Nick O’Gorman’s Top 10 Go-to Comic Book and Graphic Novel List

True North Country Comics presents the top 10 go-to comic books and graphic novels from Nick O’Gorman.

Nick is an Ottawa-based artist who has worked in all areas of the medium including pencilling, lettering, inking, colouring and writing. His work includes Ghoul Squad, Misfits, Skull, The Solitonus Agency, The Boy with a Balloon For A Head, Stargirl, Elvis The Zombie Goes To Prison and much more.

Here’s Nick O’Gorman’s top 10 go-to comic book and graphic novel list.

1. Mouth Baby by James Harvey
“By far the strangest comic I’ve ever read, there’s nothing like it. The art is amazing and as unique as the story. I came across the story in Heavy Metal Magazine, though stand alone copies exist. NOT all ages!”

2. Enigma by Peter Milligan, with art by Duncan Fegredo
“Lesser known Vertigo title from the 90s, this series has all the trademarks of Milligan’s later writing and has some early stellar, experimental art from Fegredo. I could look at just the covers for hours, gorgeous. “


3. Madman: Oddity Odyssey by Mike Allred
“For me this the pinnacle of indy black and white books, My copy of this book is so beat up, and it’s a constant source of inspiration.”

4. TMNT: Secret History of the Foot Clan by Burnham and Santoloucco
“An amazing origin story of Shredder, very well written and amazingly drawn. So good.”

5. Hellboy Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola
“My first foray into the fantastical world of Hellboy, very neat story, Mignola’s storytelling and art are top calibre. Great introduction into his expansive universe.”

6. Jupiter’s Children by Mark Millar and Frank Quitely
“Millar’s concise approach to story telling lets Quitely’s art fill out the world in such a lush and and vivid way.”

7. Shiver by Junji Ito
“I am a huge fan of short horror fiction, and there’s none better Junji Ito.These stories are unnerving and creepy in ways only Ito can produce.”

8. Eleanor and her Egret by Mike Marts and Sam Keith
“Sam Keith’s art style and approach has run the gamut over the years, this book is possibly the strangest outlier. Eleanor and Her Egret has Keith create a delicate, playful world with unending nods to famous works of art. The story is beautiful and stands alone in it’s cuteness, and playful beauty.”

9. Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
“What else can be said? Haven’t read it? Read it!”

10. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang
“Brian K Vaughn doesn’t have a bad series or issue to his name, and his ability to create stories that play off his artists interests and strengths is second to none.  In a world where a lot of comic artists struggle to draw child characters, Chiang prowess is in full effect drawing a cast of young girls that are all unique, distinct and badass.”

You can find Nick on Twitter at @thatnickog and online at nick-og.deviantart.com

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