For the month of June, the eReading Circle will focus on graphic novels.
What's your favorite graphic novel? Don't have one yet? Take a look at our list of favorites and recommend graphic novels below.
Welcome to the eReading Circle!
The WilmU Library's new online reading club
Participating is easy!
Don't have a favorite yet? Explore Graphic Novels online using your public library card on OverDrive!
You could win a $25 Amazon Gift Card by participating! Register here to be eligible.
*One participant will be randomly selected to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card. To be eligible, register here to attend the online conversation via Zoom. Then, share your favorite graphic novel during the online conversation.
Bring your favorite character to life!
Looking for a fun activity to pass the time? Bring your favorite Graphic Novel or Comic character to life using materials found around your house!
You could recreate the cover of your favorite book/issue or dress up like a character. The possibilities are endless. Library Assistant, Erica Jones, chose to recreate the Madame Dragonfly character from the Black Hammer series. Show us your creation on the Discussion Thread or during the eReading Circle’s online Zoom conversation.
All About Graphic Novels
A graphic novel is a book made up of artwork that aids in the narrative or theme. Loosely a graphic novel is a collection of drawings published as a book. The word "novel" normally refers to long fictional works, but the term "graphic novel" is applied broadly and includes fiction and non-fiction. The term is widely interpreted as a way to set itself apart from the "comic book", which is generally used for comics periodicals such as the Avengers or the Justice League. However, comics and graphic novels have some overlap, such as the collected editions of Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns in 1986 and Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' Watchmen in 1987.
In recent years, the graphic novel has crossed over from the comic store to classroom. In the late 1980s after the commercial successes of the first volume of Art Spiegelman's Maus in 1986, the industry and educators saw the potential of these narratives. For example, the graphic novel Persepolis, the autobiographical series depicting the author’s experience in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution, has been utilized in English classes across the country since the mid-2000’s. A classic coming of age story, within the backdrop of national conflict and oppression, Marjane Satrapi uses her art to make sense of the violence she experienced as a child and her separation from her parents during her nation’s most tumultuous period in modern history.
Graphic novels are preferred by educators of all levels because they are a great way to help struggling readers strengthen vocabulary, build reading confidence and stamina, and develop a deeper appreciation of storytelling. Additionally they are a new way to present literary themes and historical truths. Novels like the Olympians series by George O'Connor and The Odyssey by Gareth Hinds bring new life to Greek classics and mythology. From thrillers like Greg Ruth’s The Lost Boy to the high sci-fi concepts in The Sandman: Overture is a graphic novel written by Neil Gaiman with art by J.H. Williams III, graphic novels are sure to enchant readers of all ages. To find out more about the classroom potential of the graphic novel genre read more in the School Library Journal article Teaching with Graphic Novels by Brigid Alverson.
Some favorites of the WilmU Library Staff
The Kingdom of the Gods
By: In-Wan Youn, Kim Eun-hee and Yang Kyung-il
This new release graphic novel written by the Korean artists In-Wan Youn, Kim Eun-hee and Yang Kyung-il is a classic zombie dystopian story set in the kingdom of Korean sometime during the Joseon Dynasty. The young Prince Yi Moon turns to the mountain bandit Jae-ha for help. This unlikely pair must race to find safety after their journey to Jiyulheon reveals a plague brought on by cannibalism has infected the countryside. Fans of the new Netflix series will find delight in the similarities and differences between this first volume and the show.
I Am Not Okay With This and The End of the F***ing World
By: Charles Forsman
This American comic book author combines a simple drawing style with dark and realistic themes, to create alternative young-adult comics. A two time Ignatz Award winner, these two graphic novels use the angst of teenage years as a device to introduce topics from murder to the supernatural. So popular is Forsman style that Netflix selected these two novels to adapt into limited series, both series are streaming now.
By: Tillie Walden
This graphic novel memoir chronicles Walden's coming-of-age as a competitive figure skater, as she navigates romance, bullying and various traumas. At the start of Spinning, Walden aged ten, finds herself having to adjust to the new environment and figure skating culture. This novel juxtaposes the delicate artistic talents and style of the author with the struggles of her youth, as she faced alienation, pressure, homophobia and sexual assault. It won the 2018 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work.
The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt
By: Ken Krimstein
Compassionate and enlightening, playful and page-turning, New Yorker cartoonist Ken Krimstein's The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt is a strikingly illustrated portrait of a complex, controversial, deeply flawed, and irrefutably courageous woman whose intelligence and "virulent truth telling" led her to breathtaking insights into the human condition, and whose experience continues to shine a light on how to live as an individual and a public citizen in troubled times.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl
By: Shannon Hale & Dean Hale
WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?
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