Today’s Book – Graphic Novels

Graphic novels, while I enjoy them, unfortunately don’t make up a large part of my reading. There’s no particular reason for this other than I just don’t read many. And the ones I do read tend to be by authors I’m familiar with or characters and subject matters I know. For example, The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman or Hellboy by Mike Mignola and John Byrne.

There are others sitting on my shelf but I don’t seem to have any interest in them:

Sin City: The Big Fat Kill by Frank Miller

The League of Extraordinary Gentleman by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill (volumes 1 and 2)

The Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller

Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland

100 Bullets series by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso

Looking over the list, most of these have been made into movies at some point and I’ve seen them all. Weird that I haven’t read any of them though… That’s so backward for me.

And a question – I tend to think of Batman as a comic. When does a comic become a graphic novel? I feel I should know this and feel there’s a distinction I’m not aware of here because this is a genre (not sure what else to call it) I’m not entirely familiar with. There’s a good chance this may come down to marketing and if that’s the answer, I’m OK with it. I’m curious and counting on someone out there to have an answer for me. And thanks in advance if you do.

Do you read graphic novels? Are there any you would recommend?

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2 thoughts on “Today’s Book – Graphic Novels

  1. I wish Graphic Novels would advertise themselves more like other fiction does. I like them, but it seems I come across traditional books more often.

  2. I’m sure people have already told you to read Craig Thompson’s Blankets, but in case they haven’t, may I recommend Craig Thompson’s Blankets? It’s gorgeous and incredibly good. Manu Larcenet’s Ordinary Victories. If you feel like something fun, Bill Willingham’s Fables, or Tom Siddell’s Gunnerkrigg Court.

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