As we move further into the 21 st century, we move further away from traditional “print only” text reading from left to right and more into a world combining the simultaneous reading of text and visuals….which is exactly what the world of graphic novels is!!!!!
A comic is defined by Will Eisner as “sequential art” Can you think of any examples of “sequential art?”
Examples of Sequential Art It can be argued that tapestries, cave drawings, and stained glass windows are examples of “sequential art.”
Graphic Novels are a medium, not a genre. (the first activity you do will further delve into this statement) Graphic Novels are Bound Books of Comics
So, what is the difference between a Graphic Novel and a Picture Book? Who was secretly asking themselves this question???
Typically, the reader (or listener) can understand a picture book without “reading” the pictures but a reader can not understand a graphic novel without reading the pictures. Pictures are an integral part of comics and graphic novels.
Epics are large scale works that are larger than life. They are ambitious and deal with heroes and themes such as justice. One can indeed look at comics such as Batman as an epic tale. Taking on this view one can introduce students to epics using superheroes and make the transitions to reading classic epics such as the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer go more smoothly. Can you think of any other “modern day” epics?