Wednesday, December 16, 2009

CHALLENGE: Graphic Novel Challenge

Nymeth and Chris are hosting the 2010 edition of the Graphic Novels challenge. There is a blog for the challenge, and different levels of participation.

I'm going with Intermediate (3-10), and we are allowed to start early. I assume this means anywhere between 3 and 10 books. This little extra rule about starting early is what will help me. I don't have a lot of access to graphic novels, as my libraries don't seem to carry a lot. But there are a few that I am interested in reading. I actually have one here that I am hoping to read in the next few days.

After browsing my library online, there aren't a ton of choices that interest me. I'm not into manga - Ramna or Vagabond in however many volumes there are; Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew are in graphic novel form now; I've read most of the classics already that are in graphic novel form.
Here's a list of interesting books, so I'll remember what books to look for.

Pyongyang - Guy Delisle
Blankets - Craig Thompson
The Arrival - Shaun Tan
Ghost World - Daniel Clowes
Birth of a Nation - Aaron McGruder
Che - the graphic biography

Treasure Island, Frankenstein, The Wizard of Oz, Bram Stoker's Dracula
Tricked - Alex Robinson
The Fate of the Artist - Eddie Campbell
City of Glass - Paul Auster
Artemis Fowl
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl - Barry Lyga
Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast

The books I've read already and would recommend include:
Maus I and Maus II - Art Spiegelman
The Borden Tragedy - Rick Geary
American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang
Pedro and Me - Judd Winick
The Invention of Hugo Cabret - Brian Selznick
Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi

The List
  1. Pyongyang - Guy Delisle
  2. Tales from Shakespeare - Marcia Williams
  3. Blankets - Craig Thompson
  4. The Arrival - Shaun Tan
  5. Essex County, Vol 2 Ghost Stories - Jeff Lemire
  6. Essex County, Vol 1 Tales from the Farm - Jeff Lemire


  1. I've never read a graphic novel. Maybe I should look at some of those that you recommended.

  2. I decided not to do this challenge, and I even said, Nymeth, you are great, but I'm not doing this challenge. Curiously, however, when I was at the library the other day, I found myself thinking, "Hey, this could be for Nymeth & Chris's challenge. Wouldn't that be nice?"

    Your list looks wonderful!

  3. pam - The Invention of Hugo Cabret is half pictures, half story, and a most wonderful book. It's a children's book, but I think you would enjoy it too. It completely charmed me.

    jenny - you know you will join eventually:)
    But I understand the desire not to do it. Sometimes there are challenges that I probably complete, but I can only keep track of so many challenges, and the thought of keeping track is what stops me from actually joining.


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