The Beauty of the Graphic Novel

I have stated before that I am a fan of the graphic novel.  I do. I love them. They are so much fun.  I discovered many amazing artists and writers when I worked in publishing but it was when I got to visit the Comic Con in San Diego a few years back that really made me a fan.  They just have that element that novels don’t.  Now I know people are probably saying, “That element is that they have pictures. Duh!”  I know they have pictures, but it was those pictures represent to the narrative of the story that really helps drive my love of the medium.  Don’t get me wrong I love standard novels as well. In fact I am usually at any given time reading three or more at a time.  But how the standard novel relies on describing every detail in order for you to develop the image in your mind, the graphic novel is able to use in beautiful fashion drawings to help convey what they want to story to tell.  And in many times, words just don’t do it justice. A picture can say so much more.

And let me tell you, I can’t keep graphic novels on my shelves.  My students crowd around the shelves and fight over who gets to read what, and why one series is better than the other.  As soon as one comes in, it is immediately finding its way into another student’s hands.  I am thinking I have to order multiple copies of each graphic novel. Even the nonfiction ones.   I highly recommend anyone to take a look graphic novels, they are an interesting way to experience a story.  To help here are some of my favorites:

1) Blankets by Craig Thompson

2) Maus by Art Speigelman

3) Smile by Rania Telgemeir

4) Americus by MK Reed

5) Feynman by Jim Ottaviani

6) Bone series by Jeff Smith

7) Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

8) Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi

9) The Storm in the Barn

10) Y: The Last Man series by Brian Vaughan

11) American Splendor series by Harvey Pekar

12) The Lives of Sacco & Vanzetti by Rick Geary

13) Relish

14) Laika by Nick Abadzis

15) The Imposters Daughter by Laurie Sandell

16) Are you my Mother? and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

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Filed under Books, Cartoons, Graphic Novels, Reading

2 responses to “The Beauty of the Graphic Novel

  1. I love graphic novels and comics too, damnit! Now tell me they’re not just for kids! Any time someone catches you reading them in public they figure you must be a mental defect or wonder how you managed to escape from your mother’s basement!

    It’s a wonderful medium, indeed 🙂

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