bookbox. (Since I'd like to reduce my book-count, I'll offer a "shrinking option" - that is, participants can opt to take out one more book than they put in, though if they really want to swap one for one that's OK too. This does mean that you could take one book out without adding any, though I don't know that this would be worth the postage {wry grin}.)

By "graphic novels" I mean books in cartoon format, whether they tell a single story, a collection of stories, or a group of stand-alone comic strips. I have fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction, humor and social commentary - all sorts of things. (The starting contents are listed farther down this thread.) I'd like to maintain a decent mix in the box, so while it's OK to swap in, say, a Calvin & Hobbes collection, I'd appreciate it if the box didn't wind up with nothing *but* Calvin & Hobbes (wonderful as that is!).

For the purpose of this box I'm NOT including standard-format manga (the 5x7 or 6x8 softcovers) - I'm thinking of starting a separate box for that later on, as I have a ridiculous amount!

Please post here if you're interested, and feel free to ask questions if you aren't sure about what kinds of books might qualify, etc.

The bookbox rules: when you receive the box, post a reply in this thread, and contact the next person in line for their address. Make your substitutions and get the box moving again within a week or two. Journal any books you take from the box (and, if you want, those that you're leaving in - especially if you have time to read them before mailing the box!). Post here when you mail the box, including your choices, and the USPS tracking number of the package. And enjoy your selections!

Participants so far, in mailing order:

k00kaburra (CA)
HI77 (FL)
azuki (FL)
hyphen8 (HI)
Megi53 (VA)
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I have quite a few graphic novels that I'd like to get moving, and thought I'd offer a bookbox. (Since I'd like to reduce my book-count, I'll offer a "shrinking option" - that is, participants can opt to take out one more book than they put in, though if they really want to swap one for one that's OK too. This does mean that you could take one book out without adding any, though I don't know that this would be worth the postage {wry grin}.)

By "graphic novels" I mean books in cartoon format, whether they tell a single story, a collection of stories, or a group of stand-alone comic strips. I have fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction, humor and social commentary - all sorts of things. (The starting contents are listed farther down this thread.) I'd like to maintain a decent mix in the box, so while it's OK to swap in, say, a Calvin & Hobbes collection, I'd appreciate it if the box didn't wind up with nothing *but* Calvin & Hobbes (wonderful as that is!).

For the purpose of this box I'm NOT including standard-format manga (the 5x7 or 6x8 softcovers) - I'm thinking of starting a separate box for that later on, as I have a ridiculous amount!

Please post here if you're interested, and feel free to ask questions if you aren't sure about what kinds of books might qualify, etc.

The bookbox rules: when you receive the box, post a reply in this thread, and contact the next person in line for their address. Make your substitutions and get the box moving again within a week or two. Journal any books you take from the box (and, if you want, those that you're leaving in - especially if you have time to read them before mailing the box!). Post here when you mail the box, including your choices, and the USPS tracking number of the package. And enjoy your selections!

Participants so far, in mailing order:

k00kaburra (CA)
HI77 (FL)
azuki (FL)
hyphen8 (HI)
Megi53 (VA)
...
back to GoryDetails
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I see several titles that interest me :)
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Please add me to the list. :)
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I don't have the standard manga format, but I do have a bunch of others: in fact, I've been toying with the idea of starting a small box myself!

To give you an idea of what I've got, here's a partial list (some are still TBR) - let me know if this is the sort of thing you're looking for:

Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Niebelung: http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11696697
Into the Volcano - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11093150
The Complete Persepolis - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11092885

As you know, I also have Atomic Chili ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11679186 )
but I may need to share that one with someone in my local group before it can be mailed off..


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That's exactly the sort of thing!
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Any more interest in this bookbox? (See parent message for details, initial contents, etc.)
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I hope to send the box out soon; any more interest? See parent message for info, and feel free to post here or contact me if you have questions about qualifying books, procedure, etc.
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I'm in the mood for out-of-the-ordinary reading material to kick off my summer.
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I mailed the box to k00kaburra today, tracking number 9549010184303140379249 . Hope it travels safely!

The box starts out with 20 books, weighing about 16 lbs (roughly $10 for postage plus tracking). The starting contents (which include several books that are the only copies registered so far):

1. Digger Vol. 1 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10339167 ), from a webcomic about a determined wombat.

2. Stargazing Dog ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11365428 ), a very poignant tale of a dog and his person.

3. Unsounded Vol. 1 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11843326 ), from a webcomic about a young rogue and her guide/magic-using-zombie.

4. Gone to Amerikay ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11094169 ), marvelous look at Irish immigrants to New York via three different timestreams.

5. The Bogie Man ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10206618 ), an offbeat story about a man who thinks he's - not Humphrey Bogart, exactly, but an amalgam of Bogart's greatest characters.

6. Judge Bao and the Jade Phoenix ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11314384 ), about a judge in 11th-century China.

7. White Death ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11799616 ), about warfare on the Italian/Austrian border during WWI.

8. Vintage Blood Vol. 1 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11106693 ), classic horror stories adapted and illustrated by a local artist.

9. Knights of the Living Dead ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11380034 ), unusual reimagining of the King Arthur legend - with zombies.

10. The Monkey King, Vol. 1 ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10488521 ), extremely graphic interpretation of the classic Chinese story Journey to the West.

11. The Underwater Welder ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11314381 ), an unusual, "Twilight Zone" inspired look at a man coping with a new baby and the memories of a long-ago loss.

12. Hothead Paisan: Homicidal Lesbian Terrorist ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11460218 ), a collection of comic strips about the title character, who is exactly as described. [She also has a cat. {grin}]

13. Torso ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11440253 ), based on the real-life "Torso Murders" in 1930s Cleveland, Ohio.

14. Gordo's Cat ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7085054 ), a collection of comic strips from the "Gordo" series of newspaper comics; these strips all feature the household cat and other animals, with the humans as more of a background element.

15. Blacksad: A Silent Hell ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11308238 ), another
installment about the anthropomorphic tall-walking big black cat, Blacksad, as he detects crime in New Orleans.

16. The New Deadwardians ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11525088 ), about a London police inspector in Edwardian times - in a world where zombies and vampires thrive.

17. In The Small ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11356716 ), about an event that makes all humans shrink to a few inches high.

18. Wuthering Heights ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11365440 ), an adaptation of the novel illustrated by Rick Geary.

19. The Unspeakable Vault (of Doom) ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11525071 ), a collection of Lovecraftian-themed strips from the webcomic.

20. The Screwtape Letters ( http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11733000 ), an illustrated version of C. S. Lewis' snarky look at devils and their methods.
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I haven't read any of the current titles in the box except the Screwtape Letters (in the original format) so it should be fun. :)
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Has been too busy to check the forum lately, almost miss this! It's great I have some non-manga stuff that will fit nicely in here.
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I look forward to updating some book journal entries today :D
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I apologize again for the delay in getting this bookbox moving. It's now on it's way to Florida with this tracking number: 9449009699939056462977 .
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It's here! :)


It's arrived and I was happy to see it! :D

I can't wait to dig in!
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Questions

Is there any way to get involved for just one round of the box? I'd love to get involved but I really only have one book to offer - most of my reading of graphic novel-type things has been online. (Either way, I shall definitely be taking a look at some of the titles on the list, wow).
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Welcome to BookCrossing, minnabird!

It's OK to only take one book from a bookbox - and since this is a shrinking box, you could take out two books if you have one to put in. Whether it's worth the postage on the whole box just to get one or two books is something you'd have to decide, of course; the box cost roughly $10 to mail when I sent it out, something to keep in mind.

However, as you're new here and don't have any books registered so far, I wouldn't include you in a bookbox yet. I like to see some indication that the person's really interested in BookCrossing, has some number of suitable books registered, and ideally has at least some history of mailing books to others. (This doesn't guarantee that the box won't go missing or get stalled, but it does help.)

The simplest way for you to cover all these bases would be to register some of your books and offer one or two in trade, as giveaways, or as bookrays or bookrings. (And I'd recommend doing a little wild-releasing too, since that's part of the fun!)
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Haha, I was planning on some of that, just haven't got access to a lot of my books right now, since most of them live at my dad's house still. I totally understand, though, and thanks anyway. :)
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from another Floridian.

Maybe you can post on the forum that you have this book to trade and see if someone will offer something you want. You can let us know which titles you are looking for, or build up your wishlist so we can check.

It's not that we don't welcome newcomers or we don't trust you, but we do want our box of books to make it around to all participants, and in the past there have been people who signed up and then just vanished when they received a bunch of books. I am sure you won't want to send out books and not receive anything back home, when you are expected a fair trade.
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On it's way! :D


The box was dropped off in at the post office yesterday! :)

I'm sure it's half way there already!

The tracking #: 9449009699939145333287
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box is here!!

Actually been here for a few days but the last few weeks was, just, stressful, tiring and not fun, so I didn't get to open it.

FInally get some time to do it. Nice selection! I've picked 8, have 4 ready to put in so I will either read up a few to include or narrow down my selection.
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It was an excellent box, thanks Gory for organizing this.
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The box arrived today with a smiling seam. This makes two boxes in a row I've gotten with busted sides. In both cases I'm reasonably confident that no books were lost, but still...

This box: http://www.flickr.com/---/9929153233
The previous box: http://www.flickr.com/---/9723743172

Sigh.
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The box arrived today with a smiling seam. This makes two boxes in a row I've gotten with busted sides. In both cases I'm reasonably confident that no books were lost, but still...

This box: http://www.flickr.com/---/9929153233
The previous box: http://www.flickr.com/---/9723743172

Sigh.


Wow I remember all sides were taped and looks like the tear went through the tapes. But doesn't look like anything escaped.
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As of today, only 5 of Gory's original 20 are still in the box:

Vintage Blood - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11106693
Hothead Paisan: - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11460218
Gordo's Cat - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7085054
Blacksad - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11308238
The Screwtape Letters - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11733000

Also:

Narcoleptic Sunday - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897781
Batman Forever - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11976885
Little Nothings - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12163198
The Shiniest Jewel - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11090577
Hipster Hitler - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11468335
Stitches - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12163228
Bone: The Dragonslayer - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12163203
The Hills Have Eyes - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9831224
Stinz: Charger - The War Stories - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10082246
The Bronx Kill - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8396820
I Made Some Brownies and they were pretty good - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/6211241
Unholy Kinship - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12091100
Love the Way You Love - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12091063
Postcards - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5808619

So that's 19. The box hasn't shrunk much. :p

Now I just have to make up my mind.
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Megi53 asked to be skipped, so the box is going home to GoryDetails.

Gory said it was ok, so I'm taking out 12:

Vintage Blood - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11106693
Gordo's Cat - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/7085054
Blacksad - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11308238
The Screwtape Letters - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11733000
Narcoleptic Sunday - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9897781
The Shiniest Jewel - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11090577
Stitches - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12163228
Bone: The Dragonslayer - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12163203
The Hills Have Eyes - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/9831224
Stinz: Charger - The War Stories - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/10082246
The Bronx Kill - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/8396820
Postcards - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/5808619

And putting in 10:

Coraline: The Graphic Novel - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12043397
Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12061945
Goldfish - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/12080161
Clive Barker's The Thief of Always - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11964057
Walt Disney's Uncle Scrooge: "Only a Poor Old Man" - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11964042
Journey of Heroes: The Story of the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11964052
Dracula - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11965820
Into the Volcano - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11093150
Zita the Spacegirl - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11914015
Richard Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung - http://www.bookcrossing.com/---/11696697

Total in the returning box: 17
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The box got home safely today - many thanks! Hope everyone enjoys their selections!

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