Graphic novels are something that I have only started to get into in the last couple of years. I wasn't one of those girls who has been into comic books and superheros from way back. I am not that cool.
I actually read my first graphic novel because of an article on the concept of a Mart-Sue. There may have been a test that you could give your character. It mentioned Morpheus from The Sandman and the description was intriguing enough that I read them.
Game changer. What is really cool about graphic novels is their ability to tell a story in a totally new way.
By Neil Gaiman
These books are smart. There are references to mythology, Shakespeare, and philosophy. There are moments of humor, moments of grandeur, and moments that make you really think about what it is that life means.
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
When I was a kid we had a Christmas Tradition where every year the whole family got a Calvin and Hobbes book under the tree. This is a compilation of all of them. Yay!
When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put
by Vivian Swift
“Some days 'staying put' might feel the same as Going Nowhere.
Make a cup of tea, and wait for that feeling to pass.”
Is this a graphic novel? Not really... but kind of... It is sort of an art journal/diary and it is beautiful. I want to be able to draw this way. She has a unique view of the world. How much do I love this book? I have lugged it with me to live with me in apartments in five different countries on four different continents.
The Complete Maus
by Art Spiegelman
Maus is a holocaust tale told with mice and cats in the place of Jews and Nazis. It kind of sounds ridiculous but the author is telling the story of his own family. Intensely realistic and painful Maus made me cry more than once.
by LAT (Mohammad Nor Khalid)
One of my librarian friends is from Malaysia and recommended this book to me. She says that it really reflects growing up in rural Malaysia (or at least what it looked liked for her).
Through the Woods
by Emily Carroll
This is what happens when someone gets the idea to make original stories in the same vein as the original fairy tales. The result is kind of terrifying but also amazing. Something to read for Halloween!
Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
By Lucy Knisley
So much food. Also, recipes. There is nothing about this food memoir graphic novel hybrid that I don't like. It also makes me hungry. I want cheese. And crepes. And cookies. And...