Where print media is slowly dying, the appeal and art of comic books remain strong. Since they first rose to popularity in the 1930s, comics have been a staple of the literary landscape. They were once considered an indulgence for children, a cheap, meaningless entertainment meant to be grown out of. However, these days, more people are realizing the rich potential found within the pages of a fantastic comic.
With their imaginative blend of visuals and writing, comics are a powerful examination of the depth of storytelling. Graphic novels, bound together in a larger, sturdier form than the flimsy comic book, have made it even easier for people to explore and enjoy this rich blend of truth and fiction.
Warsaw Community Public Library has a vast collection of graphic novels. Featuring everything from superheroes to memoirs, from manga to adaptations of classic works of literature, the graphic novels listed below are certain to delight fans.
“Phoebe and her unicorn in unicorn theater” by Dana Simpson is a sparkling tale of sisterhood and summer fun, as well as a reminder that sometimes it takes a bit of drama to rediscover true friendship.
“From Hell,” by Alan Moore is a gripping, hallucinatory piece of crime fiction about Jack the Ripper.
“Redwall: the graphic novel”, by Brian Jacques brings to life all the battles, heroes and villains in a fun new format perfect for reluctant readers , those just entering the Redwall world, or the existing fans of the series.
“Fight Cub 2” by Chuck Palahniuk is set ten years after the ending of Fight Club, the sequel is told from the restrained perspective of Tyler Durden as he sits in the subconscious of Sebastian the original narrator.
“My Friend Dahmer: a graphic novel” by Derf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche-- a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.
“Twilight: the graphic novel” by Stephanie Meyer is a must-have for any collector's library. This version remains faithful to the original story line.
“Stranger things: the other side,” by Jody Houser is a spine-tingling comic that recounts Will Beyers’ harrowing survival in the treacherous Upside Down.