Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Twelve graphic novels for newcomers

At the BN Teen Blog Ross Johnson tagged twelve titles for readers new to graphic novels, including:
Blankets, by Craig Thompson

At a time when comics were still struggling to attract a wider audience, Thompson’s autobiographical work drew notice outside of the usual circles. It wasn’t the first graphic novel to tackle childhood drama and mature themes, or even the thousandth, but the critics’ acclaim wasn’t misplaced. With art that’s sometimes realistic, sometimes dreamy and surreal, Thompson tells a story about growing up in a devoutly religious midwestern family and dealing with abuse, bullying, first love, and first loss. It’s a great book about the weird, confusing march through adolescense, both the good and the bad.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue