I would say SEND HELP! I’M OBSESSED!! But I don’t want help. I enjoy fetching bugs and fruits and fish for these anthropomorphic ‘friends’ that hang around various camp sites, who won’t visit me after we become friends unless I buy specific furniture for them…
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Anyway, I decided it might be fun to make a book list of some of my favourite anthropomorphic tales in honour of this bizarre and addictive game.
BLACKSAD by Juan Díaz Canales & illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido
Number one on this list is the FIRST thing I thought of when I first thought of making this list. The art in this book is SO BEAUTIFUL. And the story is so lovely, a noir crime-mystery graphic novel set in the 50s where everyone is animals. If not for the plot, read this for the art.
BEASTS OF BURDEN: ANIMAL RITES by Evan Dorkin & illustrated by Jill Thompson
Second is probably a predictable one to anyone that knows me well enough. I first learned about this graphic novel through a short story with Hellboy, my main man, and thought the characters were so adorable and full of life that I had to check it out. Although technically not anthro, this graphic novel belongs on the list in my opinion because the dialogue between the dogs cracks me up and the plot also spooked me out a bit. There’s also a cat if you don’t like dogs, and also why are you like that if you do?????
THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame
This list wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t include this book to be quite honest. It’s also the only one on my list that is most similar to Animal Crossing.. OOPS. I was introduced to this story probably like most kids my age, through the Disney short with the toad of toad hall going BEEP BEEP in his motor car. Surprise! The book is more than that and is actually a really lovely tale for adults too. It might not be for everyone, but it’s short enough that you might as well read it.
GRANDVILLE by Bryan Talbot
Ok I know, another graphic novel that is about a detective. BUT! This one is a Steampunk one set in an alternative universe where Britain lost the Napoleonic war!!! Also the detective is a bad ass badger!!!!!!! Bryan Talbot is a prolific comic writer and artist and this is one of my favourite works by him. The art is really gorgeous and thick and contrasty and punchy. Very tasty for the eyes.
TOOTH AND CLAW by Jo Walton
Last book on this list is slightly different. Because DRAGONS. I wrote a review on this book in an earlier post HERE. But basically imagine a setting where dragons are everywhere and they live sort of like humans in the Jane Austen era. That’s the book. It’s worth reading even if you don’t enjoy Austen…!!! I’ve never read a book like it.
Also if you want to add me in the game I won’t complain…. : 45862443173