Welcome to my love of graphic novels.
I never read comics growing up. The term “graphic novel” didn’t exist for me in the 1990’s. Instead, I read cartoons – the Sunday Funnies. Perhaps no other author and illustrator impacted me more as a young adult than Bill Watterson with his comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. I have him to thank for motivating me to decide to merge my love of writing and drawing into a life-long passion I hope to always nourish.
Additionally, I am inspired by the following graphic novels and graphic memoirs: Maus by Art Spiegelman, Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths by Shigeru Mizuki, The Watchmen by Alan Moore, Palestine by Joe Sacco, and Will Eisner’s grand-daddy of graphic novels: A Contract With God.