Armchair BEA

There are so many ways to tell stories. Whether it’s comic books, graphic novels, visual novels, webcomics, etc, there are quite a lot of other mediums to tell a story. On this day, we will be talking about those books and formats that move beyond just words and use other ways to experience a story.

I’ve never been a big graphic novel fan.  My main issue with them is that they are too short.  I don’t want a book that I can finish in 20 minutes or less.

Recently, I’ve been trying a few.  Here are the ones I like.


Digger Is a story about a wombat.

More specifically, it is a story by author and artist Ursula Vernon about a particularly no-nonsense wombat who finds herself stuck on the wrong end of a one-way tunnel in a strange land where nonsense seems to be the specialty. Now, with the help of a talking statue of a god, an outcast hyena, a shadow-being of indeterminate origin, and an oracular slug she seeks to find out where she is and how to go about getting back to her Warren.”

I heard about this webcomic when it won the Hugo Award a few years ago.  You can read it all online starting here or you can order it in print.  Read it.  The world needs more wombat stories.

Ms Marvel

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No NormalMs. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I heard stories about a comic character who was a Muslim-American teenager and wanted to see how that played out. I also had read books from the author before and liked them.



Princeless #1Princeless #1 by Jeremy Whitley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Princess stuck in a tower against her will decides to save herself. I was in. I like the series and my Disney princess worshiping step daughter liked the first book too.

Do you have any other suggestions?  Do you like graphic novels or do you prefer longer books?

6 Replies to “Visual Expressions”

  1. Ms. Marvel looks really cute! Maybe I’ll pick up one of those and see what I think – especially since I’m pretty much obsessed with the comic book film adaptations of the Marvel world. Beyond that, I don’t read any comic books. But maybe… 🙂

  2. I haven’t read any graphic novels apart from A Monster Calls which I love. But I would like to get into them more. Thanks for the suggestions. I love the look of Ms Marvel and it fits the ABEA diversity theme really well too 🙂

  3. I hear you about wanting something longer. It’s hard to get into it when it’s so short. I did enjoy SAILOR TWAIN, which was about an hour read and a bit more involved than some graphic novels.

    Thanks for sharing and happy Armchair BEA.


  4. I’ve never really been into graphic novels with the exception of the Asterix books. Thanks for the suggestions, I’ll check them out.

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