Graphic Novels are a great way to read and read more. They offer a progression to more words and more complex stories, of course supported by graphics that help comprehension and offer a rich experience.
Historically disdained as US Comics used to be mainly about superheroes, graphic novels have evolved to a rich and valuable reading material. European graphic novel culture is incredibly varied and creative. In every bookshop, there is an extensive Comics or Bande dessinées (BD) section and many towns have their graphic novel shop. There are 2 major Festivals that honour and reward graphic novels and artists, the Lucca Comics and Games festival in Italy coming up in October and the International Festival “de la Bande dessinee” in Angouleme, which is more than 40 years old! The Comic Strip museum in Belgium gives an idea of the variety and magnitude of the “9th Art“.
- classics like Maus,
- series from Cinebooks who translate many from the Belgium publishers,
- NZ must-haves from local publishers and
- following the students favourites, like Scott Pilgrim.