Ed Brubaker writes comics. You may know Ed from his stint on Captain America, which had a lot of press when issue #25 came out. He's written Uncanny X-men, Catwoman and The Authority just to name a few other titles. But I know him and I love him because he wrote a monthly series called The Deadenders that made me long to write comic books because it was so YA. When Shelly Bond called me to ask if I was interested in maybe writing a graphic novel, I told her that one of my fave Vertigo titles was The Deadenders. Turns out Shelly edited that.
The Deadenders is where it's at. Go get it.
So, flash forward to my new life in comics and color me so excited when I got to meet Ed at Wizard World LA. Everyone else in line had their copy of Captain America Issue #25 in their hands to get autographed, but me, I had my copy of The Deadenders.
Ed was kind enough to give me not only his punk list, but his YA list, too.
Because he rules.
Here's my list, but this is all off the top of my head, and could change tomorrow. I think these are the ones that made me care back then, though:
The Once Over Twice - X
Away From the Numbers (I know it's the ballad, shut up it's still punk) - The Jam
Courage - Minutemen
Celebrated Summer - Husker Du
I'm So Bored With the USA - The Clash
I Wanna Be Sedated - Ramones
Beverly Hills - the Circle Jerks
Look at the Rain - Meat Puppets (this is more from their post-punk era, but it's a punk song)
I Love Livin' in the City - Fear
I still like most of those songs, I think.
Here's my top ten YA books, which is easier:
Nobody's Family is Going to Change - Louise Fitzhugh
Great Brain at the Academy - John D. Fitzgerald
You Must Kiss a Whale - David Skinner
The Farthest Shore - Ursula K. LeGuin
The Snarkout Boys and the Avocado of Death - Daniel Pinkwater
Young Adult Novel - Daniel Pinkwater
The Egypt Game - Zilpha Keatley Snyder
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler -- E.L. Konigsburg
The Long Secret - Louise Fitzhugh
Harriet the Spy - Louise Fitzhugh