Graphic Novels

Cyn loves comics!


Adapting Prose to Comics Form by J.L. Bell from Oz and Ends. Peek: "In answer to the question 'What types of prose books are the most suited for adapting to the graphic format?', three of those editors offered responses that seem typically gung-ho for fans of the medium."

Comic Books for Young Adults from Michael R. Lavin, Lockwood Memorial Library.

Comics in the Classroom: 100 Tips, Tools and Resources for Teachers by Kelsey Allen from Teaching Degree. Note: many annotated links.

Comics for KidsGetting Graphic! From Michele Gorman, Getting Graphic at Your Library. Michele is the author of GETTING GRAPHIC! COMICS FOR KIDS (Linworth, 2007) and GETTING GRAPHIC! USING GRAPHIC NOVELS TO PROMOTE LITERACY WITH PRETEENS AND TEENS (Linworth, 2003). Her site features many related resources. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

Graphic Novels from The Horn Book. Peek: "Our handy primer gives a quick lesson on how to navigate comic pages and also provides a few recommended titles."

Great Graphic Novels for Teens from the Young Adult Library Services Association.

Holding Out for a Super Heroine from Colleen Mondor at Chasing Ray. Peek: "One of the reasons I enjoy Justice Society of America (as opposed to Justice League) is that there are a ton of female characters and the group is also more multi-ethnic than about any other book."

Kids, Comics, and Comic-Con International by Calvin Reid from Publishers Weekly. Peek: "Comics aren't just for adults at Comic-Con International. Big announcements for children's comics share time with blockbuster movies and roaming hordes of costumed fans."

MangamanMANGAMAN by Barry Lyga, illustrated by Colleen Doran (Houghton Mifflin, 2011).  Teenager Ryoko Kiyama has entered our world through a mysterious rift, and it seems that he's trapped here. But the redoubtable Dr. Capeletti is working on a Machine to return Ryoko to his world. In the meantime, it's decided that rather than cooling his heels in a government compound, he should get out and experience life as a normal high-school student. The problem? He's from a Manga universe... MANGAMAN offers a fun story and a clever and sophisticated "meta" treatment of both American and Japanese-style comics. Both Manga insiders and those unfamiliar with its tropes will enjoy it tremendously. Ages 14-up. Recommendation by Greg Leitich Smith.

No Flying, No Tights: a graphic novel review site for teens. See also The Lair for Teens and Adults and Sidekicks for Kids.

"Children's Graphic Novels: Formatting and Submitting Proposals" by Mac McCool, in the 21st Annual Edition of the Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, edited by Alice Pope (Writer's Digest, 2009).

Zahra's ParadiseZAHRA'S PARADISE by Amir, illustrated by Khalil (First Second, 2011).  This powerful graphic novel tells the story of the search for Mehdi, a nineteen year old caught up in the aftermath of Iran's Green Revolution of 2009.  Last seen at the Freedom Square, his mother and his brother, a blogger, now search for him, trying to negotiate their way through the cruelty and fecklessness of the state bureaucracy... In addition to being a fine story, well-told and richly drawn, ZAHRA'S PARADISE does an excellent job of cutting through the headlines, bringing characters to life, and illuminating Iran's recent history. Ages 14-up. Recommendation by Greg Leitich Smith.