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GRAPHIC NOVELS: Stories To Change Your Life

A Review By: Paws & Reflect

The following review appeared on the Paws & Reflect review site on 3 December 2010.

Okay, so you’ve read Maus. What’s next?

This book will turn you onto a hundred more great graphic novels (you know, comics for adults) that “will change your life”.

If you’ve been wondering what all the fuss is about, this guide is a great way to get into the only part of book publishing that is growing (the graphic novel section of large bookstores can be measured in yards). The author, fan-boy Paul Gravett, selects graphic novels that are contemporary (not classic super-heroes), easily found, in book form (rather than serial magazines), and are beyond mere colorful fantasy, and not just dark teenage angst. They are great stories, with very personal art, in a wonderful cross between cinema and text.

This guide is smartly designed and a joy to use.

You get sample pages from choice works, Gravett’s insightful comments and analysis, related books, and plenty of context to tell what you can expect from each book.

It’s one of the best shopper guides I’ve seen.


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Comics Art by Paul Gravett from Tate Publishing

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

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

All contents © Paul Gravett, except where noted.
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