A Whole New World: Graphic Novels

The Basics of Graphic Novels…

I have to admit that I have always been cynical about comic books and graphic novels. I always thought it was cheating to consider something that could be read so quickly a full-length novel. However, thanks to Book Riot’s reading challenge and some encouraging librarian friends, I decided to delve into a whole new world. 

I began with a new aged hit: Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan. I don’t know what I was expecting but I got something completely different. One librarian friend had told me that it was about “a group of young lesbians who fight crime.” 

Honestly, that’s half true, I guess? I haven’t had the pleasure of reading volume four yet but I can say that I’m enjoying everything so far. The storyline is confusing but I’m having fun. I love seeing younger heroines becoming more and more popular. It really sends the right message to the kids reading these books. Girls can do anything, including saving the world. 

Deeper and Darker…

My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf (now a major motion picture) is the next graphic novel I started reading while trying to complete my Book Riot 2018 Reading Challenge, which is a great way to open your mind to new genres and great classics you’ve never heard of before. I highly recommend it.

“Jeffrey Lionel Dahmer (May 21, 1960 – November 28, 1994), also known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, was an American serial killer and sex offender, who committed the rape, murder, and dismemberment of 17 men and boys between 1978 and 1991. Many of his later murders involved necrophilia, cannibalism, and the permanent preservation of body parts—typically all or part of the skeleton.” – Wikipedia.org

My Friend Dahmer was recently made into a movie starring Ross Lynch as Dahmer and Alex Wolff as Backderf. I cannot wait to experience this movie. I use the word experience because this graphic novel is quite the experience. Right from the start, I was horrified and uneasy. Mind you this book takes place before Dahmer’s first murder.

Told from the point of view of Backderf, a self-proclaimed “friend of Dahmer,” it spirals into the mind of Dahmer as he himself spirals into darkness. Backderf bases a lot of this novel on interviews with Dahmer that took place after he was arrested as well as Backderf’s own experiences with him. 

I enjoy this particular story being told via graphic novel. Backderf’s artwork really takes me into a world all its own. I feel a chill hit my spine every time I look into the dark-rimmed eyes of the younger illustrated Dahmer. 

From now on…

Having enjoyed various kinds of graphic novels now I feel confident in my ability to waltz into the graphic novesection of the library and find another that I might enjoy. Whereas before I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to look for new graphic novels, now I’d love to be more in the know. I find it exciting to see the artwork and let it enhance the world being built. Also, they just look really cool.

I recently became a fan of the movie Valerian and finding out that it was based on a graphic novel was no surprise. It was a beautiful film with tons of original alien life forms that were visually stunning. It completely peaked my interest and I’ll be looking for ways to check out the  French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières on which the movie is based.

Shameless Plug…

My experiences in bringing Hello Yellow Room to new heights have really brought me into new worlds, challenging me to expand my own comfort zone to various realms of possibility. It’s an exciting adventure that I’m happy to be a part of. There are several different graphic novel series that I am interested in now. Two of those being Bitch Planet and Saga, both of which come highly recommended by all communities.

I’m glad that I went on this little journey. I’m excited that I’ve opened my world a little more and I challenge you all to do the same! It takes no time at all to get sucked into the world of a graphic novel and I promise you there is one out there that can do just that for you. Check out Comixology.com for a Kindle-friendly way to check out even more graphic novels or stop by your local library!

If you have graphic novels to recommend or if you want to see more reviews on graphic novels and comic books, let me know by sending me an email at MissHelloFox@gmail.com

I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions. If you want to share a review that you’ve done on a graphic novel send me an email!

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