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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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Sorry for the long delay

I took the summer off, as you could probably tell. But now that we are back in the swing of the school year, I am back to add my two cents to the world of education, technology, libraries.

But I think I should share something I learned over the summer. I am a huge fan of graphic novels. I always liked reading comic books, but graphic novels have taken a special place in my reading world recently and I a tore through them this summer. I must have read anywhere from 7 to 10 a week.  Over the course of the summer that is a hefty amount. Where as last year I read several standard novels and nonfiction works, I was able to fill my brain with so much more content this summer.  I truly cleaned my local library out of adult ones and then moved on to the YA section.

Friends kept saying to me how can you read those, they are just picture books?  But there is a difference. Where picture books use the images to normally enhance the story, the graphic novels use their pictures to progress the story.  Some panels will have no text, it relies on the picture to tell you how the character is feeling, or what is the current situation of the story.  I am learning that graphic novels are the perfect gateway for reluctant readers as well, and I will be putting a great deal of emphasis on them in my own library.

So enough rambling.  I am happy to be back and posting again. See you all later.

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