I am a recent convert to the graphic novel form. Encouraged by Simon Grennan’s reworking of the Trollope novel John Caldigate as a new graphic “novel of few words” under the title Dispossession, I have been exploring other examples.
I think the key point is that these are not dumbed down versions of a “proper” book but are proper books in their own right. And, like the best literature, they provoke thought.
Now there is a new graphic book that enters the world of films. Filmish by Edward Ross enters the fray as a book of film criticism but do so in the form of cartoons.
Don’t think it can be presented in hand drawn pictures and make serious critical comment on contemporary cinema? Check out the issue of Bond villains and how their potrayal can affect perceptions of disability that impact on the lives of real people.
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