Above you will see (badly taken, sorry guys!) photos of our new graphic novel spinners! To celebrate this, check out Max’s responses to my questions below.
1. What are your favorite graphic novels at the moment
At the moment I am very much into the works of Tom King (who was a CIA agent before he decided to write comics instead). The Omega Men, Grayson, and Batman for DC comics, and The Vision for Marvel, which is an absolutely amazing comic, totally unlike anything I’ve read before. I’ve also recently been loving Usagi Yojimbo, which has been coming out for 30 years and—surprise surprise—is totally awesome enough to justify its long run.
2. What are your top two favorite graphic novels of all time?
It’s a tie for number one, and they’re both by the same guy: Grant Morrison. All Star Superman might be the greatest comic ever published, were it not for Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery, which always brings a tear to my eye.
3. If you could be a character from any graphic novel, who would you be and why?
Dick Grayson. He’s basically Batman without the baggage, so he gets to use all the cool toys, gets the best training, and knows Superman and Wonder Woman, but without the bad attitude and attachment issues.
4. What graphic novel world/universe would you most like to live in?
DC Universe in the Silver Age.
5. How old were you when you first started reading graphic novels?
As early as I can remember, so let’s say 7 or 8?
6. Do you remember what your first graphic novel was?
I think it was a collection of Carl Barks Uncle Scrooge comics my dad had on his shelf.
7. What would you say to a parent who said that reading a graphic novel wasn’t reading?
While I can totally see the argument that comics involve less overall reading, and might not require quite as much imagination as pure-text, to me reading is reading. For a child who is having trouble with focusing on reading, graphic fiction can be an excellent way to ease the process with the illustrations there to provide context to the words on the page.
8. Any other thoughts or comments on graphic novels?
Overall, I’m not a fan of treating “Comics” and “Graphic Novels” as two separate things, especially when attempting to create some sort of literary distinction, or to treat one as “real” while the other is not. Comics are comics, some are good and some are bad, but just like in any other form of literature there’s basically something for everyone if you’re willing to look.