Why read graphic literature? To quote my pastor: "If you want to know what's really going on in the world, read the Comics page first, then the rest of the newspaper." Editorial cartoons are also used as material for AP US History DBQs. Besides learning something or using a cartoon in a test, good graphic literature is simply good entertainment.In honor of the release of the movie based on The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller, here are some links to some of my favorite graphic literature. Post your favorites in the Comments.
- 9 of 1: A Window to the World by Oliver Chin (local artist!)
- American Born Chinese by Gene Leun Yang (local artist!)
- Best American Comics: 2006, 2007, 2008 (Due 10/08).
- Fremont Girl (and other adventures) by Alfred Twu (local artist! also check out BAAU)
- Great Graphic Novels for Teens: recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18, prepared yearly by YALSA (ALA: American Library Association).
- Maus: A Survivor's Tale is a memoir by Art Spiegelman, presented as a graphic novel. It recounts the struggle of Spiegelman's father to survive the Holocaust. If you read only one Graphic Novel in your entire life, it must be this one. (publisher's preview)
- Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean: byDouglas Wolk
- What It Is: Do you wish you could write? by Lynda Barry