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What is your history with graphic novels?

I have enjoyed them throughout my life.
 
  12 votes, 27.3%

I didn't read many comics as a child, and I started reading the graphic format as an adult.
 
  11 votes, 25.0%

I've never read them before.
 
  10 votes, 22.7%

I read comics as a child but mostly stopped when I grew up.
 
  7 votes, 15.9%

I read comics as child, stopped when I grew up, and now return with new interest to 'graphic novels.' (write-in)
 
  4 votes, 9.1%


Poll added by: Maria



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message 1: by Maria (last edited Mar 04, 2013 02:07PM) (new)

Maria Mod
I pretty much stopped looking at things with pictures as soon as I learned to read. It wasn't until I had to read Maus, Vol. 1: My Father Bleeds History in my senior year of high school that I gained any respect for the genre, and it was a few more years before I regularly read any series. Now there are series (Preacher, Walking Dead, Y:The Last Man) and stand-alones (Fun Home, Blankets) that are among my favorite books.


message 2: by Tracy (new)

Tracy Graphic novels have been getting better and better, I've noticed, so I've been devouring them with a passion. I agree with Maria-Walking Dead, Preacher and Y: The Last Man are all great.


message 3: by Erin (new)

Erin I read comics occasionally as a child (mostly Archie & Disney comics), but I got turned on to them as a college
student by a girlfriend who worked in a comic shop.

She lent me _Sandman_ and _Strangers in Paradise_ and I've liked graphic novels ever since.


message 4: by D (new)

D Brown I'd say I read about 20 to 30 per year.


message 5: by Maria (new)

Maria I started out on Archie comics and reading the occasional DC/Marvel comic. High school I got really into manga. The last few years I haven't really been reading manga, but I have been reading other types of graphic novels.


message 6: by Erin (new)

Erin Maria,

I'd _like_ to read manga, but I have the hardest time with it visually. The one manga that I've been so fascinated by the story that I've been able to get past is Full Metal Alchemist.


message 7: by Maria (new)

Maria Erin,

I liked FMA, though I never read the manga, just watched the anime (which now has two versions.)

Manga takes a little getting used to, but for me, once I figured it out, it was easy to track. The key is probably finding those series that just suck you in, like FMA, to keep you reading until you adapt to the differences.

Also, learning what some of the common visual cues are is good. (Like the sweat drop, nose bleeds, and the anger mark.) Just like the Japanese language, manga has its own vocabulary that needs to be learned.


message 8: by Tony (new)

Tony I grew up overseas, and read the Asterix series and Tintin books early on, maybe around ages 7-10 or so? As a result, by the time we moved to the US, I'd completely missed out on the whole superhero comics craze that a lot of my friends went through. I always retained my love for Euro comix, and have been very glad to see the boom in the US over the last 10-15 years. I have to say I'm not a big fan of the autobiographical/memoirish stuff that seems really popular. I do like a lot of what First Second is doing, Fantagraphics, Drawn & Quarterly -- the production values are really nice.


message 9: by Tracy (new)

Tracy FMA is really good. I adore the cartoon on Cartoon Network. I just have such a hard time with manga...like I don't know where it begins or ends. However, I do love the tv shows based on manga and movies, like Samurai 7 (based on Seven samurai) or Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai.

I think I'm seeng a trend here.

Although I do have to say I'm not a big fan of some drawing of graphic comics because they look strange: big eyes, wiry limbs, heavy color...they all start to look the same.


message 10: by Jeffrey (new)

Jeffrey Rosensweig I voted that I've never read them, because I read very few. I was triggered by comments above to remember that I did like some Archie comics!


message 11: by Sonali (new)

Sonali I devoured Archie, Tintin and Asterix when I was a kid and got into X-Men as a teenager (I stole them from my kid brother!) In college, I was introduced to Life in Hell, Dykes to Watch Out For, the Sandman series, and Blankets. The last series I read for myself was Buffy. I feel like I'm mostly keeping up with the new stuff for collection development these days... That makes me kindof sad.


message 12: by Michael (new)

Michael Price I read GNs as a kid and then stopped too. It's sad beacause now I feel like I have a lot to make up for. So many super heroes to catch up on.


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