GUEST ARTICLE: Graphic Novel RecommendationsOne of today's topics is More Than Just Words, focusing on the works of books that use more than just your traditional words to tell a story. Tif of Tif Talks Books is a fan of these non-traditional books and is here to share a few recommendations for you in the graphic novel/comic format.
A GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR EVERY GENRE AND AUDIENCE
Many years ago in a state far, far away from where I currently reside, I took a college course that introduced me to my first graphic novel. I was so impressed with the format and the complexity of the multi-dimensional story that I knew that I had to read more. Sadly, it took me many more years to return to the format all thanks to a push from my local library that had an amazing graphic novel selection. Now more than three years later, I am devouring as many graphic novels and comics that I can get my hands on! I simply cannot get enough of the format.
I have discovered throughout my reading journey that many people do not believe that you can get a high quality story out of a book meant for adults and filled with pictures. I completely disagree. In some books, I think you can get so much more . . . symbolism that you cannot always put into words, artwork that you can stare at for hours and still find something new, and small minute details that are important to the story to name just a few.
Today, I share with you a handful of suggestions featuring both graphic novels and comics (I use these terms interchangeably today, though they are different). Look for the genre that you typically read, then check out the book that is recommended for you.
|Maus I & II by Art Spiegelman|
|Stitches by David Small|
|Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi|
|Fables by Bill Willingham (series)|
For those who like the undead . . .
|The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman (series)|
For those who prefer superheroes . . .
|Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan (series)|
For those who like to get lost in the fairy realm . . .
|The Good Neighbors by Holly Black (series)|
MIDDLE GRADE & YOUNG ADULT
|Bad Island by Doug TenNapel|
|Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel|
|Rapunzel's Revenge by Shannon Hale (series)|
|The Unwritten by Mike Carey (series)|
|Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan (series)|
|Locke & Key by Joe Hill (series)|
|Saga by Brian K. Vaughan (series)|
|Chew by John Layman (series)|
|From Saga by Brian K. Vaughan|
Now that I have shared my recommendations, fellow graphic novel/comic fans chime in. What books would you recommend in the different categories? Did I miss a category or must-read that you want to add?
Tif has been blogging at Tif Talks Books for seven years. She is also one of the original co-founders of Armchair BEA as well as a co-creator of Book Bloggers International. In her spare time, she does a bit of freelance writing, shoots a lot of pictures, and spends time with her family.