graphic novel

Dillon's striking images were essential to the rise of the DC Vertigo name plate. 
Steve Dillon, Comic Artist Who Helped Create ‘Preacher,’ Dies at 54

Follows the adventures of a Texas preacher whose body is inhabited by a mysterious entity that gives him supernatural powers.

Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of "The Word," an ability to make people do whatever he says, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.

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True stories can be especially compelling, but if nonfiction's not your thing, try a different format. Graphic novels can put a new spark in real life events. The following suggestions are either straight nonfiction or based on true stories. 

Human body theater by Maris Wicks

A humorous and informative skeleton introduces each system of the human body, gaining a layer of her "costume" by the end of each act, becoming a fully formed human by the end of the play.

Journey into Mohawk Country by Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert

Graphic Novels for Older Girls

The secret valley by Jeff Weigel

Adventure time ; pixel princesses by created by Pendleton Ward ; written by Danielle Corsetto ; illustrated by Zack Sterling with Tessa Stone, Corey Lewis, Chrystin Garland, Paulina Ganucheau ; inks by Stephanie Hocutt and Aubrey Aiese ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais ; letters by Kel McDonald ; "The mind of Gunter" by Meredith McClaren ; tones by Amanda Lafrenais

Jane, the fox & me by Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault ; translated by Christelle Morelli and Susan Ouriou

Ernest & Rebecca. [1], "My best friend is a germ" by Guillaume Bianco, writer ; Antonello Dalena, artist ; Cecilia Giumento, colorist ; [Joe Johnson, translation]

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