GETTING GRAPHIC


A couple of weeks ago I visited London with the boyf and was told that I was allowed to plan the whole day and take him wherever I wanted to go. Almost too good to be true. Almost. The one condition of this deal was that he could pick one place that we were going to be visiting. So after dragging him around The Tate, various coffee shops and clothes shops, I was told our next stop was going to be Forbidden Planet - the biggest comic book store in London. Lucky me, right?

After trudging through aisle upon aisle of Pop Vinyl's, collectors toys and comics, I was about ready to throw a strop and demand we head to the nearest Instagram friendly environment immediately for me to recover. That is, until I reached the indie graphic novel section of the store. I've flicked through graphic novels before and as a book and art lover, I've always seen the appeal of them. I've just never owned one myself. After pouring over the gorgeous covers, I decided on two that I would take home with me. So this is me, sharing them with you, and admitting that I am a converted graphic novel lover.

Paper Girls

I was first attracted to Paper Girls by it's vibrant pink and blue front cover standing out against the usual dull tones of comics on the best sellers shelf. I've seen rave reviews of this comic online before pointing out how funny and clever Paper Girls is, so I decided I'd give it a go, and I'm so glad I did! Paper Girls tells the story of four young girls who discover a strange alien machine in their town while on their paper round one morning. It's full of weird twists and unexpected moments and every page turn is sure to leave your mouth hanging open. I read the whole thing in one sitting on the train home from London and couldn't stop myself from laughing out loud or gasping at every other page. It was completely gripping and the artwork just stunning. Think of it as an all female version of Stranger Things with added feminist undertones. I can't wait for the second volume to come out!

Summer Blonde

The first graphic novel I ever read was Adrian Tomine's 'Shortcomings'. I saw it poking out on my boyfriends bookshelf and thought I'd flick through because the artwork looked really simplistic and beautiful. Before I knew it, I'd reached the end of the novel, my eyes filled with tears at how easily Tomine could capture human emotion from such simple comic strips and so few words. When I saw Tomine's latest graphic novel 'Summer Blonde' on the shelf, I knew I had to get it. This one is a collection of shorter stories written with the 'twentysomethings' generation in mind. His stories are so full of angst and realism that they feel so important to read. I'm definitely going to be keeping an eye out for more of his work!

Got any of your own graphic novel suggestions? Leave a comment! I'm ready to grow my collection.

2 comments :

  1. Such a cool and fun post, it was lovely to hear about your experience in a comic book store. It actually also sounds like something I would enjoy getting into. I love art and books too… it might be just my cup of tea! :-) Xx

    Helen | Helens Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  2. I really like your blog! I loved comic books when I was little. Dad brought them out of a business trip. Now I draw illustrations for my sister's articles. She leads a blog and orders interesting essays here https://essayfactory.uk/ . Together, we are a good team. Daddy's pride)

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