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Teresa Wong’s ‘Dear Scarlet,’ Jeff Lemire’s ‘Essex County,’ and recently nominated for a 2020 Canadian literary prize, Seth’s ‘Clyde Fans.’ (Arsenal Pulp Press/Penguin Random House/Drawn&Quarterly)

Graphic novels are overlooked by book prizes, but that’s starting to change

Canada's Scotiabank Giller Prize didn't shortlist a graphic novel, but are we surprised? The slow but increasing acceptance of graphic novels suggests the glacial pace at which literary canons grow.
Argentine cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado, who passed away on September 30, also known as “Quino” poses with his comic strip character Mafalda. Alejandro Pagni/AFP

From Mafalda with love: three lessons from the late Quino and his immortal creation

Through his work, the Argentinian cartoonist Joaquin Salvador Lavado Tejon, known to all as Quino, engaged in pointed social critique on a range of topics that are even more relevant today.
Charlotte Solamon’s expansive work told a story over 784 paintings that saw words intermingling with pages of beautifully painted pictures. Collection Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam/ © Charlotte Salomon Foundation/Charlotte Salomon ®

This young woman created 784 paintings while hiding from the Nazis

Charlotte Salomon's dizzying work of hope and creativity amid destruction and despair, is a moving early example of the contemporary graphic novel
Tommi Parissh’s The Lie and How We Told It is one of a crop of new Australian comics appealing to adult audiences.

Ten of Australia’s best literary comics

Australian comic producers punch above their weight globally – many have been picked up by international publishers yet remain little known at home. Here are 10 of the best.
‘Maus’ and ‘Watchmen’ are two of the most well-known graphic novels. Ken Whytock/flickr

How the graphic novel got its misleading moniker

The graphic novel has become a literary phenomenon, but the name doesn't adequately describe the medium's flexibility, diversity and potential.

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