Graphic Novels have become a hot topic at conferences and publishing circles. However, this new mode of storytelling seems to be shrouded in mystery. Most of us in the Kidlit community are very familiar with novels and picture books, but we haven’t the slightest clue where to start when it comes to comics.
Hey,wait a second! Is a comic even the same thing as a graphic novel? Well, in some circles the answer is yes, in others no. Indeed, it seems the rules of graphic novels seem to fall down around us rather quickly.
But just a every agent and editor tells us to READ READ READ! I think the same applies to the world of graphic novels. However, the question for most is:
Where Do I Start?
Personally, I’m not a fan of spandex and capes, thus superhero comics have never appealed to me. As a literary writer, I wasn’t sure if there was a place for my kind of stories among the Ka-Pow panels of comic lore. But, boy was I wrong! The following is a short list of graphic novels that really changed the way I see the medium. Hopefully, they might be a jumping off point for you as well. Enjoy the journey down the rabbit hole!
Ingrid’s List of Graphic Novels To Get Your Feet Wet:
Happy Reading Everyone!