Graphic – Booking Through Thursday

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Suggested by Vega:

Last Saturday (May 2nd) is Free Comic Book Day! In celebration of comics and graphic novels, some suggestions:

– Do you read graphic novels/comics? Why do/don’t you enjoy them?
– How would you describe the difference between ‘graphic novel’ and ‘comic’? Is there a difference at all?
– Say you have a friend who’s never encountered graphic novels. Recommend some titles you consider landmark/’canonical’.

I haven’t read any graphic novels. There are a few in my local library, but none of them appealed to me. What I enjoy most about books is the words and the pictures they paint in my mind. So graphic novels have little appeal.

As far as I can tell there is little difference between comics and graphic novels, apart from the obvious one of their format – comics are magazines and graphic novels are bound volumes. I love cartoons and I used to read comics and comic strips in newspapers and enjoyed their humour, so maybe I should do more than take  a graphic novel off the library shelf and look at it, maybe I should borrow one and read it.

Obviously I cannot recommend any titles, although I’ve read that Neil Gaiman’s work is excellent.

13 thoughts on “Graphic – Booking Through Thursday”

  1. I am the same as you really, I still think of them as being very childish. I hadn’t thought about Neil Gaiman when answering, I have heard that his books are brilliant too, might see if my library has some of them.

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  2. I can’t tell the difference between graphic novels and comics, but I do read mangas (though not as much as I read fictions!!).

    I too have heard recommendations on Neil Gaiman’s work so I guess I need to check them out soon.

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  3. I have never read a graphic novel either but i can understand the appeal of them to children and young adults. It’s great if they can stimulate anyones interest to read. Happy BTT!

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  4. I feel the same way. I read comic books as a kid, but comics and graphic novels never appealed to me as an adult. I prefer a book filled with words 🙂 I’d be willing to try one if it caught my interest, though.

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  5. I have several, and find the artwork fascinating, with intriguing angles of city views or country scenarios or passing trains, as the protagonist ponders life, the universe and everything. For a taste, explore Seth’s work at drawnandquarterly.com

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  6. I’m surprised at how many people have said they don’t read graphic novels. I can understand why many book people don’t read it, the same reasons are given. But I would say give one a try, I was surprised when I read my first graphic novel, you may like them.

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  7. I’ve got some tips on my post about how to venture into the world of graphic novels, if you’re interested in doing so. I’m very much a literary fiction person myself, so I had to first get a glimpse into the artistry behind them and then I could appreciate them as a wholly separate type of art, rather than comparing them to novels (which helps me).

    You can check out my post here.

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  8. I’ve just had a thought while reading your post: Graphic novels, et. al. are as much art as writing. So maybe we go at them the wrong way. Instead of viewing them as books, and a lower form of them at that, perhaps it’s more artist meets novelist and mash-up their loves. Hmm… it’s a thought.

    That’s one of the things I’ve loved most about joining LibraryThing and the blogging worrld. I’m exposed to so much more than I was reading by myself, and because of that my library has changed and broadened 🙂

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