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, The White Donkey by Max Uriarte, and Will Eisner’s grand-daddy of graphic novels: A Contract With God.