Are Australian graphic novels entering a new golden age?
‘Comic aren’t just for kids anymore!’ This all-too-familiar headline has become a depressing journalistic staple in recent years, as newspapers and magazines come to grips with the apparently ground-breaking fact that comic books have, as all art forms do, evolved as a medium.
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Such articles – usually written by someone who hasn’t picked up a comic book since they themselves were a child – invariably run along the following lines: Comic books aren’t just about superheroes anymore! Comic books can be serious! And perhaps most patronising of all: This book I’ve been asked to write about is far too complex to be called a comic – why, it’s almost literature!