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Comic Books & Graphic Novels

In some sense, comic books are the world's oldest form of literature. Cave paintings, Egyptian wall art, Greek murals—they're all essentially graphic novels, pictoral representations of real life, beliefs, and stories. The fact that so much of today's literati reject comics and graphic novels us "un-literary" simply indicates the supreme heights of snobbery to which an overabundance of education will lead you.

For the rest of us, stories with lots of pictures are pretty important. It's not because we live in the age of the image, or because we're all TV addicts, that this is true; it's true because the world is a place we see, and often to learn we need to see rather than just hear. Sure, there are plenty of comics that are worthless and garbage and bad literature; but there are plenty that help us understand ourselves and our world as much as any novel without pictures.

Technically, there's a difference between comic strips and graphic novels: comic strips are usually funny, while graphic novels tend to have more serious themes and are longer stories. Some of the earliest examples of the graphic novel, and among our favorite books, are the Tintin series by the Belgian artist Herge. Tintin is a young reporter who travels the world having adventures with his dog Snowy and a variety of colorful friends, and often his adventures reflect to some degree the political currents in Europe during the first half of the 20th-century.

Comic strips have been around longer, and collections of comic strips in book form are what led eventually to graphic novels. Some of the most beloved comics of all time are Charles Schulz's Peanuts strips, which offer (often sobering) reflections on life and growing up. Schulz's Christian worldview is clearly demonstrated throughout the series, as is his sometimes laugh-out-loud, sometimes more subtle sense of humor.

Then there's Calvin and Hobbes. That the kid and his stuffed tiger are named for the greatest theologian and one of the greatest philosophers in the Western tradition will come as no surprise once you read their wise and hilarious adventures. A newer comic we've come to love, and which chronicles the adventures of a young man surprisingly like Waterson's Calvin, is Frazz by Jef Mallett. Frazz works as a janitor at a school, and shares his offbeat thoughts and love of music with the kiddos.

Again, there are plenty of comics we wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, which is largely the reason we don't carry many titles. We're looking to expand our collection, but we want to handpick good series, not just bring in whatever's popular to fill the shelves. Comics are supposed to be fun, but even our fun needs to honor the Lord; we think the books we carry are prime candidates for encouraging the right kind of enjoyment.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
C. Hollis Crossman used to be a child. Now he is a husband and father, teaches adult Sunday school in his Presbyterian congregation, and likes weird stuff. He might be a mythical creature, but he's definitely not a centaur. Read more of his reviews here.

 

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99% Perspiration: A Frazz Collection
by Jef Mallett
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th grade-adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: A11-03E)
Adventures of Herge
by Michael Farr
from Last Gasp
for 4th-10th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$29.95
Adventures of Tintin - Complete Package
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$195.86
Adventures of Tintin - Young Readers Collection
by Herge
for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$93.44
Adventures of Tintin Volume 1 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$19.99
Adventures of Tintin Volume 2 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$19.99
Adventures of Tintin Volume 3 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$19.99
Adventures of Tintin Volume 4 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$19.00
Adventures of Tintin Volume 5 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$19.99
Adventures of Tintin Volume 6 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$19.00
Adventures of Tintin Volume 7 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$19.99
Adventures of Tintin: Collector's Gift Set
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$135.00
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: A11-03D)
$14.99
Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
Unknown from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: A11-03D)
$18.99
Blue Lotus
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$11.99
Broken Ear
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$11.00
Broken Ear
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$9.00 (2 in stock)
Building of the Great Pyramid
Stories From History
by Colin Hynson
from School Specialty Publishing
for 2nd-3rd grade
in Ancient Egypt (Location: B02-02D)
$4.00 (2 in stock)
Building of the Transcontinental Railroad
Graphic Library
by Nathan Olson
1st edition from Capstone Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in History of Trains & Railroads (Location: B01-15A)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Calculus Affair
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$11.00
Calvin & Hobbes Collection
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: A11-03D)
$153.74
Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: A11-03D)
$14.99
Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: A11-03D)
$14.99
Castafiore Emerald
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$11.00
Charlie Brown Christmas
by Charles Schultz
Reprint from Simon Spotlight
for 1st-6th grade
in Christmas & Advent (Location: APO-02B)
$7.99
Cigars of the Pharaoh
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$11.99
City of Light, City of Dark
by Avi
from Scholastic Reference
for 4th-8th grade
$2.00 (1 in stock)
Complete Peanuts - Volumes 1-5
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
Complete Peanuts - Volumes 6-10
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$116.66
Complete Peanuts 1950 to 1952
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$24.60
Complete Peanuts 1953 to 1954
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$22.50
Complete Peanuts 1955 to 1956
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$24.60
Complete Peanuts 1957 to 1958
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$24.60
Complete Peanuts 1963 to 1964
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$24.60
Complete Peanuts 1965 to 1966
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$25.50
Complete Peanuts 1967 to 1968
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$24.60
Complete Peanuts 1969 to 1970
by Charles Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$28.99
Complete Peanuts 1971 to 1972
by Charles M Schulz
from Fantagraphics
for 3rd-6th grade
in Peanuts (Location: A11-03A)
$28.95
Crab With the Golden Claws
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$11.00
Days Are Just Packed
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: A11-03D)
$18.99
Destination Moon
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$11.00
Essential Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: A11-03D)
$18.99
Explorers on the Moon
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$11.99
Explorers on the Moon
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$9.00 (2 in stock)
Flight 714 to Sydney
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: A11-03B)
$11.00
Frazz 3.1416
by Jef Mallett
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th grade-adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: A11-03E)
Frazz: Live at Bryson Elementary
by Jef Mallett
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th grade-adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: A11-03E)
Hindenburg Disaster
Disasters in History
by Matt Doeden
from Capstone Press
for 2nd-5th grade
in Titanic & 20th Century Disasters (Location: B01-22D)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews and McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: A11-03D)
$18.99
How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way
by Stan Lee, John Buscema
Reprint from Touchstone
for 5th-Adult
in Advanced Drawing Instruction (Location: ART-02A)
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