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Graphic Novels

A graphic novel is a type of comic book, usually with a lengthy and complex storyline similar to those of novels, and aimed at all audiences, generally speaking. The term also encompasses comic short story anthologies, and in some cases bound collections of previously published comic book series (more commonly referred to as trade paperbacks). Graphic novels are typically bound in longer and more durable formats than familiar comic magazines, using the same materials and methods as printed books, and are generally sold in bookstores and specialty comic book shops rather than at newsstands.

Series:

100 Bullets Series by Brian Azzarello Absolute Sandman Series by Neil Gaiman Bleach Series by Tite Kubo (YA) Bone Series (9 books) by Jeff Smith (Ages 1118) Case Closed Series by Gosho Aovama (YA) Daniel X by James Paterson (YA) Dark Tower Series by Peter David and others based on Stephen King series Fruit Basket Series by Natsuki Takaya YA girls and relationships Heroes from DC Comics based on the TV series Huntress Year One by Ivory Madison, New one beginning March 2009 (ISBN: 9781401221263) Loveless Series by Yuri Kouga (main character is in 6th grade) (YA) Marvel Comic s ­comic book characters like Spiderman, X Men and Hulk (up to adult interest) Naruto Series by Masashi Kishimoto Japanese style (reads right to left)Ninja in training (YA) Serenity series by Will Conrad (YA) (space cowboys) Ultimate Iron Man Series by Orson Scott Card Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber (YA) Vampire Knight Series by Matsuri Hino (YA) Watchmen Series by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons (Film release spring 2009)

Stand alone Titles

Joker by Brian Azzarello (ISBN:9781401215811) (Ages 15 adult) Dark return of classic villain based on Dark Knight, Heath Ledger Lords of Avalon: Sword of Darkness by Robin Gillespie (ISBN: 9780785127666) based on book by Kinley MacGregor Watching the Watchmen by Dave Gibbons (ISBN:9781848560413) From Booklist:

Graphic Problems Require Explicit Answers Not too long after starting at Booklist, I found myself tackling a then-common question: what exactly is a graphic novel? Frankly, I think I did a pretty good job. Then, for the next several years, I found myself explaining why I wasn't reading graphic novels. "Nothing against them," I'd say. "They're just not for me." And that was true, more or less. While I enjoyed a number of alternative comics in Chicago's free weekly papers, I just wasn't drawn to their booklength kin. Occasionally, I would wander into a comic-book store, decide that I had no idea where to start, and promptly wander out. Perhaps I did harbor some residual snobbiness about the format. Like a lot of people who worry about the future of fiction reading, I feared that we were training a generation of readers to fear unillustrated text. And, having let the bandwagon roll on without me, the growing excitement about the form felt oppressive. I think my position was best summed up by Bruce Eric Kaplan's New Yorker cartoon in which a scowling woman says, "Now I have to start pretending I like graphic novels too?" But maybe a naysayer is simply someone who hasn't found the right fit. In the past year, I've enjoyed such diverse material as Black Hole, The Last Man, and Sloth. I just bought a copy of Watchmen, so I can fill this hole in my education, and a recent rereading of Maus made me wonder why I failed to become a lifelong graphic-novel fan way back in 1987, when I read it for the first time. They haven't all been hits--Sandman made me sleepy--and manga is still "just not for me." Ultimately, I still prefer the way plain-text novels let me draw my own pictures. But, having heeded Joyce Saricks' 2008 New Year's resolution, I'm happy to report that her advice is as spot-on as usual. Looking back, I think I can put it this way: I had nothing to fear but fear itself. Keir Graff [email protected]

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