Interest in comic books, graphic novels, and manga has never been greater, and fans of these works continue to grow around the world. From American superheroes like Superman and Spiderman to Japanese manga like Dragon Ball, there is a rich world of graphic storytelling that appeals to a wide range of readersfrom young children just beginning to read to adults of every age who are captivated by dynamic illustrations and complex characters. Once dismissed as “just” for children, comic books are now appreciated for their vibrant art and sophisticated storylines.
In Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga: The Ultimate Teen Guide, Randall Bonser explores the history, evolution, diversification, and impact of graphic storytelling. This book looks at the origins of illustrated stories and how they evolved over the decades. A celebration and exploration of the rapidly growing world of comics, this book discusses such topics as
·the history of graphic storytelling, from cave drawings to zombie comics
·the impact of American superhero comics on popular culture
·diversity in comics
·the tools comic book and graphic novel creators use to communicate
·easy starting points for readers new to comics
Featuring reviews of more than 90 graphic novels and popular manga series, this book provides recommendations of what teens should consider reading next. The author also provides a short course on how teens can create and distribute their own comics. For those who either want to start reading comics but aren’t sure where to start, or as a gateway for the comics enthusiast to explore a different graphic novel genre, Comics, Graphic Novels, and Manga: The Ultimate Teen Guide provides a fun and fascinating introduction to these worlds.
About the Author
Randall Bonser is a freelance writer who has been writing in the fields of marketing and corporate communications for 25 years. He has an MA in Writing for Children and Young Adults and was mentored by National Book Award-winner author and artist Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, 2008).