Friday, January 02, 2015

Suggestions for the WOULD-BE graphic novel reader (Part I)

So a few of you lovely followers have commented that you want to start reading graphic novels. For whatever reason, you're stuck/apprehensive/scared/bleh/etc? For me, five years ago I thought graphic novels were "dumb" (I didn't get them--I was dumb). Well, I never really knew what they were either lol. Once I gave it a shot though, I was hooked. i just didn't know where to begin. Since I doubt all of you happen to have a comic book shop a block away walking distance, with a staff whose greatest passion is making suggestions for comics--I'm gonna step in. :P
As a YA lover, lover of classics and adult fic I HOPE I can give you a general view of where you should begin on your graphic novel plunge. This is just a small taste, since I realized there's no way I can do this in one post even with 1 rec per genre. So there will be more to come..

I have read ALL of these, so they have my stamp of approval and you can ask me/discuss bother with me as much as you want :O

Habibi by Craig Thompson
One of the most deeply moving and complex novels I've ever read. It's a favorite.
Click cover to be taken to GR page

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
I read this memoir earlier in the year. Great story! 
See my Review for more info :)

Sandman by Neil Gaiman - Volume 1
Vol. 1: PRELUDES & NOCTURNES: an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. 
Arguably the most well-known graphic novel series of all time
I recommend reading the first Volume to see if you like it. I definitely recommend it for not only fans of Gaiman, but fantasy fans and those who like a good story. [click the cover to be taken to the GR page.]

--Stay tuned for the next post where I recommend great sci-fi, historical, YA, more fiction/fantasy, and great picks for different fandoms! 

*all descriptions (in italics) taken from Goodreads*
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(aka Dee) has loved reading for as long as she can remember. She loves many things: fantasy novels, young adult fiction, her cat, painting, and horror films from the 70s. Diamond is a grad student at UCLA. She's pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science.