Artists and Graphic Novels

British Literature. Fri, Apr 18th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

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Oh goody.  We’re moving to graphic novels.

Your homework for this weekend is to travel to your favorite local book purveyor (or Amazon, if you’re willing to order right now and have it overnighted) and browse the graphic novel shelf.  Find a book that interests you, purchase it, and bring it to class on Tuesday.

“But wait,” you say, “I don’t like superheroes and I’ve never even touched a graphic novel.  Heck, I don’t even know where to start.”  Tilting my head in consolation, I respond: “Aww, shucks.  I’ll help you.”  Offering a nick to the chin, we begin our journey:

Graphic Novels 101: A story in which your kindly teacher leads you through the illustrated world of the graphic novel, ending in your personal discovery that the most often looked down upon medium actually contains stories worth reading.  And studying.

First lesson, a list.  These are the cream of the crop.  The first three are autobiographical (though Jimmy Corrigan is only partly so); Sandman is masterfully written fantasy; Cerebus is part fantasy, part social satire (think Gulliver’s Travels with an aardvark); the final two are modern superhero tales.

Now, go out and consume.  Remember, this list is merely a starting point; find a work that piques your interest, not one that you think I want you to read.  Remember, remember, graphic novels are occasionally violent and may contain images that are inappropriate for high school.  You should get parental approval before purchasing anything not on the above list. Also, remember, remember, the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot…

[Note: I realize that I am completely ignorant of authors, titles, movements, styles, etc. in the manga genre.  Please forgive this, and know I will accept any guidance you can offer in this realm.  I also realize that the Graphic Novels 101 subtitle contains an overly long sentence followed by a fragment.  Do as I say, not as I do.]

One Response to “Artists and Graphic Novels”

  1. Kathryn says:

    Nice disclaimer. I’m very excited about these books.