Suggested by Vega:
Last Saturday (May 2nd) is Free Comic Book Day! In celebration of comics and graphic novels, some suggestions:
– Do you read graphic novels/comics? Why do/don’t you enjoy them?
– How would you describe the difference between “graphic novel” and “comic”? Is there a difference at all?
– Say you have a friend who’s never encountered graphic novels. Recommend some titles you consider landmark/”canonical”.
I have been known to read them. I was a devotee of The Sandman throughout intermediate and high school, and well after (I had World’s End–and myself–autographed by Gaiman). I also grew up reading Love & Rockets, Maus, and Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children, some of the most literate comics you can find. I read them because they were fascinating stories, stories I would have read even if they were not illustrated. Though I much appreciated the aesthetics of some artists, such as the Bros. Hernandez, at times I read simply for the story, such as with some parts of The Sandman (I never liked Marc Hempel). Story was what mattered most to me.
I don’t feel much qualified to answer the second question; comics are not my specialty. I would assume it has something to to with along, complex plor similar to that of a traditional novel. Bill?
As for recommendations, There is always The Sandman, one of my favorites being The Doll’s House. And also The Books of Magic, which is both amazing and fun. Also, Love & Rockets for hot punk rock women, and for the deadly serious, Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco or Maus by Art Speigelman.