I love illustrated stories. The combination of text with illustrations creates, I think, an exciting way to tell a tale. This method of telling a story has its own challenges but also its own special rewards. These challenges, properties, assets and other elements of visual stories (a.k.a. graphic novels or comics) are explained wonderfully in Scott McCloud’s ‘Understanding Comics
’. For anyone who’d like to make a visual story/graphic novel/comic, I’d also recommend McCloud’s follow-up book ‘Making Comics’.
I’ve created my own graphic novel, ‘The Great Secret
’, an adventure tale set in the 1920s about a young man’s search for the truth about the Great Pyramid and the origins of civilisation. I’m pleased with it, but it’s my first stab at the genre and I think there’s a lot for me to learn (along with further improvements in my artwork!).
For anyone who like to read classics of the graphic novel world (particularly ones with beautiful artwork, or about important subjects, or both), I’ve described some graphic novels below that you might like to try: