Thursday, March 5, 2009
Graphic Novels Get Respect
from the New York Times
Remember how the phenomenal sales of Harry Potter pushed the New York Times into creating a separate Bestseller List just for children's books? It appears that the growing popularity of graphic novels has done the same for that format. Today's ArtsBeat blog announces a new Graphic Books Bestseller List, which although it's heavy on superhero stories, it does include a few others, including one called Beanworld that looks interesting. I'll be keeping my eye on the list for future additions to our library collection.
In the meantime, you can explore our already surprisingly large collection of Graphic Books (or "graphic novels," if you prefer. Both terms refer to sustained narratives that depend on comic-style pictures as much as dialogue and sparse description to tell a complete story). New Yorker artist Art Spiegelman's Maus is an early example of the form; Marjan Satrapi's memoir Persepolis is another well-known one.
Browse our collection online through the library catalog, starting with "More Than Superheroes", a recommended reading list of graphic novels in the Paideia Library. Then come on in to check one out (metaphorically and literally) in person. Discover, and enjoy.