Midsummer! Time for some light reading, and today we’re going to highlight graphic novels. What is a graphic novel, and how are they different from comic books? The answer is not always clear, and there are lots of crossovers.
“Graphic novels are, simply defined, book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continous narrative from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips. Comics are sequential visual art, usually with text, that are often told in a series of rectangular panels. Despite the name, not all comics are funny. Many comics and graphic novels emphasize drama, adventure, character development, striking visuals, politics, or romance over laugh-out-loud comedy.” http://www.ipl.org/div/graphicnovels/gnsHistBasics.html
You can find graphic novels and comics many places in the Union City Library: adult non-fiction, teen non-fiction and on the separate ‘Graphic Novels’ shelf, and Children’s non-fiction and on the separate ‘Graphic Novels’ shelf by the Children’s magazines.
On the Children’s Graphic Novels shelf can be found series like Babymouse, Warriors, Bionicle, The Boxcar Children, Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Little Lulu, Yu-Gi-Oh, Dragon Ball Z, and Pokemon. On the regular children’s non-fiction shelves are Garfield, Calvin and Hobbes, and Peanuts.
Here are some new children’s Graphic Novels at Union City Library:
Maximum Ride: The Manga #1 by James Patterson, adapted by NaRae Lee
Pokemon Adventures 2 Diamond and Pearl Platinum by Hidenori Kusaka
Pokemon Adventures Volume 13 Gold and Silver by Hidenori Kusaka
Walt Disney Treasury Donald Duck Volume 1 by Don Rosa
Scary, exciting, funny – there’s something for everyone!