Thursday, May 07, 2009


Booking Through Thursday

Suggested by Vega:

Last Saturday (May 2nd) is Free Comic Book Day! In celebration of comics and graphic novels, some suggestions:

- Do you read graphic novels/comics? Why do/don’t you enjoy them?
- How would you describe the difference between “graphic novel” and “comic”? Is there a difference at all?
- Say you have a friend who’s never encountered graphic novels. Recommend some titles you consider landmark/”canonical”.

When I was teen, I used to read the Betty and Veronica comic books. I would read them so fast that I want more of them. So I make sure I buy them whenever I see them. Now that I got older - eh - I haven't read them or any other comic books than.

Now, I read my comics from the daily newspapers, every day/weeks. I like to have my morning laugh when I wake up in the morning before I start my day. Sometime the comic make me smile or give me an up lifting feeling. It short and too the point. My favorite would be "For Better Or For Worse", "Peanuts", "Sally Forth", "Baby Blue" and "Blondie". The Sunday newspapers have lot more comics in them, and I believe that Betty and Veronica comics are in Sunday paper? Or was the comic is now call "jughead"? I don't often read the Sunday papers, so I really don't know which comics are still there. I should start picking up Sunday papers more often. I use to get Sunday papers at home but had to cancel it. But now that some of the comic collections are printed in books, I would love to get copies of all of my favorite one :)

While both are similar, I think there is a different between graphic novel and comic. A graphic novel usually are lengthy and has a complex storyline. It like reading your fiction novels. Where as comic is a short story. In the old day, it usually sequences of comic strips. Now it either a single or long story broken up over several issues. At lease this is how I think the different are. Someone can correct me on this :)

I haven't any chance to read graphic novels that are out lately. So I can't really recommend anything to my friends. Although I do know that Christine Feehan did wrote a graphic novel, that is either it is part of or not the Dark series books. I haven't brought it. Unless they want to read some comics, I will suggested them to read all the comics that I've mention earlier. See above.

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!


Melody said...

Our papers used to have a section for comics but I think they've lesser of them now... I'm not sure why. I always enjoy reading the comic of Garfield because that cat is just so funny; he sure has a character, LOL.

violetcrush said...

I read comics from the daily newspapers too the first thing in the morning.

But I've never though of reading Graphic novels. But lately I have seen a lot of people reveiwing them, so I might just give them a try.

Charli and me said...

I enjoyed reading your post. I like the comics in the newspaper too. Happy BTT!

Jess said...

I don't read a ton of graphic novels but I loved Epileptic by David B. It is incredible.

thekoolaidmom said...

I used to read the Sunday comics as a kid. It was like a family event, reading them and proclaiming that Dad was Born Loser this week, or that Jim Davis must've been spying on us because Garfield did the same thing to Odie that I did to my little brother last week. BUT... for some reason, I don't read them now as an adult. Maybe it wasn't the funnies that I enjoyed, but the family bonding that happened over them.

My BTT is here: Do You Hafta Be So Graphic?

Novroz said...

Based on your description on graphic novel and comics...That puts Manga (Japanese Comics) as graphic novels, because they have a lot of complicated stories.

Josette said...

I like to read the comics in the papers too! They're kind of cheaper than buying the comic books. :D

Alice Teh said...

Hi Julia! Melody and I sure have a lot in common and now it includes Garfield! I will check out the Garfield comic without fail and even subscribed online so that I get it in colour and up to date. LOL!

Julia said...

That would not been right if the comics are less showing on the papers. How can one start a day without reading more ;) I like Garfield too :)

Violetcrush - Isn't it wonderful to read comics on daily newspapers? It just put a smile on your face and make the days more better, at lease for me :)

Charlie & me - Thanks for your comments! Glad you enjoy reading my post :)

Jess - I don't think I read Epileptic by David B before. Must search for that one :)

Thekoolaidmom - My feeling for the Sunday comics papers, just make me see my lifes in better light. I can see the humors in those comics and see my life in them :)

Novroz - well I think there is different between Manga and graphic novel. While they are almost similiar, the Manga are more toward "sex" in books, imo. I'm not sure if I explain this right. I'm sure there someone more better as explain it than I would be :)

Josette - Yes the comic in the daily papers are sorta cheaper than an buying the books.

Alice - Hey! I see that you and Melody have same like for Garfield comics. I like Garfield too :)