Graphic Novels and Manga

As I continue to expand my selection of  book offerings to include interesting reads into the early teenage years, I am pleased to announce that I have just added an eclectic assortment of graphic reads.

While I am far from an expert on these books, I have been hearing and reading a lot of “buzz” on them recently and wanted to share with you an interesting article from The Vancouver Sun titled A comic appeal to readers, that caught my eye a couple of weeks ago when it was posted on The Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Facebook Page.  It states “Many teachers and librarians regard them as a serious literary form and say they’re particularly appealing to boys who may not otherwise care to read.”

According to Wikipedia, “a graphic novel is a narrative work in which the story is conveyed to the reader using sequential art in either an experimental design or in a traditional comic format…it encompassing non-fiction works … as well as fictional stories…they are typically bound in longer and more durable formats than familiar comics using the same materials and methods as printed books.  Manga is the Japanese word for “comics” and consists of comics and print cartoons…in the west, the term “Manga” has been appropriated to refer specifically to comics created in Japan, or by Japanese authors…”

One word of caution when shopping for graphic novels is to make sure they are age appropriate for your child.  Many of these books (especially the Japanese versions) can be the other type of “graphic” that you don’t want your kids reading.  Manga does tend to be toned-down for the North American market but I do suggest taking the time to glance through these books to make sure you are comfortable with their content prior to purchasing.

The following pictures are an overview of the titles that I currently have in stock.  I have grouped them by price, which by-the-way graphic novels tend to be of a superior quality than regular novels with heavier pages (usually in color) and much better binding and this is reflected in their cost.  My pre-loved copies are still a mere fraction of their price new.

Enjoy and just a quick note to let you know that I am accepting appointment this Saturday & Sunday from 10am – 1pm.  Don’t forget to visit my Facebook Page where I just posted a new album featuring Fall, Thanksgiving & Halloween books.

Phonics Comics $2 ea

Assorted $2 ea

Assorted $2.50 ea

Graphic Library, non-fiction $4 ea

Assorted $4 ea

Assorted $5 ea

INU-YASHA, A Feudal Fairy Tale, 1st 12 Volumes $45

INU-YASHA, volumes 15, 17, 18, 19, 21 & 22, $20

3 comments

  1. I have really enjoyed reading your well written article. I have bookmarked it and I am looking forward to reading new articles. Keep up the good work!

  2. Is it just my perspective or are there just a tonne more fantastic options in kids’ books compared to when we were kids? 🙂 Especially remarkable in this modern, high-tech, online world. Thanks for sharing…

    1. Absolutely and because there are so many choices I think we have also seen a huge improvement in the graphics on covers as publishers try to compete in the marketplace. These graphic novels are a good example. Great observation.

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