The Arab of the Future is a series of graphic memoirs published by French cartoonist Riad Sattouf. I have just read the first volume (in French, as you can see in the picture, obviously!), A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984, and really enjoyed it.
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Tonight I’d like to tell you about a graphic novel which I read a few months ago and which really became a contemporary classic in the graphic novels’ world: Blankets by Craig Thompson.
This book was published in 2003 in the United States by the publishing house Top Shelf Productions. It is an autobiographical graphic novel (surprising, isn’t it?) in which Craig Thompson narrates his childhood with very conservative Christian parents and his first love story as a teenager. It won numerous awards, including three Harvey Awards (Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work and Best Cartoonist) and two Eisner Awards in 2004.
Today I’d like to tell you about a graphic novel that I read a few months ago and that I have already mentioned in a previous post (this one) because of a recent polemic with some freshers from Duke University who refused to read this graphic novel which was on their summer reading list.
I thought it was time to tell you more precisely about this book which I didn’t absolutely adore but which is, I believe, one of the most accomplished autobiographical graphic novels ever written.
In Fun Home, Alison Bechdel recounts her childhood, teenage years and the beginning of her life as a young adult. The author mainly focuses on two important points of her early life: her relationship with her parents, and particularly with her father, and her discovery of being a lesbian.
Today I would like to tell you about my favourite graphic novel of all times: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Initially published in two volumes, in 2000 and 2001, by the French publishing house L’Association (excellent publishing house specializing in graphic novels by the way), this graphic novel has been adapted in cinema and is now a major motion picture. So there are big chances that you have already seen the movie, if you have not read the book.
Today I would like to talk to you about one of the most compelling graphic novel that was ever written (and drawn, obviously!): Maus, by Art Spiegelman. This graphic novel has been widely acclaimed and considered as a masterpiece since its first volume was released in 1986 (The Complete Maus, combining the two volumes, was published in 1996 in the United States). Therefore, there are big chances that you have already read this graphic novel, especially if you are a bit into graphic novels. But if you haven’t read it yet, I really really hope that this article will convince you to do so.
Maus, it is two stories in one graphic novel: first, it is the story of Artie, an artist who draws graphic novels and who is working on a new graphic novel telling the story of his father, Vladek Spiegelman. This story is set in New York in the 1980s. It is also (and above all) the story that Artie is working on, the story of Vladek Spiegelman and his wife during World War II. This graphic novel is autobiographical.