Graphic Novels for the Uninitiated

comicsI used to think of myself as a fiction and non-fiction reader and would shy away from graphic novels and manga.  For one thing, I’m very picky about the visual arts; I know what I like and I know what I don’t like and I had a hard time finding any graphic novels that appealed to my aesthetic tastes.  On the other hand, I pretty much avoid superhero stories at all costs; I’m not big into fight scenes and I don’t like those rippling body suits they all seem to wear.  But I made a huge mistake in only thinking of myself as a fiction and non-fiction reader, because graphic novels are a format and sequential art form (and people much smarter than I am argue this).  Graphic novels can tell stories that are true or stories that are fictional and in every genre or subgenre you can think of.  So if you’ve been shying away from graphic novels, let me be the first to tell you to take a leap and try one!  You might even learn something!  What titles would you suggest for an entry level graphic novel reader?

Mer’s Entry Level Graphic Novel Picks

laika bookjacketone hundred demons bookjacketthe plain janes bookjacketpyongyang bookjacket






notes for a war story bookjacketresistance bookjacketpitch black bookjacketmercury bookjacket






kampung boy bookjacketasterios polyp bookjacketA.D. New Orleans bookjacketnot simple bookjacket






meanwhile bookjacketdeogratias bookjacketgood-bye chunky rice bookjacketdr. horrible bookjacket





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Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis and Embroideries were my gateway graphic novels several years ago. I was a fan of Calvin and Hobbes growing up; however, I think they may fall into comic strips than graphic novels...I'm not too sure :)

Those are great suggestions,

Those are great suggestions, Veronica!  I think Persepolis converted many readers to the graphic novel side :)