Who would have thought that comic books would grow into such an art form? And get a new name to boot, graphic novels. Plus, graphic novels are presented in an upscale package minus the staples down the center. I would say that if you want tight storytelling with pictures, a graphic novel could be something you'd like. I have to say I'm intrigued by them. Graphic novels aren't new, just new to me. So, excuse me while I lay back and let my eyes feast on Shakespeare in the graphic format. Of course, that's after I've flipped through one of the never say die super hero stories.
The Young Adult Library Services Assocation (YALSA) comes out with a yearly top ten for graphic novels. I guess the library likes them too. Here's their latest list for teens:
Amir and Khalil. "Zahra's Paradise." First Second, 2011
Bendis, Brian Michael and Alex Maleev. "Scarlet." Marvel/Icon Comics, 2011.
Brosgal, Vera. "Anya's Ghost." First Second, 2011.
Gladstone, Brooke, Josh Neufeld, and others. "the Influencing Machine: Brooke Galdstone on the Media." W. W. Norton and Company, 2011.
Langridge, Roger, Chris Samnee, and others.
"Thor: The Mighty Avenger V.1." Marvel, 2010.
"Thor: The Mighty Avenger V.2." Marvel, 2011.
McLeod, Kagan. "Infinite Kung Fu." Top Shelf, 2011.
Mori, Kaoru. "A Bride's Story V.1." Yen Press, 2011.
Nicolle, Malachai and Ethan Nicolle. "Axe Cop V.1." Dark Horse, 2011.
Ralph, Brian. "Daybreak." Drawn and Quarterly, 2011.
Shimura, Takako. "Wandering Son V.1." Fantagraphics Books, 2011.
So, last week I introduced my cartoon. "The Adventures of Pork Chops and Steelyballs." I thought having studied art, drawing cartoons would be easy. Well, I haven't found that to be true. But, it certainly has been fun.
With our attention span growing ever smaller, do you think graphic novels will eventually replace plain old books? What do you think of graphic novels?
Till next time,