• Kati Kirsten

Graphic Novels: Yay or Nay?

As a reader, or as a parent, teacher, person of society, what are your feelings on graphic novels?

Do you like them? Despise them? Think they are just pictures disguised as books? I'd love to know! But if you're on the nay side, let me see if my words can persuade you otherwise!

First of all, I'm a YAY for graphic novels. I LOVE me a good graphic novel. We're talking beautiful artwork AND masterful storytelling? YES PLEASE!

Graphic novels are absolutely amazing for many reasons. Sure, other authors can down them, saying that they aren't "truly a book", which is fine because it's "technically" true. But a writer for a graphic novel has just as much skill as an author that writes traditional novels, it's just a different skillset.

Instead of having to describe a room/setting/monster/insert noun here, you have to focus on the more important parts, the parts that hold all of the punch in a line or two. Dialogue also has to be a strong suit, because graphic novels are heavily reliant on that. In some ways, I'd say I'm jealous of those able to tell stories like this, and they may be thinking the same way of me or other traditional novelists!

Graphic novels are important in that they can grip the attention of even the most fickle readers. They are like the middle ground between movies and traditional novels.

Do you have a child that doesn't necessarily like reading, or is behind in English in school? Try a graphic novel! Seriously! If you're one of those people that believes reading a graphic novel isn't "actual" reading, I'd like to kindly beg to differ. It may not be the norm of society to consider yourself a reader if all you read is graphic novels, but you are! You're still learning new words, getting lost in new stories, etc. Reading a graphic novel is better than not reading at all, that's for sure.

So, if you haven't given a graphic novel a chance, I recommend that you do! One of my favorites is Saga by Brian K Vaughan. It's a bit out there, but I just love the artwork and his storytelling abilities. I've also enjoyed iZombie by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. One of my most recent ones was The Legends of Vox Machina, and if you're into gritty DnD style fantasies, I high recommend. As for my TBR pile? I have Space Bandits by Mark Millar and Matteo Scalera, and Eve by Jo Mi-Gyeong and Britanny Peer on my list. The third volume of the Legend of Vox Machina comes out in September of 2022 and I'm also highly anticipating the release of that as well.

Of course, all of these are for more mature audiences with a very specific type of story they like, however, a quick google search will help you find some for that tough reader in your life, or for you personally. They have graphic novels for everything! Trust me. I read a graphic novel called Swing once, and that was in the erotic category. So even for those Fifty Shades of Grey lovers, there are graphic novels for you, too! You just have to give them a chance!


Kati Kirsten

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