Picture Perfect | Graphic Novel Winner

Nicole Ponsford | Friday, November 11, 2011 | 0 Comments


One argument I used to have within English staff rooms was that based on graphic novels. Are they novels or comics? I think you know which side I would be on - I think the real query was ‘Are graphic novels really examples of good reading choices?’. The recent Observer / Cape Graphic Short Story Prize winner this year is around a very romantic narrative.

Greenberg, who is 23, graduated from the University of Brighton, where she studied illustration, last year. She is now working as a freelance illustrator, and trying to finish her first graphic novel. Her winning entry, Love in a Very Cold Climate, tells the story of a marriage – only this couple, a south pole dweller and a north pole dweller, will never be able to touch one another, surrounded as they are by a magnetic force field. It’s beautifully drawn, of course, from first to last frame, but it’s also exquisitely written. In particular, the judges admired the way Greenberg handles time, somehow capturing a shared lifetime in just four pages.

I love Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler’s Wife is a top book in my eyes and she has also releasd a few novels “in pictures” as she calls them, The Three Incestuous Sisters and The Night Bookmobile which is on The Guardian site:


This is an area we do not have a lot on on EnglishEdu - I wondered if you wanted this to change? Is it part of an English curriculum in your school, or is it something you think should be left in the comic store?

Link: Guardian | Article

Link: Guardian | The Best Nominations

Link: Rachel Cooke’s Favourite Graphic Novels

Link: Guardian | Observer Graphic Short Story Prize

Categories: Weeklies, Competitions
Tags: audrey niffenegger, cape graphic short story prize, comics, favourite graphic novels, graphic novel, greenberg, love in a very cold climate, observer graphic short story prize, rachel cooke, the night bookmobile, the three incestuous sisters, the time traveler's wife,


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