The Griff: A Graphic Novel

The Griff: A Graphic Novel

by Christopher Moore, Ian Corson


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“If there’s a funnier writer out there, step forward.”

The always outrageous Christopher Moore—New York Times bestselling author of Bite Me, Lamb, You Suck, The Stupidest Angel, and a host of other prime cuts of literary hilarity—joins forces with award-winning screenwriter and director Ian Corson to bring you The Griff. An absurdly entertaining graphic novel about alien invasion—in the grand tradition of Cowboys and Aliens, but considerably more ridiculous—The Griff is vintage Chris Moore…with pictures! Get ready for thrills, chills, and a chain-smoking professional squirrel, in this high-octane tale of the infestation of Earth by extraterrestrial interlopers and the motley crew of humans who save the world…sort of.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061977527
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/19/2011
Edition description: Original
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 482,957
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of the novels Secondhand Souls, Sacré Bleu, A Dirty Job, and Lamb. He lives in San Francisco, California.

Ian Corson is an award-winning screenwriter and director whose credits include Bloodline for Castle Rock Entertainment and Starting Five for Paramount Pictures. He has also directed Monster Garage for the Discovery Channel and the feature film Malicious (starring Molly Ringwald). He teaches screenwriting at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He lives in Los Angeles, California.


Hawaii and San Francisco, California

Date of Birth:

August 5, 1958

Place of Birth:

Toledo, Ohio

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Griff 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel seemed like a home run to me. I'm a huge Christopher Moore fan, having read all but two of his novels and list him as my favorite writer. Add to that the fact that I have been an avid comic book reader for sixteen years. I have often said that many of Moore's works would be perfect for an animated show on the likes of Comedy Central or HBO. That isn't a far stretch from a graphic novel. Here however what I read was lacking so much. Overall, the plot is interesting and a small fraction of the dialogue is Moore-like. The rest is really bad though. There are enormous problems with the timeline as things happen at different times but the reader can't tell that. I kept turning pages and felt pages or panels were missing. Part of that comes from the artist, Jennyson Rosero, who might be a good artist but here proves not a very good story teller. Many of the panels prove hard to decipher what is happening because many of the characters never change facial expressions. Overall, as sad as it is for me to say this, this book looks like it was made by people who don't usually work in this form, which is true but unfortunate. I expected a lot more especially for the price. I can't wait to read the next Moore novel which will hopefully be in his wheelhouse.
Wil Lucy More than 1 year ago
A great story with Christopher Moore's trademark humor, along with fantastic artwork. My only complaint is that the pages are very scrunched up and the text is difficult (and in several panels impossible) to read. This is the first graphic novel I have read on my Nook, so I'm not sure if this is a common problem. Something like the magazine article view would be better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Simply an enjoyable graphic novel. Recommend you only read this on the larger nooks like like HD+ (and in color). Only one page was particularly difficult to read. I hope nook updates their software to make graphic titles like these easier to zoom in and out as necessary.
SDPogue on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Today I needed to read something that did not require a review. I picked up Christopher Moore's The Griff from the library. Christopher Moore has several novels that have caught my attention but that haven't made it to being read. The Griff is a graphic novel and I can always slip one in to my reading pile.I loved this. Slightly humorous and all action. The world has been conquered by dragon-like beings from outerspace. The book follows five survivors as they connect to come up with a solution to their problems.It's not a deep plot with subtext as novels have a tendency to have but a straight forward good vs evil (more us vs them really). Christopher Moore and Ian Corson originally created this story as a screenplay and I have to tell you - it's a movie I'd watch. I hope that someone steps up and hands them the money to produce it. I can picture it as a great action movie. The characters are just every day people who use the situation to re-invent themselves and their skills.So, Syfy channel - if you are reading this, I have your next movie right here.
brainchild138 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very sparse dialog and rapid jumps between scenes makes this rather hard to follow.
yarmando on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A handful of people battle to survive after dragon-like creatures have wiped out most of humanity.Why I picked it up: Christopher Moore participated in a pretty good campaign to promote the book on Twitter and Facebook.Why I finished it: It was short; some good flashes of the Moore-ish humor, but not enough. The book was best with Moore's use of character-based snark, weakest when the art needed to tell the story.I'd give it to: Can't really recommend.
Kevinbw309 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Griffs are coming! The Griffs are coming! After a strange beacon is activated on Earth, alien ships soon show up overhead. After a short time, over 6 billion are dead as the result of an extremely hostile alien race known as the Griffs. After systematically destroying any resistance and crippling communications, the Griffs roam the Earth picking off survivors one by one. One group of survivors comprised of Mo, the goth, Steve, the clueless dork, and Curt, the military man, meet up with Liz, the whale trainer, and they band together in an attempt to save humanity.Christopher Moore is back! Now with pictures. Christopher Moore and Ian Corson team up to deliver a graphic novel of unusual proportions. Christopher Moore doesn't fail to deliver his famous one-line wonders that are sure to have you laughing out loud. A short and wonderfully illustrated read (thanks to Jennyson Rosero), I finished this book in less than 24 hours. But just because it is short doesn't mean it should be overlooked. This book will keep your attention (it's a giant picture book after all) and is short enough to read all the way through in one sitting. NOTE: Book is intended for mature audiences and rated R for strong language and comic (literally) violence.This book is not yet available to the public. Book will be released July 19th, 2011.
suetu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have been a big Christopher Moore fan for years. He's never written a thing that I didn't like--and I think if The Griff WAS written I would have liked it. But it's not a novel, or even the screenplay that it started life as. The Griff is a graphic novel, and the first book of that type I've ever read. There is a reason for this. I know myself well enough to know this is not the medium for me. I'm not a fan of contaminating words with pictures. I don't even like subtitled films very much.So, I broke this long-standing embargo for Chris Moore and his collaborator on this project, Ian Corson--and I can't say I really enjoyed the book. I think the fault lies more with the biases of the "reader" and less with the authors, but not entirely. I get that the pictures are supposed to help tell the story, but still, I found it so... inarticulate. It felt like an old Batman episode, except instead of being made up of "BAM!" and "POW!" this graphic novel was full of "SKREEEEE!" and other even less useful, uh, words.And I'm sad to write this, because I kinda dug the story being told. The Griff is a post-apocalyptic tale of alien invasion. Most of humanity has been picked off by these huge, flying predators who strongly resemble mythological griffins, hence the appellation. Among the few survivors are some humans with very useful skill sets. Mo (Maureen) was a video game designer. She knows strategy, weapons, and diverse technology. Curt is an expert on all things military. Liz is a killer whale trainer at Ocean World; she knows how to deal with large predators. Other survivors seem to have lucked out. Oscar was just a guy who wore a squirrel costume at a theme park, but each character has something to contribute--even if it's mostly comic relief.So, yeah, I could get into this story, but there just wasn't enough for me to dig into. There were a few chuckles along the way, but Chris Moore is a WRITER, and there just weren't enough words on the page.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: I read every new book by the author and was quite excited about his first foray into the graphic novel.The publisher's description of this book pretty much tells the whole story and makes it sound a lot more fun than it really is. Moore is well-known for his eccentric characters and I just didn't have any fun with those in this graphic novel. I found the story quite predictable, the usual run-of-the-mill, alien invasion story. There weren't any surprises and it just fell really flat for me. Moore is a writer and he just didn't get to use his craft with this medium. Yeah, there are a few moments when his witty, wry sense of humour show up in a text bubble here and there but otherwise the story was hard to keep track of since there wasn't much of it and it jumped back and forth between characters that just didn't make the cut for me. A big disappointment. Moore had better stick to his natural medium, the novel, and perhaps let his already successfully published novels be adapted into graphic novels instead.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Okay volume.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable, but not up to Chris's usually high standards for plot and character developement, or witty dialogue. Graphics were very good. The rest seemed to lack polish. Maybe I'm expecting too much from a graphic novel. The Monty Python reference made it all worthwhile though. (ps: format worked well on my 10" Galaxy Tab nook)
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Its totaly random in cunclusuon it stincks
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wonderwendy More than 1 year ago
I love Christopher Moore's books. His humor is snarky and intelligent, with characters who are funny even when they're obnoxious. If I hadn't known this was co-written by him, I would have recognized the writing anyway. That said, this graphic novel really feels like a short story, which he mentions in the foreword. (Actually, he said it was too much material for a short story, but it's certainly not a full novel.) The point of view shifts far too abruptly for my taste, as the authors shift from one group of survivors to the next. I wish that the transitions between groups hadn't been so jarring. I was also a bit disappointed in the characterizations. The characters could have been fleshed-out a little more, and I would have been more invested in what was happening to them. It was entertaining, I don't regret buying it or the time I spent reading it, but I was a little disappointed. This feels like an unfinished work, like a first draft that should have been expanded upon. The art is quite good, and it's really disappointing that both authors have their own acknowledgements and bios, but nothing from Jennyson Rosero (who only illustrated the whole thing).
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This is a really good comic i love comics but on my nook color i couldnt read the tiny leteres but i tried my best and it was a good funny amazing and a i wish this doesnt happen story plus theres great humor and illustrations