Give graphic novels a chance; they may surprise you
by Katie Killian
Superheroes, comics, funny pages. If you’ve never given graphic novels a chance, you might not have a real grasp of the depth and breadth of what they’re capable of. And if you’ve not visited the second floor recently, you might not be aware that we’ve recently relocated our graphic novel collection!
Graphic novels are more than strong folks saving those in distress and using witty banter while they’re at it (though we do still have our fair share of it, if that’s what you’re into!). The really nifty thing about graphic novels is that it’s a really malleable medium. It’s got the ability to be funny and lighthearted, laugh at itself and others, capture memories and moments in history, and even tell a story of hope in a time when it’s needed most.
Graphic novels are great for readers of all levels, from developing readers to advanced, and reach all kinds of audiences. There’s something for everyone, but here’s a few gems to start out:
Graphic novels with something to say
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei link
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi link
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang link
March by John Lewis link
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel link
Maus by Art Spiegelman link
Speak (the graphic novel) by Laurie Halse Anderson link
Check, Please! link
The Magic Fish link
Scott Pilgrim link
The Adventure Zone link
The Flintstones link
Black Panther link
Katie Killian is a librarian in the Fond du Lac Public Library's information and outreach services department.