We have a wide range of interviews covering comics and graphic novels and graphic non-fiction. Will Brooker, professor of film and cultural studies at Kingston University, chooses his best comics and British cartoonist and illustrator Tom Gauld chooses his best books on comics. American cartoonist and illustrator Ben Katchor a chooses his best books on picture stories. Susan J Napier, Professor of International Literary and Cultural Studies at Tufts University, looks at manga and anime and Tintinologist Michael Farr chooses his best books on Tintin.
Battle Angel Alita
by Yukito Kishiro
The Promised Neverland
Kaiu Shirai, Posuka Demizu (illustrator)
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas, adapted by Crystal S. Chan, illustrated by Nokman Poon
Pokémon Adventures (Red and Blue)
Hidenori Kusaka, Mato (illustrator)
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
by Koyoharu Gotouge
Long associated with Japanese popular culture, manga are now found in translation across the world. In North America, this dynamic form of visual narration is overtaking comics and graphic novels in popularity. Oscar, age 13, recommends his favourite manga for children and teenagers.
Many people have heard of manga and anime, but would be surprised to learn how deeply this niche is steeped in Japanese tradition and culture—or how often manga features strong, smart female leads, says Susan Napier, anime expert and Professor of the Japanese Program at Tufts University. Here, she picks five books that encapsulate manga and anime as both forms of art and cathartic re-workings of Japanese history.
Nonfiction comics are an important genre and the tales they tell address important emotional and societal issues. Literary scholar Hillary Chute picks some of the best graphic narratives.
“And what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversation?” Eight-year-old Helen feels the same. Here she tells us why reading graphic novels is fun, relaxing and definitely not for babies – and recommends her current five favourites.
Fed up of superhero films? Hiding your copy of Watchmen behind the Economist on the train? Comics are a serious literary form as well as being fun, says the author of a new book on Batman.
The cartoonist and illustrator says the relationship between words and pictures is an interesting one. A bad picture book would say “this is an apple”, a good one “this is not a pipe”
The adventures of Tintin are some of the bestselling books of all time, translated from French into languages across the globe, and still in bookshops nearly a century since they first started being published. Their stories, their humour, their characters continue to delight. Here, Tintinologist Michael Farr explains why the Tintin books have such enduring appeal and how their creator, Hergé, came to write them.
Comics are taking over the world, says Northeastern Professor and comics expert Hillary Chute. Here, she introduces the best comics published in 2018, from a Booker-nominated narrative about paranoia and living in the age of fake news to feminist comics published by underground, auteur-driven independent publishers
Pictures operate in space, words in time, and the best stories are told with both, says the acclaimed American author and cartoonist, Ben Katchor. He tells us how visual narratives are making a deserved comeback.
Comics of all kinds are flourishing with publishers rushing to meet market demand. But which of the many comics published this year are really worth having on your bookshelf? We turned to comics expert and Harvard professor Hillary Chute to select the best comics of 2016.