While I was reading on the topic, Jessica Abel’s What is a graphic novel? was brought to my attention.
If you aren’t used to reading graphic novels, her introduction is helpful because
1. it is in graphic novel form and
2. it has arrows that show you what you should read next.
Also, if you are teaching the graphic novel to various age groups, Jessica Abel allows educational use, with restrictions.
The blog Graphic Novel Notebook also has How to Read Comics: Tips for the Slightly Nervous Beginner.
I think that I would start with Graphic Novel Notebook for people who are used to reading. It’s text based and very complete.
I would start with Abel’s if the students were simply not used to reading anything or if they were visual but not literature types.
My sons introduced me to this book and I read it before I ever thought of being interested in graphic novels. Actually maybe that is when I became interested in graphic novels.
We have to turn in our requests for teaching next year. Because we have so many classes, we are able to pick the courses we want to teach. (Our adjuncts get the rest, which tend to be composition courses but not always. Sometimes the timing is odd.)
I have signed up for two comps, a Brit lit, and Humanities. However, I am thinking of doing a Literature Fiction course (which has been abandoned by the department for a while) and graphic novels would work well there. Which ones?
I was introduced to it at SCMLA 2009.
My eldest son brought it home from the bookstore when he was 14 or so. I read it to see what he was reading. It is well-written and gripping.
This book was quoted in the poetry writing class I subbed for last week, regarding Guy Fawkes day. It has definitely entered the cultural repertoire.
The fifth of November
The gunpowder treason and plot.
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.”
Another quote from V that is relevant to teaching the lit fiction class: “There’s no certainty – only opportunity.”