"Hey Kids! Comics!" was a popular advertising phrase seen on magazine racks back in the days when comic books first hit the press. Although there are still a ton comics strictly geared for kids, a more appropriate advertising phrase for today would be "Hey Everyone! Comics!". There is literally a comic or graphic novel out there for everyone. Comics and graphic novels are a form or medium. Within this medium you can read fiction, non-fiction, biography or whatever! Just like any other book some comics are light and easy to read while others can be dark, dense, and really hard to get through. So the next time you're at the library looking for your next read, consider a comic in whatever genre you like. Remember to "read" the pictures as well as the text to get the full experience.
See my reviews below of a couple of favorite titles.
Unflattening by Nick Sousanis - This non-fiction graphic novel beautifully illustrates the benefits and allure of the comics and graphic novel medium. Nick Sousanis unfolds the meaning of comics while his words and illustrations guide you through your own "Unflattening" experience. Comic book readers and new comers, alike, will come away with a better understanding and a different perspective of this literary form. Rich with meaning and symbolism, this book is both informative and inspiring.