The Kansas City Star looks at the recent controversy over FUN HOME and BLANKETS:
But the books are notable because they’re also graphic novels, stories told primarily with drawings instead of words. They resemble comic books, but graphic novels typically run hundreds of pages and often tackle mature subject matter. And as graphic novels have become more common in libraries and bookstores, they have started to run into critics who say they’re too easily available to young children.
Meanwhile, in King County, WA kids can’t get enough of the comics!
Graphic novels are enjoying a meteoric rise among readers young and old.
The books, many of which are attractively bound and printed on high-stock paper, fall into many genres, and they’re so popular that three-quarters of the Kirkland Library’s teen collection is checked out at any given time, according to library staff.
To cater to the growing demand, and in recognition of Teen Read Month, library staff have created a new teen graphic novel section to display the library’s collection of popular titles, from old superhero standards to edgy new manga, from mainstream to alternative.
Though often stigmatized as trivial or juvenile, many graphic novels today grapple with heavy cultural or political issues.
They just couldn’t resist: “And they’re not just for kids.”