Graphic novels tell a story in graphic form, using the images and minimal text style of comics to convey what a regular novel does in words alone. The term is used about stories too long to publish in one single edition of a comics magazine, and describes both works originally published in book form and works originally published in episodic form in comics magazines and later collected into book form.
There is some debate as to the exact definition of a graphic novel, but for the purpose of this blog post let’s define a graphic novel as a book containg a single long story or a collection of shorts stories with a common theme or setting, told in graphic form.
I can personally recommend:
By Neil Gaiman and various artists:
- The Sandman series
- The Books of Magic
- The Death series (spin-off from Sandman)
- Stardust (also a traditional novel and a movie)
- Coraline (children's book. Also a movie)
- The Daughter of Owls
- The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch
- Harlequin Valentine
- Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman
- When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs
- The Lucky Luke books by Morris & Goscinny
- The Astérix books by Goscinny and Uderzo
- Some of the Tintin books by Hergé. While some of the books are racist and offensive in other ways, others are just pure fun.