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GRAPHIC NOVELS: Stories To Change Your Life

A Review By: Erin Gray, librarian

Erin Gray is the Children’s Associate Librarian at the Springfield-Greene County Library, and she maintains her web-site The Feisty Librarian.

I love graphic novels but I have been searching for something book to give me some reader’s advisory in the area of graphic novels for grownups and also a resource where I could refer staff and/or patrons who ask - what is a graphic novel? This book does it all. This will be a purchase for my collection as soon as my tax dollars come in. Paul highlights a number of groundbreaking graphic novels while also indentifying specific illustrative and textual features within those novels that you -as the reader-may or may not have noticed. I am eating this book like a five course meal. Seriously. If you like graphic novels- pick it up to get in deeper and maybe find a few gems you missed along the way. If you don’t know anything about graphic novels or major authors in the field- read to discover a whole new world. I would love to see this author in a workshop. This is good stuff. I want you to check it out so much that I risk life and limb to post the cover on here with attribution to author and desinger in the hopes that you will order it for your library right away. You won’t be disappointed.


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Comics Unmasked by Paul Gravett and John Harris Dunning from The British Library

1001 Comics  You Must Read Before You Die edited by Paul Gravett

Comics Art by Paul Gravett from Tate Publishing

All contents © Paul Gravett, except where noted.
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