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 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?