Totally Smitten: Paige Turner, you are artistically adorable

paige turner, licenseWhile in the Harvard Bookstore last week, I spotted Page by Paige and after a couple minutes of browsing knew this was one graphic novel I had to curl up with in bed or in a lounge chair.

The graphic novel takes the form of entries in Paige’s sketchbook which contain almost magical depictions of her thoughts and feelings interspersed with a more traditional narrative structure of sequential panels that follow Paige on her own (in a museum, on the metro) and with her new band of Brooklyn friends (going to open mics, putting smiley face on tulips). The honesty of Paige’s uncertainty is rendered strikingly and poetically by the unique style of this graphic novel.

So far, this is the best graphic novel I’ve read this year!

Graphic Novel Mini-Binge

During my last trip to the Harvard Bookstore, I had a hard time pulling myself away from the graphic novels section, especially after reading The Crackle of the Frost, following an NPR recommendation. I ended up leaving with The Nao of Brown and Tune: Book 1, Vanishing Point, though I would have preferred to buy a bunch more had my budget allowed. Each of these have a compelling stories told with voices that when complemented by the excellent artwork really pull you into the world of the characters circumstances and thoughts.

Graphic Novels I've Been Reading

It’s a great time for graphic novels. This genre/medium is actively expanding an already fantastic range of styles and subject matter. I can’t wait to see what new titles come out in 2013!