Graphic Novels


In the last decade, comics have moved from the newspaper funny pages and comic books to slick graphic novels with meat and art. I have glanced at them, but didn’t have much personal interest in them. My daughter’s boyfriend is working on a graphic novel, but I don’t believe it’s near publication submission yet.

Then I was invited to a 14-year-old boy’s birthday party this weekend. He loves shows on Discovery Channel like Mythbusters and Shark Week. He also loves history. He had a great time at a local joust sponsored in the area a couple months ago. I didn’t have any ideas on what to get. His mom says he reads some, but not much. Perhaps a graphic novel would be just the thing. So I went to Mysterious Galaxy for help. I knew what I had in my head, but would they have it.

When the clerk helped me, the first thing she did was warn me to make sure the novel was age appropriate. Oh, yeah, I had almost forgotten these are written for all ages and some might really be graphic… We looked through books for ten minutes or so. I finally settled on the first Artemis Fowl graphic novel, although it didn’t feel right. As she was returning to the register to help someone else, she mentioned Feist’s books. As soon as I opened The Magician’s Apprentice Vol 1, I knew I had found what I wanted. Although a fantasy novel, it has the feel of midieval times. I purchased my first graphic novel.

When he opened it at the birthday party, he started flipping through it. His mom finally told him to put it down and open the other presents. I hope he really checks it out and likes it. It caught his interest, so there is a chance…

By the End of 2010 Challenge

A River in the Sky by Elizabeth Peters
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
The Search by Nora Roberts
The Waters Rising by Sherri Tepper
Black Out and All Clear by Connie Willis
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Secrets of Harmony Grove by Mindy Starns Clark
Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
The X Factor by Andre Norton
Something from the Nightside by Simon Green
Blood Rites by Barry Nazarian
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien
Christmas at the Mysterious Bookshop by Otto Penzler

One Comment

  1. Comment by Aravis:

    You gave a lot of thought to the present, and it sounds as though he really liked it.