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.