I like graphic novels. The only words used are dialogue and thoughts. The artwork does the work for the description of the story. Because of that, you can read a graphic novel in one sitting.
Looking at lists of graphic novel recommendations is disappointing. Only the most well-known and popular graphic novels are ever listed. There be Watchmen, Saga, Muse, Persepolis, Bones, and Amulet. It makes someone that new to graphic novels think that this is all there is. How is one going to find what they like if all they see are popular books?
Comics – What is the difference between a comic and a graphic novel? The answer is a trick question. They are both the same thing. Only comics can come in two forms. You have the one issue which is printed in the paper stable together. The comic is printed like graphic novels where the paper is more glossy. Usually, there is more than one issue place into one volume.
Now, why are there graphic novels when comics are the same thing? Well…comics have a long history of being seen as something that can promote violence.
It was around the 90s that comics were being called graphic novels to steer away from what comics had to go through in the past.
Not all comics are superheroes. There were other genres like a slice of life which is what the Archie comics are and there are horror comics. Most notoriously are Tales from the Crypt.
Non-tradition manga: Not only do manga have a distinct art style, a real manga has to be read from right to left. There are graphic novels that have a manga style but are not read like traditional manga.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen take characters from classic stories and well…form the extraordinary of gentlemen and one lady. I never got far into this series because the large volume I check out from the library have a few rip pages in it.
Les Cités obscures (Invisible Cites)
A movie was made some years ago called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Plants. The first few books are not the best but, the series does improve as it goes on.
Graphic novel hybrid – A lot of kids’ books have a graphic novel hybrid. I don’t know the exact reason why that is. My guess is that it easier for relent readers to get into the story if their picture to make it interesting and enough words to make it count as a chapter book.
Last Kids on Earth
I used to read Big Nate all the time when I was a kid. It like Dairy of a Wimpy Kid expects each book can be a stand alone.
Flores and Ulysses
Flora is a natural born cynic. Ulysses is an unassuming squirrel. Together Flora and Ulysses will save the world or something.
Where to begin: Like books, graphic novels come in all types of genres. There is a likely chance that you will find a graphic novel in your favorite genre. That will be a good place to start.
Another thing to consider is the art style. There is a range of different art styles from cartoony to realist and everything in between. Just like writers, the artist has their own style. After a while, you will begin to recognize which style belongs to which artist.
One last thing, if you don’t like seeing gore, sex, or nudity don’t go jumping into an adult graphic novel too quickly. There are graphic novels that are the equivalent of a hard R-rated movie. It is one thing reading about these things and it another seeing it. Not all adult graphic novels are like that. Just be a bit wary when choosing a graphic novel.