Graphic Novels

posted Nov 11, 2012, 12:15 PM by jj pionke
The University of Michigan also has a very substantial graphic novel collection.  It's so pretty!  Located in the Arts, Architecture, and Engineering Library in the Duderstadt Center, there are many bookcases dedicated to all types of graphic novels including manga.  It's like a dream come true.  Must Resist!  I'll never get anything done!  Despite the fact that I must personally resist the shiny because of all of the other stuff that I need to get done, I love graphic novels and I read several a year.  I also really enjoy teaching with them.  I am always surprised when students of all walks of life are surprised by what graphic novels really are.  Sure they can be fun and goofy and have not much nutritional content but there are so many out there that really reach into us like Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, or Art Spiegelman's Maus, or either one of Alison Bechdel's books about her Mother and her Father.  I read graphic novels because they are fun, because they speak to me, because they hit me on a very visceral level.  At least, that is the short and very inarticulate answer. 

What am I reading right now?

Wandering Son by Shimura Takako - A lovely manga series that explores gender

Marbles by Ellen Forney - A very recently published work that explores the relationship between creativity and mental health.

I wish I had time for more!  Alas, I don't but that is ok.  They'll be waiting for me when I have time in between semesters and so forth.