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Native Kansan John Reinhart is a comic-book devotee, foodie, runner, and cyclist. You can follow his reading life at or on Twitter @bibliobaggins.

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Novel Adaptations Emerge as Works of Originality

Posted on 06/4/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAdaptations of best-loved books from childhood are among my favorite graphic novels. The team of Eric Shanower and Skottie Young have produced five adaptations of L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. The award-winning adaptations are first issued as comic books and then collected in hardcover under the Marvel Comics imprint. Shanower is faithful to Baum’s singular vision. Generations are familiar with Dorothy, Toto, the Tinman and Cowardly Lion — largely due to that movie. Lesser known characters such as Johnny Dooit, …

Innovative Design a Foundation of Ware’s ‘Building Stories’

Posted on 05/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThe first, and most important, question confronting someone choosing to write about Chris Ware’s graphic novel Building Stories is where to begin. Do you start with the powerful narrative or its unusual physical and artistic composition or the critical acclaim that may appear over the top until you’ve spent time immersed in this brilliant work? Since architecture provides much of the framework for Building Stories let’s begin with the novel’s physical and artistic composition. It comes in 14 parts housed in a …

Graphic Novels: More than Capes and Cowls

Posted on 04/29/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentBrowsing my local bookstore last weekend, I stumbled across three volumes in Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking Sandman series. “Do you have other graphic novels?” I asked the nearest clerk. “Graphic novels?” She looked perplexed. “Yeah,” I said, holding up a Gaiman cover. “Like these?” “Oh.” More confusion. “I thought those were comic books.” My point exactly. Tell an adult story via text and sequential art, and chances are most people will see it as a comic book on steroids. But a …