Merriam-Webster defines the graphic novel as "cartoon drawings that tell a story and are published as a book." This leaves the graphic novel medium (not genre) open to broad interpretation, and many critics and artists have done just that, either by scholarly works on the subject or by creation of their own graphic books. This page is dedicated to providing you with those sources, focusing specifically on the material our library already has.
By demonstrating the ways in which comic books (and graphic novels) both reflect upon, and expand the boundaries of literature, Rocco Versaci demonstrates that comics have earned the right to be taken just as seriously as any other literary form.
Focusing on such acclaimed examples as "Maus," "Persepolis," and "Watchmen," these essays successfully highlight the ways that graphic novelists and literary cartoonists have incorporated history, experience, and autobiography into their work. The result is a collection that is both challenging and innovative.
This volume contains two sections: "Theory and history," an explanation of comics as a medium and an overview of its evolution, and "Reviews and commentary," a diverse examination of creators and works. The second section spans Will Eisner's pioneering efforts as well as the groundbreaking modern comics by the Hernandez brothers, Chris Ware and Alison Bechdel.