Graphic Novels: Not Your Daddy’s Comic Books! Presented by: Ms. J. Harris Library Information Specialist Kennedy Elementary
Graphic Novels versus Comic Books
A Graphic Novel is a book that tells a story using text and art in a comic strip format.
Unlike Comic Books, Graphic Novels are bound in a more durable form such as hard covers or sturdy paperback covers.
Graphic Novels are told in one story (maybe two volumes) that reach an end then stop. Comic Books are told in a series of books that continue on and on.
Comic Books are generally fantasy and science fiction.
Graphic Novels are more realistic fiction, usually historical, biographic, or a subject related nonfiction text.
The mood of a Comic Book is generally suspenseful and exciting, whereas Graphic Novels tend to be serious and reflective.
Characteristics of Graphic Novels Like regular stories they have a plot, characters, and a setting. Art or graphics along with the text are used to tell the story. Conversations between characters are conveyed with speech bubbles. Speech bubble has a tail that points to the character that’s speaking.
How to read Graphic Novels Graphic Novels are read from left to right and down depending on the placement of the speech bubbles. Some pages will have panels (square boxes) that are placed horizontally or vertically on the page. You will start reading from left to right and then down. Text inside of the small rectangular boxes (usually at the top of page) are narration, text inside of speech bubbles are dialogue between characters.
http://www.mycapstonelibrary.com/bookfiles/books/978-1-4342-0610-7/playbook.htm?sid=20kmi5551cavdk553c3q1055 Speech Bubbles show the conversations between characters. Narration Boxes: tells what is going on in a story.