This week’s episode of Mental Floss, hosted by author John Green, takes a look at some newspaper comics strips including Garfield, Peanuts, Blondie, and many more!
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, here are a few graphic novel and manga love stories to check out!
- Blankets by Craig Thompson
- Kare Kano: His and Her Circumstances by Masami Tsuda
- Mars Vol. 1 by Fuyumi Soryo
- Scott Pilgrim Vol. 1 by Brian Lee O’Malley
- Vampire Academy: a graphic novel by Leigh Dragoon
Graphic Novel Classroom Kits
Teachers/Librarians: To find out how to borrow graphic novels to use with your students, click here.
I Kill Giants
Joe Kelly (Author), J. M. Ken Niimura (Illustrator)
Barbara is an angry elementary-school girl who is known as a freak and claims to be a killer of giants. She faces bullies and storms with no fear, but cannot face what she hides from at home. The story is heart wrenching and wonderful at the same time. This work is an example of why comic books are not only art, but a necessary medium to tell a full story. The art blends so well with the writing you will find yourself thinking “Did I just read a comic or a small beautiful novel ?” Truly an example of why comic books/graphic novels are great.