What do you think of when you hear the words “graphic novel?” Maybe Tin Tin, Asterix or Anime? Or maybe your think of comics, such as Archie, or Mad Magazine. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a graphic novel as “cartoon drawings that tell a story and are published as a book”.
Graphic novels have come a long way since the 1978 when Will Eisner, one of the first recognized graphic novelist created his graphic novel “ A Contract with God.”
Adult graphic novels are becoming more mainstream due to the interesting topics and illustrations. Walk into almost any library and you will find sections of adult graphic novels with varying topics; history, biography, autobiography, fiction, and non-fiction. Many ask, what’s the difference between youth graphic novels and adult graphic novels? “The content, the depth and the meaning,” says Sechelt Library staff member, Jeff Wadge. “Maus” by Art Spieglmann, for instance, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1992.
“Youth graphic novels often are often focused on good guys, bad guys and super heroes. Adult graphic novels often have a hidden meaning and tell a story.”
Wadge is an avid graphic novel enthusiast. He started collecting about 12 years ago.
For cake and to learn more about graphic novels, stop by the Sechelt Library on Thursday, August 3 at 1pm, the launch of the graphic novel section in the library. Jeff Wadge will be on hand to share his enthusiasm for graphic novels and to answer any questions.