Nonfiction, autobiographical, and classic comics all seem to be hush-hushed into the corner realm of comics. These comics should be brought to the center stage in bookstores and libraries because they make sometimes hard and difficult to understand topics easier to comprehend. Make sure to read the beginning notes and endnotes of these comics to see if any part has been fictionalized. Do your research!
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Nonfiction comics take historical events and make them into engaging ways to learn more about any topic.
Some examples of nonfiction comics are Logicomix, Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, Action Philosophers, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, Safe Area Gorazde, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, Laika, The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders, and A People’s History of American Empire.
Autobiographical and nonfiction comics can have some overlap. Again it is important to look at the supplemental materials to gain a knowledge of just how factual these comics are.
Examples of autobiographical comics are Persepolis, Fun Home, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo and Me, One Hundred Demons, American Splendor, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, Drinking at the Movies, Stitches, Stuck Rubber Baby, Binky Brown, and In the Shadow of No Towers.
Remember those classic books that had somewhat boring covers and yet students are still expected to read them for school? Remember how hard those books may have been to get through? Well never fear. Some publishers have come out with Classics Comics series that turn “classic books” into detailed and illustrated comics that condense down those classics into manageable chunks of information. Classic comics allow readers who maybe were not able to make it through the actual fiction novel to still know the appeal of classic books. These also work as portals for readers who like to read classic novels to see how different writers and illustrators portray their favorites (just like movie adaptations of novels)!
Example of Classic Comics series are Classic Comics, Lucent’s Classic Graphic Novel Collection, and Classical Comics.