In the News: It’s Quite Literary

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Whether you call them graphic novels or just comics, it’s clear that this expressive, rousing, and sometimes challenging medium is carving an increasingly indelible mark on the American literary community.

2014 is a watershed year for the medium: Alison Bechdel, artist, writer and LGBTQ+ luminary, recently received the prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant for her groundbreaking work in comics, like her comic Fun Home, and Roz Chast, humorist and cartoonist for the New Yorker, received National Book Award in nonfiction for her graphic novel memoir, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

Despite the impressive accomplishments of these women, there are still those who dismiss comics as a genre. Alexander Chee at Salon tells us why the naysayers are wrong.

Read more at “This isn’t literary”: Alison Bechdel, Roz Chast and why it’s so hard for us to take comics seriously.