Graphic Novel Reading Groups–From Syllabus to Reading List

15 Oct
Some of the graphic novels Alexander Chee uses on his syllabus.

A few of the graphic novels Alexander Chee uses on his syllabus.

Author and teacher Alexander Chee has just posted a complex and varied list of graphic novels he teaches as part of his (university) seminar on the graphic novel. This would make an excellent starting point for library staff germinating a graphic novel reading group (although a few of the volumes might not be appropriate for younger readers). The list runs the gamut from excellently penned superhero comics to literary graphic novels and includes several volumes of manga.

For reading groups I would also add Sandman: Preludes and Nocturnes, something by Sam Kieth (possibly Zero Girl), and maybe Enigma (by Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo).

In my authority we often only hold one or two copies of a graphic novel (with the exception of Watchmen and possibly Scott Pilgrim, so I would suggest basing reading group sessions around teen recommendations and swapping of graphic novels rather than encouraging the entire group to read and discuss one particular volume. Teens will find addition titles to suggest and recommend to one another.

Check out Alexander Chee’s list and let me know if there’s anything you’d add for your graphic novel reading group.

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