Twenty five years ago, Art Spiegelman gave us Maus, a story about enduring and surviving the Holocaust and the father/son relationship that developed afterward. The only graphic novel to have been awarded a Pulitzer Prize, it is now iconic, and has influenced how many of us think about comics, narrative and fiction, and literature.
And now, to celebrate and commemorate this groundbreaking work, Spiegelman has given us MetaMaus, a behind-the-scenes explanation and exploration of the work.
If you are interested in more graphic novels of the non-superhero, and non “funny papers” variety, here are a few places to start.
Kenneth Branagh's Thor, coming to DVD this week, is more than just the latest superhero movie from Marvel Studios (tying in to the Iron Man and Hulk movies), it is also (loosely) based on classic Norse mythology. That combination gives those interested a lot to check out....
In 1962, Stan Lee thought it might be "fun" to use the Norse mythology as a starting point for a new character. The result was Thor.
The movie adaptation of the comic book deals with the Viking legend source material, introducing various Norse gods (though these versions are a lot more like their Marvel comics versions than the originals). Kenneth Branagh partially got the job directing because he was familiar with family troubles between classical royalty after his Shakespeare adaptations.
Lynd Ward is known as a graphic innovator. A prolific artist, he has illustrated more than 200 books for children and adults.
In 2010, the Library of America published a two volume collection of six wordless woodcut novels by Lynd Ward. The first novel God's Man was originally published the week of the 1929 stock market crash and was considered the first woodcut novel published in the United States.
The nominees for the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced today. See the complete list here.
Whether you're a seasoned graphic novel reader or are new to the format, this list is a great place to find suggestions for what to read next. The nominees cover a wide range of categories, from continuing series to single issue, from publications aimed at kids, teens, and adults, to humor, reality-based, and anthologies. There are also specific awards for the all of the different artists who put their talents to work to make a graphic novel as a whole: writer, penciller/inker, painter, cover artist, lettering, and coloring.
If you think comic books are just for kids, you should definitely reconsider and check out some of the awesome adult comic books & graphic novels the library has to offer. Comic Books are stories told through sequential art alongside dialogue and narrative, a combination that allows for a rich reading experience - requiring the use of linguistic literacy and visual literacy.
The term “Graphic Novel” is often used to refer to a longer format, but possibly to also distance the genre from some of the comic book stereotypes. Whatever you want to call them, here are some stand alone books and first issues to get you started.
Born August 2, 1970, Kevin Smith is the wizard behind the characters Jay and Silent Bob. His first film, Clerks, was made for $27,575 and was paid for by selling off a treasured comic book collection and maxing out 10 credit cards but made over $3 million in theaters!
Whether you love or loathe Kevin Smith, he has made an indelible mark on the film world. Candid about his New Jersey upbringing, his autobiography is coversational in tone.
Bam! Pow! Kapow! If your graphic novel or comic collecting allowance has taken a hit, never fear, the library is here! The Library has all the best graphic novel collections for all ages. Batman is DC Comics beloved Dark Knight who works outside the system. Created by the artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, he made his first appearance in 1939. Check out some of the great bat books that have come out so far this year!